Episode 85 – The Shadow Over Innsmouth – Part 2

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We’re joined by guest Matt Burriesci and reader Andrew Leman as we make another visit to that cursed place of all wickedness whar the deep water starts.

AND – please hit us with a donation so we can produce a full length reading of The Call of Cthulhu, featuring Andrew on the mic!

Post Comment 28 comments on “Episode 85 – The Shadow Over Innsmouth – Part 2

  • Sean Liddle on

    you KNOW the fanboys are going to be all over you about saying April 1 is the spring equinox (nope, march 20, first day of spring) and that swastikas are celtic (pretty sure its from India originally).. 😉

  • Brown Jenkin on

    A new reading? You guys take gold doubloons, right? Glub glub

  • catamount on

    Do you have those T-shirts in “The Colour?”

  • Kevin on

    Hey is it just me or are new episodes not appearing on the front page of the website
    A full Andrew Leman reading of Call of I have Goosebumps

    P.S. Swastika definitely from Indian Sub Continent.

  • Brown Jenkin on

    This episode reminded me. When are we going to get Chad’s full rendition of Sade’s “Fish of Sadness”? (Ep. #3, Dagon)

  • Chad Fifer on

    Yes – the swastika is widely accepted as having been a sanskrit symbol – mostly because that’s where the name for the symbol originates. BUT, the symbol in different forms has appeared in almost all cultures over time, including ancient Greece and some Celtic symbols bear a strong resemblance. That’s just because it’s such a simple thing to draw, like a cross. But since Lovecraft has revealed to us that it’s original function was to keep monsters away from the Old Ones, we can now say that it was born in Antarctica and the conversation in moot:)

    I’m not gonna defend Lackey on the equinox thing, though. He just hasn’t attended enough black masses to know any better.

  • Genus Unknown on

    So we’re up to “Innsmouth” already, and the closest thing we’ve gotten to the fabled “Elder Sign” is the swastika-like symbol that drives the Deep Ones off.

    I’m thinking the “Elder Sign” itself is one of those things that belongs more to other writers and the roleplaying game than to Lovecraft. But if we’re looking for Lovecraftian parallels, it has to be the swastika. The “Elder Sign” is a freaking swastika.

    Laugh if you will, but I don’t recall any monsters attacking Berlin in the ’40s.

  • Aram on

    This is one of my absolute, all-time favorite Lovecraft stories. Can Mr Leman’s reading of it please please please be the next release after The Call of Cthulhu?

  • Lugi on

    Please can we have a Norman Rockwell-esk painting of Zadok with his bottle and Olmstead with his cheese and crackers sitting along a stretch of beach.
    Maybe a tiny, half-buried Cthulhu statue in the sand at their feet.

  • Flyinghogfish on

    It’s beginning to look a lot like fishmen!

  • Michaelcthulhu on

    Gentlemen, the woman speaking at the start; “had been reporting bizarre sightings of huge alien creatures large packs of invading cannibalistic predators seemingly from another world”, is that from something I should know? I don’t recognize it.

  • Dark Wanderer on

    I second Luigi’s request.

    And…this episode was very well done. I was right in it to the end. Enjoyed myself immensely. Thanks for a great job!

    Andrew is the VERY BEST. He is Lovecraftiana’s Vincent Price at the very least. Andrew’s Zadok was right on the money. I am constantly amazed at his performances and rapt with attention when he speaks. More! More!

  • Dark Wanderer on

    Agree with Michaelcthulhu…is that woman’s short speech from something we should know? Expiring minds want to know…

  • sgdurango on

    May 1 is also known as Beltane the pagan fertility holiday. Scary stuff indeed! Don’t forget also how prominent this and October 31st (Samhain) were in The Dunwich Horror.

  • Genus Unknown on

    May Eve and Halloween are also the two biggest (un-)holidays in the Church of Satan (right after the individual Satanist’s own birthday). This may be as much due to Lovecraft as anything else, since Anton LaVey was a big fan of pulps and monster stories.

  • Kevin H on

    I second the emothion for a Call of Cthulhu reading. I just saw the silent film version done by the HPLHS and saw Chaf in it. It was pretty good and the best silent film I’ve watched in years.

  • Kevin H on

    Dang, I meant Chad. I hate the fact that I can’t see what I’m typing until it posts.

  • Chad Fifer on

    I grabbed the woman at the beginning from a news report about those Humboldt squid who were coming up out of the water in San Diego – I believe we mentioned it a long time ago in our Dagon show. Seemed appropriate. But not from anything folks would know, no-


  • Mike J. on

    That’s kinda what I suspected it was from. Sounded like NPR, to me. “Chaffifer.”

  • TW on

    May Day is a “cross-quarter day”, it is halfway between the equinox and the solstice. Halloween/All Saints Day is the same.

  • Marcus Good on

    re: Chris’ Mastercard comment.

    Bus-ride into Innsmouth? $1.25
    Cheese and crackers? $2.50.
    Bottle of raw whiskey? $10.00.
    Conversing with Zadok Allen and retaining any vestige of your sanity? PRICELESS.

  • GoodleShoes on

    Oh man. I’ve been looking for a Lovecraftian shirt that happens to look nice and is subtle. I have to get this.
    Anyway, keep up the great work guys! Love the podcast.

  • Gerroditus on

    You know, Sean is (mostly) correct. They were saying that May Eve, April 30th, is the equinox. They are still wrong, but closer than April 1st. Also the symbol is Arian, which yes, originates on the Indian sub-continent.

    The swastika though may not have originated there after all. There are indications that it may have been Hebraic (Yep, Hebrew; how’s that for irony?) in origin. There are “running wheels” as part of synagogues that are at least contemporary with the use of the swastika in the art of the elites of the Indian sub-continent.

  • Jemma on

    Anyone who plays Second Life, there is a fully working Innsmouth there, They Roleplay or just sit and chat about HPL.

    Give it a look folks.


  • Psuke on

    As a former wiccan, and someone who’s done a ridiculous amount of reading on this stuff:

    All Hallows (Samhaim) and May Eve (Beltane) are the two big Celtic festivals marking the dark and light halves of the year, respectively. They were fire festivals (big bonfires on the hilltops – and the peasants went off for funny business in the bushes, at least for May Day. So, of course, the Christian upper classes looked on the whole affair with deep suspicion and the holiday ended up with a bad name after the whole conversion thing.

  • Darth Snuggles on

    Love the podcast! I’ve been listening for about a year now, and I eagerly look forward to every new episode. You guys are amazing–it’s actually listening to your show that got me reading Lovecraft in earnest (I’d dabbled as a teen, but lacked the patience for his adverb-rich prose) and I can’t even tell you how many hours of boring summer-job drudgery were improved by your dulcet tones in my earbuds.

    That said, I had to (finally) look up the website and leave a comment here because this most recent episode filled me with the overwhelming need (common to the internet) to correct the factual errors of absolute strangers. Specifically, the swastika is not Celtic in origin, but Indian. It’s widely used in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist symbology. Which makes just as much sense as used by Lovecraft, if not more so, considering his frequent use of Asian and African locales, people, and cultural elements for horror.

    Oh, also, I followed a link, willy-nilly, to cthulhulives.org and wound up placing an impulse order for several of their stickers and decals. You should really warn people about that site. Something like “CAUTION: Products offered on this website are so awesome that your money will fly out of your wallet under its own power in an attempt to bring more Lovecraft-related objects and apparel into your life. Browse with care.”

  • Eric Crabtree on

    Insmouth swim team is priceless. The street signs are made me laugh pretty hard. I love Luigi’s painting idea I cen even imagine it. I wanted to say something about the swastika but everyone beat me to it.

  • Old Man Parker on

    U RAWK!

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