Episode 118 – Lovecraft’s Last Days and Legacy

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Join us as we close out H.P. Lovecraft’s personal story.

Most of the information in this show is from S.T. Joshi’s H.P. Lovecraft: A Life. Thanks so much to Joshi for all of his research.

You can also watch Pickman’s Song here.

Tune in next week when we talk about this show and preview what’s up next!

H.P. Lovecraft

Post Comment 21 comments on “Episode 118 – Lovecraft’s Last Days and Legacy

  • Mouldy Squid on

    I sure hope that you guys keep doing this podcast. Your commentary is both insightful and entertaining.

  • Steve M. on

    When I first stumbled across your podcast I thought it was just story readings. I went out for a walk and started listening to the story (I forgot which one I started with) and got really annoyed when you two started talking. But by the time I made it back home I was hooked. A year later I am now going through and listening to the podcasts a second time around and still enjoying them just as much as the first time. I look forward to what you guys plan on doing in the future. Keep up the excellent work.

  • PRV on

    Bravo guys, one of your best shows, what a journey. It is amazing that this man’s writing continues to live on and it continues to inspire. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with next. Rest in peace “Grandpa”…

  • ElderThing on

    Hey, I came to this game late, but I caught up to the backlist quickly. This is the only podcast that I’ve ever followed so closely. It’s been fantastic.

    Thanks for all the hard work.

    I’ve never cared for the mythos stuff that wasn’t put together by Lovecraft himself, so there’s going to be an end to this one way or another for me.

    This has, and continues to, remind me why I enjoy his work so much.

  • TweednDust on

    Darn linear time thingy!

    Recently found your exelent podcast and is stunned by the quality of it. Are trying to catch up by listening to several of you old episodes a day. Might not be healthy, but it sure is entertaining.

  • kyle on

    it sounds like you guys have something up your sleeve. I can’t wait! Maybe it will be a show about references to Lovecraft in movies and heavy metal.

  • Odilius Vlak on

    A hard touching show guys!!!… But thanks Cthulhu it was so. Yes Chris, Lovecraft was a gentleman in all his right. His life gave meaning to the ones of all the people that got in contact with him; and all the readers that have stumble upon his work since his dead. No matter from what point of view you take his mythos: like a high imaginative body of fantastic literature or like a body of occult knowledge… Both approach are valid.

    Sorry Mr. Sprague de Camp, but I can’t agree with you… Lovecraft wasn’t a loser or a failure… He was what he was destined to be… The fucking visionary of a brand new universe.

  • PRV on

    Well put Odilius, I would also like to add that the United States Postal Service needs to commemorate HPL on a postage stamp, just think of all the stamps he went through in his life time. They should have a post office named in his honor.

  • Keith McCaffety on

    “Orgy of blah.”
    There’s the title for your next project right there.

  • Reber Clark on

    I wholeheartedly agree with PRV. Lovecraft deserves a US stamp. All of that correspondence as well as the writing! I would buy many many many sheets of those stamps!

  • Reber Clark on

    Here is how to get it done:


  • Ollie on

    A cool variant of lycanthropy, Clark Ashton Smith’s “The Beast of Averoinge”


  • PRV on

    Thanks for the info Reber, we need to get busy and make this come true.


    It’s very possible to love people, but not really understand them. Perhaps deCamp only began to understood lovecraft after his death. And that may not have been able to overcome his ambivalent feelings. I remember Phillip Jose Farmer got that way about Richard Burton, a hero who he came to dislike intensely. Anyway great show. (sniff)

  • Joe on

    I found the podcast a year or so ago, and have listened to it religiously since, I think I just passed my 3rd or 4th time going over it. 

    I have always considered the podcast to be the gold standard of podcast craft; insight and fun, information and entertainment. It might be that it distracted, entertained and helped me through a few major life changes in the last year. And I, for my part, watched Chris and Chad through some life changes of there own, from engagements, to major moves, to weddings, and even children, we have seen a definite progression in there lives, and have got to know them, if only in brief snatches of comments and asides,. This podcast has been very important to me, and it will be sad to see it end, but all good things must. Good luck, guys. 

  • Rob on

    I take it based on his last writings that he was never tempted to be religious?

    “Lovecraft deserves a US stamp.”

    That is a great idea. One of the most brilliant, influential American artists who ever lived, I think he deserves at least that. He invented new ways of thinking about the world and new kinds of aesthetic experience.

    As a minority, I don’t even give a shit what he might have thought about minorities. He’s a great man and should be honored as such. Nobody is perfect. If we held everyone to a perfect standard, then to be consistent we’d have to criticize Gandhi and MLK.

  • Murphy on

    Hey guys been listening for about a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed your take on HPL. Figured it was about time to write in and give the ol thumbs up keep up the good works sirs!

  • PRV on

    Great point Rob since, I think, HPL’s views on race may come into consideration. I too am a minority but I’m able to look past his views and see his great contributions to the arts, far exceed his ignorance in some subjects. Remember, there are people driving around with Henry Ford’s last name proudly displayed on their cars.

  • Sean Liddle on

    Most excellent guys. Gave you a plug over at my site BTW http://seanwritesstuff.com/2012/07/15/hp-lovecraft-literary-podcast/

    $6.66. LOL

    When my buddy used to work at his dads convenience store we would keep anyone’s receipt that came to $6.66 after tax!

  • John on

    I think some modern authors that have experimented with Lovecraft could get some exposure here (Ramsey Campbell’s collection COLD PRINT is of particular interest) and the works of Karl Edward Wagner would probably fascinate you as well (in particular, his story “Sticks”). Can’t wait to see what the future holds!

  • Matthew D N Parsons on

    Lovecraft’s written works were the forth Testament, after the Quran (3rd Testament), and before Scientology (which is the 5th testament). Post Old Testmant/New Testaments. Seriously. The blue cone headed flat face almond eyed beings are real and are god and are GE ET. Trust me, this is real.

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