In addition to his famous classics of horror and science fiction, H.P. Lovecraft wrote tens of thousands of fascinating letters. In each episode Sean Branney and Andrew Leman of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society read one of those letters and then discuss it.
In which, on March 2 of 1927, HPL writes to Paul J. Campbell, one of his mentors in the amateur press movement. Lovecraft has plenty to say about the rise of fascism, the decline of western civilization and the untyped manuscripts in his drawer.
Happy New Year! In this letter from November of 1916, the young HPL tells his friend Rheinhart Kleiner about his early childhood. Many details are revealed, and yet many mysteries remain. Please be advised the letter contains a word that is bleeped a couple of times.
Live from the Lovecraft Film Festival
Immortality! Booze! Police brutality! Graphic violence! In a special episode recorded live from the HPL Film Festival with guest commentator Stephen Fazio, HPL continues an ongoing conversation with Robert E. Howard about the comparative appeals of civilization and barbarianism. Please note: the audio quality is a little different than usual because of the different recording circumstances.
Whoop Bang Hooray
In which an ebullient HPL squeals with joy at his aunt's invitation for him to leave New York and return home to his beloved Providence. Sure, there's interesting topics like Freud, M.R. James, and abiogenesis, but mostly Howard's excited to come home.
HPL - Colonial Tourguide
In which the newlywed HPL writes his aunt Lillian, inviting her to come live with him and his wife. What could be more fun than that? How about a through examination of the colonial architecture of Philadelphia and New York City? More fun than it sounds! CONTENT ADVISORY: Although racism is not a major topic in this letter or the discussion, there are some passing slurs in the letter which have been bleeped.
Clark Ashton Lovefest
Two letters from Lovecraft to Smith display HPL's great enthusiasm for Smith's work as both writer and illustrator. He optimistically discusses a new magazine called Weird Tales which might prove to be a good destination for their stories.