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.
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Entering the mind of my favourite author of weird fiction
This excellent podcast uses H.P. Lovecraft’s personal letters as a way to get into the mind of this flawed but brilliant author of weird fiction. Each episode reveals new (to me) information about the author. The actual letters are a verbal rollercoaster of personal observations and opinions reflecting an individual who, while he exhibits a keen knowledge of his environment regarding such topics as art, literature, history etc., also betrays a lack of ability to navigate the most common of human emotions such as love. I enjoy each podcast on two levels: (1) The depth they add to my understanding of Lovecraft’s literary work and (2) Its historical and geographic setting.
A superb new podcast recommended to all lovers of weird fiction. While some of HPL’s views may not conform to today’s standards, the hosts do an admirable job of situating the author in his times. For those of us without the time to dive into HPL’s letters, this podcast represents an excellent new anthology project that fills out the picture of the author’s life.