46 episodes

Podsothoth is a horror and comedy podcast dedicated to the works (and foibles) of H.P. Lovecraft, hosted by recovering goth and internet D-lister celebrity, Tod Beardsley. Every Lovecraft story will be covered over two episodes each. First, Tod will read the story with minimal production, and ideal for people who just want to hear Lovecraft's words. This is the horror part. Following each story is a discussion of, about, and around that story, and have plenty of jokes and giggles. This is the comedy part. Follow the show at https://defcon.social/@podsothoth, or email the show at hideous@podsothoth.club. Other media may crawl out from the chaos iN ThE ineffAbLE fUTUrE, beyOnD tHe KEn OF MAN OR BEAST ALIKE AND IN A TIME OF THE GREAT RETURN OF THE OLD ONES, WHO WILL F'THAGN R'YL'EHHHHH IA IA!!!!!

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Podsothoth is a horror and comedy podcast dedicated to the works (and foibles) of H.P. Lovecraft, hosted by recovering goth and internet D-lister celebrity, Tod Beardsley. Every Lovecraft story will be covered over two episodes each. First, Tod will read the story with minimal production, and ideal for people who just want to hear Lovecraft's words. This is the horror part. Following each story is a discussion of, about, and around that story, and have plenty of jokes and giggles. This is the comedy part. Follow the show at https://defcon.social/@podsothoth, or email the show at hideous@podsothoth.club. Other media may crawl out from the chaos iN ThE ineffAbLE fUTUrE, beyOnD tHe KEn OF MAN OR BEAST ALIKE AND IN A TIME OF THE GREAT RETURN OF THE OLD ONES, WHO WILL F'THAGN R'YL'EHHHHH IA IA!!!!!

    46: The Descendant (Discussion)

    46: The Descendant (Discussion)

    In which Tod and Claire discuss The Descendant, by HP Lovecraft, first published in the winter 1938 issue of Leaves. We also talk about Charles Fort and the Fortean Times, kind of a lot.

    Links to things mentioned in the show include Angela Collier's "physics crackpots: a theory" and https://hplovecraft.com. We also talked about NecronomiCON Providence, which I hope you go to in mid-August.

    Please be aware, this is a horror podcast, so it might not be for everyone. Notably, this story fragment touches on the troubling topics of the ravages of age and dementia, the Roman empire and medieval England, the dreaded Necronomicon, 90's-era Satanism, and a nihilistic longing to escape the natural world. If these topics are likely to trouble you, you are urged to skip this episode.

    Editor's note: At about 12m30s, Tod states that Rats in the Walls was written in 1929. That is incorrect. Rats in the Walls was published in 1924, two years before this was written, which implies that maybe this actually was intended as a sequel (but with different names and not really a sequel). In other words, Claire was right and Tod was wrong. That's fine.
    Support the showLike the show? Say so with money! Or just hang out with us on Mastodon, at @podsothoth@defcon.social. Or email us at hideous@podsothoth.club. Best thing? Rate us (positively!) in your favorite podcast app. That helps other people find the show!

    • 54 min
    45: The Descendant

    45: The Descendant

    In which Tod reads HP Lovecraft's The Descendant, first published in the winter 1938 issue of "Leaves," and first read by Tod on February 25, 2024.

    Please be aware, this is a horror podcast, so it might not be for everyone. Notably, this story fragment touches on the troubling topics of the ravages of age and dementia, the Roman empire and medieval England, the dreaded Necronomicon, 90's-era Satanism, and a nihilistic longing to escape the natural world. If these topics are likely to trouble you, you are urged to skip this episode.

    Background ambience in the episode is Hidden Used Book Store ASMR, on YouTube.


    Support the showLike the show? Say so with money! Or just hang out with us on Mastodon, at @podsothoth@defcon.social. Or email us at hideous@podsothoth.club. Best thing? Rate us (positively!) in your favorite podcast app. That helps other people find the show!

    • 9 min
    44: The Rats in the Walls (Discussion)

    44: The Rats in the Walls (Discussion)

    In which Claire and Tod discuss the Rats in the Walls. Note we spend the first quarter talking about racism in literature sooooooooo there's that.

    Here's the Javascript to change the cats name, do with it what thou wilt: https://gist.github.com/todb/35aa059ef2a94cb86a2db63e5121ddeb

    And here's Jason Buck's Linktree, if you get a chance to see him, he's real good, even though we make just a little bit of fun: https://linktr.ee/jasonbuckstoryteller/

    Okay I gotta pick Claire up from the airport like, right now.

    In the meantime, feel free to drop us a line!

    Email: hideous@podsothoth.club
    Mastodon: @podsothoth@defcon.social
    Twitter: nah
    Facebook: idk, Claire runs that, but if you search "Podsothoth" I'm sure you'll find it.



    Support the showLike the show? Say so with money! Or just hang out with us on Mastodon, at @podsothoth@defcon.social. Or email us at hideous@podsothoth.club. Best thing? Rate us (positively!) in your favorite podcast app. That helps other people find the show!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    43: The Rats in the Walls

    43: The Rats in the Walls

    In which Tod reads for you The Rats in the Walls by HP Lovecraft, first published in the March 1924 issue of Weird Tales. Please note, this is a horror podcast, so this episode might not be for everyone. This story contains depictions of cult worship, mispronunciations of various Anatolian and Roman deities, the American Civil War and the Great War, ancient and medieval architecture, Piltdown Man, The Marquis de Sade, surprise cannibalism, and of course, swarms and swarms of rats. If such things are likely to bother you unduly, you are encouraged to skip this episode.

    That said, the offensive cat name has been altered for this reading. My cat's name is Mephistopheles, so now he's in the story. He's also a black cat in real life.

    The intro and outro bits were recorded without a proper microphone, oops, and sound a little weird. Maybe I'll re-record those when I get back home.

    The ambiance is Haunted Catacomb Ambiance. There's some squeaky, scurrying rat noises in there. That might bug you.
    Support the showLike the show? Say so with money! Or just hang out with us on Mastodon, at @podsothoth@defcon.social. Or email us at hideous@podsothoth.club. Best thing? Rate us (positively!) in your favorite podcast app. That helps other people find the show!

    • 47 min
    42: The Horror At Martin's Beach / The Invisible Monster (Discussion)

    42: The Horror At Martin's Beach / The Invisible Monster (Discussion)

    In which Tod and Claire discuss "The Horror At Martin's Beach," by Sonia H Greene and HP Lovecraft, originally published as "The Invisible Monster" in the November, 1923 issue of Weird Tales.

    More about Sonia Greene:  https://www.gothamcenter.org/blog/marriage-failure-and-exile-hp-lovecraft-in-new-york

    More about Captain Orne's possible connection to the Marsh family of Innsmouth: https://lovecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Marsh_family

    I used a bit of short ambience in this recording, but if you want nine whole hours of creepy whispering, check it out at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOCZe0rssPM

    More about the Martin's Beach court fight over access:  https://www.surfer.com/features/scotus-ends-martins-beach-saga

    Want to get in touch with us? Email works at hideous@podsothoth.club, and so does Mastodon at https://defcon.social/@podsothoth -- I sometimes post other horror/gothy things there.

    Finally, we have another podcast! It's called, "Hot for Teacher: The Greatest American Hero Watch Party" and you can find it at https://hotforteacher.tv . It's pretty fun, and it's Claire's show, she calls all the shots!



    Support the showLike the show? Say so with money! Or just hang out with us on Mastodon, at @podsothoth@defcon.social. Or email us at hideous@podsothoth.club. Best thing? Rate us (positively!) in your favorite podcast app. That helps other people find the show!

    • 30 min
    41: The Horror At Martin's Beach / The Invisible Monster

    41: The Horror At Martin's Beach / The Invisible Monster

    Just in time for Halloween! In this episode of Podsothoth, a Lovecraft book club, Tod Beardsley reads to you The Horror at Martin's Beach by HP Lovecraft, which is also sometimes known as The Invisible Monster by Sonia H Greene. It was first published as the latter in the November, 1923 issue of Weird Tales.

    Please note, this is a horror podcast, so this episode might not be for everyone. This story contains depictions of fish monsters, Yankee capitalism, marine hypnosis, a decadent beachside hotel, and a mass oceanic drowning. If such things are likely to bother you unduly, you are enjoined to skip this episode.

    Ambiance is provided by Creaky Wooden Pirate Ship on the High Seas in a Thunderstorm by an unknown provider (it's since been deleted from YouTube, sadly).
    Support the showLike the show? Say so with money! Or just hang out with us on Mastodon, at @podsothoth@defcon.social. Or email us at hideous@podsothoth.club. Best thing? Rate us (positively!) in your favorite podcast app. That helps other people find the show!

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Nyerrehhtrjsyr ,

Such a great Lovecraft show

I mean, I should know, I made it. And after four years of barely keeping up with publishing, I still love it.

Superlegend666 ,

From an ageing nerd

Love the dynamic of Tod and Claire on the discussion eps. Love that I don’t have to read the stories myself. This is the way I want to consume Lovecraft. This and board games with miniatures.

DaHeiKat ,

Great Podcast

I heard about you from Greatest Gen. I’m a Lovecraft fan and have read about half of his stories. I love the banter and the read alouds. I’m hooked already.

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