Supernatural Horror in Literature
Summary: "Supernatural Horror in Literature" is an essay written by H.P. Lovecraft and first published in 1927. This podcast will present readings of works referenced in the essay, including the works of Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Lord Dunsany, and M.R. James, among others.
For variety's sake we will try a different author for our next story. Lord Dunsany will return again soon. So today Lovecraft will start us off with his introduction of Algernon Blackwood, but then we will skip to some of Blackwood's possibly lesser known work, the John Silence stories, starting with a tale called A Psychical Invasion.
We brave Gibbelins, Gnoles, and the City of Never in our reading today of three more stories* from The Book of Wonder, by Lord Dunsany. *The Hoard of The Gibbelins, How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art Upon The Gnoles, and How One Came, As Was Foretold, To The City of Never
Today we have Lovecraft's introduction to the works of Lord Dunsany. We will then read several stories* from Dunsany's The Book of Wonder (1912). *The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, The House of the Sphinx, and The Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men
In this last chapter of The Terror, by Arthur Machen, the narrator and Dr. Lewis relate their final theories regarding the tragedies they have witnessed and studied.
We continue our reading of The Terror, by Arthur Machen. In chapters 12 and 13, Dr. Lewis learns the fate of the residents of Treff Loyne, and reads a letter written to him by the artist, Mr. Secretan.
In today's reading of chapters 10 and 11 from The Terror, by Arthur Machen, Lewis investigates two deaths amidst growing rumors of a strange sound heard about the hills at night. Lewis and company also investigate Treff Loyne farm, whose residents have not been seen for some time.
Tension mounts as events related to the Terror continue, and Dr. Lewis tries to prevent his vacationing brother-in-law, Mr. Merritt, from noticing them, in today's reading of chapters 8 and 9 from The Terror, by Arthur Machen.
This episode includes chapters 6 and 7 from The Terror, by Arthur Machen. Though he escapes the tiresome theorizing of Mr. Remnant, Dr. Lewis discusses other connected stories and explanations with his visiting brother-in-law, Mr. Merritt.
Mr. Remnant presents his theory of the "Z Ray", and Dr. Lewis bears witness to the strange growth of an unknown tree, in chapters 4 and 5 of The Terror, by Arthur Machen.
In chapters 2 and 3 of The Terror, by Arthur Machen, we hear of several more tragedies, as well as more theories about their causes.
In today's reading, we begin The Terror(1917), another story written by Arthur Machen. In his essay, Lovecraft says "...in The Terror, a wartime story, he treats with very potent mystery the effect of man's modern repudiation of spirituality on the beasts of the world, which are thus led to question his supremacy and to unite for his extermination."
In this final reading from The Dreams in the Witch House, by H.P. Lovecraft, Walter Gilman tries to stop the evil he has helped set in motion. Will he succeed, and foil the plans of Keziah Mason and the Black Man?
The horrible reality of his dreams closes in on Walter Gilman, as we continue with part 4 of The Dreams in the Witch House, by H.P. Lovecraft.
Today's episode includes part 3 of The Dreams in the Witch House, by H.P. Lovecraft. The witch Keziah Mason creeps closer, pulling Walter Gilman deeper into evil things, and leading him to question more and more the reality of his dreams.
Evidence of sleep-walking, strange footsteps in the night, and an inexplicable pull toward a point in the sky all begin to haunt Walter Gilman in part 2 of The Dreams in The Witch House. He also learns that others, when looking up at the house from outside, have glimpsed the faint glow of the fearful "witch-light" shining from within Gilman's window.