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.
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.
I have chosen next to read one of Lovecraft's stories. If there is one that takes the "monster in your room" concept to uncomfortable levels of horror, it is The Dreams in the Witch House(1932). Though you hear your mind shouting "get out of that house, you fool!", you likewise know that Walter Gilman is not listening. There is knowledge to be had, and the compulsion to find it is too strong to resist.
In this concluding episode of The Shining Pyramid, by Arthur Machen, Dyson and Vaughan discuss the implications of their adventures.
In today's episode from The Shining Pyramid, by Arthur Machen, you will hear both chapters 3 (The Search for the Bowl) and 4 (The Secret of the Pyramid), in which Dyson discerns the true meaning of the Bowl and the Pyramid.
In chapter 2 (The Eyes on the Wall) of The Shining Pyramid, by Arthur Machen, Mr. Dyson arrives at Mr. Vaughan's ancestral home in the woods. Following an exhaustive search of the area, Dyson makes a discovery, as well as an inference that we heard before in the story of The Red Hand.
The Shining Pyramid, yet another story written by Arthur Machen in 1895, begins with a chapter called "The Arrow-Head Character". Troubled by strange arrangements of stones that appear at the edge of his property, Mr. Vaughan consults his friend Mr. Dyson.
In the final chapter of the Red Hand, written by Arthur Machen and titled "Story of the Treasure-house", the solution to the riddle of the red hand hints at horrors too awesome for Dyson and Phillipps.