Some stories I would love to hear reviewed on The Elder Sign podcast: 1) Anything by T.E.D. Klein, whose output has been low but whose stories have been consistently excellent. Especially the meta-HPL novella "Black Man With a Horn" or the very frightening "Children of the Kingdom" or really, anything he has written, 2) Ambrose Bierce's "The Damned Thing". "Bitter Bierce" combined sardonic wit with what could almost be considered proto-splatterpunk in this story that is among his best. 3) Ray Bradbury, especially early in his career, wrote some really creepy stories - in addition to "The Veldt", "The Lake" or "The Small Assassin" or "The Skeleton", maybe. Or two of the creepier stories he wrote, in my opinion - "At Midnight in the Month of June" - a story about the serial killer that stalks unseen through the events in the collection "Dandelion Wine", whom we finally meet in this story that never appeared in that collection but who sits quietly in a room, bright-eyed and thinking, in this independent story that was included in the collection "The Toynbee Convector". Or "Heavy-Set", never collected in any of his collections but which I found in that surprisingly definitive anthology of the 1950s/1960s SoCal school of horror, "The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural". 4) Fritz Leiber - Fritz was great at finding horror in big cities, especially his novel "Our Lady of Darkness" which uses the history of San Francisco admirably to create an antique occult science to threaten the hero, who was based not-so-thinly on Leiber himself; his short story "The Black Gondolier" does the same thing with 1960s Venice, California. Just some suggestions, I'm sure others have more. Loving the podcasts!
Just finished reading this story of Poe, and I haven't gone through the podcast yet, but I really liked this detective story by Poe, the story starts weirdly enough where we are given kind of info dump by Poe, regarding people who are analysts and people who are genius. From my understanding what he wanted to say was people who read other people can be termed as genius, because analysts operate within a given set of rules, like chess players who follow a stringent set of rules to win. From this we are quickly introduced to our watsonesque narrator who meets an eccentric man in Paris, called as Dupin, and they quickly hit it off, as they share the same interests. But Dupin is not your normal person, who can see through people as if he watching someone through a window, and the way he arrives at conclusions seemed so much like Sherlock Holmes to me. Then we have mysterious murders happening in Rue Morgue, and police find themselves at wit's end finding exactly what can be motive for murders, also the witnesses can't seem to identify the second voice in the room which seems harsh, and unidentifiable. The way Dupin arrives at conclusion is fantastic, and reminds the methods Sherlock Holmes methods. I don't know who inspired whom but Dupin & Sherlock have lot of characteristics in common, they are interested only in solving the mystery, and finding out the truth, although Sherlock sometimes does show some humane characteristics. Also Dupin is clearly french while Sherlock also seems to have some French connection, but are interested in music, although Dupin seems to be more inclined towards theater and books.