At first I was surprised that the first two (real) episodes of the podcast was about The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Of course, Poe IS one of the main influences on Lovecraft, but I never saw this particular tale as weird. I DID see Poe's influence on the descriptions of architecture and estates and maybe even on the dreamlike tales like Polaris (although these are maybe and indeed better described as one of his Dunsanian tales).
The podcast made it clear that there ARE many parallels to be found on the weird side of these tales, and I now can see this tale as weird. But to me it also gave rise to a question:
Is there a difference between 'weird tales' and tales wherein the weird is merely a narrative element or a motive? Can we speak of 'true' weird tales when the weird (e.g. cosmic horror) is the main theme? And is there - maybe, who knows - a weird element to be found in most of the (canonical and genre) literature? I also posit this questions because it also touches my idea that the (philosophical/world) view of the reader influences the decision to call something 'weird'. It's a bit like the question asked in the podcast: is Poe racist or the opposite of racist? It is what you read into it. This is not meant as criticism - I like to view the books that I read in light of the anti-antropocentric or the absurd. But still: where are the boundaries of such views - and is there a difference between 'weird literature' and 'literature with weird elements'?
(I hope Arthur Machen will come by on this podcast. I always find it hard to pinpoint to the weird in his tales, although there IS a weird atmosphere about it. I like these tales because I think the horror here is very discrete but at the same time overwhelming.)