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The "Suggestions For Podcasts" thread
In Elder Sign
pietermerel
Feb 20, 2022
It's never over.
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Black Corfu and black speculative fiction
In Elder Sign
Black Corfu and black speculative fiction
In Elder Sign
pietermerel
Nov 22, 2021
Thanks for the list!
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Monsters as people (Chetwynd-Hayes)
In Elder Sign
pietermerel
Sep 09, 2021
@ktvician Exactly my thought!
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Monsters as people (Chetwynd-Hayes)
In Elder Sign
pietermerel
Jul 25, 2021
@G.L. McDorman I will!
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The Alchemist by HPL
In Elder Sign
pietermerel
May 18, 2021
@thomasiota I think I'm one of the few who discovered Lovecraft through a book and not through an RPG or metal, this book being a collection of stories from August Derleth (gathering dust in my mother's bookshelf). But I played AD&D (and D&D 3rd ed.) a lot myself some 25 years ago. I always was a dwarf, so I had to crawl dungeons 😉 Both The Nameless City (being a sort of overture to The Mountains of Madness) and He are among my top favorite Lovecraft stories. The second sentence of He is one of the most Lovecraftian sentences of his oeuvre I think: 'My coming to New York had been a mistake; for whereas I had looked for poignant wonder and inspiration in the teeming labyrinths of ancient streets that twist endlessly from forgotten courts and squares and waterfronts to courts and squares and waterfronts equally forgotten, and in the Cyclopean modern towers and pinnacles that rise blackly Babylonian under waning moons, I had found instead only a sense of horror and oppression which threatened to master, paralyse, and annihilate me.' I published a collection of my own weird horror/magical realist stories (in Dutch: Gepelde aarde) and I've had three of them translated. This week I started to get them published in ezines. (But as I understand it, that could take a long time.) Look at the Claytemple Fiction forum for some help I got on this topic: https://www.claytemplemedia.com/forum/claytemple-fiction/publishing-my-translated-weird-tales. I see now that Wattpad can also be used for Dutch texts, but I don't know if that will work as well as for English texts. In any case I'm going to look into it - and certainly see what else you've written!
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The Lighthouse
In Elder Sign
pietermerel
Apr 16, 2021
When I saw that this movie would be discussed here and watched a trailer I really wanted to watch it. The trailer was promising and I really like Willem Dafoe (because of him I watched it as a sort of Lars von Trier movie, which was a good way to view it). I managed to get some references and symbolism out of the film when watching it, but after listening to the podcast realize it's even richer than I thought it was. (So now I want to watch it again.) Apart from that, the acting, the artwork and the atmosphere of the movie are simply great! I think it's one of my all time favorites now. I was also surprised it was done by the same director as The Witch, also one of my favorite movies. As for the discussion on the podcast: I also think there is no supernatural reality in this movie (sorry). The movie is called Lovecraftian by many, and of course there is the sea, the tentacles and a remote building, but the type of fear and insanity are not Lovecraftian but clearly Poesk. As I read on the internet, the movie also references to Poe's last (unfinished) story with the posthumous title 'The Light-House' - quote: "Themes of foreboding, isolation and paranoia are apparent in The Light-House. (...) Like many of Poe's works, The Light-House has been studied autobiographically. The lighthouse keeper, then, stands in for Poe himself, who is expressing his own feelings of being alone and isolated and questioning if he can survive." (Wikipedia). If this is so, maybe the reading of the 'Toms' as one and the same person isn't so far-fetched anymore, though I preference the interpretation of two men growing insane and reestablishing folklore as source of wisdom because of isolation and the 'maddening sea'.
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