Podsothoth: A Lovecraft Book Club

34: The Horror at Red Hook (Discussion)

April 18, 2023 Huge Success, LLC Season 1 Episode 34
Podsothoth: A Lovecraft Book Club
34: The Horror at Red Hook (Discussion)
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Show Notes

In which Tod and Claire discuss The Horror at Red Hook by HP Lovecraft, which was first published in the January, 1927 issue of Weird Tales. Please note, this is a horror podcast, so it might not be for everyone. We swear some in this episode, but more importantly, we talk, at length, about Lovecraft's unabashed racism and nativism, as well as discuss many scenes of police brutality.

This is, near as we can tell, the worst story we've read so far on the podcast, when it comes to both the story and the barely concealed subtext. We're glad to have had the opportunity to discuss it, and of course, the portrayal of Detective Malone in the Tell No Tales staging of The Atrocities at Arkham was an absolute delight. But, boy oh boy, that source material is not great.

In any event, speaking of Tell No Tales, you should follow them on whatever social media they use these days, as well as our other new friend of the show, Screen Rebels. Our mission now is to get both West End London theater companies to come to Providence for NecronomiCON 2024 and perform for American audiences in Lovecraft's home town! Let's make this happen!

Now for the links mentioned in the show:

Nocturne, the vampire bar that might be owned by the band Massive Attack, is described here. It's really pretty neat. Go there if you have a chance.

Nethack, the greatest video game ever made, is currently on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. You too can dance with succubi and incubi.

Read the 1902 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica, if you want to delve into history.

Alternatively, you can read a 2018 Norwegian Refuge Council report on present-day Yezidis and the recurring genocide they've been suffering since forever. They are real people and definitely not devil worshippers.

For lighter listening, catch our ad on Greatest Generation episode 455. It's toward the end, but really, you should listen to the whole episode.

And here's how I learned how to pronounce Pascoag.

Claire mentioned the Magnificent Mile in reference to Chicago, and I only mention this is because Tod will be in Chicago in the middle of May, 2023 for a secret hacker conference. If you want to hang out, drop us a line at @podsothoth@defcon.social or hideous@podsothoth.club.

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