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Voluminous: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft
278 minutes | Jan 9, 2023
We Are Mostly Puppets
A super-sized episode about one of HPL's longest letters. In this 70 page monster, HPL writes to Woodburn Harris and covers topics such as ethics, aesthetics, art, and the fall of the Roman Empire. Content warning: this episode features a few instances of the word we bleep. Brace yourself - we're going to be here for a while...
83 minutes | Nov 7, 2022
In which HPL engages with Texas author Robert E. Howard in a feisty debate about police brutality, chivalry, barbarianism and more. But all is well in the end as they celebrate their mutual love of cats and ice cream.
76 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
Letters to Sonny — a Hay Homecoming
We explore a feisty letter from HPL to Frank Belknap Long. It's part of a recent acquisition of Lovecraft letters donated to the John Hay Library at Brown. Sean & Andrew visit the Hay for a chat with HPL's personal librarian: Heather Cole.
78 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
Live from NecronomiCon
In which Sean and Andrew record a live show at NecronomiCon Providence. There they read an exchange of letters published in the newspaper between a local astronomy enthusiast and the astronomically inclined HPL. Hilarity ensues.
67 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Rapidly Ascending to Cosmic Matters
In which HPL writes young Donald Wandrei and opines about man's place in the vastness of the cosmos. Sean and Andrew discuss the Webb telescope and the history of man's understanding of the universe.
135 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
Elizabeth and the New York Boys
In which HPL writes his Aunt Lillian a diary letter describing a month of his life while living with Sonia in New York. He recounts two outings to Elizabeth, New Jersey and numerous excursions with his New York pals. Bleep Warning: this episode contains three instances of the word we bleep. https://www.hplhs.org/voluminous74.php
64 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Candidates for Immortality
In which publisher E. Haldeman-Julius writes ABOUT a letter from H.P. Lovecraft in which HPL provided lists of his favorite and least favorite people in history. Hear HPL celebrate Epicurus and Remy de Gourmont while he bags on T.S. Eliot and Jesus.
82 minutes | May 2, 2022
Nazis, Gangsters and Elvis
In which HPL writes to J. Vernon Shea about his wonderful new flat at 66 College Street. He also talks about Nazis and movies which leads Sean and Andrew to discuss the Hays Code in motion pictures, Elvis and much more.
96 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Enemies of Civilization
In which HPL vigorously engages with fellow author Robert E. Howard regarding barbarism, civilization, the Wild West and European nations invading neighboring countries.
56 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Curious Wonders and Spaghetti
In which HPL writes to his "grandson" Frank Belknap Long of his explorations of never-before-seen neighborhoods of old colonial Providence, including Federal Hill with its many Italian immigrants. We are proud to bring you the complete version of this letter which has previously only been published as a very brief excerpt! Be sure to visit the web page for this episode to see new info we did not have at recording time.
106 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Everyone's a Critic
HPL's correspondence with his amateur press buddy Edward H. Cole is revealed through six letters. Spanning decades, the letters explore art criticism, colonial architecture, condolences, and even a letter to a six month old baby!
82 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
Witch-Haunted Salem and Other Ghastliness
In which HPL writes his friend Samuel Loveman of goings on in the amateur press world and then recounts his visits to witch-haunted Salem and Newburyport - the inspiration for Innsmouth!
44 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
The Case of the Missing Dickybird
In which HPL discusses James F. Morton's plan to write detective stories about mineralogists and in which a "dickybird" stamp goes missing from an envelope. Detective hijinks abound in this lighthearted letter.
98 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Horrors and Red Hook
In which Lovecraft writes to Bernard Austin Dwyer and recalls his difficult days living in Red Hook, New York two years before. Life in a rough and diverse neighborhood taxed him sorely. Fittingly, we cover Morton's "The Curse of Race Prejudice" too.
92 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
The Wind that Is in the Grass
In which HPL prepares for a trip to DeLand, Florida to visit his young correspondent Robert H. Barlow. HPL offers travel tips, thoughts on mental health, and a robust breakdown of the latest issue of Weird Tales in preparation for his trip to visit his young friend.
100 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
This Is A Great Country
In which HPL sends a bunch of postcards to his aunts while on a visit with Vrest Orton in Vermont. HPL rhapsodizes about the glorious scenery and survival of old New England. And he gets a few ideas for a story that will take place in Vermont...
77 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
A Symphony of Galpin
A letter from June 24, 1933, in which HPL writes his old friend Alfred Galpin, sharing his joy about his new digs at 66 College Street and many other thoughts. Galpin was a composer, and music abounds in this episode. Be sure to check the web page for a re-creation of the 1933 Spring Festival of Music! And we are most proud to present a newly orchestrated version of Galpin's composition "A Lament for HPL" by Reber Clark.
90 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
A pair of letters in which HPL writes to his New Orleans friend E. Hoffman Price and discusses some of his favorite things: writing weird fiction, playing with kittens, and the unplumbed allure of East Indian curry!
88 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Long and Love-Kraft
In which HPL writes to Frank Belknap Long and, as usual, discusses a great many topics including cheese. And in which Sean & Andrew tell the tale of the acquisition of HPL's letters to FBL by Brown University.
68 minutes | May 3, 2021
Four for Farnsworth
In which we explore four letters from HPL to Farnsworth Wright, the editor of Weird Tales. Over a nine year period, we see the evolution of their relationship and delve into topics including the submission of "The Call of Cthulhu", a mystery tale by Zealia Bishop, and the untimely death of Robert E. Howard.
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