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H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 8: Episode 3: Letters July-October 1932

I continue to explore the fourth volume of Lovecraft's selected letters. While these 20 letters are not the most exciting we see a continuation of some important themes: frustration with publication in commercial fiction market and Lovecraft's flirtation with fascism.

Episode 559: Barbara Tuchman: The Proud Tower (1)

I kick off my four-part look at THE PROUD TOWER by Barbara Tuchman. The first two chapters of this book look at pre-Great War British aristocracy and anarchism. Two topics that do not see to meld, within a book that does either.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 8: Episode 2: Letters March-July 1932

In these letters we see Lovecraft's continued frustration over the the state of the magazine fiction market and the personal impact of the death of his aunt, Lillian Clark.

Episode 558: Barbara Tuchman: Guns of August (5)

The finale of my review of THE GUNS OF AUGUST by Barabara Tuchman. I give my overall feelings of this text along with a look at the last chapters and Tuchman's conclusion.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 8: Episode 1: Letters, January-March 1932

The H. P. Lovecraft letters from early 1932 show his frustration with the status of the Weird Tales and other magazines, as he finds he cannot match they style they desire and have come to expect from him. Some real anxiety in this set of correspondence.

Episode 557: Barbara Tuchman:The Guns of August (4)

Toward the end of Barbara Tuchman's THE GUNS OF AUGUST we explore the battle of Tannenberg and the retreat of French armies toward Paris. Tuchman also analyzes the situation at sea and the position of the USA in the early days of the Great War.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 15: The Trap (Lovecraft and Whitehead)

I finish up this series on Lovecraft's stories from the late 1920s and early 1930s with a look at his collaboration with Donald Whitehead, "The Trap". While not as amazing as the Bishop revisions, this story does have some interesting ideas, and a 17th century wizards.

Episode 556: Barbara Tuchman: The Guns of August (3)

Part three of a review of THE GUNS OF AUGUST by Barbara Tuchman. The logic of planning leading to entrenchment (military, institutional, and ideology) is explored in the middle chapters of this excellent study of the first days of the Great War.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 14: Medusa’s Coil

The last of the Lovecraft revisions of Zealia Bishop's work is also the most controversial. This short story explores the culture of the Black Atlantic, the post-war south, and art. It is the most detailed study of the artist by Lovecraft since "Pickman's Model".

Episode 555: Barbara Tuchman:The Guns of August (2)

In this episode, I explore the second part of THE GUNS OF AUGUST by Barbara Tuchman. In these chapters we see how the war plans set up by the Great Powers made conflict unavoidable and prevented military and political institutions from changing course. 

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 13: The Mound (2)

I did not plan to record any two-part reviews of the H. P. Lovecraft revisions, but THE MOUND is such a massive and interesting tale that I just had to this time. In this episode, we focus on the culture and society of K'n-yan.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 12: The Mound (1)

One of Lovecraft's most significant revision works was the novella THE MOUND. Zealia Bishop provided the original prompt and Lovecraft ran with it creating an entire civilization. Influenced by THE COMING RACE by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

H.P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 11: The Curse of Yig

In this episode, I explore THE CURSE OF YIG by Zealia Bishop and H. P. Lovecraft. It is one of his most famous revisions and a great story that takes Lovecraft's worldbuilding to the American Midwest.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 10: The Shadow Over Innsmouth (Part 3)

My final thoughts on THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH by H. P. Lovecraft. This story ends with some action and then an coda examining our narrator's deep family history.

Next, we will explore the Zealia Bishop revisions.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 9: The Shadow Over Innsmouth (Part 2)

In this episode, I dig deeper into THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH. We get a walking tour of the city, in classic H. P. Lovecraft style.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 8: Shadow Over Innsmouth (Part 1)

In this episode I give my thoughts on the early pages of THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH by H. P. Lovecraft. One of his most important stories, for many reasons.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 7: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 4)

The finale of my coverage of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. So what did Danforth see? That is the most compelling mystery at the close of this epic story. Next up, SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH.

Episode 454: Barbara Tuchman: The Guns of August (Part 1)

So glad to be back with a volume of The Library of America. This episode will begin a one-month series exploring THE GUNS OF AUGUST and THE PROUD TOWER, beginning with the opening chapters of GUNS. The warnings of the Great War speak to the Cold War in rather direct ways.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 6: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 3)

This episode is part 3 of my coverage on AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H. P. Lovecraft. Much of this section deals with the history and society of the Elder Things and brings us right up to the climax of the story.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 5: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 2)

In this episode I dig deeper into AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, which as Lovecraft tries to warn us is a bad idea. Part 2 of 4.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 4: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 1)

One of the more popular H. P. Lovecraft stories is AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. It may really be the best example of Lovecraft's later style. The opening pages focus on science and exploration. I give my thoughts on these early sections.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 3: Whisperer in Darkness (Part 3)

The finale of my review of THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS by H. P. Lovecraft. Things get nice and cosmic and strange in the final chapters of this story, but for me the early chapters contain the most interesting elements.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode2: Whisperer in Darkness (Part 2)

This episode is the second of three covering my thoughts on THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS. Fun with letters from a crazy friend.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 7: Episode 1: The Whisperer in Darkness (Part 1)

THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS begins a new phase in Lovecraft's career and a new series in this podcast. The rich look at folklore, skepticism, and conspiracy make this story lots of fun. I just get started reviewing this tale in this episode.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 6: Episode 10: Fungi from Yuggoth (Second Half)

The second part of my review of FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH by H. P. Lovecraft. Also, plenty of evidence on why I should not be doing too much with Lovecraft's poems.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 6: Episode 9: Fungi from Yuggoth (First Half)

My thoughts on the first half of FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH by H. P. Lovecraft. This is a cycle of sonnets exploring various of Lovecraft's themes, vistas, and questions.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 6: Episode 8: Letters Septmber-December 1931

We wrap up our look at the third volume of the "Selected Letters of H. P. Lovecraft" with the later part of 1931. During this period, Lovecraft was writing THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH. He begins to write with increasing frequency to J. Vernon Shea, a young weird fiction writer.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series: Episode 7: Letters July-September 1931

Lovecraft was not writing too much fiction in the summer of 1931 (the exception being the collaboration "The Trap" with Henry Whitehead), but as always was busy with his penpals. Included in this period is a letter to Elizabeth Toldridge in which Lovecraft explores the causes of the Great Depression. For my money, this is the highlight of this set.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 6: Episode 6: Letters January - July 1931

In the first half of 1931, H. P. Lovecraft was writing AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, but he was also also writing some substantial letters. A highlight here is on to Frank Belknap Long one cosmic isolation, race, and machine culture. Another fascinating letter is to Henry George Weiss on socialism and ethics. This episode explores these and more.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Episode 6.5. Letters November 1930-January 1931

In the winter of 1930-31, H P. Lovecraft wrote about time travel stories with Clark Ashton Smith, Asian poetry with Elizabeth Toldridge, Quebec with James Morton, and atheism with August Derleth. There is more but you will need to listen to this episode.

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