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Episode 62 - The Innsmouth Book Club


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Preemptive apologies to all you cinephiles out there, but this episode is for the bibliophiles. Rob Poyton and Tim Mendees from Innsmouth Book Club hop across the pond to join us for a discussion on horror literature. Leaving the smell of fish behind them, the gents bring classy English accents to go along with a discussion on what makes writing scary in contrast with film, the differences between horror fiction and Lovecraft's signature brand of "weird fiction," and -- of course -- a plethora of recommendations of stories and books to enjoy (and avoid). 

If you want to check out any of the work mentioned on this episode, you can use the links below to read or purchase.

Short Stories

"The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood

"The Smoke Ghost" by Fritz Leiber

"Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book" by M.R. James

"The Last Feast of Harlequin" by Thomas Ligotti

"Graveyard Shift" by Stephen King

"The Tale of Santampara Zeiros" by Clark Ashton Smith

"The Outsider" by H.P. Lovecraft

"Supernatural Horror in Literature" by H.P. Lovecraft

Books & Story Collections

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Hole in the Moon and Other Tales (featuring "Brenda") by Margaret St. Clair

The Folio Book of Horror Stories edited by Ramsey Campbell

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Association by Bentley Little

The Auctioneer by Joan Samson

Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti

Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth (featuring "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6" by Caitlin R. Kiernan)

Daughter of Hounds by Caitlin R. Kiernan

The Color of Evil (featuring "Sticks" by Karl Edgar Warner)

The Book of Cthulhu (featuring "Fat Face" by Michael Shea)

Pin by Andrew Neiderman

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

H.P. Selects: Classic Horror Stories 


Hop the bus and head to Innsmouth Gold

Keep up with the work of Tim Mendees, Creator of Nightmares


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