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Episode 11 – The Colour Out of Space, pt. 2 – H.P. Lovecraft
Happy after-'Ween. We hope you enjoyed your costumes, breaking time, and debauching in honor of dead ancestors. If you heard our pre-Halloween episode, part 1 of 'The Colour Out of Space', today’s episode we’ll be bringing you the second part. If you have not, go back and have a listen earlier in your podcast feed, or on the web here: https://nighttimestories.org/colour-out-of-space-pt2-lovecraft And if you have, I have good news: the conclusion is here. This week on the other end of...
Episode 10 – The Colour Out of Space, pt. 1 – H.P. Lovecraft
What wanders the stars? It troubles man in myriad forms even while it excites the imagination. So often the supernatural is rudely confined to terrors borne of the Earth we live and will always live on. For many of us, the most alien landscapes we ponder lie between our ears or out of sight. And when we’re visited by something further away, it’s put forever in the context of the awful things it might bring here. This is appropriate. This, no matter the consequence, holds a certain kindness,...
Episode 9 – Selections from the SCP Foundation
This week we bring you a curated selection from a project called the SCP Foundation. Unlike our usual tales here at Nighttime Stories, the veracity of this information can neither be confirmed nor denied; we bring you this information in the hope that understanding and knowledge can only preserve you! If you fear this isn’t the case, please, for what in our world is good and holy… If you’re following along on the SCP Foundation site, please feel free to pause this recording at any point to...
Episode 8 – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock – T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot left us several rather famous poems, and is still a much-perused and often criticized poet to this day. He was a Missourian American and later subject of the crown of the United Kingdom. Such a puzzle to me that kind of immigration and that sort of time in the world, but for that is an explanation best left to you to seek and resolve. For our subject today, however, emigration into old age, back into recesses of observation. This week Nighttime Stories presents to you 'The Love...
Episode 7 – The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Today we bring you 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published 1892 in "The New England Magazine". One of the unspoken principles of my upbringing in Williamsburg Bluffs was that of rigid roles for women, especially for mothers, in contrast to the relative freedom of men. While in the late 20th century male children were being raised with an understanding that their roles were important but their responsibility to them relaxed, women were often as much or more the...
Episode 6 – The Musgrave Ritual – Arthur Conan Doyle
This week we bring you the story originally intended for last week's episode, though we were overjoyed to be able to share an account of a dark god. Our story today, however, is a story of cold logic unlocking secrets in a world without a god, a world where even the prejudice we all turn toward cannot bar the incision of a well-trained mind. We hope you enjoy Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Musgrave Ritual', sometimes known as 'The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual', a tale of billets, butlers, and...
Episode 5 – Nyarlathotep – H.P. Lovecraft
A prose poem selected for this week, 'Nyarlathotep', by H.P. Lovecraft, first published in 1920. This week, we bring you a shorter episode than we had originally intended, having just recovered in the studio from a brief catastrophe. Yesterday, the information pipelines in our region were severed by the trident of a great scaled king. Having emerged initially from gods-know-where at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution or in mercantile areas of previous centuries, its literal size and...
Episode 4 – Afterward, pt. 2 – Edith Wharton
In this week's episode, we continue the story from episode 3, 'Afterward' by Edith Wharton. Listen on to complete the story of what you won't know until afterward. If you haven't listened to pt. 1, please look back in your podcast feed or visit here: http://nighttimestories.org/afterward-pt1-wharton
Episode 3 – Afterward, pt. 1 – Edith Wharton
Today's episode is the first of two parts of 'Afterward' by American author Edith Wharton. She spent her life in the stubborn and delightfully unbehaved pursuit of literature, a writer not many years after she could walk. Her material was brownstones, cobbles, and the role that was given to her, one she sought to push and break, and where she couldn't do either, slowly grow around and out of, like a tree on a fenceline. As ink on the page, it tends to turn into something else. Episode 4, the...
Episode 2 – Ligeia – Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe is well-known and poorly understood. There are many a curious gem scattered in the history of his life. Most recently, I learned of 'Eureka: A Prose Poem', which, while not exactly a prose poem in the sense I’m used to, is fascinating. And frankly sort of maddening. It is exactly what should be becoming popular of his at just around this moment in our history. I’ll refrain from further comment. But this story is not 'Eureka'. My first entrance into 'Ligeia' I was 15,...
Episode 1 – Celephaïs – H.P. Lovecraft
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an author little-known in his lifetime, but a huge influence in the 20th century and beyond on the horror and other genres of media. He grew up and lived almost his entire life in a city called Providence in what is now known as Rhode Island; he lived there and he died there as far as the histories tell us. One of my earliest influences , he always seemed to really believe through his voice as a writer in the unseen and unknowable horrors just beyond the thick...