EPISODE ARCHIVE

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MUSIC LIST

New England is Interesting by BOPD

Night Music by Blue Dot Sessions

Louisiana Swamp Priests by Sono Sanctus

The Horror in Clay by Sono Sanctus

In His House of R'lyeh by Sono Sanctus

The Starkweather Moore Expedition by Sono Sancuts

​Exham Priority by Sono Sanctus



​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Episode 148: Inverting Lovecraft

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Episode 37: When Cthulhu Calls

This week's episode is a radio drama, and a co-production with the excellent podcast Here Be Monsters. The writer H.P. Lovecraft describes Cthulhu as a gargantuan, aquatic being with tentacles on its mouth, and bat-like wings  Yet there's so much cute merchandise turning that green grotesque into an ironic meme. Maybe these merchants are true believers trying to manage their terror of the Great Old One, because they know it's real -- and rising. With Sheldon Solomon, Dan Truman, Bill Lobley and Ann Scobie

The works of H. P. Lovecraft have inspired a number of Black creators, from the new HBO series Lovecraft Country to the novella The Ballad of Black Tom -- but Lovecraft himself was exceptionally racist. So why are so many writers of color using his mythology to illustrate the experience of being a marginalized person? I talk with novelist Victor LaValle, novelist Premee Mohamed, Michigan State professor Kinitra Brooks, and UCR Irvine professor John Jennings about how to separate a bigoted writer from his brilliant mythology. Also featuring actor Varick Boyd.