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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2009, 08:24:14 PM »
I'd like to read a story about H.P. Lovecraft that, I dunno, cast him as the leader of an exploratory team of spacefaring scientists or something.  Like if H.P. Lovecraft had been the guy investigating the Marilyn Monroe deaths in "Hard Rain at the Fortean Cafe," that would have been really cool. 

Sounds like you've got a story idea:  I'd like to read that one when it's finished.   ;D

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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2009, 09:21:34 PM »
I'm going to weigh in with a solid not-liking. I didn't care about the characters, I didn't find the events evocative or frightening, and after years of putting up with it from Whedon, the geek self-hate really got on my nerves. The conclusion - I should feel shaken, but actually I'm just going to flee to the city - rendered the story a non-event in the narrator's life. I also didn't love the reading. The accents were ok, but often a little too difficult to understand. Especially when the evil-crazy-old dude (ECOD) was speaking from inside the narrator's head. I ended up entirely guessing what he was saying and I'm still not sure how much of the story I missed because of it.

That said, there was one neat moment. When the narrator described the Thing that came for the time travelers - kind of a super badass Hound of Tindalos? The name and function of the thing is one of the things I missed thanks to ECOD's special effects voice - the dawning horror in his voice was well communicated by the writing and the reading. It was a good moment.

Unfortunately, a good moment in a story I really didn't like much. I give it a single brown dwarf.
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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2009, 09:25:17 PM »
I'd like to read a story about H.P. Lovecraft that, I dunno, cast him as the leader of an exploratory team of spacefaring scientists or something.  Like if H.P. Lovecraft had been the guy investigating the Marilyn Monroe deaths in "Hard Rain at the Fortean Cafe," that would have been really cool.  Instead, it always ends up being, "Lovecraft's stories were TWOO and someone's eating his brain (or he's trying to eat someone else's brain.)"

Check out The Chinatown Deathcloud Peril. In that novel, Lovecraft is... Lovecraft. A weird tales hack who was never successful in his own lifetime and died young of stomach cancer. The fact that Lovecraft's bit - but essential - part in the book happens against a backdrop of a half-Chinese warlord with plans to murder New York via teratogenic poison gas and the pulp authors who have to stop him is sheer brilliance.
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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2009, 02:52:20 PM »
I'm almost positive I've read this story somewhere else, previously.  If not, it was one that was similar enough to be verging on plagiarism.

I do get a little tired of the fact that every story involving H.P. Lovecraft ends up going to the exact same place.   ...it always ends up being, "Lovecraft's stories were TWOO and someone's eating his brain (or he's trying to eat someone else's brain.)"

Yeah, Robert Bloch already went there and did that with his novel Strange Eons, and it's hard to imagine anybody topping it.

This story?  Was okay; didn't hate it.
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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2009, 04:08:32 PM »
The story is a good one, however I don't like the new england accent that the reader murders

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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2009, 09:25:15 PM »
Check out The Chinatown Deathcloud Peril. In that novel, Lovecraft is... Lovecraft. A weird tales hack who was never successful in his own lifetime and died young of stomach cancer. The fact that Lovecraft's bit - but essential - part in the book happens against a backdrop of a half-Chinese warlord with plans to murder New York via teratogenic poison gas and the pulp authors who have to stop him is sheer brilliance.

Does it involve a zeppelin?
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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2009, 01:36:17 AM »
Check out The Chinatown Deathcloud Peril. In that novel, Lovecraft is... Lovecraft. A weird tales hack who was never successful in his own lifetime and died young of stomach cancer. The fact that Lovecraft's bit - but essential - part in the book happens against a backdrop of a half-Chinese warlord with plans to murder New York via teratogenic poison gas and the pulp authors who have to stop him is sheer brilliance.

Does it involve a zeppelin?

I'm trying to remember. I don't think so. It's a shame - really, with a Zeppelin the book would have been perfect.
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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #27 on: December 19, 2009, 03:50:43 AM »
Sounds pretty entertaining anyway.
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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2009, 04:36:26 PM »
I'm almost positive I've read this story somewhere else, previously.  If not, it was one that was similar enough to be verging on plagiarism.

This particular story was first published in ChiZine. And, as Square1 mentioned above, is intentionally a riff on another story. So, it's possible you read it somewhere else :)

And now you all have that reminded me that Paul Malmont's book is one of those that has been languishing on bookshelf that I really, really need to read.

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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #29 on: December 28, 2009, 05:47:25 PM »
Not up to Pseudopod's typically high standards. Not in the least.

It's sooo up to their standards.

Personally, I wouldn't classify MOST of what PP runs as horror. They just don't have the components required to unsettle many people. Now, that being said, the stories ARE generally dark in nature. Just not anything near scary.

This one is just like all those others.

Except that I liked it.

Wow. I couldn't disagree more.
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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2010, 05:08:07 AM »
Alright, I know everyone's already piled it on about the accent, but... seriously?  Are you kidding me?

I'm FROM Vermont.  And while, admittedly, I'm not from the parts of Vermont (more east and into farming and rural communities) where they tend to have strong New England-style accents, that was nowhere near ANYTHING you'd hear here.  At best, it occasionally strayed, I think, to something sounding like Massachusetts as done by one of the Kennedy family, but... it was painful.  A previous poster mentioned being embarrassed by bad southern accents, as he (or she) was from the South, but I've never actually been embarrassed myself about people pretending to be from my area of the USA.  Until today.


THAT being said, I enjoyed the story - it was occasionally difficult to understand the collector, but I didn't have any trouble understanding him when he was yelling from inside the brain in the past.  An interesting little tale, and the collector's motivation is so strange as to be fascinating.
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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #31 on: January 05, 2010, 05:39:03 PM »
I hope it's not too cruel to say that this story should have been on escape pod. It was very well written, but rather than scary it was funny. Funny in a good way though.
Of course a lot of the humour came from the accent (I thought it sounded Swedish at some points, and sort of Texas-meets-Germany at others) but there were other images involved. I got the giggles (appropriately) at the "sex thing" part but the funniest part of the story by far which I thought was meant to be the scary bit was when the Lovecraftian monster ends up in the old bloke's body and starts flopping around and screeching.
So yeah, I really enjoyed the story. The only thing that really detracted from it was the extended passages of the letters; I appreciate they served to set the scene but they seemed out of place and I felt my attention wane.

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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2010, 12:18:17 AM »
Not up to Pseudopod's typically high standards. Not in the least.

It's sooo up to their standards.

Personally, I wouldn't classify MOST of what PP runs as horror. They just don't have the components required to unsettle many people. Now, that being said, the stories ARE generally dark in nature. Just not anything near scary.

This one is just like all those others.

Except that I liked it.

Wow. I couldn't disagree more.

and i agree with Macbean. i thought the story was the hope for any fan fiction homage story. time traveling, forces of evil, life and death, magic. all within a contained few minutes and not a lot of turning into a long drawn out series. loved the story
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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2010, 10:37:57 AM »
Just listened to this one as well, it is what happens when you bank up 20 podcasts.
I have liked the reader in many other tales, this time i almost jumped over board. Some voices are good for some settings, some are good for others.

I wanted to like this story, in fact i think once i think about it without the reading i do.  I have been listening to a HP lovecraft literary podcast, and they have been talking quite a lot about the man personally. This story was another neat little perspective, i think it could have had a more sutiable reader.

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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2010, 09:59:27 PM »
Listened to this one while working yesterday. Sure the one accent was wobbly, but I found the remainder of the production and voice work quite nice. The story did a good job of paying homage to HPL and HPL's style and form all in the same story.

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Re: Pseudopod 172: The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2010, 09:43:13 PM »
I'd like to read a story about H.P. Lovecraft that, I dunno, cast him as the leader of an exploratory team of spacefaring scientists or something.
You are in luck!  A guy named P.H. Cannon wrote a few short stories featuring Old Grampa himself:
The Lovecraft Papers
It appears to be out of print, and it's set in a New York slum, rather than space, but, yeah, pretty much what you said.  He also did some very funny parodies of P.G. Wodehouse with a Lovecraftian twist, which some have labled H.P.G. Wodecraft.  It's not high art, but fun, especially for fans of turn of the 20th century weird fiction.