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The Fungi from Yuggoth, by HP Lovecraft, Tenth (and final) reading, Parts 31-36

The Fungi from Yuggoth, by HP Lovecraft, Tenth (and final) reading, Parts 31-36

July 14, 2020

And thus we come to the end of Lovecraft's epic poem, the Fungi from Yuggoth, which has ranged all over the place.  I've enjoyed this project, it's been ambitious.  Thirty Six Stanzas!! 

I apologize for some of the audio spikes here and there.. my older snowball microphone may be giving up the ghost.  Fortunately, I have a replacement.

XXXI. The Dweller
The narrator enters a dream city version of Babylon where he saw a series on unearthed tombs opening to release walked out and into a 'gate of eternal night'.

XXXII. Alienation
The narrator then describes a man whose body has passed across space and saw many planets including Yaddith and then came back unable to perceive the world the same way again.

XXXIII. Harbour Whistles
The narrator describes harbor whistles in a night-lit town to meet a shipping line of mysterious forces manifesting into cosmic drones, and left with little sign they were there after that.

XXXIV. Recapture
The narrator entered the gate and was lead down to enter a lava-covered monstrous mound that had stairs not fit for a man, shrieking at him.

XXXV. Evening Star
An evening star shined on the narrator from the shades of a meadow, grown bigger, showing him pictures that he depicts as calling from home.

XXXVI. Continuity
The narrator then enters an aether linked to all the laws of time and space, locking dimensions, and one beam of light sent him back home on old farm building set against a hill.

Previous Reads:

First Reading Parts 1 & 2: The Book and Pursuit
Second Reading Parts 3 & 4: The Key and Recognition
Third Reading Parts 5 & 6: Homecoming and The Lamp
Fourth Reading Parts 7-9: Zaman's Hill, The Port & The Courtyard
Fifth Reading Parts 10-14: The Pigeon Flyers, The Well, Hesperia & The Star Winds
Sixth Reading Parts 15-18: Antartakos, The Window, A Memory & Gardens of Yin
Seventh Reading Parts 19-22: The Bells, Night Gaunts, Nyarlathotep & Azathoth
Eighth Reading Parts 23-26: The Mirage, The Canal, St. Toad's & The Familiars
Ninth Reading Parts 27-30: The Elder Pharos, Expentency, Nostalgia & Background
Tenth (Final) Reading Parts 31-36: The Dweller, Alienation, Harbour Whistles, Recapture, Evening Star & Continuity

Thank you for your patience thus far.  This ends the reading.

PLAGUE READINGS

The Fungi from Yuggoth, by HP Lovecraft, Ninth Reading, Parts 27-30

The Fungi from Yuggoth, by HP Lovecraft, Ninth Reading, Parts 27-30

July 8, 2020

The Fungi From Yuggoth

I haven't recorded in a while and wanted to catch up with the Yuggoth Project.  The Great Plague reading of THE FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH is nearing an end.  In this 9th reading, I read parts 27, 28, 29 and 30.  Only one more reading to go, I think.

XXVII. The Elder Pharos
In the sight of Leng, the narrator sees a ray of blue light that is said to come from a pharos in a stone tower where the last Elder One lives and talks to a figure with a yellow mask.

XXVIII. Expectancy
The narrator views an alluring light in the horizon where a 'breathless vague expectancy' shines across city spires and forests, that he claims makes life worth living.

XXIX. Nostalgia
The narrator enters a shore where he describes birds flying off and looking for an old shore that was their home in an endless horizon of ocean, and the shore has actually been sunken by alien polyps.

XXX. Background
The narrator goes to a village after seeing a light there, and finds that it's familiar to him from an old dream, inhabited by wraiths, who all respectfully give him space 'for eternity', seemingly recognizing him.

Previous Reads:

First Reading Parts 1 & 2: The Book and Pursuit
Second Reading Parts 3 & 4: The Key and Recognition
Third Reading Parts 5 & 6: Homecoming and The Lamp
Fourth Reading Parts 7-9: Zaman's Hill, The Port & The Courtyard
Fifth Reading Parts 10-14: The Pigeon Flyers, The Well, Hesperia & The Star Winds
Sixth Reading Parts 15-18: Antartakos, The Window, A Memory & Gardens of Yin
Seventh Reading Parts 19-22: The Bells, Night Gaunts, Nyarlathotep & Azathoth
Eighth Reading Parts 23-26: The Mirage, The Canal, St. Toad's & The Familiars

Thank you for your patience thus far.  

PLAGUE READINGS

The Oracle, by Robert Bloch

The Oracle, by Robert Bloch

June 14, 2020

An Oracle

Robert Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels. He was one of the youngest members of the Lovecraft Circle and began his professional writing career immediately after graduation, aged 17. He was a protégé of Lovecraft who was the first to seriously encourage his talent. However, while Bloch started his career by emulating Lovecraft and his brand of Cosmic Horror, he later specialized in crime and horror stories dealing with a more psychological approach.

Bloch was a contributor to pulp magazines such as Weird Tales in his early career, and was also a prolific screenwriter and a major contributor to fanzines and fandom in general.  Of course he is most easily identified as the author PSYCHO, the novel and screenplay, and sequels. ORACLE is a short story published in Penthouse, in 1971.  

The Abominations of Yondo, by Clark Ashton Smith

The Abominations of Yondo, by Clark Ashton Smith

June 12, 2020

 

Abominations Cover

I remain resolved to continue to add more Clark Ashton Smith material to Airy Persiflage.  Smith's wordplay has always delighted me; where his contemporary (and friend) Lovecraft could wax prolix page after page, Smith was both more economical in his word choice and more grandiloquent.  Both writers remind us of the potential and choices available in the English language, yet Smith, alone, always makes me scratch my head in wonder.  It's not every day I use fulvous, or hoary genii, or caparisoned.  In any event, here is Abominations, written in (probably) 1930 and often published in collections.  Forgive my sound quality.  I'm not using my favorite Microphone tonight.  

Visions of Sin, by Ambrose Bierce or.. “What Danehower will See…”

Visions of Sin, by Ambrose Bierce or.. “What Danehower will See…”

May 28, 2020

"What will Danehower see?" 

My favorite American person of letters is, by far and away, Mr. Ambrose Bierce.  He has eluded presentation on this series before today.  We'll have to rectify this.  Bierce was an amazing talent, far ahead of his time, a writer, journalist, poet, and one of the finest cynical minds ever created by an indifferent deity.  Here he is at the height of his powers, reporting on a young naval lieutenant who arrived home after being trapped on a Russian ice flow for two years.  

 

Song of the Necromancer, by Clark Ashton Smith

Song of the Necromancer, by Clark Ashton Smith

May 23, 2020

From Weird Tales volume 29, no. 3, 1937
Read by Walter O'Hara

The Fungi from Yuggoth by H.P. Lovecraft, Seventh Reading, parts 19-22

The Fungi from Yuggoth by H.P. Lovecraft, Seventh Reading, parts 19-22

May 22, 2020

Seventh Reading

XIX. The Bells
The narrator searched his memories to find the source of the chiming of bells on a steeple that he had recognized until, on March, he was called back to the black gulf by a cold rainfall.

XX. Night-Gaunts
From the distance of the black gulf the narrator spots Night-gaunts coming from the jagged peaks of Thok, and take him into the Nether Pits of the Underworld.

XXI. Nyarlathotep
The narrator was met by the true identity of his guider: Nyarlathotep, as he bared witness to him executing some people in an Egyptian tomb.

XXII. Azathoth
The narrator entered a spatial void where he meets Azathoth, in the presence of shapeless bat creatures dancing to music played by servitors, in which Nyarlathotep reveals that he is Azathoth's messenger.

Previous Posts in this Series

First Reading was retconned to be put on Podbean (contains "The Book" and "Pursuit")

Second Reading was on Audio (see post, below, containing  "The Key" and "Recognition")

Third Reading was on Audio (see post, below, containing  "Homecoming" and "The Lamp")

Fourth Reading was on Audio, (See post, below, containing  parts 7 "Zaman's Hill", 8 "The Port" and 9 "The Courtyard")

Fifth Reading was on Audio (see post, below, containing parts 10 "the Pigeon Flyers" 11 "the Well" 12 "The Howler" 13 "Hesperia" and 14 "The Star Winds"

Sixth Reading was on Podbean (see post, below) containing Parts 15:. Antarktokos, 16: The Window, 17: A memory  and 18: the Gardens of Yin

 

 

THE PLAGUE SERIES

RETCON: Fungi from Yuggoth, FIRST Reading (Was on Instagram), parts 1 and 2

RETCON: Fungi from Yuggoth, FIRST Reading (Was on Instagram), parts 1 and 2

May 14, 2020

Fungi from Yuggoth

I'm retconning reality here.  I published the first two stanzas of the Fungi from Yuggoth on April 8th on Instagram.  It was clumsy to refer to a separate media channel on Instagram when most of the files are here on Podbean, so today I extracted the audio, which isn't that bad, actually.  So here it is, the original recording of Parts 1 and 2 of the Fungi from Yuggoth, H.P. Lovecraft.

Part 1. The Book  The protagonist of the entire sequence obtains a book of forgotten mysteries in an old book store.

Part 2: Pursuit  The protagonist hurries home with his treasure but can't escape the sensation that he is being followed. 

The Fungi from Yuggoth, by H.P. Lovecraft. Fifth Reading, parts 10-14.  We pick up the pace a little.

The Fungi from Yuggoth, by H.P. Lovecraft. Fifth Reading, parts 10-14. We pick up the pace a little.

May 6, 2020

Cover from HPL book, German art

We've fallen behind our recording and this is my attempt to catch up with THE FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH.  It's a long series of stanzas.  Last time we ended with part 9, this time we will cover these parts in the fifth reading:

Part Ten: The Pigeon Flyers

The narrator was taken by these undead figures to a ritual in which birds would bring in offerings from Thog with one of them displaying an evil look.

Part Eleven: The Well

The narrator ends up helping a farmer named Seth Atwood remove a cursed well that drove his friend Eb into insanity, forcing Seth to kill him, only to find that the hole beneath the well was too deep to remove all the bricks from.

Part Twelve: The Howler

Despite warnings, the narrator went through the Briggs' Hill path which was once the highroad through to Zoar, which was destroyed by a man named Goody Watkins before he was hanged. After watching the sunset, he immediately runs upon hearing the sounds of a howling monster from a nearby house.

Part Thirteen: Hesperia

The narrator enters the land of Hesperia, which he describes as a paradise 'where beauty's meaning flowers' and a river of time brings in dreams through a starlit stream.

Part Fourteen: Star-Winds

The narrator watches the star-winds of Hesperia breeze along the cities, bringing bizarre sights and the view of the star Fomalhaut. These star-winds bring dreams and fertilize Yuggothian fungi and flowers.

That should get us back on track.  Thanks for following along everyone!

 

First Reading was retconned and put on Podbean (contains "The Book" and "Pursuit")

Second Reading was on Audio (see post, below, containing  "The Key" and "Recognition")

Third Reading was on Audio (see post, below, containing  "Homecoming" and "The Lamp")

Fourth Reading was on Audio, (See post, below, containing  parts 7 "Zaman's Hill", 8 "The Port" and 9 "The Courtyard")

THE PLAGUE SERIES

The Fungi from Yuggoth, by H.P. Lovecraft, Fourth Reading, parts 7-9

The Fungi from Yuggoth, by H.P. Lovecraft, Fourth Reading, parts 7-9

April 24, 2020

This is a continuation of my multipart reading of THE FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH by H.P. Lovecraft

This is the Fourth reading, parts 7 "Zaman's Hill", 8 "The Port" and 9 "The Courtyard" of the Poem.  Nine Stanzas down, Twenty-Seven left.  I think I will bump up production to four stanzas a post, or we'll never get done!

VII. Zaman's Hill
The narrator approached a hill with stories that it was alive and killed deer, birds, lost children, and a mailman from Aylesbury who had been ridiculed for saying that it was alive and ate people.

VIII. The Port
The narrator reaches a seaside port ten miles off of Arkham as the sun set, as a sailboat from his destination of Innsmouth sailed by, which the narrator did not wave to when he feels that Innsmouth was a very oddly-gray and unsettling town.

IX. The Courtyard
The narrator enters Innsmouth uncomfortable when seeing it's inhabitants, and sees them worshipping gods near the shore. He enters a courtyard which traps him with undead dancing men with no hands or heads.

First Reading was retconned from Instagram to Podbean (contains "The Book" and "Pursuit")

Second Reading was on Audio (see post, below, containing  "The Key" and "Recognition")

Third Reading was on Audio (see post, below, containing  "Homecoming" and "The Lamp")

THE PLAGUE SERIES

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