October 16th, 2008


Halloween Countdown, Day 16

LINKS OF THE DAY: Today I'd like to share some of my recommendations for spooky - and free! - Halloween listening fun

* There are many podcasts of old-time radio, but Vintage Horror Radio Podcast is the best in my opinion. This podcast shares the best of vintage radio programs that dramatized classic horror literature. The most recent October episode included a 1953 radio dramatization of Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado. Every Saturday in the month of October this podcast will share a haunted house story, and every Wednesday will be an episode featuring one of the great voices of terror such as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre!

* Mercury Theatre on the Air has free downloads of haunting radio plays by Orson Welles and his company, including dramatic adaptations of Dracula and Rebecca, as well as the infamous 1938 version of War of the Worlds.

* The Classic Tales is one of my very favorite podcasts. To celebrate Halloween, host B.J. Harrison is currently running an unabridged reading of The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

* The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company Podcast is always fun, and ARTC's most recent episode is the Halloween-friendly Haunter Hunters by Thomas Berry.

* The Cthulhu Podcast, a terrific podcast that highlights stories written and inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, is currently producing an unabridged reading of H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.

LITERATURE OF THE DAY: Today I would like to share a poem by one of my favorite authors (H.P. Lovecraft) about another of my favorite authors (Edgar Allan Poe). The poem was inspired by the cemetery at St. John's Episcopal Church in Providence, Rhode Island, a setting both men loved. Below are some of the pictures I took there.

St. John's Churchyard 2

"In a Sequester’d Providence Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk’d"
by H.P. Lovecraft

Eternal brood the shadows on this ground,
Dreaming of centuries that have gone before;
Great elms rise solemnly by slab and mound,
Arched high above a hidden world of yore.
Round all the scene a light of memory plays,
And dead leaves whisper of departed days,
Longing for sights and sounds that are no more.

Lonely and sad, a specter glides along
Aisles where of old his living footsteps fell;
No common glance discerns him, though his song
Peals down through time with a mysterious spell.
Only the few who sorcery's secret know,
Espy amidst these tombs the shade of Poe.

St. John's Churchyard 11

You can view more pictures from my tour of Lovecraft's Providence, including additional photos of the St. John's churchyard, here.