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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.


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Oct. 16th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
I had not read that Lovecraft poem before. Wow!

Thanks for that!
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing your lovely pictures before (who could forget the Fleur de Lys studio,) but it was nice perusing them again. The poem was lovely, too, so melancholy. I hadn't read it before, so thanks for posting it!
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you for your kind words and for looking at my pictures. It is a powerful poem, isn't it?
Oct. 17th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for linking to our blog on the 2nd. I've been travelling recently to gather new photos and stories for our website and would have missed your mention of us if it were not for Distaff_Exile.

The first time I visited St. John's I was struck by how much smaller it was than I'd pictured in my head. It was also so bright and cheerful that day that I had a hard time picturing the cemetery as Lovecraft described it. I was cursed with the same wonderful weather on my two following visits in the years after. Is a little gloom to much to ask for? :)

Did you make it to the Providence Athenaeum during your visit? That place rocks! Here's our current list of destinations in Providence (complete with pics): http://www.thecabinet.com/darkdestinations/locale.php?sub_id=dark_destinations&parent=countrystate&country=United%20States&state=Rhode%20Island&by=city&locale=Providence

I leave you with a photo (assuming LJ cooperates with my link) I took out on the sidewalk in front of St. John's. It is three pipes and handle sticking out of the cement. One of the pipes had been crushed and gave the whole thing a floral appearance. Most people I show the photo to assume that thing is a deliberate sculpture.

Happy October!
-Tom G
Oct. 17th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
What a fantastic picture! It really does look intentionally crafted, doesn't it?

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I did make it to the Providence Athenaeum. It's a marvelous place! They were doing some renovation there when I visited, but I still managed to get some decent pictures. (All of my Lovecraftian Providence pictures are here.) As for St. John's, I nearly missed the cemetery. I walked around and around before finding my way inside. It is small - and well hidden! Especially from street level. When I visited, the place was rather short on gloom, too. :)

Thank you so much for the link to your Providence sites! I am loving reading your blog. It's terrific.
Oct. 17th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Just looked over your photos. Very cool. Our web site is built on user submissions. If you should ever want to share your photos there or even create an entry, you'd be very welcome. :)

I notice you had the Old Court B&B in your photos. I spent the night there and didn't find out about its possible Lovecraftian status until after I had checked out. I was in the parking lot and opened my guidebook up to decide which Lovecraftian location I would visit first...only to discover I'd just exited from one. I'd spent the night (and um...ahem...had sex) in the possible home of Dr. Elihu Whipple. It was an odd feeling.

Thanks for the praise of our blog. I'm enjoying reading yours as well.
Oct. 18th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Just looked over your photos. Very cool. Our web site is built on user submissions. If you should ever want to share your photos there or even create an entry, you'd be very welcome. :)

Wow, thanks so much! I'd be very happy to do either one. I love sharing pictures - and anything to do with Lovecraft. :)

By the way, I don't know if you're interested, but I also posted a haunted tour of Lenoir-Rhyne University here, with pictures and explanations.

I've toured the floor level of the Old Court B&B but never stayed there. Do you recommend it? I plan to go back to Providence for a research trip in the next year, and I was thinking perhaps of staying there. It's soooo convenientely located - and then there's that Lovecraft angle.

I'd spent the night (and um...ahem...had sex) in the possible home of Dr. Elihu Whipple.

Bwahaha! Now I'll always think of that... Perhaps it was best that you didn't know the Lovecraft connection until afterwards. It might've altered the mood. ;)
Oct. 17th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
The only true OTR adaptation (by that I mean one that had been broadcasted on a radio show Back in the Day) of Lovecraft I know of was the Suspense adaptation of The Dunwich Horror with Oscar winner Ronald Coleman as Dr. Armitage which is pretty good. While S.T. Joshi speaks poorly of it, he's always struck me as a bit of a prick. Plus I get the impression that he resents the existence of The Dunwich Horror for not fitting his concept of the Cthulhu Mythos.

Though not actually Lovecraft, the OTR show Quiet Please had an episode called The Thing on the Fourble Board which has a Lovecraft vibe to it. I hope this link works.

Oct. 17th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
Excellent! Thank you so much for the link. I haven't heard this one, so I look forward to listening!
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