We’re back and we’re trying to work out how to cook this shantak egg we bought. Boiling it seemed practical until we realised we’d need a pot as large as a house. Frying poses similar problems unless we can work out how to convert a radio telescope dish into a wok. Scrambling seems like the best option as we can do that in batches. Now, how do we get into this shell? Anyone have a jackhammer handy?
Main Topic: The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 3
This is the third of our multi-episode exploration of Lovecraft’s first novel, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. In our first two episodes (part 1 and part 2), we looked at the story’s origins and followed Randolph Carter’s increasingly odd adventures. Now, we’re deep into the story and things aren’t getting any less weird.
As ever, we pick the story apart, looking for Call of Cthulhu inspiration. There’s also some debate about the metaphysics of dreamland. And we spend far too long arguing about how dark a journey to the moon might be.
Things we mention in this episode include:
- The Untouchables (1987)
- HP Lovecraft Historical Society audiobook of Lovecraft’s complete fiction
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
- A Dreamer’s Tales by Lord Dunsany
- Changeling: the Dreaming
- At the Mountains of Madness
- Spirit of the Century
- Cthulhu Dark Ages
- The Shining (1980)
- The Ritual (2017)
- Antoni Gaudi
- Inception (2010)
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- The Shadow Out of Time by HP Lovecraft
- Desire in Buddhism
- Shantak birds
A Weekend With Good Friends
A Weekend With Good Friends is approaching fast. This is the online convention organised by the wonderful listeners of the podcast, taking place on our Discord server. The con is scheduled to run from the 18th to the 20th of February 2022.
GM signups have now closed and we have around 130 games on offer, spanning 50 game systems. Don’t worry if you missed the deadline — you will be able to offer pickup games throughout the convention.
Player signups open on the 4th of February. Check the main convention page for a link to the signup form once they do.
Neal Stanifer very generously sent us two amazing pieces of artwork created by his brother. You can hear our reactions to seeing them for the first time in this episode. Those are screams of delight, we promise you.
Thank you very much to both the Stanifer brothers for their generosity and desire to unsettle us!