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CD Review: Rats in the Walls

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Exham Priory: 1261 -1923

By Kathryn L Ramage

“Our host spun quite a ghost story. M.R. James couldn’t do better.”

The Rats in the Walls is my favorite HP Lovecraft story. It’s a wonderful, deeply disturbing tale of a wealthy American named Delapore who restores his ancestral home in England. The sound of spectral rats (which only he and his pet cats can hear) lead him to an ancient stone altar in the sub-cellar of the old priory and a tunnel hidden beneath it; there, he discovers not only the secret that led his ancestor to flee Exham Priory in the early 1600s, but remnants of unspeakable horrors perpetrated by a cult that went on for millennia on that same site, a cult in which his family were only the most recent members.

What I like most about this story isn’t the trappings of old-fashioned gothic horror implicit in the ruins of the priory, nor the eons-old cannibal cult–though both certainly have their charms. It’s that it plays upon the same theme as the Nigel Kneale stories I most enjoy, Quatermass and the Pit, and The Stone Tape: the history of the Bad Place goes back and back through centuries to the earliest days of humanity… and perhaps …read more

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Please remember the Wapshott Press on Giving Tuesday 2017

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By Ginger Mayerson

Hello Friends of Wapshott Press,

Please help support us in 2018 with your tax deductible donation to the Washott Press (http://wapshottpress.org) while PayPal adds 1% to your donation during the holiday season. 1% percent helps us, especially because PayPal doesn’t take any fees from the donation to us. Click here https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2716533 or here http://bit.ly/2zrNcx6 to donate to the Wapshott Press. Read on for some ways to for us to thank you for your support. And please feel free to forward this post to anyone you think might be interested, thanks.

Your donation to the Wapshott Press is always very welcome and will be put to excellent use. This year is the first time we’re asking for donations through the PayPal Giving Fund because from Giving Tuesday, November 28 to December 31, 2017, PayPal will add 1% to your donation in support of the Wapshott Press. And we need your support in 2018, so any donation will be very important to our success. So with that in mind, we have some special sponsorships and premiums to go with your donation:

For $750 we will thank you profusely on the back cover of the book of your choice, and send …read more

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Please remember the Wapshott Press on Giving Tuesday (especially because PayPal is giving us an additional 1% on all donations)

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Hello Friends of Wapshott Press,

Please help support us in 2018 with your tax deductible donation to the Washott Press (http://wapshottpress.org) while PayPal adds 1% to your donation during the holiday season. 1% percent helps us, especially because PayPal doesn’t take any fees from the donation to us. Click here https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2716533 or here http://bit.ly/2zrNcx6 to donate to the Wapshott Press. Read on for some ways to for us to thank you for your support. And please feel free to forward this post to anyone you think might be interested, thanks.

Your donation to the Wapshott Press is always very welcome and will be put to excellent use. This year is the first time we’re asking for donations through the PayPal Giving Fund because from Giving Tuesday, November 28 to December 31, 2017, PayPal will add 1% to your donation in support of the Wapshott Press. And we need your support in 2018, so any donation will be very important to our success. So with that in mind, we have some special sponsorships and premiums to go with your donation:

For $750 we will thank you profusely on the back cover of the book of your choice, and send you a signed and an unsigned copy of the book you choose to sponsor. Titles and descriptions are below. This offer is only good for Storylandia and J Bloglandia. Click here https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2716533 or here http://bit.ly/2zrNcx6 to donate. We’ll be in touch about which book you’d like to be thanked on.

For $650 we will thank you profusely on the back cover of the book of your choice, and send you two copies of the book you choose to sponsor. Titles and descriptions are below. Click here https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2716533 or here http://bit.ly/2zrNcx6 to donate. We’ll Read more at source

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Audio Review: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

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The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

By Kathryn L Ramage

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s Dark Adventure Radio Theatre does a story by Edgar Allan Poe for a change. This audio drama is not on CD, but offered as a free downloadable MP3 file along with the “cover” art and a PDF of the liner notes.

From these liner notes, I learned that when this story was published in 1845, it was viewed as a real medical case:

“… perhaps because it has the word “Facts” in its title — it was taken as a piece of non-fiction. Many people believed “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” was a true account of the disturbing power of mesmerism. Poe enjoyed the confusion for a while, but eventually confessed in various letters that it was pure fiction.”*

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar is a story in which mesmerism is used to “stave off” death and “the boundaries of science and medicine journey to an unthinkable extreme.”

You can read Poe’s original story online at https://poestories.com/read/facts.

The audio play starts with a broadcast baseball game between the NY Yankees and Detroit Tigers being called on account of rain in the middle of the third inning, leaving an unprepared local radio station …read more

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Storylandia 23, “Aerial Views,” by Fred Russell, now on sale!

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Where to buy: Amazon (eligible for free shipping) and Kindle.

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Aerial Views

DAILY LIFE IN ANCIENT AMERICA

(From a Report to the Intergalactic Exploration Society)

The planet Earth, as we all know, is the third body in the so-called solar system of the galaxy referred to by its former inhabitants as the Milky Way. That there are similar systems throughout this galaxy is common knowledge. The current report sums up the fifth season of excavations on this dead planet, confining itself to the region known in local parlance as “America,” or, in other sources, “the United States of America.” And while the primitive beings who populated this region are no different in essential features from those who inhabited other regions of the planet, our finds have made it possible to speculate more boldly about a number of questions that have occupied researchers for eons. These concern, first and foremost: 1) the age-old question of a possible evolutionary link between these beings and ourselves, as farfetched as such a link has always seemed, given the enormous distance and span of time that separate us; 2) the relationship between the two species of intelligent life uncovered on the planet; 3) the relationship between these species and the drones who served them in the peculiar society that prevailed there.

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Storylandia 23, “Ariel Views,” by Fred Russell, now on sale!

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By Ginger Mayerson

Where to buy: Amazon (eligible for free shipping) and Kindle.

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Where to buy: Amazon (eligible for free shipping) and Kindle.

Ariel Views

DAILY LIFE IN ANCIENT AMERICA

(From a Report to the Intergalactic Exploration Society)

The planet Earth, as we all know, is the third body in the so-called solar system of the galaxy referred to by its former inhabitants as the Milky Way. That there are similar systems throughout this galaxy is common knowledge. The current report sums up the fifth season of excavations on this dead planet, confining itself to the region known in local parlance as “America,” or, in other sources, “the United States of America.” And while the primitive beings who populated this region are no different in essential features from those who inhabited other regions of the planet, our finds have made it possible to speculate more boldly about a number of questions that have occupied researchers for eons. These concern, first and foremost: 1) the age-old question of a possible evolutionary link between these beings and ourselves, as farfetched as such a link has always seemed, given the enormous distance and span of time that separate us; 2) the …read more

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DVD Review: The Changeling

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Ghostly wheelchair

By Kathryn L Ramage

I remember seeing commercials when this movie came out in 1980. The featured image was of an empty wheelchair chasing someone down through a house, which my friends and I thought very funny and not at all scary.

This is a pity, since The Changeling is for the most part an effective, classic ghost story with a touch of post-Watergate conspiracy thrown in.

The movie starts with a happy family. A husband and wife (George C. Scott and Jean Marsh, who once played that less-happy couple, Edward Fairfax Rochester and Bertha Mason) and their little girl are pushing a paneled station wagon up a snowy country road in upstate New York. In spite of the car’s breakdown in the middle of nowhere, everyone is laughing and joking.

When they reach a turn-off with one of those large wooden signs indicating the entrance to a State Park, the husband crosses the road to a phone booth on the other side to call for assistance. The wife and daughter engage in a playful snowball fight between the car and the sign.

Another car comes up the snow-covered road in one direction. A big truck appears in the other. The second car skids, and the truck …read more

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DVD Review: Die, Monster Die

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Cursed is the ground where the Dark Forces live, new and strangely bodied... He who tampers there will be destroyed.

By Kathryn L Ramage

After the success of Roger Corman’s cycle of films based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, AIP naturally wanted to produce more like them, but they soon had to turn to other sources. There simply aren’t that many Poe short stories easily adapted to the screen, and fewer still that could be stretched into full-length movies. Once they’d used up their best candidates, including a comedic spoof in The Raven and an anthology of short stories in Tales of Terror, AIP turned to HP Lovecraft. In the early 1960s, Lovecraft hadn’t yet gained his fame, while Poe was well-known as America’s leading writer of the macabre, so they used the former writer’s story ideas, dressed up in trappings of the latter.

I call such movies Poe’d-up Lovecraft.

Die, Monster, Die isn’t the earliest example, nor the best, but it’s on the flip-side of The Dunwich Horror and it’s got Boris Karloff in it in one of his last films.

Those familiar with Lovecraft’s work will eventually recognize this film’s story as a loose adaptation of The Colour Out of Space. Viewers unfamiliar with Lovecraft might take it for a modernized version of AIP’s own House of Usher; both films begin …read more

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Dark Shadows: The Book of Temptations

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The Book of Temptations

By Kathryn L Ramage

This Dark Shadows audio drama on CD picks up where The House of Despair leaves off: Quentin Collins has returned to Collinsport to find his family home haunted and abandoned, and his family mysteriously gone; he’s summoned up Angelique, who in turn has resurrected Barnabas Collins in a new body (to match his new voice).

While this long-lived and supernatural trio are up at Collinwood trying to figure out what happened to the rest of the Collinses, Maggie Evans, now proprietor of the Collinsport Inn, looks after traumatized Willie Loomis.

Willie had a rough time up at Collinwood due to his own part in driving out the evil entity that occupied the house. For one reason or another, it became necessary for the newly restored Barnabas to bite him again, so Willie’s back where he was as far as playing Renfield.

Not that Maggie knows this. She’s forgotten that she ever knew Barnabas was a vampire, and certainly doesn’t know that he’s alive again.

Willie has said something to the effect that “he wants me back” at Collinwood. Maggie assumes that “he” refers to Quentin and heads up to the house to find out what happened to Willie there and why …read more

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Dark Shadows: House of Despair

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The House of Despair

By Kathryn L Ramage

I hadn’t realized when I bought this Dark Shadows audio drama on CD that parts of it would already be known to me. When I listened to it for the first time, familiar phrases jumped out:

“My name is Quentin Collins. I come from an old family–and old families have long-held secrets…”

“I’d forgotten what a strange town this is…”

“…poor people, barely people at all. They seem empty.”

I’d heard these lines spoken multiple times in an ad that appears at the very end of each of the Dark Shadows: The Beginning DVDs, long before I’d seen Quentin Collins on the show or grew to recognize Angelique’s evil laugh. Intriguing as the ad might be, however, these phrases never really gave me an idea of what the story behind them was about.

The House of Despair takes place a few years after the end of the series–how many years, I’m not certain. Quentin Collins (David Selby) returns home from his world travels. Even before he gets there, the conductor on the train has some information for this passenger with a ticket to Collinsport. It’s a place with a reputation. “Bad things happen” there; “murder and sin are all they know”. The “Collins family …read more

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