The Cast of Cthulhu: The Innsmouth Book Club
The Innsmouth Book Club
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Preemptive apologies to all you cinephiles out there, but this episode is for the bibliophiles. Rob Poyton and Tim Mendees from The Innsmouth Book Club hop across the pond to join us for a discussion on horror literature. Leaving the smell of fish behind them, the gents bring classy English accents to go along with a discussion on what makes writing scary in contrast with film, the differences between horror fiction and Lovecraft’s signature brand of “weird fiction,” and — of course — a plethora of recommendations of stories and books to enjoy (and avoid).
If you want to check out any of the work mentioned on this episode, you can use the links below to read or purchase.
“The Willows” by Algernon Blackwood
“The Smoke Ghost” by Fritz Leiber
“Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book” by M.R. James
“The Last Feast of Harlequin” by Thomas Ligotti
“Graveyard Shift” by Stephen King
“The Tale of Santampara Zeiros” by Clark Ashton Smith
“The Outsider” by H.P. Lovecraft
“Supernatural Horror in Literature” by H.P. Lovecraft
Books & Story Collections
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Hole in the Moon and Other Tales (featuring “Brenda”) by Margaret St. Clair
The Folio Book of Horror Stories edited by Ramsey Campbell
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Association by Bentley Little
The Auctioneer by Joan Samson
Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth (featuring “From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6” by Caitlin R. Kiernan)
Daughter of Hounds by Caitlin R. Kiernan
The Color of Evil (featuring “Sticks” by Karl Edgar Warner)
The Book of Cthulhu (featuring “Fat Face” by Michael Shea)
Pin by Andrew Neiderman
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Hop the bus and head to Innsmouth Gold
Keep up with the work of Tim Mendees, Creator of Nightmares
Battleship Pretension is a film discussion show and a film review website founded by Tyler Smith and David Bax. Beginning in March 2007, Battleship Pretension the show (known to fans simply as “BP”) embodies the type of laidback, free-flowing conversations had by lovers of film around the world. Battleship Pretension the website is dedicated to being a destination for those seeking worthwhile opinions on current releases, be they foreign, independent, studio pictures, theatrical, home video releases, etc. From its meager beginnings in Los Angeles, Battleship Pretension has amassed a worldwide audience and readership. From Germany to Korea to Australia, people have tuned in to share in Tyler and David’s love of film. As Battleship Pretension’s following continues to grow, the purpose remains the same: Reach out to the international cinephile community, invite them to join in the discussion and perhaps even start one of their own.