Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing A Day No.6: The Fungi from Yuggoth

Today I present my Lovecraftian desert island disk: the updated and re-released audio recording of the Fungi from Yuggoth sonnet cycle. As a distillation of the thematic essence of Lovecraftian wordsmithery -  including a profound sense of awe and wonder as well as horror  – this approaches being one of my favourite of Lovecraft’s literary efforts. Added to which is the superbly evocative reading of the sonnets to a musical accompaniment which is in turn both eerie and sublime. Mr Jim Moon of the Hypnobobs/Hypnogoria podcast also provides an excellent essay exploring thematic and narrative continuity across the sonnet cycle in the booklet accompanying the CD set. What makes this copy rather unique is that, during a rather fanboyish moment,  I had Jim sign the cover (this occurred last September at the annual shindig organised by the Black Dog podcast – of which Jim is also a co-host).  A version of the essay can also be found at Jim’s blog.

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