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Frightful Friday

Last Saturday, September 22nd was the Autumnal Equinox, and as such marked the beginning of Halloween Season (shut up, it's a thing!).

So I'm sharing, for everyone who may not have read the story, or who may want to listen, this BBC audiobook reading of H.P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth. (It's a five-part series, so the link to the full playlist is here.)

I adore Lovecraft's work, both for itself and for the effect it has had on American horror throughout the 20th century, but I will warn everyone unfamiliar with H.P. Lovecraft that he was an anglophile, and as such there is some anachronistic racist language in this story. The Shadow Over Innsmouth was first published in 1936 (for a point of reference, the American Eugenics Society was founded only 14 years prior), and contains an almost-but-not-really-allegorical narrative about the evils of race mixing, alongside Lovecraft's typical themes of ancient, cosmic horror. I think it's possible to enjoy his writing despite these distasteful aspects to some of it, but my opinion as a white man is, admittedly, not worth much. Any commentary on that topic is welcome, of course.

Other than that, please share the things that you enjoy during Halloween season! It doesn't matter what it is, as long as it is creepy or spooky in some fashion. DO IT.


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