The D’Ampton Worm as performed by Emilio Perez Machado & Stephen Powys with Loise Newman

October 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The D’Ampton Worm, as taken from the 1988 movie version of Lair Of The White Worm (based on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name).

The D’Ampton Worm

John D’Ampton went a-fishing once, a-fishing in the weir,
He caught a fish upon his hook he thought looked mighty queer,
Now what the kind of fish it was John D’Ampton couldn’t tell,
But he didn’t like the look of it, so he threw it down a well.

Now the worm got fat and growed, and growed an awful size,
With great big teeth and a great big mouth and great big goggle eyes,
And when at night it crawled about all looking for some booze,
It fit fell dry upon the road, it milked a dozen cows.

This fearful worm would often feed on cows and lamb and sheep,
And swallow little babes alive when they lay down to sleep,
So John set out and got the beast and cut it into halves,
And that soon stopped it eating babes and sheep and lambs and calves.

So now you know how all the folks on both sides of the weir,
Lost lots of sheep and lots of sleep and lived in mortal fear,
So drink the health of brave Sir John, who kept the babes from harm,
Saved cows and calves by making halves of that famous D’Ampton Worm!

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The Lambton Worm as performed by Tony Wilson

October 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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It turns out that Bram Stoker’s The Lair Of The White Worm was not wholly a product of his vivid imagination. Indeed, there is a fully formed legend from the North East of England that tells the story. And here is the tradition folksong, as operfromed by Tony Wilson, based on the legend:

The Lambton Worm

One Sunday morn young Lambton
Went a-fishin’ in the Wear;
He catched a fish upon his heuk,
He thowt leuk’t varry queer,

But whatt’na kind of fish it was
Young Lambton couldna tell.
He waddna fash to carry hyem,
So he hoyed it in a well.

Whisht! lads, haad ya gobs,
Aa’ll tell ye aall an aaful story,
Whisht! lads, haad ya gobs,
An aa’ll tell ye ‘boot the worm.

Noo Lambton felt inclined to gan
An’ fight in foreign wars.
He joined a troop o’ Knights
That cared for neither wounds nor scars,

An’ off he went to Palestine
Where queer things befel,
An’ varry seun forgot aboot
The queer worm in the well.


But the worm got fat an’ graad an’ graad,
An’ graad an aaful size;
With greet big teeth, and greet big mooth,
An’ greet big goggley eyes.

An’ when at neets he craaled ‘oot
To pick up bits o’ news,
If he felt dry upon the road,
He milked a dozen coos.


This feorful worm wad often feed
On calves an’ lambs an’ sheep
An’ swally little bairns alive
When they laid doon to sleep.

An’ when he’d eaten aall he cud
An’ he had had his fill,
He craaled away an’ lapped his tail
Seven times roond Pensher Hill.


The news of this most aaful worm
An’ his queer gannins on,
Seun crossed the seas, gat to the ears
Of brave an’ bowld Sir John.

So hyem he cam an’ catched the beast
An’ cut ‘im in three halves,
An’ that seun stopped him eatin’ bairns
An’ sheep an’ lambs and calves.


So noo ye knaa hoo aall the folks
On byeth sides of the Wear
Lost lots o’ sheep an’ lots o’ sleep
An’ lived in mortal feor.

So let’s hev one to brave Sir John
That kept the bairns frae harm,
Saved coos an’ calves by myekin’ halves
O’ the famis Lambton Worm.

(Final Chorus)

Noo lads, Aa’ll haad me gob,
That’s aall Aa knaa aboot the story
Of Sir John’s clivvor job
Wi’ the aaful Lambton Worm.

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The SFFaudio Podcast #079 – AUDIOBOOK: Queen Of The Black Coast by Robert E. Howard

October 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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The SFFaudio PodcastThe SFFaudio Podcast #079 – Featuring a complete and unabridged reading of Queen Of The Black Coast by Robert E. Howard!

This is perhaps the greatest CONAN adventure ever written. It was first published in Weird Tales, May 1934.

It comes to us courtesy of Audio Realms and It can be found, along with a bunch of other great Howard yarns, in People Of The Dark: The Weird Works Of Robert E. Howard – Volume Two.

Queen Of The Black Coast by Robert E. Howard

The Death Of Belit - illustration by Ernie Chan

Queen Of The Black Coast by Robert E. Howard - illustration by Mark Schultz

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Uvula Audio: At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

October 24, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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Uvula AudioUvula Audio‘s James Campanella has added a complete reading of H.P. Lovecraft’s “quintessential work of horror” to his podcast feed. In China Miéville’s introduction to the Modern Library paperback edition of At The Mountains Of Madness, he describes the novella as “taxonomy as horror.” If you’re in the mood for some “mind blasting terror” – and really who isn’t these days – be sure to give it a shot.

Professor William Dyer – The narrator, a professor of geology at Miskatonic University, the leader of a 36 member expedition to Antarctica in 1930.
Danforth – A graduate student (one of seven on the expedition) from Miskatonic University. Danforth is a bibliophile of the “bizarre.”
Professor Frank H. Pabodie – A professor from Miskatonic’s engineering department.
Professor Lake – A professor of biology at Miskatonic University.
Professor Atwood – A professor of physics at Miskatonic U., and also a meteorologist.

At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. LovecraftAt The Mountains Of Madness
By H.P. Lovecraft; Read by Craig Nickerson
6 MP3 Files – Approx. 4 Hours 53 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Uvula Audio
Podcast: September 2010 – October 2010
An Antarctic expedition discovers some uncanny fossils on the wind swept plateau. It leads to the discovery of a lost civilization and mind-blasting terror in the City of the Old Ones. Originally serialized in the February, March and April 1936 issues of Astounding Stories.

Part 1 |MP3| Part 2 |MP3| Part 3 |MP3| Part 4 |MP3| Part 5 |MP3| Part 6 |MP3|

Podcast feed:

And while were at it, check out Propnomicon‘s hand crafted trailer:

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LibriVox: Black Amazon Of Mars by Leigh Brackett

October 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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LibriVoxJust added to the ever expanding LibriVox audiobook catalogue: Black Amazon of Mars by Leigh Brackett!

Featuring Brackett’s interplanetary hero, Eric John Stark, it was later expanded into the novel People Of The Talisman. Narrator Gregg Margarite pointed out to me that the original cover art from the magazine publication, the ACE books version (People Of The Talisman) and pretty much every depiction of Eric John Stark up to the modern Paizo Publishing’s editions have all painted Stark as pale skinned, and sometimes as a blond too, this despite Stark being described as black-skinned and having black hair.

LIBRIVOX - Black Amazon Of Mars by Leigh BrackettBlack Amazon Of Mars
By Leigh Brackett; Read by Gregg Margarite
3 Zipped MP3 Files or Podcast – Approx. 2 Hours 35 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: October 2010
Carrying out the last wishes of a comrade, mercenary Eric John Stark takes on the task of returning a stolen talisman to a walled city near the Martian pole; a city that guards the mysterious Gates of Death. Now all he has to do is get past the brutal clans of Mekh and the shadowy Lord Ciaran to get to Kushat where they’ll probably attempt to kill him. All while he tries to hold on to a talisman that imprints ancient memories of the Gates in his mind. That’s not easy for a human raised by Mercurian aborigines. First published in Planet Stories, March 1951.

Podcast feed:

iTunes 1-Click |SUBSCRIBE|

[Thanks also to Betty M.]

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WALDENTAPES: Dune: An Interview with Frank Herbert and David Lynch

October 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Dune: An Interview with Frank Herbert and David LynchNearly six years ago my friend Scott Danielson reviewed a cherished cassette I had sent him in the mail: Dune: An Interview with Frank Herbert and David Lynch |READ OUR REVIEW|

It was produced by an audiobook company, Waldentapes, a division of Waldenbooks and has since become pretty darned hard to find.

But that isn’t true anymore as some thoughtful person has placed the cassette’s contents up on YouTube in a series of six parts! HUZZAH!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

Part 6:

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