I seem to easily fall for Catholic podcasters of the female persuasion. For evidence of this witness the recent addition of Julie D. (of the Forgotten Classics podcast) to the SFFaudio staff. More evidence comes in the form of my many missives about Maureen O’Brien (AKA Maria Lectrix). Maureen’s been podcasting SF, Fantasy, and Horror for even longer than Julie! The last project of hers that attracted my capricious ears was her unabridged reading of Despoilers Of The Golden Empire by Randall Garrett (read all about that awesome podcast audiobook HERE). But Maureen’s latest project will likely garner even more attention, if only for the name attached to it! Maureen writes:
“The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath isn’t much like a typical Lovecraft story. It starts with a scene that’s pretty, not soul-shattering, eerie, or rugous and tentacular. But Lovecraftian elements (the Other Gods from Outside) are present, the main character is also the hero of other stories, the cats of Ulthar make their presence felt, and so forth. You get a lot of Dunsany-inspired writing (and sly side-remarks), too; but this isn’t a story that Dunsany really would have told. (Especially not the friendly and heroic cat parts).”
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
By H.P. Lovecraft; Read by Maureen O’Brien
Podcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Maria Lectrix
Podcast: May 2008 – ????
Randolph Carter dreams three times of a majestic sunset city, but each time he is abruptly snatched away before he can see it up close. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of the phantasmal city, they do not answer. Undaunted, Carter resolves to go to Kadath, where the gods live, to beseech them in person. However, no one has ever been to Kadath and none even knows how to get there. In dream, Randolph Carter descends “the seventy steps to the cavern of flame” and speaks of his plan to the priests Nasht and Kaman-Thah, whose temple borders the Dreamlands. The priests warn Carter of the great danger of his quest.
Part one is already in the podcast feed, no word on when it’ll wrap up, but you can keep apprised by subscribing to the podcast via this feed:
Posted by Jesse Willis