It’s the Halloween Special! Matt Bird sits in with Infinite Gestation for a spooky discussion regarding three handpicked short stories (and an essay) by H. P. Lovecraft: “The Shadow Out of Time”, “The Call of Cthulhu”, “The Dunwich Horror” & “Supernatural Horror in Literature”. These stories serve as an essential taste of the strange universe that is H. P. Lovecraft. Though many criticisms persist (including a few of our own), Lovecraft’s influence on modern horror is inescapable. His work casts a long shadow across the genre, often hailing as the origin of conventions that we now think of as standard –– or at times, even cliché.
Matt Bird curated an exhibit in the fall of 2011 at IU-Bloomington’s Lilly Library titled “The Character of Ernest Hemingway.” The exhibit utilized Hemingway’s letters, photographs, typed manuscripts with edits, and artifacts of the Army’s investigation into EH’s activities during World War II to foster a discussion of Hemingway’s personal curation and control of his image. Matt holds an MLS, specializing in Rare Books and Manuscripts, from IU-Bloomington and is currently finishing an MA in Literature at Indiana State University.
His reading interests, at the moment (fiction, non-fiction, etc), touch on graphic novels as literature (Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Brian K. Vaughan), book culture and printing/book-selling history (Umberto Eco, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Nicholas Basbanes), the Lost Generation and the fiction produced by them (Hemingway, Fitzgerald) and catching up on the O. Henry Prize Stories.
Matt taught courses over the last two years at Indiana State University on the subjects of classical mythology, the history of the physical book and its use in fiction, and the history/evolution of libraries.
Show Notes & Links
- H. P. Lovercraft
- “The Shadow Out of Time”
- “The Call of Cthulhu”
- “The Dunwich Horror”
- “Supernatural Horror in Literature”
- August Derleth
- Joss Whedon
- “A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman
- “At the Mountains of Madness” by H. P. Lovecraft
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Looper (2012 film) – Rian Johnson
- 12 Monkeys (1995 film) – Terry Gilliam
- Weird Tales Magazine
- On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
- Robert E. Howard
- Dead Authors Podcast
- ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Danse Macabre by Stephen King
- The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
- The Monk (2011 film) – Dominik Moll
- Communion by Whitley Strieber
- “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge