Saturday, 3 December 2016

MICROGORIA 39 - Gef the Talking Mongoose

In the last episode before the Christmas specials begin, Mr Jim Moon is in a somewhat festive mood as he investigates one of the strangest haunting ever... In this episode we take a trip back to the 1930s and voyage to a remote farm on the Isle of Man to meet Gef the Talking Mongoose! 

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Anonymous said...

Great to finally hear the full story on the famous talking mongoose, and also to learn that it is actually pronounced "Jef". I always had it as a hard G sound.
Its a bizarre mix of poltergeist haunting and Rudyard Kipling tale, and Gef has the persona that would seem at home as the comedy sidekick in a modern fantasy film.
I can also add that mongooses may have been readily available in period England as the protagonist of Lair Of The White Worm buys one very easily use for pest control. I'm about two thirds of the way through Stoker's 'other novel' but dont think I can finish it.
One of the few examples of when a film adaptation exceeds the original material.
And I say that with a straight face.

Jim Moon said...

There's also a rather fun Aleister Crowley tale about a man who meets a chap on a train with a woicker basket containing two mongooses for a special pest control job... I might have to read that one on the show one day!

I must confess I struggled to get through Lair of the White Worm - fascinating ideas and concepts though. I understand the book is actually much cut down from what Stoker originally wrote - slimmed down from 40 odd chapters to 28 - and that I think accounts for much of the book's strange plotting!

Anonymous said...

It must have been written near to the period when dinosaur bones were being written of as abnormally large scrotum bones from biblical giants, so it was interesting to read Stoker's chapters about huge beasts thrashing around in the primordial swamps, which is a fairly accurate picture of the early Permian times (I may a few hundred million years out on this one).
The chapters about the kite are completely outrageous, its possibly riding the same thermals that blew any coherence of plot right out the window.