Tuesday, 10 December 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB 021 - Santa Claws (2014)


In this podcast we plumb the depths of festive film and look at the cat-astrophic Santa Claws from 2014. Can cute kittens save Christmas or will we end up looking for a brick, a sack and an icy canal?

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Sunday, 8 December 2019

GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 65 - A Ghost Story for Christmas - A Warning to the Curious by MR James


It wouldn't be Christmas without a tale from the great MR James! And so once again we gather round the cosy fireside of the  Great Library of Dreams to hear one of his most celebrated ghost stories...

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Friday, 6 December 2019

BEFORE YOU BLOW OUT THE CANDLE


As regular listeners know, I do occasional like to spin a spooky yarn or two, a little while ago I was asked if I would like to contribute a tale to a new collection of horror stories. Naturally I jumped at the chance, and now the book is finally in the shops! 

It is entitled Before You Blow Out The Candle, and this new anthology of horror tales was edited by  Marc Damian Lawler. It is available in paperback or ebook  

It features mostly work by new writers but also including a couple of old masters in there too - in particular I'm am delighted to see Adrian Cole's classic British Cthulhu Mythos tale get a long overdue reprinting here! The full contents list is as follows - 
  • Grave Warnings by Marc Damian Lawler
  • Red Eye to Nightfolk   by A.P. Sessler
  • Fear Makes Good Materialists by Lamuel Caleb Gonzalez
  • Chiaroscuro  by Brad C. Hodson
  • They Say You Should Never Go Back by David Little
  • A Troublesome History by Jim Moon
  • Steepe Holm  by Vince Stadon
  • A Hard Day's Fright by Marc Damian Lawler
  • The Trial for Murder  by Charles Dickens
  • The Horror Under Penmire by Adrian Cole







Wednesday, 4 December 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB - Minisode 008 - A Second Helping of The Storyteller


We return once again to the best place by the fire and The Storyteller! In this minisode we look at the episodes A Story Short and The Luck Child! Beware of the Griffin!

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 64 - A Ghost Story for Christmas - The Kirk Spook by EG Swain


In the first of our ghost stories for Christmas, Mr Jim Moon invites you to take seat by the fireside to hear the last of the Stoneground ghost tales by EG Swain, the story of The Kirk Spook!

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB 020 - John Dies At the End


Films don't come much more cult that this - John Dies at the End (2012)! A highly surreal SF horror tale based on the book by David Wong, directed by Don Coscarelli, creator of the Phantasm and Beastmaster movies

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Sunday, 24 November 2019

MICROGORIA 72 - Doctor Sleep vs Rabid


In this last show before the festive season Mr Jim Moon takes a quick spoiler-free look at two new notable horror movies - Mike Flanagan's movie of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep and the Soska Sisters' remake of David Cronenberg's Rabid!


Plus there's a trailer for this year's Christmas shows!

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Friday, 22 November 2019

THE BOX OF DELIGHTS IS OPEN!


I've just opened  a brand new section in the Great Library of Dreams devoted to The Box of Delights in all its incarnations. Here you will find writings and podcasts covering the original book by John Masefield, the well-loved TV series, plus details of all its various radio incarnations too! 

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB 019 - The Dark Crystal


It's classic film time again, and we heading back to the 1980s to revisit the fantastic world of The Dark Crystal, a dream collaboration between Jim Henson and Brian Froud.

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Sunday, 17 November 2019

HYPNOGORIA 131 - A Return to Borley Rectory


In this episode we pay a visit to the most haunted house in Britain, in a new movie that documents and reconstructs the history and the mystery of Borley Rectory! 

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB - Minisode 007 - The Storyteller


In this podcast we head back to 1987 to revisit the first two episodes of the Jim Henson fantasy television series The Storyteller starring the late great John Hurt! 

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Sunday, 10 November 2019

Saturday, 9 November 2019

ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - October Games


A suitably autumnal theme created for my reading of the classic #Halloween horror story The October Game by Ray Bradbury



Thursday, 31 October 2019

THE OCTOBER GAME by Ray Bradbury


A horror story for Halloween by Ray Bradbury! read by Mr Jim Moon with autumnal dirges by the Eldritch Light Orchestra


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GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 63 - Randalls Round


Especially for Hallowe'en, an eerie tale set on the night of All Hallows Eve. Mr Jim Moon presents a slice of vintage folk horror with a reading of Randall's Round by Eleanor Scott

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB - Halloween Special - Creepshow


This Halloween we are going back to 1982 to watch the classic collaboration between George Romero and Stephen King - Creepshow! An anthology horror which pays tribute to the infamous EC horror comics of the 1950s with an all-star cast including Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, EG Marshall, Hal Holbrook, Fritz Weaver, and Adrienne Barbeau!

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Monday, 28 October 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB - Minisode 006 - Top of the Pops November 1982


To get us in the mood for some 1980s horror, we take a rambling trip back to November 1982 to sample the music in the charts the week Creepshow was released! 

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Sunday, 27 October 2019

HYPNOGORIA 129 - The Origins of Halloween Part 6


Our (mostly) annual series detailing the history of the spookiest night of the year continues! In this chapter we explore the Halloweens of the 1960s, chatting about costumes, parties, television specials and much more more, and calling in on the likes of Charlie Brown, Don Post Studios, Bewitched, the Twilight Zone, Ray Bradbury and even Captain Kirk!

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB 018 - Lair of the White Worm


It's crap film time again, and we are chatting about Ken Russell's frankly bonkers adaptation of Bram Stoker's Lair of the White Worm starring Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Peter Capaldi, and a terrifying strap-on! 1980s horror doesn't get much more mental than this! 

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Sunday, 20 October 2019

HYPNOGORIA 128 - Mysteries of the Mummy Part XI - Under the Hammer


Kharis returns and this time he's in technicolor! In this episode, Mr Jim Moon charts the rise of Hammer horror and how Britain's most bloodsoaked studio made a deal with Universal to bring tone of their famous monsters back from the tomb! The result was The Mummy (1959), a classic gothic horror starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing!

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Friday, 18 October 2019

WAILING WELL by MR James


A video reading of the classic ghost story Wailing Well by MR James. 





Thursday, 17 October 2019

ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - At The Wailing Well



A little ambient theme for my forthcoming reading of the classic ghost story Wailing Well by MR James. It was composed and and performed using an Arturia Microbrute, with a VCOS2 FLute soft synth played on an Arturia softsynth. Plus tons of Valhalla delay!






FOLKLORE ON FRIDAY - The Ghost by the Gretna Green


Some time ago I wrote a series of articles (which I later turned in to a podcast) on the assorted ghost stories associated with Aycliffe Village in County Durham where I spend a good portion of my childhood. One of these local ghosts was an example of a very common sort of spectre, the Phantom Hitcher. In the Aycliffe version, a young woman dressed in white is seen by the side of the road and hitches a ride, only to later vanish from the back of the vehicle. 

Now the interesting thing I uncovered was that while the version I heard in the mid 1970s usually placed the lady in white near the village church and travelling in the direction of Darlington, the story actually dated back to the days of coaches and horses. Back then the A167 which runs through the village was the old Great North Road, and in the days when the coaches ran, the ghostly lady would hitching a ride north and vanish before reaching the nearby village of Rushyford a few miles up the road.

The village is also home to another well-known phantom, the Grey Lady. And over the years, aside from the oft-repeated creepy tales told about both these local ghosts, sightings of a white female figure have been reported in the Aycliffe village area. And recently a reader got in touch to relate his sighting of this strange white figure. It was seen a little to the north of the village, near what was once the Gretna Green pub, and is now back in business as the Gretna Hotel. His account is as follows - 
I was with my friend Chris at the time, and both of us were about 9 year old. Both of us were living near to Neville Parade in Newton Aycliffe. Strangely we were out 'ghost hunting' and rode our bikes over to the Gretna pub which was derelict at the time. We spent a bit of time looking around before heading back over the road (A167). There is a path leading through a small field and then some woods back to the houses. Halfway up this path we stopped to look at a rag which was caught on some barbed wire on the fence that ran along the path (still in ghost hunting mode). After a few seconds I looked ahead into the field and saw a white figure kind of floating towards us. I shouted at Chris to look but he took this as an attempt to trick him or something and promptly rode off on his bike, so I don't think he saw it which was very frustrating at the time! I remember looking up again at this thing and it was a bit closer. I pretty much got straight on my bike and rode off as fast as I could.

So the thing is basically similar to what the other people have described. It was about 30 years ago so my memory is a bit blurry but I remember it being all white, wearing flowing, kind of raggy clothes but no distinctive marks. And the main thing was it had a white face with no facial features at all, which was really weird. Could a veil possibly explain this? It was kind of moving its arms slowly, and moving slowly towards me with very awkward movements from what I remember. Just really weird. It wasn't too far away either, maybe 30/40 feet away. Oddly, at the time I didn't think it was a ghost because it didn't strike me as what a ghost should look like. It didn't look very human, but rather humanoid - if that makes any sense - mainly due to having no distinctive features and the white face area. So I just told people I saw a kind of weird creature/alien/ghost thing.

Now people have obviously said I was 'ghost hunting' so my childish active imagination got the better of me. and I too have thought this could be what happened. That is, until recently listening to you podcast and reading the comments about other people's similar experiences in that specific area. So maybe I did really see something after all? I wonder now that maybe because I was ghost hunting I was more perceptive than I usually would have been. But maybe it was coincidence. I've had a lot of weird stuff happen to me over the years so maybe I'm just more tuned in to these things than some other people. Maybe this thing appeared to me because I was kind of asking for it and it somehow knew. And I just happened to be in a spot where something was hanging around and was able to pick up on that? Or maybe something there is causing people to hallucinate? Or maybe someone dressing up to scare people? Who knows! But at least now know I'm not the only one who's seen weird stuff there!
Very intriguing, I am sure you will agree. Now what struck me as particularly interesting is the detail that the figure lacked a face, for this would appear to be a common feature in most of the reports of the white ghost. Andrew Green in Ghosts of Today lists several encounters with a seemingly female figure dressed in a long garment and a hood but with no face visible within, and often described as moving oddly or even floating. It would seem a similar figure has been seen in the south end of the village near the church, in the surrounding fields, on the road heading north of the village, and even a good way up The Great North Road.

For those who may wish to investigate further, we should note that the area described in the above account has now been built on, and where there was once a field where a young boy saw a strange figure in white are streets of houses. One wonders if any of these residences have reports of unwelcome guests in white...