Thursday, 31 December 2020

ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - December Embers


An ambient piece for the end of a long cold year





Wednesday, 30 December 2020

MICROGORIA 88 - Rain on New Year's Eve


For a surprise final show for the year, Mr Jim unearths a rare beast - a tale of terror set on New Years Eve. Hailing from the golden age of radio, we hear the story of Mr. Ramsey, a film writer and is working all the hour’s gods send on a film whose producer can't make up his mind and a director who is making the picture up as he goes along... 
 
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Thursday, 24 December 2020

ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - Lost Hearts


A spooky ambient piece for Christmas Eve,  inspired by the classic ghost story Lost Hearts by MR James, which you can hear me reading here 


 



ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - In the Bleak Midwinter


A synth instrumental of the old carol In the Bleak Midwinter. The lyrics were originally a poem by Christina Rossetti and later set to music by Gustav Holst. Accompanying paintings by Andreas Schelfhout.




ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - Silent Snow


A little ambient piece composed originally as a backing track for this year's Christmas special podcasts. Created and performed using  Analog Lab and the Microfreak synthesiser from Arturia. Photographs taken several winters ago and show fields and woods around Baydale Beck, and the Denes in Darlington.




Tuesday, 22 December 2020

From the Great Library of Dreams 027 - The Vale of Shadows translated by Sabine Baring-Gould


For our final festive tale this year, we have one of the oldest Christmas ghost stories. Taken from Grettis saga √Āsmundarsonar, an Icelandic saga from the late 13th century, and translated by Sabine Baring-Gould, this tale of terror tells of the horrors that haunt a lonely farm far to the north in the Vale of Shadows in Iceland...

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Monday, 21 December 2020

ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - Stille Nacht


The Eldritch Light Orchestra plays a wintry synth rendition of the old Christmas carol - Stille Nacht AKA Silent Night. Accompanied by paintings by German Romantic painter Ernst Ferdinand Oehme.



Sunday, 20 December 2020

HYPNOGORIA 165 - The 13 Santas of Iceland


This Christmas we are proud to present a new chapter to our classic In Search of Santa Claus podcast series - an in-depth look at the Jólasveinarnir AKA the Yule Lads - uncovering the origins, family history and development of the 13 Santas of Iceland



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Thursday, 17 December 2020

COMMENTARY CLUB CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2020 - Scrooged


For our Christmas special this year we have a real classic - the celebrated comedy take on A Christmas Carol starring Bill Murray and Karen Allen - Scrooged (1988)! 

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Monday, 14 December 2020

FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 26 - Lost Hearts by MR James


No Christmas is complete without a ghost story from MR James, and so here we have a reading of one of his best loved tales - Lost Hearts.  

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Sunday, 13 December 2020

HYPNOGORIA 164 - Lost Hearts


As is now traditional, in this festive podcast we have our annual revisit of an episode of the classic BBC series - A Ghost Story For Christmas. This year we have reached 1973 and Lawrence Gordon Clark's adaptation of Lost Hearts by MR James. Join Mr Jim by the fireside for a full commentary on this classic television ghost story.

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Thursday, 10 December 2020

COMMENTARY CLUB 041 - Unholy Night


In this show we are venturing in the worrying world of low budget Christmas horror, with Canadian anthology Unholy Night (2018) will festive frights ensure or just Yuletide yawns? 

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Tuesday, 8 December 2020

FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 25 - Christmas Wine by Matt Cowan


In this podcast we have a festive tale of terror from Mr Matt Cowan, curator of the excellent Horror Delve. In this snowy story, first published in the charity anthology O Little Town of Deathlehem, we encounter the spirit of the season in more ways than one...

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Sunday, 6 December 2020

HYPNOGORIA 163 - The Children of Green Knowe


In the first of our festive episodes, we take a look at a Christmas classic - The Children of Green Knowe. In this podcast, we look at the original book by Lucy M Boston, the sequels it spawned, and its screen incarnations, in particular the BBC four part adaptation from the 1980s.

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Friday, 4 December 2020

COMMENTARY CLUB - Minisode 022 - Blackadder's Christmas Carol


We have a festive visit to Mr Ebenezer Blackadder for Blackadder's Christmas Carol! First aired back on 23rd December 1988, this classic Yuletide comedy special features an all-star cast which includes Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robbie Coltrane, Miranda Richardson, Miriam Margolyes, and Jim Broadbent! 

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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 24 - Passenger From Crewe by Frederick Cowles


In this show, we are hoping to bring a chill to your Yuletide this year with a special series of ghost stories for Christmas. And we are starting out with the tale of a curious train journey that took place, not so long ago, on a dark and damp December night - Passenger From Crewe by Frederick Cowles.

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Sunday, 29 November 2020

HYPNOGORIA 162 - Early Haunts


An interview with the Man O'Ghosts himself, Mr Thom Burgess! We talk about his new book Early Haunts, his previous comics such as Malevolents Click Click, Ghoster and The Eyrie, his new retrogame Pylons, folk horror, hauntology, and all things ghostly! 

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Thursday, 26 November 2020

COMMENTARY CLUB 040 - The Nightmare Before Christmas


'Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems In a place that perhaps you've seen in your dreams. It's cult film time again, in this podcast we go back to 1993 for the cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, written by Tim Burton, directed by Henry Selick and featuring music by Danny Elfman!

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Sunday, 22 November 2020

MICROGORIA 87 - His House


In this episode we take a look at a new movie that being hailed as the best new horror film on Netflix, a modern day ghost story called His House

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Saturday, 21 November 2020

FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 023 - Silent Snow Secret Snow by Conrad Aiken


As winter approaches and nights grow long and frosty, Mr Jim Moon has an eerie tale of whispering snow and icy secrets that's guaranteed to bring you a chill!

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

COMMENTARY CLUB - Minisode 021 - The Storyteller - The Greek Myths Part II


In this minisode we return to the Jim Henson's The Storyteller to look at the final two episodes from the little known second season. Here we have two classic tales of heroes versus famous monsters -  Theseus and the Minotaur and Perseus and the Gorgons! 

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Sunday, 15 November 2020

MICROGORIA 86 - Rituals Unlimited Part V - Wyrd & Other Derelictions


We return the worlds of Adam Nevill with a review of his latest book, a collection of short fiction entitled Wyrd & Other Derelictions - an anthology of terror tales with an intriguing difference.

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Saturday, 14 November 2020

COMMENTARY CLUB 039 - The African Queen


Can you make a torpedo? Join us on an epic adventure across Africa with some Hollywood's brightest stars as we revisit a true classic - The African Queen (1951) starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn and directed by John Huston. 

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Friday, 13 November 2020

FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 022 - Mother Carey by John Masefield


An eerie poem by John Masefield, drawn from authentic maritime folklore, concerning the dark forces that await sailors on the high seas!

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Sunday, 8 November 2020

HYPNOGORIA 161 - Opening the Box of Delights


In this podcast, Mr Jim Moon takes a look at Opening the Box of Delights - a lavish new tome all about that classic Yuletide favourite, and interviews the author, Dr Philip Errington! We talk about the book, The Box of Delights in all its incarnations and its creator John Masefield.

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