H.P. Lovecraft’s Christmas Writing Podcast

Let’s listen to all of HP Lovecraft’s Christmas poetry and his one story set at Christmas time, “The Festival.” I got help from YOU, the good people of Weird Christmas Town!


HPL and Felis, his friend Frank Belmont’s cat.

Thanks in particular to my friend Lisa who read most of the Christmas notes and Kris Rhodes who read the scary one. Kris is also a poet in his own right (better than Lovecraft), and you can buy his book Brroop at Amazon here.

And thanks to the following followers for following and for reading on the podcast:

You can read Lovecraft’s poetry here and here if you really want to dwell on the stuff. And here’s a link to the full text of “The Festival.”

The carol at the beginning, “The World in Terror and Madness Lies,” was made by the HP Lovecraft Historical Society, and all of their great tunes are on youtube and available for sale at the HPLHS site.

I shamelessly stole a bit of “The Call of Cthulhu” from Garrick Hagon on youtube. But his is my favorite version that costs less than money.

The cheery music at the end is by the Supraphonics, and you’ll hear more from them soon. Great surf-music Christmas stuff.

Listen! Subscribe! And please dear god love a review for chrissakes because what else do you have to do!?!?


Podcast! Santa and Magic Mushrooms!

It’s totally a thing! Don’t believe me? Then listen!

Okay, maybe it takes some suspension of disbelief, but IT’S A BEAUTIFUL IDEA!

Here’s all the stuff I promised in the podcast.

First, here’s a link to the full interviews with both Dr. Rush and Dr. Ruck:


Dr. John Rush, Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Carl Ruck, Professor of Classical Studies


Further reading:

Jerry and Julie Brown, The Psychedelic Gospels: The Secret History of Hallucinogens in Christianity

John Arthur, Mushrooms and Mankind: the Impact of Mushrooms on Human Consciousness and Religion

Terrence McKenna, Food of the Gods: the Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

Phyllis Siefker, Santa Claus, the Last of the Wild Men









Thomas Nast‘s Santa:





Siberian shaman:

Siberian Soma ritualsiberian-shaman-with-mushrooms-web


Music from the episode:

Podcast! Drunken Christmas Music

More music in the latest Weird Christmas podcast. This time, it’s all about drinking!


The music:

Podcast! Weird Christmas TV and Movies with Joanna Wilson

Looking for “The House of Seven Santas”? Click here.

On the latest podcast, I speak with author Joanna Wilson, the master of all things Christmas-y and TV-y. She wrote one of my favorite books on Christmas television specials that highlights all the oddball, unusual, and uncategorizable holiday TV and movies you could ever want: The Christmas TV Companion: a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials & Outrageous Oddities. Her other books include an encyclopedia of Christmas TV shows and movies, a chronicle of watching A Christmast Story for 24 hours straight, and more.

Her website (Christmas TV History.com) also has a wonderful discussion of all kinds of Christmas specials, special events (like Christmas in July), and information on all the holiday TV coming up you could want. (Her Twitter, @TistheSeasonTV, is also a great resource and full of fun.)

We talk about a number of shows, and I’ve found as many links as I can below the show.

Wilson’s books (also all available on Amazon):

Shows and special episodes mentioned in the podcast:

Opening songs:

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or Soundcloud!

And if you enjoyed this episode, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider leaving a review on iTunes.





“The House of Seven Santas,” Part 5

More than likely, you landed here because you just finished up the Christmas Creep‘s Part 4 of “The House of Seven Santas.” If so, look no further than the podcast below. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you’re late to the party! You’re missing out on an event we like to call Seven Pods for Seven Santas! Go to the Christmas Past Podcast to get started.

Here’s my part:

For Part 6, head over to the Holiday Special Podcast. But first, take a little time to wander around here. It smells weird, but we’re nice. Mostly.

Thanksgiving Podcast! WC Podcast season begins!

The new podcast season has begun! Well, actually it started the day before Thanksgiving, but I was too lazy to finish the crappy video part I threw up on youtube. But it’s there now! Or here:

You can also get just the audio at itunes and soundcloud. Here’s the Soundcloud link:

For the full songs, check out:

Grey’s “Vegan Thanksgiving”

“A Turkey Sat on a Backyard Fence”

James McMurtry, “Holiday”

Anal Traffic, “Shit for Dickheads”



Science Fiction Xmas Music Podcast


This is Santa’s natural crowd.

It’s time for another podcast! This time I do all kinds of science fiction-y Christmas music. I was watching Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (ok, the MST3K version), and I was inspired.

And I had a bit of unintentional help from a blog that, I just realized after recording this, also mentioned me! So we love each other!

Music for Maniacs has this wonderful downloadable collection of sf Christmas music, and just click the link, listen, and support those guys (guy? girl?). The one person I’ve chatted with is Mr. Fab, and he’s fab. But, seriously, beyond the Christmas stuff, there’s great odd music on that site, so please check it out.

Here are the links to the podcast songs. Any that are missing are only available through Music for Maniac’s download.

Space Age Santa Claus – Ross Christman (I think I called him Ross Christmas in the recording, but I ain’t gonna edit.)

Christmas on the Moon – Troy Hess

Santa to the Moon – Sonny Cole

Zoomah the Santa Claus from Mars – Barry Gordon

Captain Santa Claus – Bobby Helms

Santa’s Rocket – Tim Dinkins

Rocket Ship Santa – The Bellrays

Go here for the Lothars stuff.

Monsters’ Holiday – Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers

Santa and the Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley

Jingle Bells – Esquivel

Frosty the Snowman – Man or Astroman!? (the opening/outro are both from the Mexican movie _Santa Claus_, also done by MST3K and Rifftrax.)