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The Encyclopedist

Jun 13, 2022

Join me for a brisk twenty-minute spin through the history of cosmic horror (a.k.a. "Lovecraftian horror") from before the years that H.P. Lovecraft wrote. 


May 16, 2022

Everyone knows Lord Bulwer-Lytton as the author of the supposed worst opening line in all of literature: "It was a dark and stormy night." But the truth is that Bulwer-Lytton wasn't a bad writer. He could often be a good one, and more importantly he was an important one. In this episode, part two of two, I go through a...


May 16, 2022

Everyone knows Lord Bulwer-Lytton as the author of the supposed worst opening line in all of literature: "It was a dark and stormy night." But the truth is that Bulwer-Lytton wasn't a bad writer. He could often be a good one, and more importantly he was an important one. In this episode, part one of two, I discuss and...


Apr 18, 2022

A defense of the 1840s penny blood Varney the Vampire. An unjustly-maligned work, Varney is the first novel-length vampire story in the English language, and is one of the two most influential vampire stories of all time. And yet people call it "stilted," "awkward," "pedantic," and "just bad."...