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H. P. Lovecast Podcast

Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak

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The H. P. Lovecast Podcast is hosted by Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak and is devoted to discussing the derivative works of H. P. Lovecraft, such as successor authors, comics, and so on. H. P. Lovecast is published three times a month, with the primary episode on the second Sunday, the supplemental Fragments episode on the fourth Sunday, and the Transmissions episode on the final day of the month.
 
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In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie's 2016 cosmic horror film, The Void. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Thumbnail by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Links to Buy The Void Amazon Prime Video Bumper This…
 
Over the past two decades, as fatal drug overdoses have risen precipitously, few professions have been hit harder by the crisis than the medical community. Physicians in particular have found themselves in the no-win position of being both blamed for the overdose crisis, which claimed more than 100,000 American lives in the past 12 months, while be…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak recap current projects they are working on and give a revised HP Lovecast schedule for the final two holiday months of the year. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Thumbnail by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Bumper…
 
These days, there isn’t an ailment some Silicon Valley-esque startup is trying to treat with psychedelics. Of course you have depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and fear of death for the terminally ill—there’s some good data for treating all of that—but some of the more obscure treatments include anorexia and eating disorders, sexual dysfunction,…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast Presents: Transmissions, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview Kathleen Kaufman, Janet Joyce Holden, and Heather Herrman. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Thumbnail by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Ancient Krell Music 5" by Carlo Serafini (used under Creative Commons license) Kathleen Kaufman Lin…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss two short stories from the Dark Regions Press published, Lynne Jamneck edited anthology, Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror: "Every Hole in the Earth We Will Claim As Our Own" by Gemma files and "Eye of the Beholder" by Nancy Kilpatrick. Ep…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss Robert Eggers' folk horror film, The Witch. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Thumbnail by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Links to Buy The Witch Amazon Bumper This episode's bumper is courtesy of Carol Gyz…
 
Nearly half the U.S. population now have access to adult-use cannabis. Marijuana is a medicine, if it’s cultivated or extracted right, and millions of people find relief or pleasure from this fantastic plant. But as legalization accelerates, regulations have struggled to keep up. Most experts and maybe many consumers would agree that cannabis is no…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast Presents: Transmissions, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview Farrah Rose Smith, Rahel Sixta Schmitz, and Kevin Wetmore. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Ancient Krell Music 5" by Carlo Serafini (used under Creative Commons license) Farah Rose Smith Links Twitter Website Rahel Sixta …
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss Guillermo del Toro's 1997 horror film Mimic. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Links to Buy Mimic Amazon Bumper This episode's bumper is courtesy of S. Alessandro Martinez. We had the honor to…
 
Sex work is work, just like coal mining, professional sports and literally any job that involves physical labor. So why is a show about drugs interested in sex work? For starters, there’s a lot of overlap in terms of harm reduction services that help people who use drugs and sex workers. Unfortunately, these services can be criminalized and weaponi…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss the one shot comic book, Lady Lovecraft, written by Mike Shea with art by Rob Wilkinson. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Lady Lovecraft Links Kickstarter Mike Shea Miskatonic High Facebook M…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast Presents: Transmissions, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview James Chambers, Carol Gyzander, and Meghan Arcuri about Under Twin Suns. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Ancient Krell Music 5" by Carlo Serafini (used under Creative Commons license) Links to Buy Under Twin Suns Hippocam…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss the graphic novel adaptation of Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow done by I. N. J. Culbard and published by SelfMadeHero. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Links to Buy The King in Yellow…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss two short stories from Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign edited by James Chambers and published by Hippocampus Press: "The Yellow Crown" by Carol Gyzander and "Found and Lost" by Meghan Arcuri. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: …
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast Presents: Transmissions, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview S. T. Lakata about his book Imagining Rachel and J. H. Moncrieff about her novel Shadow of the Sasquatch. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Ancient Krell Music 5" by Carlo Serafini (used under Creative Commons license) S. T…
 
We’re truly living through a disaster. Drug overdose deaths rose nearly 30 percent in 2020 to a record high 93,000. This is no longer an “opioid” crisis. What I mean is, 2020 overdose deaths linked to stimulants, especially methamphetamine, also broke records. The other key development here is the further entrenchment of illicit fentanyl in the dru…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss the 1983 Michael Mann film, The Keep, which is an adaptation of F. Paul Wilson's novel of the same name. Episode written by: Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page…
 
One area where drug stigma especially persists, even among harm reduction advocates, is the prejudice against mothers and pregnant people who use drugs. Even some people in syringe exchange or who work in drug policy are against the idea of people with the capacity for pregnancy, (i.e. anyone with a uterus), using pretty much any drugs for any purp…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss two short stories from Cthulhu 2000: "The Barrens" by F. Paul Wilson and "The Faces at Pine Dunes" by Ramsey Campbell. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) F. Paul Wilson Amazon Author Page Faceb…
 
Psychedelic drugs are well beyond the quote ‘renaissance’ stage and relatively recently entered a ‘gold rush’ as dozens of companies maneuver themselves to make this nascent industry as profitable as possible for themselves. At least that’s part of their motivation. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword for folks that want to see an end to the drug wa…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast Presents: Transmissions, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview G. A. Lungaro about his comic book Isidora #2, Angela Sylvaine about her debut novella Chopping Spree, and Rhonda Jackson Joseph about her essay “The Beloved Haunting of Hill House: An Examination of Monstrous Motherhood” in The Streaming of Hil…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss the 1959 Italian sci-fi/horror film, Caltiki, The Immortal Monster. Episode written by: Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Bumper This episode's bumper is cou…
 
Few social justice groups have put in as much work to end the war on (people who use) drugs like the Drug Policy Alliance. Since 2000, DPA has been behind some landmark drug reforms, such as leading a campaign to enact major reforms of New York’s notorious Rockefeller drug laws, assisting in a public education campaign that saw Uruguay legalize can…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss the comic series Vinegar Teeth by Troy Nixey and Damon Gentry and published by Dark Horse. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Links to Purchase Vinegar Teeth Amazon Barnes and Noble or via your…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast Presents: Transmissions, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview Amy Grech about her short story "Cold Comfort" from the anthology The One That Got Away : Women of Horror Anthology Vol. 3, and Catherine McCarthy about her short story collection Mists and Megaliths. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Ou…
 
For many people, psychedelic drugs like LSD or psilocybin are their first major introduction to a profoundly altered state of consciousness. Mental conditions like autism or ADHD are other forms of consciousness, although they don’t wear off after 12 hours and so-called ‘neurotypical’ people often have misconceptions about these mental arrangements…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss Eric C. Higgs' short story "Blood of the Kapu Tiki" from The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories Vol 3. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Links to Purchase The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories …
 
Our planet is in crisis, plagued by an increase in wildfires, floods, hurricanes, freak storms and outbreaks of disease. As a result, we’re seeing more and more people isolated, left to fend for themselves, as the cracks in public infrastructure only seem to widen. To use one prominent example, the state of Texas has been slapped with recurrent cat…
 
In the debut episode of the HP Lovecast Presents: Transmissions, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview Candace Robinson about Clouded By Envy (Laith Book 1) and Howard David Ingham about Cult Cinema: A Personal Exploration of Sects, Brainwashing and Bad Religion in Film and Television. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "…
 
Amid a wave of synthetic drugs in recent years, Kensington, Pennsylvania has emerged as the locus for a different kind of experimentation, through a new generation of freelance entrepreneurs. Their bathtub chemistry is often guided by trial and error—leaving doctors, public health officials and harm reductionists struggling to understand the latest…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss Andrew Patterson's 2019 film The Vast of Night starring Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz. Episode written by: Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) The Vast of…
 
In this episode of H.P. Lovecast Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak talk about the one year milestone of the resurrected H. P. Lovecast Podcast episode, accomplishments, and share news and goals to come. In addition they discuss William Meikle's "Dagon Rising" from Crystal Lake Publishing. Written by: Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak Episode Edit…
 
There’s a “twindemic” raging across the state of West Virginia: Covid-19 has collided with an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C. If that’s not bad enough, West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate in the nation. The CDC recently called the HIV outbreak in Kanawha County, West Virginia the “most concerning” in the country. Make no mistake, thi…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss William Eubank's 2020 film Underwater starring Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Bumper T…
 
It’s kinda weird hearing people say “weed is mainstream” now, when merely possessing the plant stuff can still earn you serious consequences in many parts of the world. But the growing popularity of cannabis is unmistakable. Marijuana is now a global, multi-billion dollar industry—well, to be fair, it always was, only now it’s all legitimate and ov…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss "The House on Curwen Street" and "The Watcher from the Sky" both from August Derleth's The Trail of Cthulhu. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) The Trail of Cthulhu is OOP. However, this versio…
 
Maybe it seems like an obvious question, but why is certain drug use illegal in the first place? Don’t you, as a human being, have some bodily autonomy and doesn’t that extend to alterations in the mind as well? What about the fundamental right to change your mind? On this episode of Narcotica, co-hosts Troy Farah, Chris Moraff and Zachary Siegel t…
 
In this episode of the HP Lovecast, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss three short stories from Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2: "Dead End Town" by Lee Murray, "The Island in the Swamp" by J. Scherpenhuizen, and "Depth Lurker" by Geoff Brown. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (…
 
Dr. Carl Hart has long been known as America’s preeminent drug scientist. If you listen to our show regularly, you’ve probably heard of him. He appeared briefly way back on Episode 6, talking about crack-cocaine. For the uninitiated, Dr. Hart is a neuroscientist at Columbia University, and he’s published well over 100 peer-reviewed, scientific pape…
 
In this episode of HP Lovecast Presents: Fragments, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview Lee Murray about her first short story collection, Grotesque: Monster Stories, and the newest collection she has co-edited, Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women. Episode edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John…
 
On this episode, we discuss how Mexico became a flashpoint of the war on drugs, broader trends in American foreign policy and drug policy, as well as the evolution of synthetic drugs as the main category of illicit narcotics. Our guest is Stewart Scott, a security analyst who for years penned one of the best annual assessments of Mexico’s evolving …
 
In this episode of HP Lovecast Presents: Fragments, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview Jason Parent about his new novella, Eight Cylinders, from Crystal Lake Publishing. Episode Edited by: Michele Brittany Intro and Outro music: "Attack The Barbarian (Streets Of Rage Cover)" by Lance Korr, used under Creative Commons license from Archive.…
 
In this episode of H.P. Lovecast Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss Eight Cylinders by Jason Parent and published by Crystal Lake Publishing. Written by: Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak Episode Edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music: "Azathoth" by Philippe Gerber / John 3:16 (Bandcamp page) Links to purchase Eight Cylinders: Cryst…
 
Most people know salvia as the weird psychedelic drug at head shops that you try once, have a bizarre, uncomfortable experience and never touch it again. But there’s so much more to salvia divinorum, psychedelics and plant medicine in general. Narcotica co-host Troy Farah speaks with Dr. Ivan Casselman, from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, who has a Ph.D.…
 
In this episode of H.P. Lovecast Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss "You Will Never Be the Same" by Erica L. Satifka and "Weird Tales" by Fred Chappell from Wonder & Glory Forever, edited by Nick Mamatas. Written by: Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak Episode Edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music by: Marcel P. of Dungeon Studio, Rhe…
 
In this episode of HP Lovecast Presents: Fragments, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview Nick Mamatas about three of his recent publications: Wonder & Glory Forever, Sabbath, and The People's Republic of Everything. Episode Edited by: Michele Brittany Intro and Outro music: "The Train" by Trevor Sewell from his album Independence. Used with…
 
In this episode of HP Lovecast Presents: Fragments, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview Robert P. Ottone about his newest collection, Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares. Episode Edited by: Michele Brittany Intro and Outro music: "The Man From The South (With A Big Cigar In His Mouth)" by Palace Dance Orchestra. Abandoned song at Archive.…
 
In this episode of H.P. Lovecast Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak discuss Kij Johnson's The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe. Written by: Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak Episode Edited by: Michele Brittany Intro/Outro Music by: Marcel P. of Dungeon Studio, Rhenania Interlude Music: "Dream Away" by NUN from the album Sunlight, available at: https://w…
 
In this episode of HP Lovecraft Presents: Fragments, Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak interview author Kathleen Kaufman about her new book, Sinder. Episode Edited by: Michele Brittany Intro and Outro music: "Uilleann Piobairi" by Asaguare, used under Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) from Archive.org: https://archive…
 
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