Thursday, 16 October 2014
Thomas Carnacki: The Gateway of the Monster
This is an audio version of one of my favourite of Hodgon's 9 Carnacki stories, read by Ian Hodgson (of Moon Wiring Club) with (fabulous) music by Jon Brooks (of The Advisory Circle) and can be heard and downloaded - for free - as part of the Weird Tales for Winter series curated by Jonny Mugwump.
Carnacki was an Edwardian era supernatural investigator who appeasred in 9 short stories in the early 20th century. This particular story concerns a haunted room which Carnacki is engaged to investigate. He unwisely spends two nights in the room. On both occasions being attacked by a giant spectral hand from which he only narrowly escapes.
For those unfamiliar with the joys of Carnacki this will be a fun first encounter and for those in the know this will provide an enjoyable re-acquaintance.
Above and beyond the words though is the frankly astounding incidental music from Jon Brooks. Here he has produced a set of steampunk radiophonics utilising contemporary instruments such as the harpsichord to produce music that is both utterly at home in the story and deliciously and decidedly creepy.