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Elder Things, and Outer Gods, and Shoggoths, oh my!

This week we find ourselves wishing we hadn't blown the "cast our baleful eye" joke back in the description for the Sherlock episode, because our latest episode is about the works, the life and times of Mister H.P. Lovecraft, and "cast our baleful eye" is a remarkably Lovecraftian phrase and would have been a great opener for this post.

We run the gamut this week, covering Lovecraft's own stories, adaptations and pseudo-adaptations in film and game form, and even touch on heavy metal instrumentals. The original practitioner of weird fiction left a pretty big mark on the entertainment universe, and we aim to explore as much of it as we can without going irrevocably mad. (Admittedly, regular listeners may think it already too late for that.)

Join us as we talk about unpronounceable names, the dangers of living and working and especially reading in Lovecraft's New England, and the importance of Top Gun.

And whatever you do, for god's sake, DON'T READ THE BOOK! Listen to the Stack instead.

Direct download: the_stack_-_episode_9_-_lovecraft.mp3
Category:Episode -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

You may have noticed that most days here at the Stack we don't always agree on everything.

Today is not one of those days.

Today we talk about Darwyn Cooke's neo-classic THE NEW FRONTIER, a book that all three of us admit is pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread. And when you consider that with modern forged steel bread is really easy to cut on your own, this book might just be the greatest thing ever.

Join us as we talk about how amazing the New Frontier is.

We're not going to bother with the usual pattern of patter this week. The New Frontier is too goddamn good.

Enjoy the last episode of the Stack before we become the New Frontiercast, a weekly podcast about how The New Frontier is the greatest piece of literature in the history of humanity.

Seriously, folks, we love this book.

Direct download: the_stack_-_episode_8_-_the_new_frontier.mp3
Category:Episode -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

Alien movies! You know them! You love them (some of them)! One of us refuses to admit the existence of one of them! And this week we give them a thorough going-over!

Yes, that awkward sexual metaphor is entirely intentional. Just like a surprising amount of the content of the subject of this week's podcast. And like a suprising amount of this week's podcast.

Join us as we go at it over phallic imagery, great actors in terrible movies, and Ellen Ripley's personal body count. Also, sexual imagery. And some more sexual imagery. And then, just when you think there couldn't possibly be any more, sexual imagery.

Also, our apologies for the sound issues this week. Hal will be ritually beaten with a stick until he complies.

Remember: no one has ever successfully controlled the Alien. But you can control how much you listen to The Stack.

Direct download: the_stack_-_episode_7_-_the_alien_franchise.mp3
Category:Episode -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Once again, we set out to talk about comic books this week, but we get swept up in our enthusiasm and get into yet another ontological debate, this time about the difference between remix and pastiche and whatever the hell else Alan Moore's multi-volume act of literary appropriation might be. In this episode we also start to notice that Hal's analysis of literature always seems to end up drifting towards the same topic.

Join us we talk about the perils of Victorian literature, the advantages and disadvantages of being a hermaphrodite, and the Hunt for Red October.

There will be laughter, there will be tears, and there will be, as a wise man once said, "humiliations GALORE." This is The Stack, though, so I don't think anyone will be surprised.

Direct download: the_stack_-_episode_6_-_league_of_extraordinary_gentlemen.mp3
Category:Episode -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Contentiousness and strife hold The Stack in their steely grips this week as we thrash with the Vertigo classic TRANSMETROPOLITAN, by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. Wow, that is a series of really tortured metaphors. Anyway, we have for you this week the usual course of disagreements and digressions, sprinkled with the occasional moment where all three of us think something is pretty nice.

Join us as we break down recurring Amazon warrior women, Warren Ellis' repeated attempts at futurism, and what Star Trek would have been like with makers instead of replicators.

All are welcome at our little internet radio shebang, whether you support the Beast or the Smiler. Come on in, we're all just the New Scum anyway.

Direct download: the_stack_-_episode_5_-_transmetropolitan.mp3
Category:Episode -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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