December 03, 2010

H. P. Lovecraft, known to aficionados of the occult, demonology, witchcraft as a master storyteller, is responsible for our first selection in this museum of the frequently morbid. To you connoisseurs of the black arts, you will probably recognize it…


Well, as a connoisseur of the black arts, I sure did: it's "Pickman's Model" on Rod Serling's Night Gallery, all three seasons of which are on hulu. And here's "Cool Air," as well, adapted by Serling himself.

Night Gallery is fairly high on the list of things that warped me beyond repair in my formative years -- most were TV shows, of course. It used to scare me quite a bit. Sadly, as so often, it can no longer quite perform that feat. But the regressing picture frame intro, the music, and even the cheesy thing where clips of the guest stars are shown framed in an eyeball still do, all too briefly, turn me into a wide-eyed eight-year-old. Emotions are funny.

(As an aside, I know it's the term they use, but I feel awfully silly referring to a year's series of a television program as a "season." I never quite got used to that. It's like how they want you to walk up to the counter and ask for a "whopper." I got over that one, though, I suppose.)

(As another aside, speaking of the occult demonology witchcraft, the paperback Andromeda Klein is out on December 14 and you can pre-order here or here or here. The hardcover is still available but I don't know for how long it will be, so if you like it, now would maybe be the time.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at December 3, 2010 05:30 PM | TrackBack

speaking of lovecraft, have you seen this?

Posted by: aaron at December 3, 2010 08:14 PM

What did they call a year's worth of a TV show when you were a kid? I seem to recall it always being called a "season", and I'm probably older than you.

Posted by: Bill at December 4, 2010 02:25 AM

aaron: I did see that! Quite good, and weird.

Bill, they have always called it a "season" in my lifetime, but it still sounds funny to me. Like they want you to think of it as some ineluctable feature of nature. In Britain they say "series" which seems better to me, though you have to get used to the fact that it's both the singular and the plural at the same time.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at December 4, 2010 02:39 AM