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Mad rambling and weird fictions
HYPNOBOBS 0 - Welcome To The Great Library of Dreams
New listeners start here! An all new introductory episode in which Mr Jim Moon welcomes you to the Great Library of Dreams at Hypnogoria Towers, explains what the 'cast is about and features a sample review of Italian zombie nonsense Burial Ground (1981) and a pair of short spooky readings from Lord Halifax's Ghost Book
HYPNOBOBS 116 - A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen
To mark the passing of a true legend, Mr Jim Moon pays tribute to the late great Ray Harryhausen, taking you on an epic journey through his life and works.
HYPNOBOBS 115 - Thurnley Abbey by Perceval Landon
This week we are back to the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams, where Mr Jim Moon reads Perceval Landon's classic chiller Thurnley Abbey...
HYPNOBOBS 114 - Master of the Universes Part III - The Many Worlds of Kim Newman
In the third and final part of our explorations of the many universes of Mr Kim Newman, we journey to the alternate world of Anno Dracula, trace the exploits of the Diogenes Club down the decades and and visit many other parallel Earths in the the Newmanverse.
HYPNOBOBS 113 - The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
In a prelude to the third part of our exploration of the fiction of Mr Kim Newman, Mr Jim Moon takes us on a journey back to Victorian London for an adventure with the legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes. In this peculiar case, we encounter Holmes's elder brother Mycroft and the most mysterious Diogenes Club...
HYPNOBOBS 112 - A Tribute to James Herbert
To mark the passing of a true legend, Mr Jim Moon pays tribute to the life and works of the late, great James Herbert, Britain's most celebrated horror author.
HYPNOBOBS 111 - Master of the Universes Part 2 - An Interview with Mr Kim Newman
In a very special episode Mr Jim Moon interviews author Kim Newman, discussing his recently re-released novel Jago (Titan Books £8.99 and out now) and much much more!
HYPNOBOBS 110 - Black Mirrors
In a change to the published schedule, we're taking a break from exploring the wonders of the Newman-verse in order to talk about one of the best pieces of television in a long while that aired just this week. Joining Mr Jim Moon are Odile Thomas (of Sending a Wave and Highway to Mars) and Lee Medcalf (of the Black Dog Podcast) to discuss the most recent episode of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror 'White Bear'. In a very spoiler-heavy show - you have been warned - we get to grips with the many interesting questioned raised by this particular episode, chat about the show in general and wander into many strange techno-paranoid tangents!
HYPNOBOBS 109 - Master of the Universes Part 1
This week Mr Jim Moon is literally emptying entire shelves of the Great Library of Dreams to bring you this epic guide to the wonderful fantastic fiction of Mr Kim Newman. In this first part, we look at his early novels and stories, uncover the truth behind the shadowy Peace and Love Corporation, delve into the works of his alter ego Mr Jack Yeovil, visit the Dark Future, roam the Old World of Warhammer, attend an orgy of blood parasites, and take a trip to the United Socialist States of America!
HYPNOBOBS 108 - The Song of the Necromancer: A Suite of Verse by Clark Ashton Smith
Due to forces beyond even his control, this week sees Mr Jim Moon hurriedly cobbling together an episode. The result is a shorter but somewhat different edition of Hypnobobs, in which we take a fantastical voyage through an ocean of sound and music to explore a selection of the poetry of Clark Ashton Smith.
HYPNOBOBS 107 - Leg of Toad, Eye of Gorgon: An Introduction to Clark Ashton Smith
This week Mr Jim Moon has unearthed from the Great Library of Dreams the works of a much overlooked but thoroughly fantastic author, Mr Clark Ashton Smith. Considered in his day as one of the top three authors in the legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales alongside Robert E Howard and HP Lovecraft, his canon hasn't attracted quite the same standing as his two good friends. However in this episode Mr Moon attempts to rectify this with an introduction to his works and readings of two of his tales. First we encounter the horrors of medieval witchery in rural France in the darkly erotic Mother of Toads, originally censored but presented here in its full uncut glory. And then we voyage back into the age of myth for drinks with Medusa in the comic fable Symposium of the Gorgon.
The cover image for this episode is a photograph of a sculpture by Clark Ashton Smith, a piece entitled Young Ghoul. For more about Clark Ashton Smith, do visit the fabulous www.eldritchdark.com
HYPNOBOBS 106 - The McClure Quartet
This week we're venturing to lost worlds where strange rubbery beasts lurk! In the company of adventurer extraordinaire Mr Doug McClure, we're taking a trip to The Land That Time Forgot (1974), discovering what lies At The Earth's Core(1976), meeting The People That Time Forgot(1977) and facing the wrath of the Warlords of Atlantis(1978). It's a truly epic journey through '70s dinosauria, in which we'll meet luminaries such as Peter Cushing, Caroline Munroe, Amicus Films, and Edgar Rice Burroughs!
HYPNOBOBS 105 - The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder #7 - The Find
For the first trip to the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams in this new year, Mr Jim Moon is cracking open once more the fabled Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder. In this short but unusual account, entitled The Find, we learn of one of the Ghost Finder's most intriguing and unique investigations...
HYPNOBOBS 104 - Christmas Eve at King's
It's Christmas Eve, and you are all invited to King's College, Cambridge for a special Christmas revival of the legendary Chit-Chat Club. Mr Jim Moon is in the armchair by the fire and presenting a humorous seasonal haunting from Mr John Kendrick Bangs - The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall, some festive verse from Sir Walter Scott and Walter de la Mare, and talking about the ancient traditions of Yuletide. But of course, the highlight of this evening's entertainment is a reading of a ghost story from MR James, The Tractate Middoth.
HYPNOBOBS 103 - Festive Favourites
It's nearly Christmas and so Mr Jim Moon is drinking too much port (oh yes he is!) and rambling on about favourite festive viewing! We discuss what makes a good Christmassy watch, and you can find out who's naughty or nice from this random stocking-full of festive features - The Snow Queen (2005), Jack Frost (1996), Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964), Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and Stalking Santa (2006).
HYPNOBOBS 102 - The Haunted Dolls' House
Christmas is drawing near and naturally Mr Jim Moon's thoughts turn to all things festive, such as presents, toys and ...er... the ghost stories of MR James! And so we proudly present the first of the now traditional Christmas readings of James tales, The Haunted Dolls' House.
HYPNOBOBS 101 - Fighting Fantasy
Yes, at long last the Great Library of Dreams is opening its doors once more, and what an epic length show awaits you all! For this week Mr Jim Moon is waxing lyrical about the history and the mystery of the legendary Fighting Fantasy gamebooks! So grab two dice, a pencil and a bit of paper for the lands of high adventure await!
HYPNOBOBS 100 Part One - Various Statements Concerning Randolph Carter
Hypnobobs is 100 years old! I mean, 100 episodes old! And to celebrate we're having a special two part investigation into a Lovecraftian classic! In Part One, we hear a reading of HP Lovecraft's seminal tale The Statement of Randolph Carter and discuss its themes and significance, while in Part Two Mr Jim Moon sets off to the story's location deep in the Everglades to discover what truth lies behind the story... Click here for the letter from Lovecraft to Derleth referred to in the show
HYPNOBOBS 100 Part Two - Further Statements Concerning Randolph Carter
Continuing his epic investigation into the mysterious background and origins of HP Lovecraft's classic chiller The Statement of Randolph Carter, Mr Jim Moon uncovers dark secrets in ancient Florida history...
HYPNOBOBS 100 Part Three - Final Statements Concerning Randolph Carter
In the third and final part of HYPNOBOBS 100, Mr Jim Moon's epic investigation into the background of The Statement of Randolph Carter takes him into the mysterious heart of the Everglades, where worst than gators lurk in the swamps...
HYPNOBOBS 99 - Zombi Zombi Part III - The Gates of Hell
Rising once more from the grave, it's Part III of our series on all things living dead Zombi Zombi! And in this edition, Mr Jim Moon is descending into all manner of benighted worlds of ill to explore Italian maestro Lucio Fulci's the Gates of Hell trilogy, looking in-depth at City of the Living Dead (1980), The Beyond (1981) and The House By The Cemetery (1981). The Sea of Darkness awaits!
HYPNOBOBS 98 - Pickman's Model
This week due to technical difficulties Mr Jim Moon is raiding the vaults again. And so we are revisiting an old classic with a brand new reading of HP Lovecraft's classic weird tale Pickman's Model
HYPNOBOBS 97 - The Room in the Tower
This week Mr Jim Moon presents an introduction to a fine author of many a cracking weird tale, Mr EF Benson. And we sample his canon with a reading and discussion of his celebrated story of troubling dreams and nightmares, The Room in the Tower.
HYPNOBOBS 96 - Captain Jetlag's Random Movie Round-up
This week, a just back from his holibobs Mr Jim Moon proudly presents Captain Jetlag's Random Movie Round-up! Featuring extended rambling and aural bollocks on Battleship! Sherlock Holmes - Game of Shadows! Chronicle! Lawless! ParaNorman! The Adjustment Bureau! And Real Steel! There's be laughter! There'll be tears! There's be random tips for travellers! And blowing a whole years worth of exclamation marks!!!!!!
HYPNOBOBS 95 - The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder #6 -The Horse of the Invisible
By the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon once again opens up the Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder. This time round, Mr William Hope Hodgson recounts Carnacki's investigation into a most troubling family curse and the manifestation of an exceedingly malign equine spectre...
HYPNOBOBS 94 - Night's Black Agents
This week a busy Mr Moon delves into the archives of old time radio horror. We talk of the legendary Man in Black and the classic series Appointment With Fear, and heard an episode of its parent show Suspense which features Mr Henry Hull, star of The Werewolf of London in an audio adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit And The Pendulum. Then we visit old London town to visit Orson Welles in The Black Museum and hear of the crimes of John George Haigh, a man dubbed both The Acid Bath Murderer and The Vampire Killer!
HYPNOBOBS 93 - A Beginner's Guide To Judge Dredd
This week Mr Jim Moon presents a highly zarjaz Beginner's Guide To Judge Dredd. In this thrill-powered episode, we'll uncover the history of British comics, detail the creation of 2000 AD, explore the the world of Judge Dredd, and finally round off with a spoiler-free review of the brand new movie Dredd 3D! Miss it at your peril grexnixes!
HYPNOBOBS 92 -The Hunt For The Croglin Vampire
This week, Mr Jim Moon embarks on a perilous journey to hunt down the infamous Croglin Vampire. During the course of our investigations into this notorious case of British vampirism, along the way we'll meet such luminaries as occult scholar Montague Summers, the legendary Man In Black himself Valentine Dyall, and Sir Francis Varney, hero of epic Penny Dreadful Varney the Vampire! The truth is indeed out there... and it has fangs! And check out The Croglin Files here
HYPNOBOBS 91 - Favourite Monsters: Vampires
This week, Mr Jim Moon dusts off the great tome marked 'Favourite Childhood Monsters' and explores the world of the vampire. We examine the legend of the Croglin Vampire in depth, and along the way discuss the diverse nature of the undead, the difference between fictional blood-suckers such as Count Dracula and the actual vampires of folklore, and somewhat bizarrely, the wrappers of 1970s sweets... And check out The Croglin Files here
HYPNOBOBS 90 - The Queer Feet
This week in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon delves into the case-files of that most unusual and unlikely detective, that little priest Father Brown. This time we hear the curious case of The Queer Feet as recounted by Mr GK Chesterton.
HYPNOBOBS 89 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 8
Mr Jim Moon continues his survey of Batman at the movies, examining Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997). Plus there's bonus swearing, I mean reviewing with a look at Catwoman (2004) and the shocking revelation of who really killed the 90's Bat-franchise...
HYPNOBOBS 88 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 7
In the latest installment of Bat-history, Mr Jim Moon traces the long road, that stretched out over decades, that brought Batman to the big screen. And in this episode, we discuss and dissect the the fruits of that long journey Tim Burton's Batman (1989), starring Michael Keaton in the eponymous role and Jack Nicholson as the Joker.
HYPNOBOBS 87 - How To Get Ahead In Ghost Hunting Part II
This week we once again turn the floor over to Mr Gary 'Horsehead' Stead for another chapter of his memoirs - How To Get Ahead In Ghost Hunting! In this second part, entitled The Attic chills are guaranteed! And afterwards Mr Jim Moon talks a little on the subject on EVP and foolishly tries out a live experiment...
HYPNOBOBS 86 - Children of the Wolfman
Concluding our history of werewolvery, Mr Jim Moon tracks the progeny of the Universal Wolf Man, tracing the influence of Mr Larry Talbot on lycanthropic cinema. Under the light of the silvery moon, we hunt down The Mad Monster, The Undying Monster and The Wolves of Malveneur, hear the Cry of the Werewolf and witness the Return of the Vampire, before uncovering his descendants are alive and well in the modern age in the shape of An American Werewolf in London and The Wolf Man remake.
HYPNOBOBS 85 - Even A Man Who Is Pure In Heart
Continuing what is turning into Werewolf Month here in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon rambles at great length about the 1941 Universal classic The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney Jnr. Along the way we learn about the history of the Universal Monsters and just where the werewolf's vulnerability to silver actually comes from...
HYPNOBOBS 84 - On-Air Wolf
This week Mr Jim Moon delving into the audio archives of the Great Library of Dreams to bring you two contrasting werewolf tales from the eerie world of old time radio! First we have The Werewolf from The Weird Circle, a radio play based upon The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains by Captain Frederick Marryat, and then W Is For Werewolf from Dark Fantasy.
HYPNOBOBS 83 - Birth of the Werewolf
Continuing our explorations of the history and mystery of the werewolf, Mr Jim Moon recounts the earliest manifestations of werewolvery in cinema and attends the birth of the modern lycanthrope with a visit to Universal's The Werewolf of London (1935) starring Henry Hull.
HYPNOBOBS 82 - The Wolf At The Door: A Werewolf History
Continuing our investigations in werewolvery, Mr Jim Moon traces the development and metamorphoses of werewolf lore down the ages, from the shamanic mists at the dawn of time to the blood-soaked pages of the Penny Dreadfuls!
HYPNOBOBS 81 - Radio Free Bradbury
To mark the passing of legendary author Mr Ray Bradbury, Mr Jim Moon raids the audio archives of the Great Library of Dreams to unearth old time radio adaptations of two of his classic tales, 'Kaleidoscope' from The Illustrated Man and 'Mars is Heaven' aka 'The Third Expedition' from The Martian Chronicles.
HYPNOBOBS 80 - The Origins of Alien
With the long awaited Prometheus, Ridley Scott's much anticipated return to the universe of Alien, finally unleashed on our screens, Mr Jim Moon heads for deepest space to explore the origins of that most seminal movie. Joined on this epic voyage by Mr Lee Medcalf and Mr Darren Barnard of The Black Dog podcast, we explore three similarly seminal movies that are said to have inspired both Scott and screen writer Dan O'Bannon - spaced out cult classic Dark Star (1974), vintage scifi shocker It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958), and Mario Bava's interstellar gothic Planet of the Vampires (1965).
Warning! Contains assorted rambling, swearing, wild speculation, and On The Buses!
HYPNOBOBS 79 - An Introduction To Werewolvery
Mr Jim Moon ventures out into the light of the full moon to investigate the legend of the werewolf. As well as some chat about what the Wolf-Man means to us, we have readings of two classic lycanthropic tales - Gabriel-Ernest by Saki and High Moon by Tim Stout.
HYPNOBOBS 78 - HG Wells' Martians
In something of a stop-gap episode, Mr Jim Moon rambles about the marvellous Martians of HG Wells and resurrects from the audio archives of the Great Library of the Dreams the infamous Mercury Theatre on the Air radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds masterminded by the legendary Orson Welles.
HYPNOBOBS 77 - The Horror of the Heights
This week in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon delves into the weird fiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a reading of his seminal tale The Horror of the Heights.
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HYPNOBOBS 76 - Assembling The Avengers
Despite claiming to be taking the week off, Mr Jim Moon just can't help himself and has to talk Avengers! In this episode we run through the five films leading up to this epic gathering of Iron Man, the Hulk, the mighty Thor, Captain America and Scarlett Johansson's arse, and then takes a SPOILER FREE look at Josh Whedon's assembling of The Avengers...
HYPNOBOBS 75 - My Favourite Childhood Monsters Part II
Continuing our ramble through favourite childhood monsters, Mr Jim Moon explores fairy and folks tales, the horror of Grendel, and discusses dragons and sea serpents at length. And there's also a look at some of your favourite monsters too...
HYPNOBOBS 74 - My Favourite Childhood Monsters Part I
This week Mr Jim Moon takes a stroll down Memory Lane and rambles about some of his favourite childhood monsters and tries to work out what it all means... Featuring creatures from myth, legend, folklore and, inevitably perhaps, Doctor Who...
HYPNOBOBS 73 - Eggs & Orchids
In a special eggisode, I mean, episode for Easter, Mr Jim Moon narrates two tales from that master of fantastic fiction, Mr HG Wells. First we have the account of The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, and this botanical horror is followed by the affair of The Crystal Egg.
HYPNOBOBS 72 - Zombi Zombi Part II
This week we return to explore the many children spawned by George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Mr Jim Moon rounds up four flicks that at one time or another have purported to be a sequel to Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 - Zombie Holocaust (1980), Burial Ground (1981), Paul Naschy's The Hanging Woman (1973) and Jorge Grau's The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue (1974)!
HYPNOBOBS 71 - The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder #5 - The Searcher of the End House
Join Mr Jim Moon in the Library of Dreams where once more he opens the curious tome marked The Casebook of Carnacki The Ghost Finder. This time the account set down by Mr William Hope Hodgson details an early case of Mr Carnacki, presenting the young Ghost Finder with a most perplexing haunting in his own residence...
HYPNOBOBS 70 - How To Get Ahead In Ghost Hunting
...And we're back in the room! Yes, after a short hiatus, Mr Jim Moon has reopened the newly relocated Library of Dreams! This week, we explore the ancient and noble art of ghost hunting, learn some of the history of parapsychology, and hear the first part of the memoirs of a real life ghost hunter!
HYPNOBOBS 69 - Weird Verses
This week in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon samples a selection of weird verses from down the ages. Featuring macabre poems from such luminaries as Edgar Allan Poe, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E Howard and HP Lovecraft and verses from modern masters such as Brian Lumley and Thomas Ligotti.
HYPNOBOBS 68 - Imaginary Fiends
This week Mr Jim Moon summons you to the fireside at the Library of Dreams to hear two tales of children with unusual invisible playmates... Thus I Refute Beelzy by John Collier and Mr Lupescu by Anthony Boucher
HYPNOBOBS 67 - St Skeletor's Day
Luuurve is in the air, and in a St Skeletor's Day special, Mr Jim Moon presents two tales of when love takes a turn for the horrific. Firstly we have an adaptation of Robert Smythe Hitchen's When Love Came To Professor Guildea from 1940s show Escape, and then The Family Album from the legendary Price of Fear. Plus some bonus nonsense from Mr Moon. WARNING - may contain needless Barry White impersonations!
HYPNOBOBS 66 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 6
Continuing our epic history of the Batman, Mr Jim Moon discovers what the Caped Crusader was up to in the 1980s... Quite a lot as it turns out, what with Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, Crisis on Infinite Earths and Years One to Three!
HYPNOBOBS 65 - The Secret Garden
Ihis week we are returning to the works of the great GK Chesteron, for a second tale featuring his clerical sleuth Father Brown. At a dinner party held by the famous police detective Valentin, the little priest discovers an unwanted additional course on the menu... vicious bloody murder!
HYPNOBOBS 64 - Zombi Zombi Part I
In the first of new occasional series, Mr Jim Moon foolishly decides to chart all the various spin-offs, remakes and sequels to George Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead. In this opening episode, we discuss Zombi: L’alba Dei Morti Viventi - AKA Dario Argento cut of Dawn of the Dead, Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 AKA Zombie and Zombie Flesh-Eaters, and the Fulci/Mattei hybrid horror Zombi 3.
HYPNOBOBS 63 - Draccula's Guest
This week as the snow and ice lies deep and crisp and even, Mr Jim Moon reads a wintry classic from Bram Stoker. So take your place in the carriage for a visit to Dracula's Guest...
HYPNOBOBS 62 - Rambling Thru 2011
In a not-at-all definitive review of the year, Mr Jim Moon has a look at the state of film and TV in 2011. Items from the silver screen discussed include Fright Night, The Thing, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, X Men: First Class, Green Lantern, Paul, Attack The Block, Cowboys and Aliens, and Sucker Punch.
And on the small screen, we talk about Dexter, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time, Grimm, American Horror Story, Merlin, Doctor Who, Black Mirror, Breaking Bad, Community, Game of Thrones and Holy Flying Circus.
HYPNOBOBS 61 - Christmas Spirits Part III : Our Victorian Ghost Party
It's Christmas Eve at Hypnogoria Towers, Mr Jim Moon is throwing a Victorian style party and you're all invited! Featuring music, laughter and recitations! Mr Ian Hayles drops by to perform his Dickensian wonder Chains and Mr Moon regales you with readings of Jerome K Jerome's Our Ghost Party and MR James' The Story of A Disappearance and An Appearance...
HYPNOBOBS 60 - Christmas Spirits Part II : The Ghosts of Christmas television Past
In the second part of our Yuletide festivities, Mr Jim Moon takes an epic length look back at all the various ghostly tales that have haunted our televisions in Christmases past. Featuring productions by luminaries such as Lawrence Gordon Clarke, Dr Jonathan Miller, Nigel Kneale and Mark Gatiss, plus many diverse adaptations of classics by MR James and old favourites like The Turn of the Screw.
HYPNOBOBS 59 - Christmas Spirits Part I : Dickens, Christmas & Ghosts
In the first part of this year's festive celebrations at Hypnogoria Towers, Mr Jim Moon discusses ghosts and Christmas and presents a seasonal chiller penned by Mr Charles Dickens, The Signal Man...
HYPNOBOBS 58 - Christmas With Frankenstein
In a change to the announced schedule, Mr Jim Moon represents a suitably seasonal tale on the perils of Christmas toys. Coming from the pen of forgotten author Tim Stout, Christmas With Frankenstein is a gleefully ghoulish yarn about some pint-sized replicas of the most famous of the Universal Monsters...
HYPNOBOBS 57 - Twice The Price
Due to various factors, this week Mr Jim Moon hands over the reins to a special guest host, and so we have Mr Vincent Price presenting two tales illustrating The Price of Fear! In the first he co-stars with fellow horror legend Mr Peter Cushing, and in the second finds himself in a tale penned by Count Dracula's biographer Bram Stoker!
HYPNOBOBS 56 - The Blue Cross
In something of a change of pace, Mr Jim Moon presents a classic tale of mystery and detection from the very great GK Chesterton.
HYPNOBOBS 55 - The Natural History of the Batman part 5
Mr Jim Moon continues his epic exploration of Bat-history! This time discovering what lay in store for the Batman in the latter half of the 1970s. Warning - may contain Bat-Mite!
HYPNOBOBS 54 - The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder #4 - The Whistling Room
As autumn shades into winter, it's time to draw close by the fireside and for Mr Jim Moon to open once more the Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost-Finder...
HYPNOBOBS 53 - Ghostwatch
Just in time for Hallowe'en, Mr Jim Moon takes a look back at the BBC1 1992 TV special that terrified the nation! Revealing the origin, influences, impact and legacy of this classic of televisual terror created by Stephen Volk, that pitted Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith and Craig Charles against a most persistent and malignant spectre, the dread Mr Pipes...
HYPNOBOBS 51 - The House of the Nightmare & Other Eerie Tales
Continuing our readings for Hallowe'en, Mr Jim Moon presents not one, not two, but three of his favourite tales of terror! And along the way, explains at last why he's so obsesed with weird fiction...
HYPNOBOBS 50 - The Midnight Express to The Red Lodge
With Hallowe'en drawing ever nearer and strange fogs haunting the streets, in the Great Library of Dreams Mr Jim Moon revisits two sources of sleepless nights - The Red Lodge by HR Wakefield and Midnight Express by Alfred Noyes...
HYPNOBOBS 49 - Let Loose
From the fireside of the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon brings you a quasi-vampiric Victorian weird tale, 'Let Loose' by Mary Cholmondeley...
HYPNOBOBS - An Annoucement
A quick mini-cast to deliver some annoucements and some bonus comedy nonsense to boot!
HYPNOBOBS 48 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 4
At last it's back to Bat-history, as Mr Jim Moon explores Batman in the late '60s and early '70s! In this episode we discuss the aftermath of Batmania and see where comics legends Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams took the Dark Knight Detective!
HYPNOBOBS 47 - What Was It?
By the fireside of the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon reads a seminal genre crossing tale of invisible terrors, What Was It? by Fitz-James O'Brien.
HYPNOBOBS 46 - Torchopsy!
In an impromptu off the hip episode, Mr Jim Moon dissects the history of Torchwood and answers a listener's query on how he would make it better!
HYPNOBOBS 45 - The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder #3 - The House Among The Laurels
At last we're back to the adventures of Mr Thomas Carnacki the Ghost-Finder in a chilling tale, as recounted by his biographer Mr William Hope Hodgson, entitled the House Among The Laurels...
HYPNOBOBS 44 - The Black Cats of Poe (Part III)
After something of an enforced break, we're back with a full length episode, concluding our Black Cats of Poe series! But we saved the best for last! For this episode is a veritable who's who of horror maestros with the legends Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, George A. Romero and Stuart Gordon all bringing Poe to the screen! The fine podcasts mentioned in the show can be found here - Better in the Dark, Views From the Long Box, The Gentlemen's Grindhouse, The Twilight Zone Podcast
HYPNOBOBS 43 - The Black Cats of Poe (Part II)
Continuing our exploration of adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat, Mr Jim Moon first dissects in depth Roger Corman's Tales of Terror (1962) starring Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone and the patron saint of Hypnobobs Mr Vincent Price. Then in an unplanned tangent, rambles about the history of Italian cinema and the birth of giallo, before getting stuck into Sergio Martino's catchily titled Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (1972) and tries not to drool over Edwige Fenech...
HYPNOBOBS 42 - More Tales From Mr Poe
In order to prepare for the second round of movie adaptations of The Black Cat next week, this time round we have two more tales by Poe that feature in the anthology films Tales of Terror (1962) and Two Evil Eyes (1990). So settle back by the fireside for readings of Morella and The Facts in The Case of M.Valdemar...
HYPNOBOBS 41 - The Black Cats of Poe (Part I)
This week Mr Jim Moon begins an examination of the various screen adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale The Black Cat. In this show, we look at The Black Cat (1934) starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, the early exploitation flick Maniac (1934), the chills and chuckles of The Black Cat (1941), Roger Corman's Tomb of Ligeia (1964) starring the legendary Vincent Price, and the obscure but distinctly groovy The Black Cat (1966).
HYPNOBOBS 40 - Two Tales From Mr Edgar Allen Poe
In order to prepare for some forthcoming shows in which we shall be discussing the various feline noir movies inspired by Mr Edgar Allan Poe, this week we return to the Library of Dreams, where curled up by the fire is Mr Jim Moon who will read for you Mr Poe's classic tales The Black Cat and Ligeia...
HYPNOBOBS 39 - The Camera Never Lies
Mr Jim Moon takes a look at a host of found footage movies and mockumentaries. The films discussed are Home Movie (2008), The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007), Lake Mungo (2008), Catfish (2010), 84C MoPic (1989), Behind The Mask - The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) and Incident At Loch Ness (2004). All discussions are spoiler free.
HYPNOBOBS 38 - Two Tales From Mr HP LOVECRAFT
By the cosy fireside in the Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon presents two early classics from HP Lovecraft - The Outsider and The White Ship...
THE TWILIGHT ZONE PODCAST - Elegy by Charles Beaumont
In a special guest spot, Mr Jim Moon reads Charles Beaumont's classic SF shocker that was later adapted for a memorable episode of The Twilight Zone
HYPNOBOBS 37 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 3
This week we return to the Bat Cave, for the third instalment of Mr Jim Moon's epic exploration of Bat History. This time we looking at the Silver Age and the 1960s Batman series. The blog mentioned in this 'cast can be found here Silver Age Comics The podcast mentioned can be found here The Black Dog And you dig out your own links for naughty pictures of Julie Newmar...
HYPNOBOBS 36 - A Hornbook For Witches
With a raging throat infection rendering his usual golden tones into something akin to the croaking of the blasphemous fish-frogs of old Innsmouth town, Mr Jim Moon quaffs a magic potion and summons up a guest narrator to handle this week's show. And stone me, who should appear but the great man who is rapidly becoming the patron saint of HYPNOBOBS, Mr Vincent Price...
HYPNOBOBS 35 - The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder #2 - The Gateway of the Monster
Continuing our exploration of the Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost-Finder, in the Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon snugs down in his armchair and recounts the terrifying tale of The Gateway of the Monster...
HYPNOBOBS 34 - You Only Live Price
Continuing our celebrations of the Vincent Price Centennial, Mr Jim Moon explores not one, not two, but three fantastic movies featuring the master of terror! The flicks under the the microscope are Theatre of Blood (1973), Madhouse (1974) and Scream And Scream Again (1970)!
HYPNOBOBS 33 - The Price of Fear
In the first of two episodes celebrating Vincent Price's centennial on the 27th of May, Mr Jim Moon summons forth diverse treasures from the audient void including an interview, some radio terror and a poetry reading from the great man himself!The Night Gallery Podcast mentioned in the show can be found at Dimension X Radio
HYPNOBOBS 32 - The Casebook of Carnacki The Ghost Finder #1 - The Thing Invisible
This week, Mr Jim Moon opens the files of one of the 20th century's great detectives, Mr Thomas Carnacki and recounts the strange case of The Thing Invisible as recorded by Mr William Hope Hodgson!
HYPNOBOBS 31 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 2
Pow! Mr Jim Moon continues his epic exploration of the history of the Batman!
HYPNOBOBS 30 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 1
Kapow! Mr Jim Moon begins an epic look back at the long history of the Batman! For the images mentioned in the show, visit here. And the Better in the Dark Podcast lives here
HYPNOBOBS 29 - Count Magnus!
It's time to revisit the works of the master of the spectral tale, MR James as Mr Jim Moon reads his classic Count Magnus...
HYPNOBOBS 28 - Holy Rambling Batman!
In something of a rush, Mr Jim Moon hastily cobbles together a podcast and ends up rambling on about Batman and that proposed reboot after Nolan leaves the director's chair...
HYPNOBOBS 27 - The Canterville Ghost
This week we're back to the fireside for a reading of Oscar Wilde's classic gothic tale of ghouls and giggles, The Canterville Ghost...
HYPNOBOBS 26- The Lives & Times of Dr Phibes Part II
This week we continue our epic exploration of the lives and works of Dr Anton Phibes; taking a look at DR PHIBES RISES AGAIN and the various proposed sequels that never happened...
HYPNOBOBS 25- The Lives & Times of Dr Phibes Part I
This week, Mr Jim Moon embarks on an art deco odyssey into the world of the Twentieth Century's most remarkable man - musican, lover, inventor and murderer - yes, it's the abominable Doctor Anton Phibes!
Due to various factors, there's only an apology and the shortest of short stories this week, from scifi legend Frederic Brown. (Ab)normal service will be resumed next week with The Lives & Times of Dr Anton Phibes!
HYPNOBOBS 24- Lost Authors: Mr Tim Stout
At the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon would like to introduce you to a forgotten author of weird fiction, Mr Tim Stout, with a pair of readings to chill the blood and raise dark smiles...
HYPNOBOBS 23- Diary of a Madman
This week Mr Jim Moon launches into an in-depth discussion of Guy de Maupassant's The Horla. Also we have a look at its screen adaptation - Diary of a Madman starring Vincent Price.
HYPNOBOBS 22 - Skeletons! Trolls! & Slapheads! Oh My!
In a change to the published schedule, Mr Jim Moon takes a look at a quartet of odd little films - The Troll Hunter, Skeletons, Cropsey & Micromen. The mentioned troll pictures can be found here
HYPNOBOBS 21- The Horla
It's back to the fireside once more this week, as Mr Jim Moon delves into classic French literature to unearth a seminal vampiric tale of creeping fear, dread and madness, THE HORLA by Guy de Maupassant...
HYPNOBOBS 20 - The Films That Nobody Loves #1 Zoltan Hound of Dracula!
Infected by the seas of love sloshing about in mid February, Mr Jim Moon unveils a new semi-regular feature, The Films That Nobody Loves... And this time he's rambling about the 1978 forgotten feature Zoltan Hound of Dracula...
HYPNOBOBS 19 - A Trio of Tales from Mr Chetwynd-Hayes
It's back to the fireside this week, as Mr Jim Moon reads three stories by Mr R CHETWYND-HAYES...
HYPNOBOBS 18 - From Beyond the Grave
This week Mr Jim Moon proudly presents a celebration of the life and works of Britain's Prince of Chill, Mr R CHETWYND- HAYES. As well as delving through his biography and bibliography, we'll also be examining the two anthology movies his works inspired - From Beyond the Grave (1973) and The Monster Club (1981).
HYPNOBOBS 17 - The Black Stone
To celebrate what would have been his 105th birthday on January 22nd, Mr Jim Moon delves into the works of Robert E Howard for a reading of his classic Cthulhu Mythos tale The Black Stone...
HYPNOBOBS 16 - 2010 The Year on The Box
In another look back over the fortunes of the previous year, Mr Jim Moon takes a critical eye to the dribbling served up by the idiot lantern
HYPNOBOBS 15 - 2010 the Year in Cinema
It's a New Year and Mr Moon rambles about the last twelve months in film...
For more end-of-year shennigans, check out these great podcasts (as mentioned in the show) - Cinerama, Chin Stroker Vs Punter and The Black Dog
HYPNOBOBS 14 - The Mezzotint
It's Christmas Eve and therefore time for another classic chiller. Join Mr Jim Moon by the fireside for some discussion of the works of Mr James and a reading of his classic tale The Mezzotint.
HYPNOBOBS 13 - The Box of Delights
With Christmas fast approaching it's time for some festive fare and Mr Jim Moon takes a journey into THE BOX OF DELIGHTS...
HYPNOBOBS 12 - Canon Alberic's Scrap-book
With Christmas just around the corner, the time is right for a ghost story or two. Mr Jim Moon takes a look at the work of MR James and reads one of his classic tales - Canon Alberic's Scrap-book. For more on MR James and Yuletide spectres, visit Ghost Stories For Christmas
HYPNOBOBS 11 - Video Nasties
This week Mr Jim Moon takes a terrifying trip back to the 1980s! Battling through a mire of stay-prest slacks and rah-rah skirts, we explore the dawn of the Video Age and take a look at Jake West's Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide...
HYPNOBOBS 10 - Pickman's Model
Join Mr Jim Moon once more by the fireside for some talk about ghouls, the original cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers, and a reading of HP Lovecraft's classic tale 'Pickman's Model'...
HYPNOBOBS 09 - The Redsin Tower
Mr Jim Moon takes a look at an underground horror flick from the infamous Toetag Pictures. So ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats for a tour of The Redsin Tower (2006).
The interviewed mentioned in the 'cast can be found here
HYPNOBOBS 08 - The Graveyard Rats
Hallowe'en is upon us again, the perfect time for a spot of weird fiction! So join Mr Jim Moon by the fireside for a reading of the classic tale of terror The Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner. Plus there's a bonus reading of a suitably season weird verse from the master of weird fiction, HP Lovecraft.
HYPNOBOBS 07 - Paranormal Activity 2 Review
Mr Jim Moon braves the terrors of the night, low res footage and motion sickness in order to deliver to you gentle listener, a review to the sequel of last year's supernatural smash hit Paranormal Activity. Jim's review of the original can be found here
HYPNOBOBS 06 - Autumn Ramblings
It's poetry time again, with Mr Jim Moon waxing lyrical about his favourite season and reading a selection of suitably autumnal verses from down the ages.
HYPNOBOBS 05 - Doctor Who: Ghost Light Review
This time round we cast a critical eye over one of the strangest Doctor Who stories ever screened, the Seveth Doctor adventure Ghost Light
HYPNOBOBS 04 - Tombs, Temples & The Dead
For this outing we venture into the world of dark ambience, with a quartet of spooky soundscapes concocted from various bits of tat including sound effects for the Thief series of games and samples from The Evil Dead.
You can hear the episode of The Investigative Author mentioned in the 'cast here, and do give the other episodes as listen too - it's a wonderful little podcast! For more information about the Thief games, visit www.thief-thecircle.com
HYPNOBOBS 03 - Prose-poem Towards a Defintion of Itself
The poetry continues with Mr Jim Moon rambling about the classic Mersey Sound anthology and reading an extract of Prose-poem Towards a Defintion of Itself by renowned poet Brian Patten
HYPNOBOBS 02 - The Oxford Hysteria of English Poetry
After the torrent of Predators spawned abuse, Mr Jim Moon attempts to recify the balance with a poetry reading... No, don't run away! It's a funny one - The Oxford Hysteria of English Poetry by modern master Adrian Mitchell
HYPNOBOBS 01 - Predators Review
Mr Jim Moon casts a critical eye over the latest installment of the Predator franchise. Spoilers and swearing ensue...
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