Voices from the moon
Mad rambling and weird fictions
A family of four podcasts from Mr Jim Moon! Originally what was one show (Hypnobobs) is now a quartet - the indepth discussions and reviews come under the banner of the Hypnogoria podcast, bite-size shows and generally odds and sods appear as Microgoria, there's in-depth book review with Miss Odile Thomas in Tomegoria, and our famous readings of classic weird fiction are now broadcast as From the Great Library of Dreams!
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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
MICROGORIA - Call from the Deep A short info-cast in which Mr Jim Moon details his newly launched Patreon campaign
HYPNOGORIA 47 - The Power of Christmas UnleashedIn the first episode for a new year, Mr Jim Moon pays tribute to the late Joe Dever, legendary writer and games designer, remembering the man, his life and works, and of course, his classic creations Lone Wolf and the world of Magnamund. We also preview what will be coming on the show this year too. For more on Joe Dever and all things Lone Wolf, do visit https://www.projectaon.org/
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 28 – Do You Hear What I Hear In the second of our readings of ghost stories from Christmas from the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon presents a classic tale from the great MR James, The Ash-Tree
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 27 – The Ash-Tree In the second of our readings of ghost stories from Christmas from the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon presents a classic tale from the great MR James, The Ash-Tree
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 26 – Bone to His Bone Yuletide is almost here, and it's time to draw round the cosy fireside of the Great Library of Dreams for some ghost stories for Christmas. We begin this year with Mr Jim Moon narrating a tale by a friend and colleague of the great MR James, the Reverend EG Swain. And appropriately enough this festive little chiller is about a haunted library!
HYPNOGORIA 46 - The Power of Christmas Unleashed In a special surprise episode, Mr Jim Moon goes rooting through the dusty old audio archives of the Great Library of Dreams to learn of the strange but very festive adventures enjoyed by Batman and the Six Million Dollar Man courtesy of Power Records in the 1970s.
HYPNOGORIA 45 - The Box of Delights - A Christmas Commentary Part II In the second of two special episodes, Mr Jim Moon revisits a Christmas classic - the much loved BBC adaptation of The Box of Delights by John Masefield. However this year, Mr Jim has invited all you at home along to join him in his annual rewatch with a full commentary! This episode covers Parts 4, 5 and 6. Now let us go swift and continue our adventures!
HYPNOGORIA 44 - The Box of Delights - A Christmas Commentary Part I In the first of two special episodes, Mr Jim Moon revisits a Christmas classic - the much loved BBC adaptation of The Box of Delights by John Masefield. However this year, Mr Jim is inviting all you at home along to join him in his annual rewatch with a full commentary! This episode covers Parts 1, 2 and 3. However we shall not leave you little nor yet dark for long as the second half will be along in a couple days time!
MICROGORIA 39 – Gef the Talking MongooseIn the last episode before the Christmas specials begin, Mr Jim Moon is in a somewhat festive mood as he investigates one of the strangest haunting ever... In this episode we take a trip back to the 1930s and voyage to a remote farm on the Isle of Man to meet Gef the Talking Mongoose!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 25 – Sredni Vashtar & Tobermory As a curtain raiser for our forthcoming investigation of the curious case of Gef the Talking Mongoose, Mr Jim Moon invites you to take a seat by the fireside to hear two weird tales of most usually gifted animals from the pen of the great HH Munro AKA Saki..
MICROGORIA 38 – New Arrivals in the Great Library of DreamsAs Christmas is coming at an ever-increasing pace, Mr Jim Moon presents a trio of tomes from the wonderful world of horror comics as requests from Santa Claus… We have look at Phil Trombetta’s huge and gorgeous volume The Horror, The Horror, and we take a look at two just released collections – Misty: Moonchild/Four Faces of Eve and a comics adaptation of MR James’ Ghost Stories of an Antiquary from Leah Moore and John Reppion.
HYPNOGORIA 43 - My 70s Satan Part II In the second part of our little series examining what Satan was up to in the early '70s, Mr Jim Moon meets the very strange Messiah of Evil (1973), and tangles with the Brotherhood of Satan (1971). Plus in a bongo bonus feature, we attend Blood Sabbath(1972) starring cult favourite Dyanne Thorne.
HYPNOGORIA 42 - My 70s Satan Part 1In the first of a two part mini series, Mr Jim Moon takes a look at what the Devil was up to in the early 1970s. First we join Alan Alda to learn how to do The Mephisto Waltz (1971) and then head out into the desert to investigate mysterious deaths in Enter the Devil (1972).
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 24 – All SoulsA special early episode serving up an eerie tale for especially for Halloween, and one that actually takes place on a snowy Halloween night
HYPNOGORIA 41 - The Origins of Halloween Part 4In a bonus extra chapter this year, Mr Jim Moon uncovers the birth of the horror genre and discovers when Halloween first properly became scary! We take a look at early Halloween horrors in the pages of the pulps, and then discover how the macabre radio shows of the 1930s and 1940s would make Halloween night their own...
HYPNOGORIA 40 - The Origins of Halloween Part 3As Halloween approaches Mr Jim Moon delves once more into the history and the mysteries of this ancient holiday. In this chapter we take a trip back to the start of the 20th century to discover how Halloween parties evolved and see how the spookiest night of the year was portrayed in the brave new worlds of radio and film.
MICROGORIA 37 – Familiar SpiritsIn a the final part of our explorations of toad lore, Mr Jim Moon looks the role of familiars in witchcraft, and examines the trials of three witches in 16th century Essex, in which these demonic animal companions, including several in amphibious forms, featured heavily...
MICROGORIA 36 – The Devil's RainIn this episode, Mr Jim Moon has a viewing of the not so classic 1975 flick The Devil's Rain, and does not so much provide a commentary but more chats about and around this very odd movie. On paper it looked good - Ernest Borgnine, William Shatner, Ida Lupino and John Travolta in a '70s Satanic flick directed by cult favourite Robert Fuest... The reality was very different...
HYPNOGORIA 39 - Village of Horrors This week in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon takes a stroll down a particularly spooky stretch of Memory Lane, and explores various eerie and horrific tales he heard as child growing up in a small village. There were tales of monsters, horrors from urban legends, weird folklore, and stories of the numerous ghosts that haunted the village…
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 23 – Ubbo Sathla In this broadcast from the Great Library of Dreams, we are once again delving into the works of Mr Clark Ashton Smith, for a strange tale of the Cthulhu Mythos and ancient Hyperborea…
MICROGORIA 35 – Murder in Lower Quinton Part III In the third and final part of our investigation into the Lower Quinton murder, we attempt to get to the truth of the witchcraft angle of the case, take a close look at the suspects, and attempt to discover who was most likely to have committed this infamous murder.
MICROGORIA 34 – Murder in Lower Quinton Part II In the second part of our investigation into the Lower Quinton witchcraft murder, we unravel an occult history of magic in Britain, exploring Satanism in the press, and how the story has been presented and misrepresented over the years. We strip away the layers of myths, mistakes and misconceptions that have grown up around the Walton case, and discover how this notorious unsolved crime has shaped popular culture.
MICROGORIA 33 – Murder in Lower Quinton Part I In the first episode in an epic three part investigation, Mr Jim Moon uncovers the facts in the case of the murder of Charles Walton – an unsolved crime that rumours of witchcraft, toads, and ancient cults have grown up around.
TOMEGORIA 19 – Red Rising In this show, Odile and Jim head off into space and see what’s happening on the planet Mars. In Red Rising by Pierce Brown we discover a vivid vision of the future that owes much to the ancient Classical world of Earth, where dark plots and conspiracies are being hatched and often fatal games are played...
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 22 - The Hounds of Tindalos This week Mr Jim Moon invites you to take a place by the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams to delve into the dread world of the Cthulhu Mythos. And we’ll learn an important lesson about messing about with mystic drugs and the mathematics of the fourth dimension… For in the angles of Time lurk some exceeding foul things…
MICROGORIA 32 – Stranger Things II Warning! We are unlocking the curiosity door! In a second show on the marvellous Stranger Things, Mr Jim Moon is joined by Odile Thomas to embark on a SPOILER-FILLED discussion of the Duffer Brothers series that's taking the world by storm!
MICROGORIA 31 – Stranger Things In an unscheduled broadcast, Mr Jim Moon takes a look at the new series that taking the geek world by storm – Stranger Things. In this show we have an in-depth but spoiler-free discussion of this marvellous tale set in the 1980s that masterfully blends SF and horror, created by the Duffer Brothers and available now from Netflix.
HYPNOGORIA 38 – The Natural History of the Batman Part 12 In this chapter of Bat-history, we hit the 1970s and discover the adventures on vinyl the Caped Crusader had with Power Records!
TOMEGORIA 18 – Summer of Night While the days are at their longest, the nights the shortest, and the weather hottest, Odile and Jim take a look back away at Dan Simmons’ classic novel of childhood, school vacations, and monsters Summer of Night (1991)
MICROGORIA 30 - Race With the Devil Many years ago, on the 18th of July 1981, as part of their fabled summer seasons of horror double bills, BBC 2 screened Race With the Devil - a mid '70s road movie/action flick/horror pic hybrid starring Peter Fonda and Warren Oates. And a young Mr Jim Moon was staying up late to watch it... Thirty five years later he's going back on the road again, and this time, he's doing a commentary!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 21 - A Walk in the Blackwoods This week Mr Jim Moon delves into the works of one of the all-time great writers of weird tales Mr Algernon Blackwood. As an introduction to this classic author, we sample two of his shorter tales – we stay for the weekend in a very curious room in The Goblin’s Collection, and then take an ill-advised stroll in Ancient Lights
MICROGORIA 29 - Bubble, Bubble, Toads and Trouble Once again we are exploring the weird world of toad-lore! In this episode we are learning the secret of the toad bone and looking at the uses of toads in witchcraft and sorcery!
HYPNOGORIA 37 – The Natural History of the Batman Part 11 Welcome back Bat-fans! In this chapter of Bat history we encounter the many strange and bizarre things – the Penguin going jazz, the Riddler crooning, obsessive Boy Wonder fans, and Germanic Batmen! For we are exploring the lurid vinyl underground of Gotham, cataloguing the many cash-in records that appeared in the wake of the Batman TV show in 1966!
TOMEGORIA 17 - League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume I Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and gentlemen! In this marvellous cavalcade of auditory wonder, the esteemed Mrs Odile Thomas, holder of the dread Black Belt of bookery that teams up with that notorious loafer of the libraries, Mr Jim Moon to bring to you diverse insights and assorted literary asides upon that noted chapbook for young-folk, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 20 - The Hog Part II Part II of an epic investigation of daemonic forces! In the final adventure recounted by Mr William Hope Hodgson, Carnacki the Ghost Finder takes on The Hog!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 19 - The Hog Part I At last we come to the final report in the Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder as recounted by Mr William Hope Hodgson – the epic investigation known as The Hog! NOTE – This reading is presented in two parts, and Part II (coming next week) will continue straight on after this episode closes.
HYPNOGORIA 36 - HP Lovecraft’s Fungi From Yuggoth In this show, Mr Jim Moon takes a trip into the strange poetry of HP Lovecraft, and takes a look at the epic sonnet cycle of cosmic horrors and weird revelations Fungi From Yuggoth. And as well as discussing the verses themselves and their history, we also take a look at a brand new audio production from William E Hart and Graham Plowman that sets the cycle to music.
MICROGORIA 28 - Toads on the Whole Following on from the magic toad biker mayhem of Psychomania last week, Mr Jim Moon explores the strange world of toad lore. In this episode, we learn of assorted strange beliefs about toads, monstrous tales of their antics, and the bizarre magical and medical uses of their parts.
HYPNOGORIA 35 - Psychomania Roaring back from the grave, comes Psychomania! Mr Jim provides a commentary track for the cult Brit horror flick, directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp, and starring George Sander, Nicky Henson and Beryl Reid. This movie tells the tale of a gang of motorcycling hoodlums who return to life to wreak havoc thanks to a pact with a toad! It's the only biker-zombie-magic-toad movie you need to see!
TOMEGORIA 16 - Disclaimer In this episode of Tomegoria, Odile and Jim venture into thriller territory with Renee Knight's acclaimed mystery novel Disclaimer
MICROGORIA 27 - The Mysteries of the Mummy Part IX: Radio Thoth II To round off our current run of mummy shows, we tune in once again to the world of old time radio to sample some further audio terrors with an Egyptological flavour! In this episode, Mr Jim Moon presents the eerie tale of an excavated sarcophagus in We Dug It Up from Arch Oboler’s Lights Out, and then visit the Hall of Fantasy to encounter the curse on The Golden Bracelet of Amoniris
HYPNOGORIA 34 - The Mysteries of the Mummy Part VIII: The Chronicles of Kharis This week we investigate the further adventures of Universal Mummy Kharis! Now played by the great Lon Chaney Jnr., Mr Jim Moon breaks into The Mummy's Tomb (1942), encounters The Mummy's Ghost (1944) and falls prey to The Mummy's Curse (1944). We also regrettably discover what occurs when Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy (1955)
HYPNOGORIA 33 - The Mysteries of the Mummy Part VII: The Coming of Kharis In this episode, Mr Jim Moon travels back into Universal horror history to witness the birth of a new movie monster, Kharis the Mummy! We take an in-depth look at The Mummy's Hand (1940), a movie that not only kick-started the Universal Mummy franchise but was to have a huge influence on all subsequent mummy movies!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 18 - - The Mysteries of the Mummy Part VI: Lot No.249 This week we gather round the cosy fireside of the Great Library of Dreams to hear a classic tale of mummy terror - Lot No. 249 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a story that would provide the template for many a mummy movie...
TOMEGORIA 15 - Jewel of Seven Stars In a special Tomegoria to tie in with our Mysteries of the Mummy series, Odile and Jim take a look at Bram Stoker's The Jewel of Seven Stars - a classic of Victorian mummy fiction, packed full of gothic chills and ancient Egyptian lore!
HYPNOGORIA 32 - The Mysteries of the Mummy Part V: Imhotep Rises Mr Jim Moon takes on Boris Karloff's evil immortal mummy Imhotep in a full commentary on the 1932 Universal horror classic!
HYPNOGORIA 31 - The Mysteries of the Mummy Part IV: Silent Screams In this episode we follow the course of mummy stories in early 20th century weird and genre fiction, with tales of strange curses and evil immortals! And then we discover how he shambled onto the silver screen in the silent era in a surprising number of early outings!
MICROGORIA 26 The Mysteries of the Mummy Part III: Radio Thoth In this episode, we take a side-step into the world of old time radio to sample a variety of Egyptological thrills. Firstly we have an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tale The Ring of Thoth presented by Escape! and then hear the tale of the Living Mummy from The World Adventurers Club. And finally we round off with a spine-chilling tale of opening an ancient tom Whence You Came from the brilliant Quiet Please.
HYPNOGORIA 30 The Mysteries of the Mummy Part II: Tales of the Tomb In the second part of our Mummy saga, Mr Jim Moon explores the development and evolution of Egyptian horrors in fiction and literature. We encounter ancient princesses, reincarnated lovers, dire curses from the tomb and, of course, the reanimated dead!
HYPNOGORIA 29 The Mysteries of the Mummy Part I Mr Moon begins an epic journey through the history of a horror icon - the Mummy! In this episode, we journey to ancient Egypt to unwrap the mysteries of mummification, unlock the secrets of the dead, discover the truth about tomb curses, and encounter legends of bandaged ghouls!
MICROGORIA 25 - The Final Programme The future is cancelled! Find out why as Mr Jim Moon dons a black car coat and loads up his needlegun to go on the trail of one of Michael Moorcock’s more offbeat SF heroes, the legendary Jerry Cornelius, in the cult classic The Final Programme, directed by Robert Fuest.
HYPNOGORIA 28 - The Dark Crystal Commentary Due to popular demand, here's a commentary for the earlier collaboration between Jim Henson and Brian Froud - one of the stand-out fantasy films of the '80s and a landmark in puppetry and SFX, The Dark Crystal from 1982!
TOMEGORIA 14 - Revenants This month Odile and Jim take a trip back in time to 17th century New England for a tale of historical hauntings and horrors! In Revenants by Daniel Mills we’ll encounter madness, murder, missing girls, and something nasty lurking in the wood...
MICROGORIA 24 - Tales of the Changelings Following on from our Labyrinth episode, Mr Jim Moon delves into the legend and lore of the changelings, monstrous impostors left by the faeries!
MICROGORIA 23 – Monsters & Miscreants Mr Jim Moon draws close to the fire to discuss the various and strange natures of the entities haunting the stories of the great MR James. And we also take a look at a wonderful new Jamesian card game – we believe the first of its kind – created by Mr James Drewett and Mr Richard Svensson which features 30 creatures and villains from the fiction of MR James. For more information, go to the Monsters & Miscreants Facebook page
HYPNOGORIA 27 – Into the Labyrinth To mark the passing of the late great David Bowie, Mr Jim Moon sets off to a magical realm where Alice in Wonderland meets Monty Python, where the Wizard of Oz meets George Lucas, and where David Bowie meets a load of ruddy goblins! Yes, we are having a viewing of that classic second team-up of Henson and faerie illustrator Brian Froud: 1986’s Labyrinth with Mr Jim providing an audio commentary track!
TOMEGORIA 13 - The Windup Girl In the first show in a new year, Jim and Odile take a trip into the near future, to a future Bangkok packed full of exotic new species, clockwork technology, and hazardous genetics gone wild! Hold tight, it's going to be bumpy ride!
HYPNOGORIA 26 – In Search of Santa Part IV In the final chapter of this epic festive investigation, Mr Jim Moon explores the history of the British Father Christmas, goes on the trail of the German Weihnachtsmann, and perhaps finally gets to the bottom of where Santa Claus really comes from!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 17 - FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 17 – The Treasure of Abbot Thomas Of course, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without gathering by the fireside for a reading of a tale by the great MR James. And so here’s a story considered by many to be one of his finest…
HYPNOGORIA 25 – In Search of Santa Part III In the next leg of our epic investigation of the history and mystery of Santa Claus, we examine the development of his image through 19th century America, of his appearances in Victorian England, and how he came to inhabit grottoes in our stores come December time!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 16 – The Festival In our second night of ghostly tales for Christmas, we pay a return trip to HP Lovecraft’s Kingsport to witness a very curious Yuletide tradition. We also discover another side to the Old Gentleman of Providence as we enjoy some recitations of the verses he wrote for Christmas!
HYPNOGORIA 24 – In Search of Santa Part II In the second part of our very special Christmas series, we further investigate the origins of Santa Claus, exploring the life and legend of St. Nicholas, his role in the tradition of Christmas presents, the assorted magical gift bringers he transmuted into in Europe, bring light to the dark rumours of Krampus and satanic Santas, and examine the forgotten alternative American Santa Belsnickel.
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 15 - An Aunt's TaleTis the Yuletide, and hence once again it’s time to gather round the fireside of the Great Library of Dreams for a selection of ghost stories to haunt your nights before Christmas. We open this festive season’s round of eerie readings with a witty tale that pays homage to the great MR James and raise a Christmas spirit or two!
HYPNOGORIA 23 – In Search of Santa Part I In this first in a series of Christmas specials, Mr Jim Moon sets off in search of Santa. Travelling down the centuries in a borrowed magic sleigh, we bust some myths about the Bearded Gentleman himself, before uncovering the roles played by the poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, the writings of Mr Washington Irving, and the drawings of Mr Thomas Nast in the development of legend of Santa Claus.
TOMEGORIA 12 - The Box of Delights As it is that time of the year again, and the wolves are running once more, Odile and Jim take a look at a classic childrens book with a festive theme - John Masefield's The Box of Delights. Hurry along now - time and tide and buttered eggs wait for no man!
MICROGORIA 22 – Christmas and the Robin In this special festive episode, Mr Jim Moon explores the legends and lore surrounding that favourite Christmas bird, the robin redbreast. We learn of superstitions and old tales of the robin, and discover some interesting links with the tale of Babes in the Wood, pantomimes, ghost stories, MR James and other many other fascinating and festive things!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 14 - Two Tales from Kingsport From the cosy fireside in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon takes us on a trip into Lovecraft country, to the ancient town of Kingsport. Here we will meet The Terrible Old Man and pay a visit to The Strange High House in the Mist.
HYPNOGORIA 22 - Sapphire and Steel This week Mr Jim Moon turns back time, and takes a look back at the classic SF horror series Sapphire and Steel. Created by PJ Hammond and starring genre icons David McCallum and Joanna Lumely, this strange series thrilled, puzzled and frightening many a viewer back the early '80s and still haunts the dreams of many today...
TOMEGORIA 11 - The Devil You Know In this show, Odile and Jim take a return trip to the fiction of Mr Mike Carey, and delve into the dark mysteries revealed in the first book in his Felix Castor series, The Devil You Know
MICROGORIA 21 - Usborne Supernatural Guides Mysterious Powers and Strange Forces In this episode Mr Jim Moon turns his attention to the final tome in the Usborne Supernatural Guides series from the late 1970s - Mysterious Powers & Strange Forces, and explores the likes of ESP, astral travel and pyramid power!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 13 - Man-size in Marble by E Nesbit Just in time for Halloween, Mr Jim Moon reads an eerie tale by E Nesbit set upon that very night of nights! Be warned however, while E Nesbit is best remembered for her enchanting children's books, this is no fairy tale...
HYPNOGORIA 21 - The Origins of Halloween Part II It’s Halloween once more, and Mr Jim Moon brings you another epic show delving into the long history of this autumnal festival. In this episode, we ransack the shelves of the Great Library of Dreams to trace the history of Halloween in popular culture, from the poems of Robert Burns, through the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Walter Scott, and into the heyday of the Victorian ghost story.
MICROGORIA 20 - The Mystery of the Will-o-the-Wisp With Halloween just around the corner, Mr Jim Moon explores the secret history of the jack-o-lantern, investigating their folkloric forebears, the will-o-the-wisps, those mysterious lights that lead travelers astray. What are they? Faeries? Ghosts? Or something else?
TOMEGORIA 10 - Night of the Crabs This month, Odile and Jim are taking a trip to paperback racks of the 1970s, to sample the pulp horrors of Guy N Smith’s Night of the Crabs!
HYPNOGORIA 20 - Clemens as the MoviesAt last, the long-delayed Clemens at the Movies episode is here! In this show, Mr Jim Moon delves into the late great Brian Clemens’ work on the silver screen, from an early feature adapting Edgar Allan Poe for the big screen in The Tell-Tale Heart (1960), through his psychochillers And Soon the Darkness (1970) and See No Evil (1971), to his work with Hammer – Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) and Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1972)
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 12 - The Dabblers by WF HarveyMr Jim Moon invites you once again to the cosy fireside of the Great Library of Dreams to explore a shadowy world of childhood rites and ancient traditions, in the shape of a sinister school story by the great WF Harvey, a tale of a mysterious group known as The Dabblers...
MICROGORIA 19 - Usborne Supernatural Guides Haunted Houses, Ghosts & Spectres This week Mr Jim Moon is once more apprehended loitering in Memory Lane as he embarks on a new three part odyssey into horror nostalgia with a look back at the first tome in the Usborne Supernatural Guides series - Vampires, Werewolves & Demons (1979)
TOMEGORIA 09 - The Narrows Odile and Jim are back together by the fireside and talking books! This time we are back in the realms of urban fantasy with an intriguing tale of earth energies and shortcuts in reality in the shape of The Narrows by James Brogden.
HYPNOGORIA 19 - A Tribute to Wes Craven In another sadly unscheduled episode, Mr Jim Moon pays tribute to the late great Wes Craven. We look back over his life and works, from his beginnings as a college professor doing films with his students to becoming one of the grand masters of the horror movie.
HYPNOGORIA 18 - Zombi Zombi Part VI Mr Jim Moon returns to his explorations of the Living Dead family tree, and looks at the various movies inflicted upon the world as Zombie 6 and Zombie 7, most of whom ended up on the Video Nasties list too. Featuring Joe D'Amato's cannibal nasty Anthropophagus (1980) and its non-sequel but also nasty Absurd (1981), Umbeto Lenzi's atomic nonsense Nightmare City (1980), and Bruno Mattei's shameless tat Hell of the Living Dead(1980)!
MICROGORIA 18 - Usborne Supernatural Guides Vampires, Werewolves & Demons This week Mr Jim Moon is once more apprehended loitering in Memory Lane as he embarks on a new three part odyssey into horror nostalgia with a look back at the first tome in the Usborne Supernatural Guides series - Vampires, Werewolves & Demons (1979)
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 11 - The Hanging of Alfred Wadham by EF Benson This week we return to the cosy fireside of the Great Library of Dreams, where Mr Jim Moon has a fascinating tale to tell, and a fascinating tale to tell about it. As requested by a listener, we hear EF Benson's eerie classic The Hanging of Alfred Wadham and learn of the troubles the great Roald Dahl had trying to bring it to the screen...
TOMEGORIA 08 - Rivers of London Ghosts, gods and good old fashioned detective work await Odile and Jim in Mr Ben Aaronvitch's celebrated urban fantasy Rivers of London
HYPNOGORIA 17 - A Tribute to Sir Christopher Lee Part V In this final part of this epic series, Mr Jim Moon charts Sir Christopher Lee's career from the 1980s onwards. We look at movies as diverse as Arabian Adventure, The Return of Captain Invincible, The Howling II, and The House of Long Shadows, and see how his star rose again once more with Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, how he embraced heavy metal in his '90s, and in general became a living legend. As mentioned in the show - introducing the Hypnogoria Patreon !
MICROGORIA 17 – Leeviathan 99 In a stop-gap episode, Mr Jim Moon raids the archives of the Great Library of Dreams to uncover the tale of Leviathan ’99 – a 1960s experimental radio play. This space age sonic drama was a riff on Moby Dick penned by the late great Ray Bradbury and starred Sir Christopher Lee as an obsessed comet-hunting captain on a space vessel...
HYPNOGORIA 16 - A Tribute to Sir Christopher Lee Part IV Continuing our epic journey through the life and works of Sir Christopher Lee, Mr Jim Moon charts his continuing work with Hammer and Amicus, looking at I, Monster (1971) and To the Devil a Daughter (1976), and examines the only movie Lee made himself, Charlemagne Productions' Nothing But The Night (1972). We pay a visit to The Wicker Man (1973), indulge in some Bondage with The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), and hear how Lee broke the horror typecasting in movies such as The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970).
MICROGORIA 15 - A Tribute to Sir Christopher Lee - the Intermission This episode we take a little sidestep in our journey through the life and works of the late great Sir Christopher Lee. Mr Jim Moon takes a back at the tradition of having hosts with our horror stories, and explores the various volumes of weird fiction that Sir Christopher Lee hosted and co-edited with Peter Haining and Micheal Parry.
HYPNOGORIA 15 - A Tribute to Sir Christopher Lee Part III Mr Jim Moon continues his journey through the long career of Sir Christopher Lee, exploring is most productive period the 1970s, where he made numerous films for Hammer, Amicus, and AIP, and worked with film-makers such as Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Jess Franco and Harry Alan Towers. We sample the psycho-chiller Scream of Fear (1961), investigate the case of Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), go marauding with the Devil Shop Pirates (1964), dodge The Gorgon (1964), gaze into the Face of Fu Manchu (1965), visit Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965), meet Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966), and find out what's inside the The Oblong Box (1969). And of course we run into Count Dracula many many times...
HYPNOGORIA 14 – A Tribute to Sir Christopher Lee Part II Mr Jim Moon pays tribute to the great Sir Christopher Lee with the first part of what will be a lengthy retrospective of his life and works. In the first part of this epic journey through a career that spanned seven decades, we learn of Lee's early life, military career and his early forays into acting. We discuss his involvement with the birth of Hammer horror and friendship with Peter Cushing, looking at his roles in Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll. We look at his non horror works such as Hound of the Baskervilles and Terror of the Tongs, learn of his close relationship with Boris Karloff and the movie they starred in together Corridors of Blood, and round off with another black and white chiller City of the Dead AKA Horror Hotel which was effectively the birth of Amicus.
HYPNOGORIA 13 – A Tribute to Sir Christopher Lee Part I – Unearthing DraculaTo mark the passing of Sir Christopher Lee, we begin a triumvirate of shows celebrating the life and works of a true legend of cinema and horror. In our first episode, Mr Jim Moon goes on the trail of a lost Dracula, and uncovers the tale of a long forgotten audio version of Bram Stoker’s classic narrated by Sir Christopher Lee and its links to one of the first graphic novels The Illustrated Dracula from 1966.
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 10 – The Empire of the NecromancersMr Jim Moon returns once again to the weird and wonderful writings of Clark Ashton Smith, and presents a fantastic tale from the far future, a legend from the exotic land of Zothique, the last continent on a dying Earth basking under a dwindling red sun.
MICROGORIA 14 – Inside Berberian Sound StudioIn this episode Mr Jim Moon investigates the strange case of Berberian Sound Studio in which a sound engineer played by Toby Jones descends into a world of madness while working on the soundtrack for an Italian giallo movie.
HYPNOGORIA 12 - Dark Entries: An Introduction to Robert AickmanIn this episode Mr Jim Moon takes a journey into the strange stories of Robert Aickman, exploring the life and works of this modern master of weird fiction, and taking a look inside his first collection of tales Dark Entries.
TOMEGORIA 07 - The Great God Pan Part IOdile and Jim delve into the mysteries of The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen, tracing the influence of this weird fiction classic and unraveling its hidden horrors...
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS - The Great God Pan Part IBy the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon presents the second and final part of a complete and unabridged reading of Arthur Machen's classic novel of the weird The Great God Pan.
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS - The Great God Pan Part IBy the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon presents a special two part podcast - a complete and unabridged reading of Arthur Machen's classic novel of the weird The Great God Pan. Part II will be released very soon...
MICROGORIA 14 – Censors and SensibiltyIn this week’s show, Mr Jim Moon muses on the subject of censorship in film, asking what makes a horror film a horrible film and pondering how we handle extreme cinema and film classification.
HYPNOGORIA 011 - The Woman in Black Part IIThis week we return to Eel Marsh House to see if Mr Jim Moon has survived his night there… And if he has, there’s be a discussion of the BBC radio versions of The Woman in Black, the scarifying 1989 TV movie adapted by Nigel Kneale, Hammer Films’ big screen incarnation starring Daniel Radcliffe, and a look at the sequel The Woman in Black: Angel of Death in the form of a novel by Martyn Waites and a movie by Tom Harper.
HYPNOGORIA 010 - The Woman in Black Part I"In this episode Mr Jim Moon takes up residence in the ill-starred Eel Marsh House to begin a two part investigation in the terrifying hauntings there. In this first episode, we discover the origins of Susan Hill's classic novel The Woman in Black, and discover how this dread spectre has manifested as a long running West End play at the Fortune Theatre in London through the medium of Mr Stephen Mallatratt.
MICROGORIA 006 - Horror Movies by Alan Frank What would happen if the Devil was sacked? And exiled to live in Birmingham? Odile and Jim find out in the comedy horror novel Clovenhoof by Heide Goody and Ian Grant! As well as discussing the book, we also have a little chat with the authors too!
TOMEGORIA 006 - Clovenhoof What would happen if the Devil was sacked? And exiled to live in Birmingham? Odile and Jim find out in the comedy horror novel Clovenhoof by Heide Goody and Ian Grant! As well as discussing the book, we also have a little chat with the authors too!
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS - The Invisible ManThis week we catch up once again with that most unusual of amateur detectives, GK Chesteron's Father Brown. In this episode, Mr Jim Moon presents a reading of one of the little priest's most celebrated tales, the curious case of The Invisible Man
HYPNOGORIA 009 - A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett This week we had the sad news that Sir Terry Pratchett, beloved author and creator of the Discworld, had passed away. In this episode Mr Jim Moon pays tribute to the man and his work, looking back over his long career and celebrating his life.
MICROGORIA 12 - Deathtrap Dungeon Mr Jim Moon, armed only with a sword, backpack, leather armour and a Potion of Nostalgia, voyages to the little town of Fang in Southern Allansia to enter the Trial of Champions. Wielding his mighty two dice and a pen and paper, your host revisits Deathtrap Dungeon by Ian Livingstone, the classic Fighting Fantasy gamebook in which WE were the hero!
TOMEGORIA 005 - Three Winter Ghosts In this episode Odile and Jim keep an eye on the temperature and keep a wary ear open for the sound of dripping blood as they discuss the shivers and spectres found in Three Winter Ghosts by Mr Gary Sargent.
HYPNOGORIA 008 - The Origins of Valentine's Day In a special surprise episode, Mr Jim Moon breaks out the debunking shotgun and delves into the mysteries of St Valentine's Day, attempting to sort the fact from the fiction about the origins of this celebration of romance!
MICROGORIA 11 - All About UFOs Completing the trilogy of World of the Unknown books, Mr Jim Moon, in a predictably over-excitable fashion, voyages back to the 1970s to take a look at All About UFOs (Usborne 1977)
TOMEGORIA 004 - The Haunted In this episode Odile and Jim go and visit a most benighted residence, with a discussion of Bentley Little’s The Haunted (2012)
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS - Diary of a MadmanIn this episode, Mr Jim Moon discovers a lost audio treasure in the dusty archives of the Great Library of Dreams - a rare recording of comedy legend Kenneth Williams performing an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's classic tale of creeping insanity Diary of a Madman
MICROGORIA 10 - The Truth About Jenny GreenteethIn the first of two shows this week, Mr Jim Moon presents a bonus episode, giving you all a taste of his blog series Folklore on Friday. In this show we cover legends of fearsome dwellers in the depths and learn the truth behind these horrible drowners of folklore!
HYPNOGORIA 007 - A Tribute to Brian ClemensMr Jim Moon pays tribute to a true legend who recently passed away, the late great Brian Clemens, scriptwriter extraordinaire who gave us The Avengers, The Professionals and many many more, plus worked with legends such as Hammer, ITC, Gerry Anderson and Ray Harryhausen.
TOMEGORIA 003 - Prospero's MirrorIn our third episode, Odile and Jim investigate the strange case of Prospero's Mirror - a weird tale that is part ghost story and part historical mystery and features the great MR James as a lead character!
MICROGORIA 09 - New Year WafflingJust a quick little show to say hello and tell what going on with the podcast and what's coming up in the New Year!
CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES FINAL NIGHT - A School Story by MR JamesAt last it's Christmas Eve, and for one final time we gather round the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams. As is traditional, our Christmas Eve story comes from the great MR James, and Mr Jim Moon reads A School Story for your festive entertainment!
CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES THIRD NIGHT - The Step by EF BensonIt's the third night of ghostly tales at the Great Library of Dreams. Tonight Mr Jim Moon takes his place by the fireside to deliver a tale from EF Benson that will take us to Egypt and takes place upon a benighted Christmas Eve!
CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES SECOND NIGHT - The Red Room by HG WellsWelcome to our second ghost story for Christmas! Tonight Mr Jim Moon reads The Red Room by HG Wells, often claimed to be one of the most frightening tales ever written!
CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES FIRST NIGHT - Jerry Bundler by WW JacobsThis Christmas we are are hosting four nights of ghost stories from the Great Library of Dreams. Tonight we begin with Mr Jim Moon reading a festive ghost story about festive ghost stories, Jerry Bundler by WW Jacobs.
HYPNOGORIA 006 - A Merry Christmas With World-Famous ArtistsIn the second of this year's Christmas specials, Mr Jim Moon mounts an assault on the north face of the drinks cabinet and explores the world of festive music. We unwrap the history of the Christmas carol, do a spot of wassailing, discover strange forgotten festive cash-in singles and indulge in all manner of off beat versions of Yuletide favourites.
MICROGORIA 008 - Christmas AnnualsIn the first of our festive shows this year, Mr Jim Moon searches the Great Library of Dreams for books given as gifts on many a Christmas Past, and uncovers the history and wonders of the British Christmas Annual!
TOMEGORIA 002 - The Boy With The Porcelain BladeIn this episode Odile and Jim explore the strange world of Landfall, a realm of crumbling castles, strange mutations, sinisyer scheming and swordplay galore! Yes, we are discussing The Boy With the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick, the first book in the Erebus Sequence. WARNING - the second half is a highly spoilerific discussion of this book, proceed with caution!
HYPNOGORIA 005 - Zombi Zombi Part VIn this episode of the Zombi Zombi series, Mr Jim Moon heads to 1970s Spain to explore one of the legendary Eurohorror franchises. Created by director Amando de Ossorio, The Blind Dead saga is a quartet of movies featuring blood drinkin', horse ridin', sword wavin' undead Knights Templar, who hunt by the sense of sound! We discuss in depth all four movies in the sequence Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971), Return of the Evil Dead (1973), The Ghost Galleon (1974) and Night of the Seagulls (1975)
MICROGORIA 007 - 30 Years in the Box of DelightsOn the 21st of November in 1984, BBC One screened the first episode of a lavish television adaptation of John Masefield's childrens book The Box of Delights - a series that has gone on to be become a beloved classic and part of many folks' Christmas traditions. To the mark the 30th anniversary of its showing, Mr Jim Moon revisits the series with some new thoughts on this old favourite.
MICROGORIA 006 - The Story of An Evening With Boris Karloff and His Friends Mr Jim Moon takes a trip into the Vinyl Vault at the Great Library of Dreams to tell the tale of a most seminal spooky record beloved of the monster kids of the '60s which paid homage to the Universal horrors and was hosted by Mr Boris Karloff himself!
TOMEGORIA 001 - The Girl With All The GiftsIntroducing a brand addition to the Hypnobobs podcast family - Tomegoria! Every month in the Great Library of Dreams, Miss Odile Thomas will be joining Mr Jim Moon to embark on full and frankly spoiler filled reviews and discussion of assorted different tomes, very much picking up from their previous team-ups on the Highway to Mars podcast. And in this inaugural show, our hosts take their chairs by the fireside to discuss the recently released tome The Girl With All The Gifts - a highly impressive post apocalypse novel actually penned by famed famed Mike Carey under the pseudonym MR Carey. WARNING - this is a highly spoilerific discussion of this book, proceed with caution!
HYPNOGORIA 004 - The Origins of HalloweenIn an epic length show, Mr Jim Moon traverses the centuries in search of the origins of Halloween. Along the way we'll investigate the festival of All Hallows, the pagan rites of Samhain, uncover the truth about trick or treating, the genesis of the jack o'lantern, and discover all manner of folk charms and rituals for Halloween night!
MICROGORIA 005 - Fun To Know About GhostsMr Jim Moon once more finds a childhood favourite lurking on the shelves in the Great Library of Dreams - a tome by one Sean Richards who turned out to be none other than legendary editor and anthologist Peter Haining. Flipping through this vintage paperback from Armada, we indeed find much fun in knowing all about ghosts!
HYPNOGORIA 003 - Horror Double Bills Part IIIIn the third and final part of our series of double features in horror, Mr Jim Moon examines the history of the late night horror double bill on TV, discussing the likes of Shock Theater, horror hosts, Creature Features and the legendary BBC 2 horror double bills
WITLESS SPECIAL - The Transformers Audio Logs BONUS EPISODE!!!! In the latest episode of WITLESS FOR THE DEFENCE - Case 16 - Michael Bay's Transformers films are in the dock. And Mr Jim Moon somewhat foolishly decided to watch all four... in a single day. The following audio logs have been recovered from the wreckage...
MICROGORIA 004 - All About Monsters Time travelling once more on the black batwings of nostalgia, Mr Jim Moon enthusiastically rambles about World of the Unknown: All About Monsters published by Usborne back in 1978. Swearing, over-excitement and a feast of monsterdom results!
MICROGORIA 003 - In Search of a Ghost Dipping once again into his battered copy of The House of the Nightmare and Other Eerie Tales, Mr Jim Moon unearths a ghostly tale that first aired on Radio 4. Exactly what did Mr Eric Roberts encounter in the dead of night in a lonely Cornish cottage? Find out in this bite-sized serving of audio spookery which tells of how he went in search of a ghost!
HYPNOGORIA 002 - Horror Double Bills Part IIIn the second part of our investigations of horror double bills, Mr Jim Moon details the second wave of the Universal monsters, the chillers from RKO conjured up by Val Lewton, charts the building of the Hammer house of horrors, takes a spin through the history of the drive-in, and examines the double trouble that was AIP and Roger Corman!
MICROGORIA 002 - The Wish-HoundsIn this episode, Mr Jim Moon reminisces about a favourite old anthology of ghost stories The House of the Nightmare and Other Eerie Tales edited by Kathleen Lines (Puffin 1970) and explores a real life haunting found in its pages - a frightening encounter with the legendary Wish-hounds of Dartmoor
HYPNOGORIA 001 - Horror Double Bills Part IIn the first episode of our new show HYPNOGORIA, Mr Jim Moon delves through the cinema archives of the Great Library of the Dreams to unearth the history of everyone's favourite two for one - the horror double bill!
MICROGORIA 001 - NyarlathotepTo celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the great HP Lovecraft, Mr Jim Moon delves into the Cthulhu Mythos section of the Great Library of Dreams to bring you the prose poem Nyarlathotep
From the Great Library of Dreams - After Dark in the Playing FieldsIt's a balmy summer's night in the gardens of the Great Library of Dreams, and the spirit of the season moves Mr Jim Moon read a highly appropriate tale from the great MR James. Afterwards we discuss this curious story and try and unravel its mysteries before true midnight arrives...
MICROBOBS 06 - Dead Letter OfficeIn this mini-cast, Mr Jim Moon braves undead postmen to visit the Dead Letter Office in the Great Library of Dreams and finally get round to catching up with some listener feedback!
HYPNOBOBS 150 Part II - Danse MacabreIn the second half of this musical marathon, an even drunker Mr Jim Moon continues his journey through the dark side of rock, charting the influence of horror, death and the Devil through a variety of genres such as punk, electronica, metal and goth and exploring the darker musical legends such as cursed songs and satanic backmasking.
HYPNOBOBS 150 Part I - The Devil Has All the Best Tunes To mark the 150th episode of Hypnobobs, Mr Jim Moon embarks on an epic journey through rock and pop, tracing the history of horror, the occult, voodoo, and Old Nick Himself in popular music. And all while doing untold damage to the drinks cabinet!
MICROBOBS 05 - All About Ghosts In this minicast, Mr Jim Moon once again dusts off a spooky childhood favourite. This time we talking about a volume in Usborne's late 1970s series World of the Unknown, the haunting volume All About Ghosts.
MICROBOBS 04 - Ghosts, Ghouls and other Horrors In this edition of Microbobs, Mr Jim Moon waxes lyrical about an old beloved paperback tome of spectres, phantoms and other things that go bump in the night, Ghosts, Ghouls & Other Horrors by Bernhardt J. Hurwood, published by Target Books back in 1974..
HYPNOBOBS 149 - Favourite Monsters: Big Bugs II Mr Moon once again explores the world of the big bugs, examining classic giant insect rampages from the '50s such as Them!, Jack Arnold's Tarantula (1956), Bert I Gordon's Earth Vs The Spider (1958) and Nathan Juran's The Deadly Mantis (1957).
MICROBOBS 03 - Excavating the Barrows In this edition of Microbobs, Mr Jim Moon looks at the dread undead horror, the wight, delving into folklore and fiction, and concluding with a reading of the Barrow-wight's song from Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
MICROBOBS 002 - Witchcraft with Mr PriceAs it's the anniversary of the birth of the legendary Vincent Price, Mr Jim Moon tracks down the great gentleman of horror to hear all about witchcraft and demonology!
MICROBOBS 001 - Oh My GodzillaIn what was intended to be the first of a new strand - Microbobs - that brings short, quick casts between the main show, Mr Jim Moon completely fails in that objective and talks for roughly a hour and a half about the new Legendary Pictures version of Toho's classic monster Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. This monster-sized 'cast comes complete with a potted history of the Big G, a lengthy spoiler-free review, and a spoiler-tastic closing section for all who have seen the movie already.
HYPNOBOBS 148 - Favourite Monsters: Big Bugs Mr Jim Moon once again delves into his big book of Favourite Monsters and explores the world of the big bugs, tracing the history and evolution of the giant insect rampage, and discussing the seminal ant-tastic monster movie Them!
HYPNOBOBS 147 and a Half - Quoth the Rathbone This week a sore throated Mr Jim Moon is winding up the old gramophone in the Great Library of Dreams once more and delving once again in the mysterious vinyl lurking in cobwebbed crates and unearths Basil Rathbone and Edgar Allan Poe...
HYPNOBOBS 147 - Are You One of the Frightened? This week Mr Jim Moon is winding up the old gramophone in the Great Library of Dreams to deliver a spooky something or two from the voice of one of the original masters of horror, Mr Boris Karloff.
HYPNOBOBS 146 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 10 Pin back your ears Bat-fans! In the tenth part of our Bat-history, Mr Jim Moon continues his exploration of the Caped Crusader's adventures in audio, detailing the slew of vinyl that appeared in the wake of the 1966 TV show. We delve into a brace of LPs from Tifton - a Childrens Treasury of Musical Batman Stories and The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale, uncover the tales related by the Golden Records Storyteller, and chart the Official Adventures Of Batman & Robin: Exciting Episodes Of Their Battles Against The Evil Forces Of Society from Leo the Lion!
HYPNOBOBS 145 - Zombi Zombi 4 In this installment of the Zombi Zombi series, Mr Jim Moon traces some of the more dubious branches of the Living Dead family tree, looking at Zombie 4 and Zombie 5, and then going on to talk about Zombie 4 and Zombie 5. Confused? Wait till you see the movies! And the first pair of 4s and 5s are Italian flicks After Death (1988) and Killing Birds (1988), and their alternative numbers are a brace of Jess Franco movies, A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) and Revenge in the House of Usher (1983).
HYPNOBOBS 144 - The Unnamable on Screen In this episode Mr Jim Moon looks at various screen versions of HP Lovecraft's The Unnamable. First we have a matching pair of movies from director Jean-Paul Oullette - HP Lovecraft's The Unnamable (1988) and it's sequel The Unnamable II - The Statement of Randolph Carter (1993). And we round off with with a far more faithful recent short version, the award winning Shadow of the Unnamable (2011)
HYPNOBOBS 143 - The Unnamable by HP LovecraftThis week we are delving into the eldritch worlds of HP Lovecraft once more, with Mr Jim Moon recounting and discussing Lovecraft's second tale featuring his recurring hero Randolph Carter, The Unnamable!
HYPNOBOBS 142 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 9: Yes at long last we are returning to Gotham City for another helping of Bat-history. In this episode, Mr Jim Moon explores Batman on the radio, looking at the attempts in the 1940s and 1950s to launch a Caped Crusader audio serial and the Dynamic Duo's aural team-ups with the Man of Steel!
HYPNOBOBS 141 - The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder #8: The Haunted Jarvee
This week in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon once again opens up the casebook of Mr Thomas Carnacki, the 20th century's greatest occult detective. In this penultimate investigation, as chronicled by his biographer Mr William Hope Hodgson, the Ghost-Finder finds himself all at sea in a most peculiar maritime mystery...
HYPNOBOBS 140 - A New Year
It's a New Year, and Mr Jim Moon selects some highlights from the past year. We discuss the world of the small press, review Ramsey Campbell's The Last Revelation of Gla'aki from PS Publishing, bend reality with Don Coscarelli's John Dies At the End, meet the marvelous Dr Ashens, and round off with the wonderful tribute to Peter Cushing that is the Spectral Press novella Whitstable by Stephen Volk.
HYPNOBOBS 139 - The Flying Stars: A Tale for Boxing Day
In a surprise bonus Christmas show, we continue our Dickensian theme with Mr Jim Moon presenting a reading of The Flying Stars by GK Chesterton - a suitably festive case - Oh yes, it is! - investigated by Father Brown one fine Boxing Day!
HYPNOBOBS 138 - Ghost Stories for Christmas Eve
It's Christmas Eve in the Great Library of Dreams, and Mr Jim Moon invites you to take a place by the fireside to hear a selection of classic Victorian ghost stories from Mr Charles Dickens and Dr MR James. We heard of The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton, encounter Rats, meet with The Signal-Man, and round off with Lost Hearts. A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
HYPNOBOBS 137 - Carol Royale: A Tale of Seven Scrooges
In this festive show, Mr Jim Moon tries to discover which is the best screen version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Under consideration for the holly wreathed crown of King of the Carols is Bill Murray's Scrooged (1988), Scrooge (1951) starring Alastair Sim, the 1971 animated version from Richard Williams, The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992), the Albert Finney musical version Scrooge (1970), the 1984 George C Scott adaptation, the 1999 TV movie starring Patrick Stewart, and the 2002 computer animated version from Robert Zemeckis.
HYPNOBOBS 136 - A Victorian Christmas
Pensioners' headgear are filling up with change! And geese are looking obese! Yes, Christmas is coming! And to get the festive season underway, Mr Jim Moon reads a suitably seasonal vintage ghost story - Our Dear Little Ghost by Elia Peattie, chats about the Victorians and Christmas, and presents an audio version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol
HYPNOBOBS 135 - Tales from the Fireside
From his festive fireside, Mr Jim Moon reviews a selection of books that would make perfect spine-chilling stocking fillers! We weigh up the various editions of MR James available, sample a collection of ghost stories from the Everyman Pocket Library, follow Jeremy Dyson's adventures in The Haunted Book, hear the mysterious Tales from the Black Meadow with Chris Lambert, and take tea with the vicar and Phil Rickman.
HYPNOBOBS 134 - Who's Who of Who Monsters
To celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who, Mr Jim Moon takes a journey through an A to Z of monsters, villains and aliens!
For a gallery of assorted rogues and creatures mentioned go here
HYPNOBOBS 133 - I Mars
In this show, Mr Jim Moon takes us on a journey from the Great Library of Dreams to a forgotten corner of the planet Mars, as imagined by the late great Ray Bradbury.
For more discussion on Ray Bradbury's Mars - Highway To Mars Podcast: The Martian Chronicles. Plus SFFAudio has a nice PDF of the original printing in Super Science Stories
HYPNOBOBS 132 - Dark Falls: Adventures in the Night
In this epic length show, Mr Jim Moon embarks on some virtual ghost hunting and takes a look at a family of highly atmospheric and spooky adventure games from Jonathan Boakes and Matt Clark. We visit a haunted railway station in Dark Fall: The Journal (2002), investigate disappearances at Fetch Rock in Dark Fall: Lights Out (2004), uncover ancient Cornish mysteries in Barrow Hill (2006), hunt as missing girl in Dark Fall: Lost Souls (2009) and finally ignore all warning to the curious and voyage to the not-so-quiet seaside town of Saxton to seek The Lost Crown (2008). For links to everything mentioned go HERE
HYPNOBOBS 131 - The Count & Other Terrors
In an unplanned Halloween special (thanks to a sore throat), Mr Jim Moon delves into the audio archives to unearth a selection of terrors! The main feature is an abridged version of Dracula from the fondly remembered Ladybird Horror Classics, and then we have an assortment of weird and spooky verses from various literary greats including Edgar Allan Poe, Wilfred Owen, Ben Jonson, Winifred M Letts and JRR Tolkein.
As mentioned in this 'cast - The Melmoth the Wanderer Varney the Vampire mix
HYPNOBOBS 130 - The Artist
From the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon presents a reading of a brand new tale of the weird - The Artist by Tom Bayham, an eerie story in the traditions of MR James, Arthur Machen and Robert Aickman.
You can hear an interview with Tom here - A Podcast to the Curious #30 And his novel Heritage & Empire is available here.
HYPNOBOBS 129 - Room For One More
Mr Jim Moon invites you once more to the fireside in the Great Library of Dreams for a reading of a classic ghost story by EF Benson - The Bus Conductor - and unravels the legends surrounding this eerie tale....
HYPNOBOBS 128 - The Secret Origins of The X Files Part 3
In the third and final part of our retrospective series looking at the influences and origins of The X Files, Mr Jim Moon traces the history of UFOs and alien visitors on the screen, delving into movie serials, the Shaver mystery, saucer-inspired 1950's SF movies, TV mystery series such as In Search of... and Project UFO, and later big screen outings such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
HYPNOBOBS 127 - It Was a Dark and Stormy Night...
Oooh looky! A surprise bonus episode! Mr Jim Moon delves, hopefully amusingly, into the anals, I mean, annals of the Bulwer-Lytton Prize...
HYPNOBOBS 126 - The Secret Origins of The X Files Part 2
In this second part of our investigations of the origins of The X Files, Mr Jim Moon delves into the archives of the Great Library of Dreams to present four pieces of archive radio on the UFO phenomena.
HYPNOBOBS 125 - The Secret Origins of The X Files Part 1
Twenty years ago, on the 10th of September 1993, a new TV show aired that would become a cult phenomena and a SF legend. That show was The X Files, and in this special anniversary episode Mr Jim Moon explores the various inspirations for Chris Carter's iconic TV series, tracing the influence of Kolchak The Night Stalker, The Avengers and Twin Peaks.
HYPNOBOBS 124 - He is Legend V! A tribute to Richard Matheson
In the final part of our epic Richard Matheson retrospective, Mr Jim Moon examines the great writers' later works and adaptations. We discuss Bid Time Return which became the movie Somewhere in Time, travel beyond the veil of death with What Dreams May Come, open The Box, and round off with A Stir of Echoes...
HYPNOBOBS 123 - He is Legend IV! A tribute to Richard Matheson
In this fourth part of our series of tributes to the late great Richard Matheson, Mr Jim Moon takes a trip to the infamous Belasco residence, better known to the world as Hell House. We discuss the original 1971 novel and its movie incarnation Legend of Hell House (1973).
HYPNOBOBS 122 - He is Legend III! A tribute to Richard Matheson
In the third part of our epic tribute to the late Richard Matheson, Mr Jim Moon takes a trip through the televisual terrors conjured by the great writer in the 1970s. We look at the early Spielberg feature Duel (1971), Carl Kolchak's run-ins with The Night Stalkerem> (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973), and discuss his many collaborations with the legendary Dan Curtis such as Trilogy of Terror (1975) and Dead of Night (1977).
HYPNOBOBS 121 - He is Legend II! A tribute to Richard Matheson
In the second part of our tribute to the late great Richard Matheson, Mr Jim Moon details what the legendary author was up to in the 1960s, discussing his work at AIP such as the Roger Corman Poe adaptations, British chiller Night of the Eagle (1962) and his work for Hammer - the psychochiller Fanatic (1965) and Dennis Wheatley's The Devil Rides Out(1968).
HYPNOBOBS 120 - He is Legend! A tribute to Richard Matheson
Mr Jim Moon pays tribute to the late great Richard Matheson. In this first part, we talk about his early years, his work on The Twilight Zone, his classic vampire novel I am Legend and meet The Incredible Shrinking Man.
HYPNOBOBS 119 - The Man Who Went Too Far
As Midsummer approaches, Mr Jim Moon unearths a suitable tale of sunlit terror and presents a reading of The Man Who Went Too Far by EF Benson.
HYPNOBOBS 118 - The Lesser Seen Cushing - a tribute to Peter Cushing Part 2
In the second of our celebrations of the centennial of Peter Cushing, Mr Jim Moon explores a selection of his less well-known works. We have The Gorgon (1964) from Hammer, The Skull (1967) from Amicus, The Blood Beast Terror (1968) and The Creeping Flesh (1973) from Tigon, Horror Express (1972), and The Ghoul (1975) and Legend of the Werewolf (1975) from Tyburn.
HYPNOBOBS 117 - A Tribute to Peter Cushing
To mark the centennial of his birth, Mr Jim Moon pays tribute to a true legend of a cinema, a man who played Baron Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who, who starring in countless Hammer and Amicus horror movies and even Star Wars too - the late, the great Peter Cushing!
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 can 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...
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.
Sadly the episode of The Investigative Author mentioned in the 'cast is no longer online. 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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