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Stephen Hogan 19:30, Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Weird Tales 1936

Editor's note: Weird Tales is back. Three more uncanny stories inspired by the master of otherworldly horror H.P. Lovecraft. Stephen King called Lovecraft "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Tonight's first programme, by Melissa Murray, is called Connected. Read more about it on the Radio 4 web site. Here Stephen Hogan, who plays Lovecraft in the series, talks about the experience:

I loved playing Lovecraft; dark, damaged, brilliant, reclusive. When I discovered that he'd spent almost two years of self imposed exile in his bedroom as a youth, the only human contact being with his mother who supplied his basic needs, it seemed to provide the perfect context for his introductions to the tales. A sensitive, tortured soul who seemed dislocated from everyday life and society, was it his childhood or natural disposition?

His dark, paranoid almost psychotic take on life, destiny, fate and the supernatural was all reflected in his tales and in so doing created a new genre, which more so than ever seem to chime with the times we live in. Old certainties, values and beliefs seemingly no longer pertain in so much of the world - a world HP knew intimately.

When playing him, I imagined him, filthy, unwashed, surrounded by the detritus of months of living alone, delusional, almost schizophrenic in his hearing of sounds and voices from a malign higher power, randomly deciding an unlucky individual's fate - hopefully setting the tone for these strange, dark, wonderful 'weird' tales. I hope you enjoy them.

Stephen Hogan is an actor

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Sorry if I'm off the main subject of this thread but, please, what's the infatuation with 7-day limits here?

    I am an enthusiastic listener to BBC radio podcasts and it is VERY frustrating when I get back from a holiday to find that I cannot download some of my favourite programmes because of the 7-day availability limit. Right now I have missed a bunch of stuff because of the Christmas break - thanks for the Christmas present, BBC. (Wink)

    OK, so you have reasons for not having these available for extended periods but it is very common for people to take a week's break away from their computer, so how about making it 14 days??

    Please BBC.

    Keep up the good work!

 

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