Five weird tales set at sea…
0:00:06 – THE OCEAN OGRE (Dana Carroll)
0:25:22 – THE VOICE IN THE NIGHT (William Hope Hodgson)
0:54:21 – THE TEMPLE (H. P. Lovecraft)
1:31:05 – THE UNCHARTED ISLE (Clark Ashton Smith)
1:57:37 – THREE SKELETON KEY (George G. Toudouze)
“The Ocean Ogre” by American author Dana Carroll, first appeared in Weird Tales Magazine in July 1937. The story, told through a series of journal entries, tells of a ship stranded at sea, and of the stranger who came to its aid.
“The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson, tells of a schooner at sea, approached in the middle of the night by a small rowboat. The passenger aboard the boat, who refuses to bring his boat close alongside and requests that the sailors on the schooner put away their lanterns, tells a disturbing tale.
“The Temple” is a short story written by H. P. Lovecraft in 1920, and first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales #24 in September 1925. The story is narrated as a “found manuscript” penned by Karl Heinrich, Graf von Altberg-Ehrenstein, a lieutenant-commander in the Imperial German Navy during the days of World War I. Altberg begins by declaring that he has decided to document the events leading up to his untimely end in order to “set certain facts” before the public, aware that he will not survive to do so himself.
“The Uncharted Isle” by Clark Ashton Smith, first appeared in the November 1930 issue of Weird Tales Magazine. The tale tells of a sailor lost at sea, who happens upon an island previously unknown to man.
“Three Skeleton Key” by French author, George G. Toudouze, tells of a lighthouse keeper’s terrifying ordeal whilst stationed at a remote light on the infamous rock, Three Skeleton Key.
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