I have to file this Halloween treat under the ‘Why didn’t I know about this record my entire life?’ category. As I was investigating another legendary horror actor who had a couple of LP’s filled with ghost stories. I was lucky enough to run across this YouTube video uploaded by David Longhorn, long since removed, featuring Roddy McDowall reading H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Hound’ from 1962! I would be hard pressed indeed to think of a better actor to tackle the works of the author, right?
While sadly it does appear that Roddy only recorded a couple stories from H.P. Lovecraft, I am grateful that internet has made it widely available. I am of course rather biased when it comes to the work of Roddy McDowall. As is quite evident I believe when you take a moment and listen to the Saturday Frights Podcast for Fright Night or even the The Cemetery. Of the the two podcasts, whose subjects feature McDowall, I humbly believe the latter is the superior podcast offering.
In the 60’s Roddy was appearing in all manner of awesome films and TV shows. The Twilight Zone, The Longest Day, Batman, and of course Planet of the Apes to name a few!
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Besides The Hound, McDowall on the reverse side of the LP, reads The Outsider. Although I have always been partial to The Hound. In fact and I hope you can stifle a laugh, in my youth…I attempted to film an adaptation. In High School our video production club managed to pull off an adaptation of Berton Roueche’s The Lug Wrench. We even won an award for it in a local video festival as a matter of fact.
Emboldened by our success we began aiming for the moon, which is why I suggested The Hound. In all honesty what I had in mind was something similar to The Crate from 1982’s Creepshow. We scouted local cemeteries and started to round up a few actors to fill the few roles…but it just didn’t come together. I am pretty sure I still have some footage of the cemtery we decided upon – one day I might share that too.
It goes without saying that McDowall delivers a far greater product than what our adaptation would have been, right?
Hope you are in the mood for something spooky! Sit back and enjoy Roddy McDowall reading H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound!
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