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Hypnogoria

Welcome to Hypnogoria, Britian's longest running horror podcast! Coming to you from the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon invites you to take a comfy armchair by the fireside to talk of all things weird and wonderful. Here we discuss strange cinema and spooky television, explore weird fiction and delve into the mysteries of folklore. Plus we also regularly gather by the fireside to hear readings of some classic tales of the strange and the macabre.

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MICROBOBS 06 – Dead Letter Office

In 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! 

38mins

26 Jul 2014

Rank #1

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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... 

1hr 1min

20 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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HYPNOGORIA 80 – Christmases of Ghosts Past

We all know A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and have enjoyed the eerie tales of MR James, but why is Christmas associated with the telling of ghostly tales? In this epic show, Mr Jim Moon rovers far and wide, through snowy cemeteries and Christmases Past, to trace the true history of the tradition of telling ghost stories upon a winter's night!

1hr 47mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #3

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GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS #33 – Out of the Earth

Once again Mr Jim Moon invites you to the cosy fireside of the Great Library of Dreams to hear a classic tale of terror. This time we have an eerie little story from Flavia Richardson AKA Christine Campbell Thomson, a lady who knew a thing or two about what made a terrifying tale!

33mins

23 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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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 year later he's going back on the road again, and this time, he's doing a commentary!

1hr 44mins

17 Jul 2016

Rank #5

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HYPNOGORIA 73 – Recent Horror Round-up Part 2

Continuing our reviews of some recent horror movies, Mr Jim Moon takes a look at pleasure. In this show we review An Unkindness of Ravens, The Blackcoat's Daughter (AKA February), Get Out, and A Monster Calls. Once again all reviews are spoiler-free!

1hr 3mins

14 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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FROM GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 24 – All Souls by Edith Wharton

A special early episode serving up an eerie tale for especially for Halloween, and one that actually takes place on a snowy Halloween night...

1hr 10mins

31 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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HYPNOGORIA 72 – Recent Horror Round-up Part 1

October is here and Hallowe'en is not far away. So then, in the first of a two part offering, Mr Jim Moon takes a look at some recent horror movies for your autumnal viewing pleasure. In this show we review Prevenge, The Evil Within, The Void and The Girl With All the Gifts. Note - all these reviews are spoiler-free!

58mins

7 Oct 2017

Rank #8

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GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 38 – The Eastern Window

Well December is here once again, and as is traditional here at the Great Library of Dreams we are hosting a series of readings of ghost stories for Christmas. We begin this year's selection of festive chillers with a tale written by EG Swain, a good friend of the great MR James who was inspired to try his own hand at crafting ghostly tales. The result was a remarkable collection called the Stoneground Ghost Tales, which blended Jamesian frights with a touch of Wodehousian humour. In this story, the long suffering vicar of Stoneground, Mr Batchell, discovers something strange about one of the parish church's windows... 

36mins

6 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 51 - The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral by MR James

We begin our annual readings of classic ghost stories for Christmas with a tale from the great MR James - The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral 

54mins

6 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS #35 – The Richpins

In this episode, we turn once again to the Stoneground Ghost Tales by EG  Swain. In this little story, we learn of how Mr Batchell's rural parish is being haunted by a strange figure...

46mins

8 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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TOMEGORIA 09 – The Narrows by James Brogden

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.

1hr 15mins

13 Sep 2015

Rank #12

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MICROGORIA 04 – 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!

30mins

5 Oct 2014

Rank #13

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HYPNOGORIA 139 - A History of Horror Video Games Part II

In this show we look at horror on the early home computers, with ghastly games released for the likes of the TR-80, the Apple II and the ZX81. Including terrifying titles such as The House of Usher, Deathmaze 5000, Mystery House, Asylum and 3D Monster Maze!

45mins

23 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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HYPNOGORIA 12 – Dark Entries – An Introduction to Robert Aickman

In 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

57mins

31 May 2015

Rank #15

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HYPNOGORIA 90 - Ghost Stories

In this episode, Mr Jim Moon takes a look at a brand new movie, Ghost Stories! Created by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, this film adapts their hugely successful stage play for the big screen and has been hailed as the best British horror movie in years! The main review is spoiler-free but there is a special little section at the end for those who have seen and survived the movie!

46mins

15 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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HYPNOGORIA 92 - Spawn of the Gill-man Part I

Beginning a new mini-series, Mr Jim Moon returns to the world of aquatic horrors to discover assorted ameos and homages to the Gill-man, not to mention a few outright rip-offs too!  We have a look at Return of the Creature (1955),  Castle of the Monsters (1958), Monster Of Piedras Blancas (1959) , Mad Monster Party (1967), Chabelo and Pepito vs. The Monsters (1973), The Monster Squad (1987), plus some small screen appearances in McHale's Navy and Night Gallery.

1hr 6mins

3 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 63 - Randalls Round

Especially for Hallowe'en, an eerie tale set on the night of All Hallows Eve . Mr Jim Moon presents a slice of vintage folk horror with a reading of Randall's Round by Eleanor Scott

44mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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HYPNOGORIA 49 – Horror Last Year Part II

Mr Jim Moon continues his retrospective on notable horror movies and fright flicks from the tyre-fire that was 2016, this time rounding up a selection of films from international productions! Under the watchful eye of Hypnogoria comes The Boy, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Baskin, Train to Busan and Under the Shadow.

1hr 3mins

22 Jan 2017

Rank #19

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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.

1hr 9mins

6 Jan 2014

Rank #20