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Episode 429: It Will Make a Lovely Allegory

January 22nd, 2021 | Robin

In a co-production between the Mythology Hut and the T-Shirt Justification Hut, a particularly mournful example of the species inspires us to find ways to put the phoenix in your games. Then put the phoenix on yourself, or around your morning coffee, by saying Oh No, Not This Again at the Ken and Robin merch store.

Beloved Patreon backer Jeff Kahrs bids us into the Book Hut to discuss the legacy of John le Carré.

Part four of our Cinema Hut horror essential series brings us to the 50s, heyday of science horror.

Finally estimable Patreon backer Rich Ranallo enters the Eliptony Hut for a look at the giant of Kandahar.

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6 Responses to “Episode 429: It Will Make a Lovely Allegory”

  1. Michael Cule says:

    I had a McGuffin in my GURPS BANESTORM campaign, a tree called (and which actually was) The Nest Of The Phoenix.

    It was only after the game was over that I discovered that this was a poetic metaphor for the vagina.

    A rather lovely metaphor, you might well think.

    Fortunately none of my players were literarily sophisticated.

  2. Nickpheas says:

    I missed, or you didn’t say, the title of the crystals film. Could you remind me?

  3. gdave says:

    Regarding Steve Quayle, L.A. Marzulli, and the Nephilim, blogger Jason Colavito has written *extensively* on them, including the Kandahar giant. It’s all nonsense, but it includes a lot of gameable nonsense.

    Specifically regarding the “double teeth”, archaeologist Andy White has detailed the origins of the term on his blog. In the 19th and early 20th century, it was a common term for molars and pre-molars. It was also used to describe heavily worn incisors that were so ground-down they resembled molars. “Double row of teeth” was also commonly used to describe someone, living or dead, who had a full or nearly full row of both upper and lower teeth.

    These common terms were often used in describing the “giants” that turned up with some frequency in 19th century newspaper accounts. Steve Quayle, L.A. Marzulli, and other Nephilim-enthusiasts picked up the term without understanding the context, and rolled it up with other supposed markers of Nephilimism, like giant stature, red hair, and polydactylism.

  4. Phil Masters says:

    Two more footnotes to the Cinema Hut bit:

    1. I don’t see how The Incredible Shrinking Man is a film about scientific hubris. As I recall, the hero is a random guy who suffers a completely arbitrary combination of events. It’s much more cosmic horror, surely, right through to the getting-all-metaphysical ending.

    2. If next week is all about late 50s/early 60s gothic, well, I guess it’s too late to suggest that Ken should be wearing black for it — https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/jan/12/barbara-shelley-obituary .

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