In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing “The Hounds of Tindalos” by Frank Belknap Long, credited here as Frank Belknap Long Jr. It first appeared in the March 1929 issue of Weird Tales. “The Hounds of Tindalos” stands on its own as a quality weird tale, but H.P. Lovecraft mentioned both The Hounds of Tindalos and the Doels in “The Whisperer in Darkness” two years later in the April 1931 issue of Weird Tales. The tale is now in the public domain and readily available online.
I want to thank Toren Atkinson for allowing me to use his illustration for the title card of this episode. I think Toren absolutely nailed what the creatures featured in the short story, the Hounds, look like.
“The Hounds of Tindalos” actually features Frank Belknap Long himself as the narrator of the story. The short story chronicles Long’s meeting with a friend of his who is an occult writer named, Halpin Chalmers. Chalmer’s is for lack of a better word attempting to time travel by tapping into the fourth dimension. He uses both mathematical and spiritual means (such as smoking an unknown drug) to attempt this. Chalmer’s asks Long to observe and record the experience for him. Although, Chalmer’s doesn’t physically leave the room, he is mentally able to access the fourth dimension and break the bonds of time. His presence is noted by the titular, Hounds of Tindalos who get his scent.
The Hounds of Tindalos eText: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Hounds_of_Tindalos
The Hounds of Tindalos PDF: http://sffaudio.com/podcasts/TheHoundsOfTindalosByFrankBelknapLongJr.pdf
The Hounds of Tindalos at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?59515
Toren Atkinson’s Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/torenatkinson?ty=h
Toren Atkinson’s Blog: http://www.thickets.net/toren/
Toren Atkinson’s Podcast: http://www.causticsodapodcast.com/
Toren Atkinson at IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1345536/