A transcription of this episode is now available.
This week is a somewhat shorter episode on Smith’s “Disinterment of Venus.” After a number of revisions, this story first appeared in the July 1934 issue of Weird Tales alongside “Through the Gates of the Silver Key” by HPL and E. Hoffman Price and other stories.
The goddess Smith had originally intended to conflate with this Venus was
Kotys (or “Cotys”, “Cotto”, “Cottyto”, “Cottytus” depending on the spelling). According to Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, her priests were called “Baptes”
[their] midnight orgies were so obscene that they disgusted even the even the goddess herself. (p.73)
Our next episode will be “Mother of Toads.” This one will carry a warning for sexual violence.
Music by: Kevin MacLeod, Illustration by Mike Mucci.