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Rocketeer 08-03-2019 08:13 PM

Punning in Innsmouth
 
I've been rereading my electrobook version of The Complete H. P. Lovecraft, and just realized that there's a groaner at the center of The Shadow Over Innsmouth. In TSOI, the coastal town of Innsmouth is being
SPOILER:
covertly taken over by fishmen from the deeps.


The only hotel in town is The Gilman. :smack::rolleyes::dubious:


That Howard, what a card!

running coach 08-03-2019 08:18 PM

By any chance did it cost a fin per night to stay there?

Rocketeer 08-03-2019 08:32 PM

aaaaaarrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhhh

Trancephalic 08-03-2019 09:29 PM

I'll sojourn there for the halibut

Snowboarder Bo 08-03-2019 09:52 PM

That's near Cape Cod, aye?

NDP 08-03-2019 10:15 PM

I was going to add some more fish puns but I think I'll take care of everything at once by posting a link to this song.

running coach 08-03-2019 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NDP (Post 21788079)
I was going to add some more fish puns but I think I'll take care of everything at once by posting a link to this song.

*cover blown, goes looking for new material*

Walken After Midnight 08-03-2019 10:26 PM

Was the hotel run by Ethel Merman?

running coach 08-03-2019 10:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Walken After Midnight (Post 21788087)
Was the hotel run by Ethel Merman?

That woman had sole.

"You'll be swell, you'll be great!
I'll eat this whole fish on a plate!"

Walken After Midnight 08-03-2019 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by running coach (Post 21788095)
That woman had sole.

Maybe, in the Lovecraft story, the fishmen attack from the deeps after she sells her sole to the devil.

running coach 08-03-2019 10:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Walken After Midnight (Post 21788100)
Maybe, in the Lovecraft story, the fishmen attack from the deeps after she sells her sole to the devil.

Wouldn't that be the devil ray?

Walken After Midnight 08-03-2019 10:59 PM

Devil Ray plays the piano at the hotel.

Rocketeer 08-04-2019 12:41 AM

Geez, it was like I dropped a torch into a field of dry grass...:dubious:

3trew 08-04-2019 09:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Walken After Midnight (Post 21788125)
Devil Ray plays the piano at the hotel.

Stay away from the Devil's Reefer he sells, though. That stuff left me feeling squamous and rugose for three days.

Trancephalic 08-04-2019 11:15 AM

Devil ray told me he's going trolling by the local school. I didn't like the imbrications.

Slow Moving Vehicle 08-04-2019 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rocketeer (Post 21788191)
Geez, it was like I dropped a torch into a field of dry grass...:dubious:

You didn't realize that your thread title could be read as an imperative?

kenobi 65 08-04-2019 11:35 AM

You are *all* going straight to shell for these puns.

Walken After Midnight 08-04-2019 11:38 AM

At the end of the movie version of the story, the camera pans to a wall at the hotel covered with framed photos of Ethel Merman singing and performing down the years. The camera slowly zooms in on one old black-and-white photo with the following caption: "Ethel Merman sings with... Devil Ray & The Fishmen." The credits roll.

running coach 08-04-2019 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trancephalic (Post 21788721)
Devil ray told me he's going trolling by the local school. I didn't like the imbrications.

Speaking of which, the drama dept. is putting on a production of Porgy and Bass.

cochrane 08-04-2019 12:22 PM

We should dolphinitely scale back on the fish puns. You all should walk the plankton.

running coach 08-04-2019 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kenobi 65 (Post 21788755)
You are *all* going straight to shell for these puns.

Carp Diem.

Miller 08-04-2019 12:36 PM

It's beginning to look a lot like fishmen.

Trancephalic 08-04-2019 12:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by running coach (Post 21788767)
Speaking of which, the drama dept. is putting on a production of Porgy and Bass.

I got first roe tickets.

Kobal2 08-04-2019 12:46 PM

Fishmen puns leave my blood cold.

Trancephalic 08-04-2019 02:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kobal2 (Post 21788877)
Fishmen puns leave my blood cold.

you'll char if it gets too warm

mbh 08-04-2019 02:51 PM

What a crappie discussion!

Johnny Q 08-06-2019 02:42 PM

You really scrod the perch with all these fish puns. Bad move.

running coach 08-06-2019 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny Q (Post 21791215)
You really scrod the perch with all these fish puns. Bad move.

I do believe we've just been schooled.

swampspruce 08-06-2019 03:53 PM

I'll be the first to break this fishy cycle; all the songs in the Ethel Merman musical sections were written by Bert Batratchian. :D

Trancephalic 08-06-2019 04:00 PM

Are you getting frosch with us?

NDP 08-06-2019 04:24 PM

Hey, let's at least admit we're all trolling here.


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