is a short horror film about a British commando raid that finds an ancient evil in the crypts and tunnels of occupied France. It recently won Best Short Film prize at the 2014 H P Lovecraft film festival
, and is available to watch on Vimeo—for today only—if you go here
and use the password 'mayday'.
is often called "the Polish Poe" or "the Polish Lovecraft," which are both useful for short-hand, but don't quite capture Grabiński's style. As suggested by China Miéville in the Guardian
, "where Poe's horror is agonised, a kind of extended shriek, Grabinski's is cerebral, investigative. His protagonists are tortured and aghast, but not because they suffer at the caprice of Lovecraftian blind idiot gods: Grabinski's universe is strange and its principles are perhaps not those we expect, but they are principles - rules - and it is in their exploration that the mystery lies.
" If you haven't heard of Grabiński, it is probably because only a few of his works
have recently been translated to English. The primary translator is Miroslaw Lipinski
, who runs a site dedicated to Grabiński
. You can read Lipinksi's translation of Strabismus
(PDF linked inside), and The Wandering Train
online. [more inside]
has passed away at the age of 82
. He rose to fame in the 50s
with The Outsider
, which made him a figure amongst Britain's Beat movement and Angry Young Men
. His writing has spanned the fiction and non-fiction, with an interest in the paranormal and the occult, his thoughts on which he blended with HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos to produce The Mind Parasites
. A TV series based on his The Space Vampires, also the basis for the movie Lifeforce
), is currently planned
. Wikipedia page
, 2004 Guardian interview
, Times Obituary
On the Lovecraftian Mode
- Gord Sellar on why he writes lovecraftian fiction. Elizabeth Bear
on the same question. I. N. J. Culbard on adapting Lovecraft
The Dead Authors Podcast
: Legendary time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes literary giants to The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
in Los Angeles for a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! [more inside]
The title of Allen Williams' website, "I Just Draw
," undersells his works. These are no idle doodles, but rather, as Guillermo del Toro wrote
: "Entire worlds flow from Allen Williams' pencil and brush. Creatures and characters more twisted and full of humanity than our imagination dares to conjure. He is an incredible draughtsman and a true original mind.
" You can see more of Williams' works on his blog
. Click on the images to enlarge them. [more inside]
, inspired by Lord Dunsany (Wikipedia; Project Gutenberg; UPenn online library)
and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom (annotated stories online)
, created the Dreamlands
, in which he set the 20+ stories of the Dream Cycle
. The longest story was The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
), completed in 1927, but unpublished in his lifetime. Comic artist, Jason Thompson, started illustrating the story in high school, then re-drew the story after college
, and that comic was semi-animated as a feature-length film
. He wrote up his influences for a hidden commentary on the DVD, and expanded it online as The Annotated Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
. More Lovecraft sketches and comics online in Thompson's Mockman archive
. [Previously: Lovecraft comic adaptations
Brattleboro Days, Yuggoth Nights:
an interview with H. P. Lovecraft on a single postcard.
is a catalog of invented books, pictures and antiquities written by 17th Century Englishman Sir Thomas Browne. It is a fantastical and witty meditation on the ravages of time on literature and other works of man
. The Musæum Clausum is perhaps the finest example of the invented, or invisible, library, a genre which seems to have originated with Rabelais
. The genre has been of special interest to Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
), where he has written about the invisible libraries of writers such as Charles Dickens
, Neil Gaiman
, H. P. Lovecraft
and invisible libraries in video games
. The natural medium for invisible libraries might be pictures, and Musæum Clausum inspired a suite of etchings
by Erik Desmazieres.
"That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons It’s clobberin’ time." Comics blogger Mike Sterling re-imagines the Fantastic Four in a Halloween mood
, a spacefaring Cthulhu Mythos story run through the filter of Lewis Carroll by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear (Interview
). A sequel in the same universe, Mongoose
, Appeared in the Ellen Datlow
edited anthology Lovecraft Unbound
. An audio of Mongoose is available at the Drabblecast (part 1
, part 2
), as well as a further sequel, The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward
, part 2
The Lovecraft Connection
(yt) - Jason Colavito's theory
that the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft is the source of all Ancient Astronaut mythologies
, via Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier's The Morning of the Magicians
What if Edward Gorey illustrated Lovecraft?
It'd look like John Kenn Mortensen's work
, that's what. Except Mortensen makes his art in his spare time, on post-it notes. He has an art book.
Today is National Tartan Day
, and in New York city it's Tartan Week
! A celebration of Scottish heritage, Tartan Day is held on April 6 to commemorate the Declaration of Arbroath
, a declaration of Scottish independence submitted to Pope John XXII in 1320. [more inside]
The HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast presents... readings of The Hound
and The Temple
Everything you need to know
about Ed Brubaker
and Sean Philips
, the best writer artist team currently working in comics, and their particular brand of noirish crime and noirish supercrime. With their latest project, Fatal, they add a new ingredient to the mix and bring us noirish Lovecraftian crime
Since the time of Dickens
there has been a long-standing tradition of telling spooky stories on Christmas Eve... Who better to be a guide to a selection of ghostly tales than faux-Edwardian and author of Supernatural Horror in Literature
, Mr. Howard P Lovecraft? Scaretastic suggetions from some of his favourite authors
within... [more inside]
Whisperer in darkness ...in miniature!
- Props from the movie in their new Vermont home from website of Stephen R. Bissette
, which also features a gallery of his Swamp Thing
art and posts on the Main Street Museum "Floodraiser" including pictures of some auctioned props (1
). Previous Whisperings
DeviantArt artist DrFaustusAU has been hard at work on a Dr. Seuss-inspired adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call Of Cthulhu. It's not finished, but you can see what he's done so far: Cover
, Page 1
, Pages 2-3
, Pages 4-5
, Pages 6-7
, Pages 8-9
, Pages 10-11
Your Glory Days Are Over, Mr. Cthulhu.
"Mr Cthulhu tries to interest himself in his sons dance, but mr Cthulhus has lived a sheltered life, the intricacies of modern ballet passes him right by." (by Mattias Adolfsson
Yog-Blogsoth This blog will be an attempt to draw all the creatures Lovecraft ever wrote about or mentioned
. (Poss NSFW - drawn nudity, Def NSFSanity)
Today is a day to celebrate the Risen God. I mean, of course, Cthulhu, that most adorable of Old Ones, who stars in The Adventures of Lil Cthulhu
. If you haven't been eaten yet and need to waste time until then, The Calls for Cthulhu series
is a nice way to distract yourself from your impending doom. If all that cuteness isn't enough, or perhaps too much, then you might want to check out oldie but goodie Cutethulhu
For Sale: One Shunned House.
The house at 135 Benefit Street, Providence RI is for sale. This house was the inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft's short story The Shunned House
. Even without the Lovecraft connection, the house has an eerie history
. It can be yours for $925,000.
Following the success of The Haunter of The Dark
, the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcasts presents two new readings, From Beyond
and The Picture in The House
, by Andrew Leman and Bruce Green. Both recordings are available "In 3D". Alternatively if you like your Lovecraft with both pictures AND sound, the HP Lovecraft Historical Society version of The Whisperer in Darkness
is complete and being shown at worldwide film festivals - it's a talkie! (The HPLHS are now also offering a rather handsome "official membership"
pack.) Want something more interactive? Cthulhu Dark
offers a complete Lovecraftian tabletop RPG system that fits on two sides of a sheet of paper. Please note: "If you fight any creature you meet, you will die. Thus, in these core rules, there are no combat rules or health levels. Instead, roll to hide or escape."
A Cyclops' cave the wanderers brave
And find much milk & cheese
But as they eat, foul death they meet
For them doth Cyclops seize.
From The Young Folks' Ulysses [PDF]
, by H. Lovecraft, poet, aged seven. One of the "freely available editions of obscure, outlandish and otherwise outré works of semi-fine literature" from the electric publishing wing
6 ways to turn Cthulhu into an emoticon. How to pronounce "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"
via The Lovecraftsman A contemporary blog about HP Lovecraft, Cthulhu, the Necronomicon, Miskatonic University, Arkham, R'lyeh, The Book of Eibon, Yog-Sothoth, De Vermis Mysteriis, & other unspeakable things...
The Love Craft
... exciting and new... come aboard... we're expecting you... (SLYT)
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown
- A 90 minute documentary on HP Lovecraft with contributions by Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter and Guillermo Del Toro.
Don't know what to buy your sexy nerd for Christmas? Maybe he/she would enjoy a customizable Cthulhu sex-toy
. Or a "fully interactive" Na'vi experience
. Or a steampunk death-ray
. Or a ride on a silicone Gryphon
. (All links NSFW)
In September, Jon Schindehette
] and Lars Grant-West
] issued a challenge
to students at the Rhode Island School of Design: "Create a creature based upon a non-humanoid critter
from H.P. Lovecraft's literature.
The creature should have a fully resolved form, convey motion where appropriate, and be believable. Creature can be shown as either 3/4 view or 'turn-arounds'." Here are the entries
and here are the judges' comments. [more inside]
"I've gotten a reputation for incorporating Lovecraft stuff into my work, but I've never sat down and done a straightforward tribute to him. That's what this Whittier story is."
- After admirable efforts by Duncan Fedredo
and Richard Corben
, and spin-off work by Guy Davis
, Mike Mignola returns to drawing Hellboy
What if Lovecraft had Lived into the 1960′s?
- recording from a 1978 WorldCon panel featuring Fritz Leiber
, and S.T. Joshi
. Bonus files: A reading by Donald R. Burleson of his story The Last Supper
, and a reading of Fungi from Yuggoth
Breaking the Fourth Panel: Neonomicon and the Comic Book Frame (1
) Alan Moore’s recent Lovecraftian comic dissected. (MLYT, Possibly NSFW language and SAN loss)
Before the internet, nerds communicated through Amateur Press Associations
(APAs). Members wrote and photocopied their individual 'zines on a subject, then mailed them to a central mailer, who collated and mailed the completed sets to all the members. The earliest APAs were founded by printers and amateur journalists. The National Amateur Press Association
is the oldest, founded in 1876. Later APAs were often the province of science fiction and comic book fans. They are still around
[pdf]. A lot more inside... [more inside]