For sale on E-bay was a piece of chocolate candy (for Advent) that was supposed to resemble Santa, but actually (supposedly) resembled Cthulhu. The seller is also the author of the Lovecraftian Move Under Ground.
There is a review in Fangoria about the CD by The Unquiet Void that is entitled Poisoned Dreams, the first of a proposed trilogy based on HPL, in this case finding inspiration from "Dagon," "The Call of Cthulhu," and "The Shadow over Innsmouth."
In an interview, artist Paul Laffoley attests his belief in the reality of Richard Upton Pickman and has done a painting, "Pickman's Mephitic Models," based on Lovecraft's fiction.
Movies and Television
related to HPL, but worth noting is the publication Horror and Mystery Photoplay Editions and Magazine Fictionizations
by Thomas Mann (McFarland, 2004), with an annotated checklist up to 1970. *** In
1953 or 1954 "The Rats in the Walls" was read on television to
How serious you take this discussion of Arabic name origins for "Cthulhu," et al. is up to you.
H.P. Lovecraft: Tales (Library of
America, 2005) is reviewed in Kirkus Reviews (
The Explicator has a so-so article,
"Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos" by Mark Lowell (Fall 2004, p. 47-50). *** Romances of the Archive in Contemporary
British Fiction (
In Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained (Dark Horse Comics, 2003), Peter M. Lenkov has a story involving Charles Fort and the young HPL-the time is 1899, making him about nine. There are Cthulhuloid monsters in this one.
"The Shadow over Innsmouth"
In The Biology of Horror: Gothic Literature and
Film (Southern Illinois University Press, 2002) Jack Morgan makes
references especially to "The Shadow over Innsmouth."
One quote is worth savoring, which concerns an HPL tirade about ethnicities in
The 2004 October issue of Mathematics Magazine has a short excerpt from "The Dreams in the Witch-House."
Archives and Libraries
The archives of such British writers as Ramsey Campbell, Olaf Stapledon, and Eric Frank Russell can be traced through the SF Hub. *** In Sydney, Australia a bang-up science fiction and fantasy bookstore has a Lovecraft section good enough to include both volumes of his amateur journalism published by Hippocampus Press. However, I'm not enough of a Lovecraft addict to want to read this stuff.
A summary of
Arthur Machen's life more than a review of his Ritual and Other Stories appeared in the
30 October issue of The Guardian.
*** Besides Machen's
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural,
the knowledgeable Michael Dirda reviewed in his Washington Post column for Hallowe'en Dunsany's The Collected Jorkens,
Francis Stevens' The Nighmare
and Other Tales of Dark Fantasy, and volumes by Russell Kirk, with comments
on Ash-Tree Press, and more. *** A. Merritt's The Moon Pool has been reprinted (Wesleyan University Press, 2004)
with a 41 page introduction and 25 pages of notes. *** As a response to an article
on "scientifiction," there are letters from Charles
D. Hornig (then editor of Wonder Stories and later author of "An H.P. Lovecraft Memoir") and
August Derleth in Time,
W. Paul Cook
There is a big,
fat article about the making of the new W. Paul Cook book (not a cookbook), Willis T. Crossman's Vermont: Stories (
Gugs and Guggs
"Gugs" are beings in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath while "guggs" occur twice in M.P. Shiel's famous The Purple Cloud. The latter's meaning eludes me, as it does a dictionary editor I asked. The separate references in the novel are to "English duckies and guggs," and to "avenues, some ascending as guggs, some descending as dipples."
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part of the world appears to be getting "crowded" with Lovecraftians,
i.e., Timo Airaksinen in
Ken: Thanks for the intriguing detective work on the "mysterious" life of Dudley Charles Newton.
Jim D.: The idea that HPL got his information from occult sources is addressed ironically in a letter by himself, refuting the silly idea. Another EODer and myself reprinted the text several years back. People get these ideas about supernatural origins because of the persuasiveness of belief over unbelief-there is a pleasure to be got from re-subscribing to or continuing child-like innocence. Also, as an fyi, several years ago someone published a substantial list of music-makers who alluded to the work of HPL.
ST: Yours is not
the first case I have heard of a cat scratch infecting a person, who did wind
up in the hospital. An incident that happened to me was one of my cats tripping
me, so that I nearly brought down a book case when I fell. Kats
John G.: I wouldn't be so severe on the graphic novel Lovecraft. I feel that a novel should be allowed to make up or alter facts to suit the purpose. The question is, is it good art (in the generic sense).
Scott: Thanks for another meaty and exciting issue that both peers into the unique world of Clark Ashton Smith (sounds like a blurb) and offers entries for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Supernatural Fiction (or is it Literature?). *** After looking through WorldCat, I conclude that Francis T. Laney never published anything after his fan days (ending around 1950), perhaps chiefly because he died in 1958.
"The Thing in the Moonlight"
In The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Donald
Wandrei (Night Shade Books, 2002) editors Joshi and Schultz know better
than to state (p. 189) that The Outsider
and Other Stories was the title of the 1939 Arkham House collection, though
it was close to that- The Outsider and
Others. Yet I believe that they have erred in a much larger way. I refer to
their presentation of the text from the Lovecraft letter (
"I boarded it & looked vainly about for the light switch-noting as I did so the absence of controller handle which implied the brief absence of the motorman. Then one of them sniffed with singular sharpness, & raised his face to howl at the moon. The other dropped on all fours to run toward the car."
Compare this with the printed story:
"I boarded it and looked vainly about for the light switch - noting as I did so the absence of the controller handle, which thus implied the brief absence of the motorman. Then I sat down in one of the cross seats of the vehicle. Presently I heard a swishing in the sparse grass toward the left, and saw the dark forms of two men looming up in the moonlight. They had the regulation caps of a railway company, and I could not doubt but that they were conductor and motorman. Then one of them sniffed with singular sharpness, and raised his face to howl to the moon. The other dropped on all fours to run toward the car."
I don't wish to
talk about the slight different of wording nor the large added section, but
call attention to the letter's missing
introduction of character, where there is a reference to "one of them" when
neither conductor nor motorman has yet appeared. The suggestion is that
something from the letter has been omitted either by Lovecraft or, I would
think more likely, the editors, perhaps when one of them or someone else
transcribed it. Perhaps J. Chapman Miske, who
excerpted the letter, had access to the complete Wandrei letter, so the fuller
text is Lovecraft's; or he had a copy of a letter sent by Lovecraft to another
correspondent. At any rate, the provenance nightmare continues. [Later note: S.T. has acknowledged the omission.]