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Mystery. Desire. And Tentacles.

May 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Some would say that offering solutions to mysteries is just good storytelling, but I’m not sure I agree. Often, the mystery is the thing for me. Mysteries tantalize and tempt. They seduce. We’re drawn to them, and as much as we might desire their solution… Sometimes, it’s sweeter to want. All of which brings us to our topic for today… Fatale 14, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips If ever there was a book about wanting, it’s this one. The lead (if [...]

Strange Angles: Fatale and HP Lovecraft

January 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Fatale #11, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Much has been made of this series’ Lovecraftian elements, but so far that’s mostly been a surface thing. There’s no cosmic horror to it, really, no shattering revelations of man’s insignificance in the face of the vast unknowable universe. No, this book’s more about the entirely too knowable horrors of lust and desire, and the terrible things they can make men do. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I don’t [...]

Don’t Count the Mayans Out Just Yet!

December 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

I know that most people decided that last night was the night to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar (actually the end of the 13th Bak’tun cycle, but let’s not allow facts to get in the way of a good story). But that’s a philosophy that assumes it’s going to take an entire day to destroy the universe as we know it, and I think that shows a real lack of imagination. The calendar (or, again, 13th Bak’tun) draws to a close today, after all, and I think [...]

A Very Lovecraft Christmas

December 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

In my continuing attempts to scare up some Christmas cheer around the nerd farm, I decided to turn to HP Lovecraft for inspiration… Aahh! I feel more Christmassy already. Also a bit less in control of my mental faculties… But hey! What’s a few sanity points between friends? Let’s have another! Perhaps something a bit more modern, and less… melancholy. Heh. Okay, so those songs aren’t actually from HP Lovecraft himself, but rather the HP Lovecraft Historical [...]

A Babel of Sound and Filth: A Few Words on Lovecraft and Racism

November 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Sometimes, it’s not easy being a fan of HP Lovecraft. I love the Lovecraft aesthetic. The horrid tentacled beasts, the amphibian terrors, the shapeless mass of the worker-shoggoths. The cosmic, atheist terror underlying it all, the horror of the idea that mankind is an insignificant speck on the ass-end of existence, all our great works amounting to nothing in the vastness of space-time. Douglas Adams could make jokes about that sort of thing fifty years later, but when you read [...]

Lovecraft in Brooklyn

November 6, 2012 // 5 Comments

HP Lovecraft spent the years of his brief marriage living unhappily in New York City. It was a period of great failure and loss for a man who saw more than his fair share of those things in his life. He was unable (or perhaps unwilling) to find work, his marriage failed, and his xenophobia (always keen) soared to new heights as he was exposed for the first time to the Great American Melting Pot. Most of his fiction from this period is baldly racist, boiling up as it did out of his increasing [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 14: Delia’s Gone

October 14, 2012 // 2 Comments

Two bits of unfinished business tonight from yesterday’s Halloween mix tape: We took our cover this year from the first issue of Charlton Comics’ short-lived Haunted Love series. I didn’t know that book even existed until I went looking for cover pictures, and the very first Google image response for “Haunted Love” was the cover to the first issue. Perfect as that was, I kept digging to see if I could find an even better cover. And though I didn’t, I was [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day Eleven: Goin’ Down to Dunwich

October 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

So! Eleven days in, and I think I’ve found the cover for our 2012 Halloween mix tape! That is, of course, a rather young Mr. Dean Stockwell in his starring role in the 1970 film adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. Very true to its time period, the film drapes Lovecraft’s tale of Outer Gods and the metaphoric horrors of incest with the trappings of fashionable Satanism. It’s… not good. But it is an enormously fun period B movie that’s rather [...]

Lovecraft via Seuss

November 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

As we all know, the interwebs are filled with many wondrous and interesting things. But they’re also filled with awful, squamous things that man was not meant to know (insert your own link to goatse here — who do you think I am, Warren Ellis?). Well, tonight we bring you something that’s got both bases covered. Over on DeviantArt, an artist with the handle Dr. Faustus AU is doing his own adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu” in the style of Dr. [...]