Shivers and Sighs Week: Lovecraft’s Unknown Erotic Tale

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Prim and proper Lovecraft is generally regarded as having nothing to do with naughty tentacles. His stories are absent of sex. Kind of. Plenty of implied nasty things must be going on in his universe, or you wouldn’t get people like Wilbur Whateley. And what’s up with the Martense family and all the Innsmouth fish-folk?

However, as far as tackling the subject head on and referring to sex in his stories, Lovecraft didn’t do it.

Or so …

IFPShivers and Sighs Week: Lovecraft’s Unknown Erotic Tale

Shivers and Sighs Week: The Tragedy, the Pain and the Romance

By Melissa de la Cruz

Our guest writer today is Melissa de la Cruz, whose novella Bloody Valentine (part of the Blue Bloods series) is out now.

What makes a good romantic heroine? Or a good romantic couple?

For me, my favourite romantic couples are those that have a tragic sadness ingrained in their story. My favourite romantic couple is Aragorn and Arwen. I read Lord of the Rings when I was thirteen and their story isn’t even in …

IFPShivers and Sighs Week: The Tragedy, the Pain and the Romance

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/08/11

This entry is part 6 of 26 in the series Spoilers 2011: Part 1

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

V‘s ratings continue to drop, but that’s not stopping the producers from ending the show on a cliffhanger. The V Files has an interview with executive producer Steve Pearlman. He  says that in the finale, viewers will get to see “the Full Monty – The …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/08/11

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/02/11

This entry is part 5 of 26 in the series Spoilers 2011: Part 1

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

You’ve probably figured it out by now, but the fourth episode of V was preempted by President Obama’s speech. A trailer of the episode can be found here.

The series seems to be doing well in DVR playbacks, numbers which may well help it when talks …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/02/11

Found on the Net: Free Lovecraft Documentary

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

If you haven’t watched the documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, now is your chance to do so. For free. SnagFilms is showing the 90-minute, 2008 documentary online. The documentary by Frank H. Woodward chronicles the life, work, and times of H.P. Lovecraft, and looks at his lasting influence on popular culture, including writers, musicians and artists. It features interviews with John Carpenter (The Thing), Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Neil Gaiman …

IFPFound on the Net: Free Lovecraft Documentary

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/25/11

This entry is part 4 of 26 in the series Spoilers 2011: Part 1

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V (Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Well, in case you were thinking alien reptiles are soon to be extinct, think again. Executive producer Steve Pearlman recently said a third season of the show is still a possibility and the ratings are not that bad.

Joel Gretsch talked about playing a priest: “You …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/25/11

Found on the Net: Octopus Chair

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

For the cultist who has it all, try the Octopus Chair. Created by Spanish artist Maximo Riera, the chair is a dark, elegant, unholy work of cephalophilia. The artist sketched the chair on paper then created a 3-D computer model. Small foam blocks reproduced the digital model. The parts were then assembled, glued, sanded, and painted by hand.

The artist picked a chair because it is an everyday object which would serve to highlight the relationship …

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Column: Writing the Mythos: Yuggoth: Our Ninth Planet

By G. W. Thomas

One of the best parts about reading older fiction – say, the detective fiction of the 1880s or the pulp stories of the 1920s – is seeing into a world that is not our “currently believed to be” world. For example, the readers of H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Whisperer in Darkness” may have thought old HPL was making it up when he created a ninth planet in the solar system. Kiddies in one-room school houses (Yes, …

IFPColumn: Writing the Mythos: Yuggoth: Our Ninth Planet

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/18/11

This entry is part 3 of 26 in the series Spoilers 2011: Part 1

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Ratings don’t bode well for V. Will it survive into a third season? Rumours about its cancellation are sprouting like mushrooms after the rain.

Morena Baccarin gave a recent interview, in which she said the alien baby will be an important character and Anna will develop …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/18/11

Found on the Net: Realms of Crawling Chaos

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Realms of Crawling Chaos is a Lovecraftian, dark fantasy campaign supplement for the retroclone Labyrinth Lord and the Advanced Edition Companion, set to be released sometime late this winter. The 64-page supplement, created by Daniel Proctor and Michael Curtis, allows players to add new races from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, including white apes, white ape hybrids, sea blood, and subhumans. There are also new spells, new monsters, new artifacts, and the like.

A retroclone, …

IFPFound on the Net: Realms of Crawling Chaos

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/11/11

This entry is part 2 of 26 in the series Spoilers 2011: Part 1

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The description for next episode is: “Serpent’s Tooth: For the first time in 15 years, Diana and Anna face off; Erica makes a discovery when she has Tyler’s blood analyzed,” and this website has previews for the show.

There is a picture of the aliens, without …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/11/11

Found on the Net: ‘Cthulhu Saves the World’ Released

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We reported on this game last year and now it’s available as an Xbox Live Indie Game, retailing for 240 Microsoft Points ($3 USD). Cthulhu Saves the World is a retro-looking game with 16-bit graphics from Zeboyd Games. The game includes turn-based RPG combat, comic-book-style cutscenes, a “save anywhere” save system, three difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, Hard), a 1UP system that allows major battle replays, seven playable characters, three bonus game modes, 20 songs, a multi-level-up system …

IFPFound on the Net: ‘Cthulhu Saves the World’ Released