Report from Comic-Con 2010, Part 1: Supernatural Panel

By Clarissa from TVOvermind

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[lots of season six spoilers ahead]

I didn’t start watching Supernatural until the end of 2009, but within the last seven months, it’s become my favourite show. It’s not surprising, then, that when I attended my very first Comic-Con in July 2010, I begged my …

IFPReport from Comic-Con 2010, Part 1: Supernatural Panel

Found on the Net: Cthulhu Saves the World

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Bizarre news from the land of video gaming: Cthulhu has gone good and will now be our lord and saviour. Or something like that. Zeboyd Games have announced their upcoming downloadable RPG, Cthulhu Saves the World, for the XBox 360.

Why did Cthulhu have a change of heart? According to a press release: “Cthulhu was all set to plunge the world into insanity and destruction when a band of heroes cursed him and sealed away his …

IFPFound on the Net: Cthulhu Saves the World

Summer of Unknown Writers: Mary Elizabeth Counselman

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome to another edition of “Summer of Unknown Writers”, where Innsmouth Free Press explores those books, stories and writers that time forgot.

Mary Elizabeth Counselman was born in 1911, grew up on a plantation and began writing at a young age. Her name probably does not strike instant recognition in most readers of horror fiction. But she published extensively, including 30 stories in Weird Tales (Allison V. Harding, another regular staple at this magazine, might have been …

IFPSummer of Unknown Writers: Mary Elizabeth Counselman

Found on the Net: Cthulhurotica

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I am afraid of sexy Cthulhu. Also, it often seems that erotic and Lovecraft don’t gel, as has been proven by more than one adaptation of H.P.’s works into film. One notable exception is Giger, who with his bizarre artwork, hits the mark. Thus, it seems a difficult job to combine the sensual with cyclopean horrors. But braver souls are wading the oceans for it: Cthulhurotica wants your “short stories of Lovecraft-inspired erotica”.

We caught up with …

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Found on the Net: Lovecraft Film Festival Goes to Los Angeles

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The first Los Angeles H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival takes place September 11, 2010 from 2pm to 10pm at Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro. The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival promotes the works of H.P. Lovecraft, literary horror and weird tales through the cinematic adaptations by professional and amateur filmmakers. It takes place in Portland, but six of the best festival films that have played in Oregon during the past 14 years are being shipped to Los Angeles …

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Summer of Unknown Writers: Greye La Spina

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome to another edition of “Summer of Unknown Writers”, where Innsmouth Free Press explores those books, stories and writers that time forgot and you should find.

It’s weird figuring out which writers will defy time and which will be quickly forgotten. Most of the time, it’s a random coincidence. Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi.

Greye La Spina is one of those writers who was prolific and well-known in her day, but you can’t find a single collection of …

IFPSummer of Unknown Writers: Greye La Spina

Found on the Net: Psychic Octopus

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

If you have ever doubted the extreme superiority of Cthulhu over human minds, may we present Paul, the psychic octopus? Paul is an octopus residing in German who correctly predicted the outcome of the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer matches, prompting PETA to call for its release. As we all know, octopi are distant relatives of Cthulhu, who spend their time worshiping him, or in this case, foretell matches at an aquarium.

Octopi are extremely intelligent …

IFPFound on the Net: Psychic Octopus

Column: Writing the Mythos: Cosmic Mojo, Part 2: The Americans

By G. W. Thomas

The authors of cosmic creepiness mentioned in the previous piece, “Cosmic Mojo Part 1″, were English, for Lovecraft was an anglophile of the first order. That being said, though, his idol was not a Brit but the New Englander, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). In his long essay, The Supernatural Horror in Literature, HPL writes of Poe: “In the 1830s occurred a literary dawn directly affecting, not only the history of the weird tale, but …

IFPColumn: Writing the Mythos: Cosmic Mojo, Part 2: The Americans

Found on the Net: Kraken

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Cthulhu’s errant cousin, the Kraken, has been sighted around London. If found, please send him back to 777 Strange Aeons Street, R’lyeh, c/o Great Old One.

Do you have any idea what we’re talking about? Kraken! Not as in “a kraken”, but the novel by China Miéville, which began hitting bookshelves June 29. The author has defined the novel as “a dark comedy about a squid-worshiping cult and the end of the world” (ummm, sounds familiar). …

IFPFound on the Net: Kraken

Guest post: I Was a Teenage Cthulhu Worshiper: The Links Between Lovecraft’s fiction and Adolescence

By Kristopher Reisz

“Then in the shadowy solitude my longing for light grew so frantic that I could rest no more, and I lifted entreating hands to the single black ruined tower that reached above the forest into the unknown outer sky. And at last I resolved to scale that tower, fall though I might; since it were better to glimpse the sky and perish, than to live without ever beholding day.”

H.P. Lovecraft, “The Outsider”

Introduced to Lovecraft’s stories …

IFPGuest post: I Was a Teenage Cthulhu Worshiper: The Links Between Lovecraft’s fiction and Adolescence

10 Awesome Black-and-White Scary Movies

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In an era when expensive computer-generated special effects and 3-D appear to be all the rage, we often forget that there was a time when pictures looked different and they were even (gasp!) black and white. A long time may have passed since these films first hit the movie theatres, but the horrors contained within these pieces of celluloid still haunt us. Discover 10 great black-and-white scary movies, and journey to a time when the screen was …

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Found on the Net: The Unspeakable Oath Returns

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Unspeakable Oath, the magazine dedicated to Call of Cthulhu and Cthulhu Mythos gaming, returns to print almost a decade after its last issue. Unspeakable Oath ran quarterly from 1990 to 2001 before going on hiatus. Arc Dream Publishing has announced it will bring back the Unspeakable Oath. Its first issue is expected to ship in December.

It promises 64 pages of content as a 8.5″ x 11″, “perfect bound” publication with black-and-white interiors. The …

IFPFound on the Net: The Unspeakable Oath Returns