Column: Writing the Mythos: The Old Box Set

By G. W. Thomas

I’m looking at my old Call of Cthulhu box set from 1982, the one with the Gene Day artwork, the cracked corners and bindings all roughed up and stained from countless hours of flipping through pages of stats. What I am most struck by is that I owe Sandy Petersen a huge debt of gratitude.

Here’s why: as far back as 1984, I was not an H. P. Lovecraft fan. I found him old-fashioned, verbose, ridiculous. …

IFPColumn: Writing the Mythos: The Old Box Set

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/21/10

This entry is part 27 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Jane Badler gave a brief interview where she reveals her character eventually escapes her dungeon.

The VFiles has links to deleted scenes from the first season.

The second episode of the second season will have Erica discovering the aliens did something to her when she was pregnant, altering Tyler …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/21/10

Found on the Net: Weird Fiction Review

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

There are few things that excite my jaded heart, but I am all a-flutter after having seen Weird Fiction Review, Issue 1. This magazine is published by Centipede Press, makers of fine speculative books, which already had my interest from the start. But to add to that, it is edited by S.T. Joshi, the authority on all things Lovecraft, and it is beautiful. Like, breathtakingly beautiful, with gorgeous illustrations which accompany fiction, poetry and reviews from …

IFPFound on the Net: Weird Fiction Review

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Monsters

By Brian M. Sammons

Monsters. Director: Gareth Edwards. Starring: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able.

Hey, a Lovecraftian film at the theater that’s getting a bunch of good buzz, when did that happen? Did my Yithian mind jump ahead in time again and is del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness now out at the show? No, it’s still 2010 (at least, as of this writing) so that can’t be it. Wait, it’s the current teeny tiny indie flick that’s got …

IFPColumn: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Monsters

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/14/10

This entry is part 26 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Spoilers are limited to some pictures and promotional materials. Not much you haven’t seen before.

The most interesting photos circulating the Internet were images of Jane Badler, against a green screen, emerging from a cocoon. Oddly enough, she is fully dressed. Not that I’m demanding that Mrs. Badler get …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/14/10

Found on the Net: JJA Hearts Cthulhu

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Attention fans of all things Cthulhu: noted anthologist John Joseph Adams, who recently released The Living Dead II and The Way of the Wizard, and who is also the editor of of Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Magazine, is helming an anthology of Cthulhu/Mythos reprint stories. The anthology will be published by Night Shade Books and will likely be called The Book of Cthulhu, with a fall 2011 release date. Adams is inviting readers to …

IFPFound on the Net: JJA Hearts Cthulhu

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/07/10

This entry is part 25 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Not many spoilers to report this week, except for photos. Promotional images of all cast members have been released. You can see Laura Vandervoort here.

There are also some new posters, including one which shows Anna with a baby in her arms. Plus, there are some new promos, although …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/07/10

Found on the Net: Flying Squid

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Terrifying news: squid can fly. Marine biologist Silvia Maciá has provided photographic evidence that shows squids can fly. Maciá’s study, featured in a 2004 issue of the Journal of Molluscan Studies, found that gliding squid are not uncommon, pointing to around six species known to leap from the water, some of them even flapping their fins.

The flying squid use a kind of “jet propulsion to project themselves out of the water” and then …

IFPFound on the Net: Flying Squid

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/01/10

This entry is part 24 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Well, guess what? I was wrong when I said last week’s rumours were pie in the sky: Marc Singer, who starred in the original V, is joining the cast. He plays a member of a secret organization keeping tabs on the aliens. He is only scheduled for one …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/01/10

Found on the Net: Culbard’s “At The Mountains of Madness” & Other Cool Books

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We’ve talked about good Lovecraftian gift items for Christmas in the past two editions of Found on Net, including toys and fashion. This time, we turn to books and graphic novels.

First off, illustrator Ian Culbard’s graphic adaptation of At The Mountains of Madness is a very cute, and very timely, item, what with the snow and all. The style, which reminds me of Hergel’s Tintin, makes it a perfect gift for one of the younger Lovecraft …

IFPFound on the Net: Culbard’s “At The Mountains of Madness” & Other Cool Books

Article: Building A Zombie

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

What is a zombie? You may think you know the answer, but it’s actually a bit of a pickle coming up with a definition. A recent article by Phil Plait on the scientific plausibility of zombies made me come back to that basic question: how do you identify a zombie? Don’t go yelling “Romero!” and thinking that solves the question, because it really doesn’t.

If we consider a zombie to be someone who is reanimated after death, …

IFPArticle: Building A Zombie

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 11/24/10

This entry is part 23 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The promo for the second season of V is out and about. It contains a glimpse of the first episode. A second trailer has also been released. The biggest (sort of) reveal: they are modifying humans for breeding. Good. Now when does Tyler get turned into the first …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 11/24/10