By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Have you checked the latest issue of the Lovecraft eZine? It’s up now. Oh, and remember to take a look at their new t-shirt. It’s one way founder Mike Davis makes a bit of cash for this venture. It’s also a good opportunity to enter their current t-shirt contest.
Now for something completely different: NPR has a story about the album, De Vermis Mysteriis, the new album by High on Fire, a stoner-metal trio led by Matt Pike. According to NPR, “Jesus’ twin dies at birth, gets reincarnated as a time traveler and has some nightmarishly awesome H.P. Lovecraft-ian adventures along the way.”
The band’s official website explains it as a concept record: “The album’s title (translation: “The Mysteries of the Worm,”) is a nod to a fictional grimoire conceived by the late, great Psycho author, Robert Bloch, in 1935 and later incorporated into horror master H.P. Lovecraft’s renowned Cthulhu Mythos.”
The book, in case your Lovecraft is rusty, originally appears in the story, “The Shambler from the Stars”, but is also mentioned in Lovecraft’s “The Haunter of the Dark”. Even Stephen King got in on the game with Jerusalem’s Lot. Read this column of On Writing the Mythos to learn a bit more about how Lovecraft and his friends did a bit of universe sharing – and murdered each other. Well, at least on the printed page.