Review: H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition

By Allen Griffin

Steadman, John L.H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition. Weiser Books (September 1, 2015). Paperback: 304 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1578635870.

The number of books dedicated to the intersection of H.P. Lovecraft and the Occult continues to grow with the release of John L. Steadman’s H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition. Published by Weiser Books, an imprint of Red Wheel, this text emerges from a publisher focused on the Occult and esoteric subject matter.

Despite …

IFPReview: H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition

Review: Letters to Lovecraft

By Allen Griffin

Jesse Bullington, ed. Letters to Lovecraft. Stone Skin Press (December 1, 2014). Paperback: 280 pages. ISBN-10:1908983108 ISBN-13:978-1908983107.

Letters to Lovecraft is another anthology released in the recent embarrassment of riches available to the modern Lovecraftian. Yet this book, published in December of 2014 from Stone Skin Press, attempts to set itself apart from the pack with a unique concept and great line-up of authors.

Let’s tackle the concept issue first. This anthology neither attempts to directly …

IFPReview: Letters to Lovecraft

Review: Lovecraft’s Monsters

By Allen Griffin

Datlow, Ellen. Lovecraft’s Monsters. Tachyon Publications (April 15, 2014) Paperback: 432 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1616961213.

There is little doubt that H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythos has penetrated the Western world’s popular culture, from Cthulhu’s cameo on South Park to plushy toys adorned with tentacle visages, H.P.’s monsters are ubiquitous.

However, many who see these images are unaware that they are even derived from a corpus of literature at all. Meanwhile, within the literary sub-genre of Lovecraftian horror, the monsters …

IFPReview: Lovecraft’s Monsters

Review: When the Stars are Right

By Allen Griffin

Jones, Scott R. When the Stars are Right. Martian Migraine Press (March 21st, 2014). Paperback: 128 pages. $15.99 CAD. ISBN-978-0-9879928-8-8.

To say we are going to discuss another book that posits The Mythos as spirituality reality is likely to elicit a chorus of groans and more than a few dismissals. Please wait, though – there is something here for everybody.

I have no intention on passing judgment on the veracity of the Mythos in the real …

IFPReview: When the Stars are Right

Review: Whispers from the Abyss

By Allen Griffin

Rocha, Kat, ed. Whispers From the Abyss. 01 Publishing (October 11, 2013). USD $3.99, ebook. ASIN: B00FU0M3ZU.

We have been living in the age of The Novel for quite some time. High word counts and epic aspirations have paved the way to artistic validation since well before we were all born. Yet, there has been growing voices of dissent over the past several years, claiming it is time for the return of the short story and…
IFPReview: Whispers from the Abyss