Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Babadook (2014)


By Brian M. Sammons


The Babadook (2014). Director: Jennifer Kent. Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall. Country: Australia.


Once again, I’m reviewing a movie that has no connection to the Cthulhu Mythos. Wait, don’t go anywhere. If all I did was cover Mythos movies, this would be a very lonely place. While this film is not Mythos, The Babadook is the Aussie import indie darling that came out last year and wound up on nearly every horror critic’s Best …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Final Prayer (2013)


By Brian M. Sammons


Final Prayer (2013). Director: Elliot Goldner. Cast: Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle. Country: UK.


Once there was a movie from the UK called The Borderlands. Then it came to North America on DVD and, for some silly reason, it changed its name to Final Prayer. Why it did that, I don’t know, but it sort of seems to be a thing these days, with Edge of Tomorrow desperately trying to rebrand itself as …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Exquisite Eldritch Art of “Cryptocurium”


By Brian M. Sammons


If you are a serious Cthulhu Cultist, then you’re going to want Mythos knickknacks aplenty. Many artists and craftsmen know this, so there are countless places on the Internet offering Lovecraftian goodies in all shapes and forms, not to mention prices. With all that, it’s hard to know which artists to trust with your hard-earned cash. Well, fear not, friends. I am here to help you. As a serious Cthulhu cultist myself, I have amassed a …

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Cthulhu Eats the World: The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)


By Brian M. Sammons


The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014). Director: Adam Robitel. Cast: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay.


Truth be told, there aren’t a lot of Cthulhu Mythos or Lovecraftian connections to this movie. Sure, some people see HPL’s influence everywhere, and there may be some here around the edges, but nothing more than that. And yet, this movie, more than any other in recent memory, reminded me of a good game of Call of Cthulhu.

What, you don’t …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Thing on the Doorstep (2014)


By Brian Sammons


The Thing on the Doorstep (2014). Director: Tom Gliserman. 
Cast: David Bunce, Susan Cicarelli-Caputo, Mary Jane Hansen.


The thing about making a movie about a story by H.P. Lovecraft is that anyone can do it, since many of his tales are public domain. This means that many first time filmmakers cut their cinematic teeth on tales by the Grand Old Gent from Providence. Some do this out of love for the source material, and others do it …

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Cthulhu Eats the World: The Evil Within – It’s Not The Game You Think It Is


By Brian M. Sammons


Welcome back, friends and fellow cultists. I thought I would give Cthulhu and Co. a little break today so I could talk about something I haven’t covered in a while: video games. Specifically, spooky games. Yes, it looks like after far too many years of horror games getting the stinky end of the stick, they are starting to have a resurgence. I, for one, couldn’t be happier for that. I love a good scary game, but …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Dark Adventure Radio Theater – The Dreams in the Witch House


By Brian M. Sammons


Lovecraft, H.P., author; Radio adaptation by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman. Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Dreams in the Witch House. The H.P. Lovecraft Society, 2014.


Here comes more auditory awesomeness for the Summer of Screams from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. 2014 was a very witchy year for the HPLHS. First, they released the rock opera version of Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch House and now comes this radio play of the same …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Dark Adventure Radio Theater: Herbert West – Reanimator


By Brian M. Sammons


Lovecraft, H.P., author; Radio adaptation by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman. Dark Adventure Radio Theater: Herbert West – Reanimator. The H.P. Lovecraft Society, 2013.


The Innsmouth Free Press is once again celebrating horrific audio treats for their Summer of Screams, and boy, do I have some ghoulish goodies for you to listen too. If you’ve read this column for any length of time, then you will already know I am a huge fan of …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Dreams in the Witch House: a Lovecraftian Rock Opera


By Brian M. Sammons


Lovecraft, H.P., author; Dalager, Mike and Leman, Andrew, lyricists. Dreams in the Witch House: a Lovecraftian Rock Opera. The H.P. Lovecraft Society, 2013.


I love rock operas. AKA concept albums. AKA slices of pure musical awesomeness pressed to disc. Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime, and The Who’s Tommy are some of my more mainstream favorites, but as a proud metalhead, let me add The Crimson Idol by W.A.S.P., Streets: A Rock

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Eldritch Chrome: Unquiet Tales of a Mythos-Haunted Future


Sammons, Brian M. and Barrass, Glynn Owen, eds. Eldritch Chrome: Unquiet Tales of a Mythos-Haunted Future. Chaosium, 2013. $17.95. ISBN: 978-1568823898.


Past, present, or future, you’re always screwed in a Lovecraftian universe. Even victories are only temporary and sanity precarious. Computers, capitalism and corporations only add to the problem.

The literary genes of the Man from Providence have proven quite good at splicing themselves into other genre genomes. Out in the disrupted publishing ecosystem we have now, they’ve swapped …

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