Supernatural: TV Lovecraft

By Paula R. Stiles

This week, Supernatural airs an episode called “Let It Bleed”, but it was originally entitled “The Haunter of the Dark” and it reportedly includes a major subplot starring the Gentleman from Providence himself. The Lovecraft fans among you will immediately recognize that title as the last published of Lovecraft’s stories (See Silvia’s Found on the Net this week for more info about it and our Supernatural-meets-Lovecraft contest for links to spoilers and a chance to …

Paula R. StilesSupernatural: TV Lovecraft

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 5/18/11

This week, we have spoilers for Supernatural and new pilots:

Don’t forget that we’re looking for TV reviewers, specifically for the CW’s new pilot, Secret Circle and FOX’s Terra Nova. V and The Event have been canceled, but we are still looking for a replacement for our The Vampire Diaries reviewer. If you want to review something for us, please check out our previous announcement and drop us a line. Silvia has started reviewing Game of Thrones. We …

Paula R. StilesTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 5/18/11

“Supernatural”-meets-Lovecraft Contest

We’ve heard a rumour or two (three, four and five) that CW show Supernatural is going Lovecraft this year. Since we’re a Lovecraft zine and we review Supernatural, we just couldn’t let that one go. So, we’re having ourselves a contest here at Innsmouth Free Press to commemorate that happy conjunction.

What you could win

Grand Prize: Two tickets to the Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro, California (no travel, just the tickets) this September. …

IFP“Supernatural”-meets-Lovecraft Contest

Review: In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

By Paula R. Stiles

Cynical insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) is hired by a publishing firm to find its AWOL bestselling author, Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow), and retrieve the book of the title. Cane’s past books have had a “disturbing” effect on his less-stable readers and the rumour is that the latest will drive any reader insane. Skeptical of a publicity stunt, or even outright fraud, Trent goes on a road trip with Cane’s editor, Linda Styles (Julie Carmen), …

Paula R. StilesReview: In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

Fiction: Celephais

By H.P.Lovecraft

In a dream Kuranes saw the city in the valley, and the seacoast beyond, and the snowy peak overlooking the sea, and the gaily painted galleys that sail out of the harbour toward distant regions where the sea meets the sky. In a dream it was also that he came by his name of Kuranes, for when awake he was called by another name.

Perhaps it was natural for him to dream a new name; for he was …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.13: Houses of the Holy

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate a case in Providence, Rhode Island where down-and-out people are killing pillars of the community and claiming an angel told them to do it.

Recap: No Then recap on this one, either (curious how many episodes don’t have them when I thought most of them did). It starts straightway with a slovenly blonde woman in a nasty, small apartment, smoking and watching late-night TV. She turns to a TV …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.13: Houses of the Holy


by H.P. Lovecraft

Into the North Window of my chamber glows the Pole Star with uncanny light. All through the long hellish hours of blackness it shines there. And in the autumn of the year, when the winds from the north curse and whine, and the red-leaved trees of the swamp mutter things to one another in the small hours of the morning under the horned waning moon, I sit by the casement and watch that star. Down from the …


Review: Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom

By Ben Cooper

Brown, Bruce. Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom. Renzo Podesta, artist. Dwight L. MacPherson, ed. Arcana: Canada, 2009. $12.95. ISBN: 978-1-897548-54-7.

Graphic novels have seen something of a growth in mainstream popularity in recent years. With adaptations of V For Vendetta, 300 and, of course, the long-awaited Watchmen, the red-headed step-child of novels has become slightly more acceptable to non-geeks. Over here in England, the shelves of bookstores now have dedicated sections for …

IFPReview: Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom

Hallowe’en in a Suburb

by H.P.Lovecraft

The steeples are white in the wild moonlight,
And the trees have a silver glare;
Past the chimneys high see the vampires fly,
And the harpies of upper air,
That flutter and laugh and stare.

For the village dead to the moon outspread
Never shone in the sunset’s gleam,
But grew out of the deep that the dead years keep
Where the rivers of madness stream
Down the gulfs to a pit of dream.

A chill wind weaves …

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Review: The Dunwich Horror (The SyFy Channel, October 18, 2009)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The problem with Lovecraft is that it’s hard to maintain the suspense of his stories on screen. A lot of his work was thin on plot and thick on atmosphere, which means filling two hours worth of entertainment involves a lot of padding. The Dunwich Horror is one of his longer and more easily adaptable stories because of its length and plot.

That didn’t stop the makers of this new adaptation of Dunwich from producing a bizarre …

IFPReview: The Dunwich Horror (The SyFy Channel, October 18, 2009)


by H.P. Lovecraft

I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more. Penniless, and at the end of my supply of the drug which alone, makes life endurable, I can bear the torture no longer; and shall cast myself from this garret window into the squalid street below. Do not think from my slavery to morphine that I am a weakling or a degenerate. When you have read these hastily scrawled pages …


Supernatural and Lovecraft: How does Supernatural fit into Mythos?

by Paula R. Stiles

A double protagonist

It may seem rather odd to say that the CW show Supernatural has any connections to the works of H.P. Lovecraft or Mythos (the shared universe created by Lovecraft and his friends), but they’re there. Most horror today owes at least some tip of the hat to Lovecraft (The X-Files certainly did). But Supernatural‘s connections seem particularly strong.

Lovecraft’s version of the Mythos universe is dark and bleak. Humans are small …

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