The Lovecraft Expert: An Interview with S.T. Joshi

 

S.T. Joshi has spent his life thoroughly analyzing the life and legacy of H.P. Lovecraft, weird fiction’s most important and intriguing figure. Joshi is a Seattle writer who has produced over fifty volumes relating to Lovecraft. Joshi read his first Lovecraft story when he was 13 and based his decision to attend Brown University partially on their Lovecraft collection. He’s also written and edited several books on other writers, including Ambrose Bierce, Lord Dunsany and Ramsey Campbell, as well …

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Found on the Net: Fatale

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I’ve been under the weather and haven’t been able to write a Found on the Net. Did you miss me? At any rate, I’ve got acool Lovecrafty thing to talk about today.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ horror comic book series Fatale features Alfred Ravenscroft, a Lovecraft stand-in and pulp horror writer. Fatale has been described as a supernatural noir story, initially announced as a 12-issue maxi-series, but upgraded to an ongoing title in November 2012. It …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaFound on the Net: Fatale

Found on the Net: Kickstarter for NecronomiCon

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This is really the year of the Kickstarter. I can’t believe the number of Lovecraftian Kickstarter opportunities I showcased this year, and we are ending Found on the Net for 2012 with yet another Kickstarter: the NecronomiCon.

NecronomiCon – which will take place in Providence, August 23-25, 2013 – is raising funds to pay for advertising and printing, venue costs, and the like. Some of the prizes include t-shirts, VIP passes to the convention, and more.…

Silvia Moreno-GarciaFound on the Net: Kickstarter for NecronomiCon

Found on the Net: Lovecraft Papers

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Do you have a scholarly interest in the Lovecraftian? The Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council Inc., the organizer of NecronomiCon Providence, is seeking submissions of academic works that explore all aspects of the works and life of H.P. Lovecraft, including the influence of history, architecture, science (anthropology, biology, geology, etc.), and popular culture (movies, theater, etc.), on his works.

According to the official webpage:

We particularly hope to foster exploration of Lovecraft as a rationalist who …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaFound on the Net: Lovecraft Papers

Review: The Shadow of the Unknown

By Orrin Grey

French, A.J., ed. The Shadow of the Unknown. Static Movement, 2011. USD $15.99. ISBN 978-1617061448.

There’s no shortage of Lovecraftian anthologies on the market these days. (They may not quite outnumber zombie-themed anthologies, but, then again, who can keep track?) So, any new one that does arrive has the job right away of trying to distinguish itself from the eldritch pack. Many take the route of some more specific sub-theme, or of mixing Lovecraftian elements and …

Orrin GreyReview: The Shadow of the Unknown

Review: Black Wings II: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror

By Randy Stafford

Joshi, S.T., ed. Black Wings II: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror. PS Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-848631-19-9.

The triumph of Howard Phillips Lovecraft was complete when his name became an adjective, a literary compass heading for travel into zones of weirdness and horror. But it’s something of a deviant compass pointing in several directions.

Right up front, editor Joshi announces one territory we won’t be heading towards in this book: the land of the slavish Lovecraft pastiche, …

IFPReview: Black Wings II: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror

Column: Summer Screams: Dark Adventure Radio Theater

By Brian M. Sammons

We continue our summer audio horror column with a little Lovecraft:

Now, I’m sure you’ve all heard of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, right? I mean, any Cthulhuheads worth their Essential Salts know about those Lovecraft-o-philes. They are the same creative geniuses that brought out the wonderful black-and-white, not to mention silent, Call of Cthulhu movie, back in 2005, and the new HPL-adapted film, The Whisperer in Darkness. And hey, wouldn’t you know it, …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Summer Screams: Dark Adventure Radio Theater

Review: Letters to James F. Morton

By Randy Stafford

Lovecraft, H.P., writer; Schultz, David E. and Joshi, S.T., eds. Letters to James F. Morton. Hippocampus Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-9844802-3-4.

To read a Lovecraft letter is to hear Lovecraft’s voice. That is what those who knew him well enough to make the comparison said. He wrote as he spoke. Modern audiences might think of these letters as a Lovecraft blog full of the details of his life, intermittently playful, sometimes earnest and serious, often returning to …

IFPReview: Letters to James F. Morton

Found on the Net: Illustrated Lovecraft Anthology Now in the U.S.

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A graphic anthology of Lovecraft’s stories recently hit the U.S. The Lovecraft Anthology Vol.1, edited by Dan Lockwood and published by Selfmadehero, collects “The Call of Cthulhu”, “The Haunter of the Dark”, “The Colour Out of Space”, and other stories, illustrating and adapting each with a different writer and artist combo.

The official website explains, “From the master of the eerie, this anthology explores the Lovecraft mythos from the insidious mutations of Innsmouth, insanity, inherited guilt …

IFPFound on the Net: Illustrated Lovecraft Anthology Now in the U.S.

Found on the Net: Lovecraft, Astronomer

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Last Sunday, fans of H.P. Lovecraft gathered in Providence at the Ladd Observatory to mark the 75th anniversary of his death, as reported by The Providence Journal.

The story says that Lovecraft’s family was friends with the observatory director and Lovecraft “wanted to be an astronomer.”

Lovecraft’s love for astronomy has been well-documented. As a child, Lovecraft first developed an interest in chemistry, then astronomy. He penned many juvenile papers on astronomy, as well as handling …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaFound on the Net: Lovecraft, Astronomer