Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: 20,000 Lovecrafts Under the Sea

By Lyndsey Holder

Brown, Bruce and MacPherson, Dwight L, writers; Boatwright, Thomas, artist. Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom. Burnaby [BC]: Arcana Press, 2011.

I have a secret. It’s kind of a ridiculous secret, but I’m going to share it with you, anyway, and I hope you won’t laugh at me too much. A while ago, I heard about a delightful comic called “Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom”, but, for some reason, my brain decided that …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Young Lovecraft

By Dale Carothers

Young Lovecraft Written by: Jose Oliver. Art by: Bartolo Torres. KettleDrummer Books [in association with Diabolo Ediciones] (June 2009). USD $14.95. ISBN: 978-0-9778066-3-8.

Spanish creators Oliver and Torres take Lovecraft out of his pulp-era past and place him firmly in the present, so that he can suffer the same trials that I, and many of the other bookish, obsessive geeks who are now reading this review, suffered while in elementary school. Lunch-money-stealing bullies. Awkward interactions with girls. …

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Found on the Net: Magicka Cthulhu

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Paradox Interactive and Arrowhead Studios have announced a new expansion for their Magicka PC game, titled ‘Magicka: The Stars are Left’. The add-on will provide players with a new campaign adventure, items and enemies.

The press release indicates that “this new campaign will pit up to four wizards at once against a horror-mystery inspired by the popular Cthulhu Mythos” and will launch later this winter.

Magicka is an action-adventure game set in the fantasy world of …

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Lovecraft: The Character

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Tomorrow is Lovecraft’s birthday. More than a hundred years after his birth, the writer’s stories are surprisingly popular. So popular, in fact, that Lovecraft himself has become a character. Most recently, he appeared in an episode of Supernatural, the TV show, but although this may be his most mainstream exposure, Lovecraft is by now the protagonist of plenty of tales.

His debut occurred in Robert Bloch’s “The Shambler from the Stars”, though one might argue this …

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Recap and Review: Locke & Key: Pilot (2011)

By Heather S. Vina

Directed by: Mark Romanek
Written by: Josh Friedman, teleplay; Joe Hill, graphic novels; Alex Kurtzman, teleplay; Roberto Orci, teleplay.

[spoilers ahoy]

Recap: (Just a note on the recap: I only saw this episode once at Comic-Con 2011, and I am doing my best to remember all of it, but there is a possibility that the order might not be exact, or I might have missed a detail.)

The episode opens with an happy little family having …

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Review: Beneath Still Waters (2005)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy, me hearties]

Beneath Still Waters (2005). Director: Brian Yuzna. Cast: Michael McKell, Raquel Meroño, Charlotte Salt. Country: Spain.

It’s 1965 and the town of Marienbad in Spain is about to be flooded by a new dam. Two little boys decide to explore the town right before it floods. Do they get caught by the rising waters? No, something worse. They discover a Satanic ritual, complete with human sacrifice, an evil book, and ghouls. One …

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Interview: Supernatural: Peter Ciuffa

Today, we talk with Peter Ciuffa, who played H.P. Lovecraft, the Gentleman from Providence himself, in Supernatural penultimate season-six episode, “Let It Bleed“.

IFP: How did you get into acting?

PC: There are two ways for me to answer that, the long way or the short way. I’ll try to find the middle ground. As a kid, I enjoyed doing skits and plays for English and Drama class, but I never pursued acting. I was into sports, especially …

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Found on the Net: Lovecraft & Robert E. Howard’s Correspondence

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Lovecraft fans know the man wrote letters. A lot of letters. He was a social media fan before Twitter was invented and he put pen to paper frequently in order to keep in touch with his friends. One of the people Lovecraft corresponded with was Robert E. Howard, of Conan fame. Miskatonic Books is releasing two volumes of letters sent between these writers, edited by Rusty Burke, S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz. Combined, the two …

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Review: Supernatural: One Year Gone

By Paula R. Stiles

Dessertine, Rebecca. Supernatural: One Year Gone. Titan Books (May 24, 2011). 335 pp. USD $7.99; CAN $8.99; £6.99. ISBN: 978-0857680990.

If you’ve been waiting for Supernatural to go straight-up and unapologetically Mythos (as opposed to, say, doing an unacknowledged homage to Re-Animator in “Time Is on My Side”), this is your month. First, we had a Mythos two-hander in the last two episodes of the season, “inspired” by Lovecraft’s last story, “The Haunter of

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Recap and Review: Supernatural 6.22: The Man Who Knew Too Much

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Castiel moves to open Purgatory, distracting Dean by smashing the wall inside Sam’s head.

Recap: Recap to “Carry On Wayward Son” of the previous season. If you blink, you’ll miss the fairies. Remember them? But you won’t miss Death, who gets a surprising amount of recap, considering he only guested in one episode and has been scarcely mentioned again.

Cut to Sam running down a street, fleeing from a police car. He kicks …

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Recap and Review: Supernatural 6.21: Let It Bleed

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Lisa’s non-relationship with Dean goes way down south when she and Ben are kidnapped by demons.

Recap: Then recap of Lisa and Ben rejecting Dean, Dr. Visyak and the dragons, and Castiel’s deal with Crowley.

Cut to…well, not Now. It’s March 15, 1937 in Providence, Rhode Island. A man in waistcoat and glasses is typing in the middle of the night (in front of a fireplace, no less). As a storm blows outside, …

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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 …

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