Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Cthulhu Lives!: An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft


By Randy Stafford


Jones, Salomé, ed. Cthulhu Lives! An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Ghostwoods Books: 2014. Kindle USD $3.03. Paperback USD $9.89. 272 pages. ASIN: B00MWBXP8Y. ISBN: 978-0957627147.


A collection of no-name authors … but, if they keep up this standard of work, that won’t be true for long.

Salomé Jones has put together an enjoyable collection of Lovecraftian stories. As S.T. Joshi notes in his afterword, these aren’t mechanical pastiches of the same old plots, same old …

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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 …

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Cthulhu Eats the World: “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” videogame


By Brian M. Sammons


The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Developer: The Astronauts. Publisher: The Astronauts and Nordic Games. Release date: September 26, 2014. Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4.


The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an indie horror/adventure game that first came out for the PC and has recently been ported to the PlayStation 4. I missed it when it came out on PC, but I heard some good buzz for it. When I was contacted by some PR people for …

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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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Gods and Monsters: Review: The Apparition (2012)


By Paula R. Stiles


The Apparition (2012). Director: Todd Lincoln. Cast: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, and Tom Felton. Country: USA.


Several Young Ghostbusters rejects conduct a college experiment in which they try to contact the Other Side. It succeeds beyond their wildest nightmares – which means that it all goes horribly wrong.

Years later, one of the college students (Sebastian Stan) has married and moved on, or so he hoped. His new wife (Ashley Greene) is nice and, frankly, smarter …

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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 …

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“Demonstra” Wins an Elgin Award


Huge congratulations to Bryan Thao Worra, who just won an Elgin Award for Demonstra, the poetry collection published by yours truly, Innsmouth Free Press, last year!

The Elgin Awards, named for Science Fiction Poetry Association founder Suzette Haden Elgin, are presented annually by SFPA for books published in the preceding two years in two categories, chapbook and book. Worra won in the book category. Innsmouth friend Helen Marshall won the chapbook category for The Sex Lives of Monsters

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Column: Writing the Mythos: Funny Mythos: Comedy & Tentacles


By G.W. Thomas


A new comic book called Arcane Secrets by Angel A. Svoboda (Amigo Comics) got me thinking that there aren’t many Lovecraftian comedies out there. In fact, did HPL ever write any comedy? The only example I can think of was the parody tale, “The Battle That Ended the Century,” a long in-joke for his friends he wrote with R.H. Barlow in 1934. And that’s about it. And this is why Arcane Secrets is so unusual. Does cosmic …

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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 …

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Column: Writing the Mythos: The Lovecraftian Alphabet: Adjectives in Mythos Fiction


By G.W. Thomas


I think there can be little doubt anymore that Lovecraft’s reputation as the greatest horror writer of the 20th century is set. The academics have finally caught up with the readers of Weird Tales. HPL’s cosmic vision sets him apart from all those who “in the day” were more popular. I am thinking of writers like Seabury Quinn who have fallen to mere footnotes in Pulp history.

Despite this well-deserved fame, Lovecraft was never a stylist …

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Column: Writing the Mythos: The Two-(Or More)-Headed Mythos Monster: Collaboration


In 1934, H.P. Lovecraft and his friend Robert H. Barlow poked fun at all their friends and acquaintances in a story called “The Battle That Ended the Century.” This hyperbolical fight scenario featured Two-Gun Bob (Robert E. Howard) versus The Wild Wolf of West Shokan (Bernard Austin Dwyer) and through the course of the story, the two authors mention everyone from Hugo Gernsback to A. Merritt. The whole thing was a hilarious in-joke shared with friends in an …

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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 …

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