Today is the anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft’s death, back in 1937.
For those in the business, it’s near impossible to conceive of modern horror without Lovecraft’s influence. Granted… giant tentacle monsters, arcane spell books, and murderous cults are all fun, but I’m talking about his style. He gave us a sense of lurking dread and impending doom that was frequently hinted at as monstrosities so far beyond human understanding that insanity was a blessed ending. And lunacy usually was the fate of many of Lovecraft’s characters, if he didn’t just outright kill everybody.
His was a complex blend of theological horror and dark science fiction. Entities roamed the stars that were so grand in comparison to us, we feeble humans would do little more than worship these creatures. He explored the burgeoning field of quantum physics as a type of magic, and although he never left the American East Coast, his characters traveled far.
Lovecraft died young, near penniless, believing himself a failure. Today, there are numerous volumes published every year by contemporary authors honoring the work he began. There are toys, clothing, games, and other types of merchandise all based off his creations. There is a literary award fashioned after his likeness. His name itself has become an adjective to describe not only a kind of story-telling, but an overall type of horror.
Thanks again, Howard…
I’m working madly on the last bits on my next e-novella, a collection of 12 tales called Preeminent Hollows. It’s going to serve as a set of prequels, official known as The Prologues To The Chaos Narratives. The Chaos Narratives is a new series I’m working on, the 1st novel Stagnant Absolution, sitting half done at over 39,000 words. Some of the tales in Preeminent Hollows may have been read before, perhaps in Fragments Of Ruin, but here we find these and other stories are all connected in a single universe… a world of trickster gods and murderous ghosts, of Dimensionauts and S’allow Men. A world where mental asylums come alive, occult shops are best avoided and a blacker house is never seen.
Preeminent Hollows should be released as an e-novella the first week of May, along with a major anouncement. Stagnant Absolution has a planned release for end of summer.
I feel I need to point out once more how insanely brilliant Rob Zombie’s remakes of Halloween I and II are. For those unaware, he basically crammed 5 movies into 2 films along with giving us background info and insight into Mikey’s psyche. He brought the lil’ girl from the original 4 & 5 (Danielle Harris) back as the hot chick who gets cut up… twice… and shot certain scenes to look remarkably similar while omitting others he knew were too iconic. And is it a bad thing that I found Scout Taylor Compton (Laurie Stroud/Angel Myers) really hot in that last scene where she gives the camera that super evil smile?
Yeah, and this is why Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester from Supernatural) couldn’t pull it off in the Friday The 13th remake. Dude, you beat up Satan.
Everything about this image makes me giggle like a lunatic…
Find more by this macabre Indonesian artist at http://hatijagad.deviantart.com/
One of the 2 images I created to use as platforms to present quotes from one of my greatest literary influences, Clive Barker. A horror author who’s work manages to be both transcendental & visceral, he has penned such modern classics as The Hellbound Heart (Hellraiser), The Books Of Blood (various films including Nightbreed, Candyman, Midnight Meat Train and Dread), Imajica, The Thief Of Always (along with Abarat as children’s books), The Great And Secret Show, Cold Heart Canyon and many more.
Presented here is “Male.” The “Female” piece can be viewed at http://antius777.deviantart.com/art/Barker-s-Bodies-female-203611992 , but since it contains the image of a woman’s nude torso, you’ll only be able to view it if you have a DeviantART account with the correct settings.
Since everybody liked the Pennywise painting I posted the other day…
More artwork by Sachsen can be found at http://sachsen.deviantart.com/
I’d just like to mention once more how, as someone who loves to read horror fiction as well as write it, I’m still totally pissed that Leisure Horror went kaput. Thanks to them, I discovered the depravity of Edward Lee. How am I gonna complete my blood-stained collection now? GAH! I discovered Douglas Clegg, Brian Keene, and Jack Ketchum through those guys. If I didn’t know what to buy, I would literally just grab anything available out by Leisure Horror. Why? Because never once did I get a book that I found disappointing.
Of course, I just convinced an acquaintance of mine to snag Ketchum’s “Off Season” on Kindle. He yelled at me when I saw him later, and told me it was the most twisted thing he had ever read. I just blinked at him and said, “Um… that’s why it’s good!”
Now that I think about it, maybe there was simply too damn much talent rolling out of there. Or madness. Yeah, probably the madness…