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Cthulhu Mythos, As Imagined By Kids

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

David Milano ran an art project for a children’s choir in the weeks before Halloween where he put on some Lovecraft-inspired music (by AKLO) and told them abbreviated versions of Lovecraft’s Shadow Out of Time, At the Mountains of Madness, and The Call of Cthulhu. The kids—ages 8-14—drew the monsters.

The results? AWESOME! Check out the galleries at Milano’s website.

Tintin Faces Down Lovecraftian Horror

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Artist Murray Groat places Hergé’s adventurous chracter in H.P. Lovecraft tales—the ultimate mash-up?

Tintin and friends are wonderfully and weirdly combined with Lovecraft’s Herbert West–Reanimator, At the Mountain of Madness, The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Call of Cthulhu, in these hilarious paradies. Since there are four of them, one must assume Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock survive.

See all the covers at Comics Alliance thanks to Caleb Goellner.

H.P. Lovecraft & the Horror of Comics

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Josie Campbell reports for Comic Book Resources on the West Hollywood Book Fair appearance (earlier in October) of Steve Niles, Mike Mignola and Hans Rodionoff talking about the influence of H.P. Lovecraft on horror comic books. Rodinoff disscovered his first Lovecraft short story on a camping trip, reading it with a flashlight in his sleeping bag. Mignola, a young comic book reader, was introduced to the old pulp writers through Robert E. Howard. While looking for more Howard stories, he stumbled onto “Weird Tales” and H.P. Lovecraft. Similarly, Niles was “digging around in books looking for stuff and I ran across Lovecraft.”

The trio also discuss HPL’s influences on their work and horror in general.

Guillermo Del Toro Developing Lovecraftian Video Game

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Guillermo Del Toro working on a Lovecraftian video game according to Platform Nation. Del Toro is a fan of Lovecraft, and has directed films containing allusions to Lovecraft’s mythos (Hellboy, for example). He’s also tried to get a film version of At the Mountains of Madness greenlighted for some time. As for the HPLish game, Del Toro is working with THQ developing a game he described during an interview with MTV as: “It’s horror…but it’s a very different type of horror game. It’s not survival horror. It’s truly a strange, geeky mix. It’s a Lovecraftian thing. Let’s leave it at that.”

All we want to know: Will Wii have a tentacle attachment?

Most Terrifying Cartoon Ever Made!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Spider-Man Meets H.P. Lovecraft in “Most Terrifying Cartoon Ever Made”!

Author and television blogger Kliph Nesteroff once called Spider-Man: Revolt in the Fifth Dimension “simply the most terrifying cartoon ever made.” For your viewing pleasure, the first part of the cartoon is embedded above, follow this link to watch the second part.

[Thanks to GalleyCat for the tip!]

Little-Known Lovecraftian Copywriting

Monday, October 11th, 2010

If H.P. Lovecraft wrote Whitman’s Sampler copy. . .

Luke Burns offers “Selections from H.P. Lovecraft’s Brief Tenure as a Whitman’s Sampler Copywriter” in McSweeny’s.

Our fave:

Dark Chocolate Fudge

Dark! All-encompassing, eternal darkness! Human eyes cannot penetrate the stygian blackness of this unholy confection!

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon

Monday, August 30th, 2010

HPLFF: September 11, 2010 • Warner Grand, LA California

CthulhuCon: October 1-2-3, 2010 • Hollywood Theatre, Portland Oregon

After fourteen successful years of sell-out crowds in Portland, Oregon, the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® arises in Southern California on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 2pm-10pm at the classic Warner Grand Theater in historic San Pedro. The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival promotes the works of H.P. Lovecraft, literary horror, and weird tales through the cinematic adaptations by professional and amateur filmmakers. The festival was founded in 1995 by Andrew Migliore in the hope that H.P. Lovecraft would be rightly recognized as a master of gothic horror and his work more faithfully adapted to film and television.

The Los Angeles Lovecraft Film Festival will feature six of the best films that played in Portland over the last 14 years.

CthulhuCon will feature Caitlín R. Kiernan, Ellen Datlow, William F. Nolan, Richard Lupoff, Michael Shea, and others.

Project Space Squid: New Life for HP Lovecraft

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

With The Interactive Lovecraft, affectionately known by the internal codename Project Space Squid, students and alumni of the Vancouver Film School are creating a cutting-edge transmedia interactive magazine experience for the tablet marketplace, incorporating text, video, and games that will include adaptations of five seminal Lovecraft stories: The Call of C’Thulhu,DagonThe Dunwich HorrorThe Rats in the Walls, and The Music of Erich Zann.

Steampunk droogs onstage!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Let’s try a little logical syllogism, shall we?

Fact: A Clockwork Orange is a favorite movie and/or book of most of you who are reading this.

Fact: Steampunk makes everything better.

Conclusion: You want to go to Edison, New Jersey, this month to see the awesome new theatrical production of A Clockwork Orange, in which our murderous young antihero Alex trades in the well-polished visuals of the Kubrick film for belching smokestacks, colossal clock cogs, and the ribbed wreckage of a crashed zeppelin.

Acclaimed New York stage director Alex Dawson, who describes his vision of the play as “Mack the Knife meets Ferris Bueller,” explains the aesthetic: “In the movie, the Droogs wore cricket whites, odious codpieces, and beaky Commedia dell’arte noses. In our version, they wear tailored suits, skater pads, and government-issued gas masks — threads of WWII gas-bomb paranoia, natch. The soundtrack to Kubrick’s film was a mix of classical and electronic synth; the music in the play is a cross-faded, beat-juggled hodgepodge of new wave, folk, punk, techno, pop, and thrash, with Mott the Hoopla’s youth anthem, ‘All the Young Dudes,’ serving as the perfect theme song.”

The show opens tomorrow, Oct. 15, and runs eight performances through Oct. 30 at the Studio Theater at Middlesex County College. Tickets are an incredibly budget-friendly $10. Make your reservations now, my droogies!

Weird zines coming and going

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

We at Weird Tales salute our colleagues at the indie zines Talebones and Lone Star Stories, both of which closed their doors this week after years of great work publishing fantastic fiction. And we note the debut of a new iPhone magazine, Steampunk Tales, featuring WT contributors Jay Lake and Phil Brucato, friend-of-the-magazine Catherynne Valente, and more!