Out now, a new issue of Dead Reckonings: a review of horror literature. Including a review of Massimo Berruti’s Dim-Remembered Stories: a critical study of R.H. Barlow (2011).
An early dating of the Providence Necronomicon… August 2013. Exact dates and venue to be announced.
The call is out for the 2012 Jamie Bishop Memorial Award, for a critical essay on the fantastic. 3,000-10,000 words, deadline 1st September 2012.
Mention of an interesting-sounding academic paper, presented last month at the Queertopia! queer studies conference in northwest Australia…
Alexandra Edwards, “Like some monstrous stealthy cat”: queerness and felinomorphism in Charles Brockden Brown, Henry James, and H.P. Lovecraft.
Edwards won the English Department’s Best Graduate Essay prize with the paper, but sadly it’s not online. The term “felinomorphism” appears to come via the parody Ground Zero by Paul Lysymy, which makes me think the paper might be also in that line(?).
Some photos from the H.P. Lovecraft Photo Gallery that I’d not seen before, of Lovecraft in 1935…
The last two look like they may have been made by someone familiar with American modernist photography.
Nodens Books has published a little edition of the collected works of Robert Nelson, Sable Revery: Poems, Sketches and Letters by Robert Nelson…
“Robert Nelson (1912-1935) was a contributor of verse to Weird Tales magazine in the mid-1930s, and of verse and prose to fan magazines like The Fantasy Fan. He was also a correspondent of H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. This slim volume collects all of his published poems, prose-sketches and letters, which date from the last four years of his short life. Also included are five letters by H.P. Lovecraft, four to Nelson and one to Nelson’s mother after the young man’s death.”
More Lovecraftian places that really exist…
Kanheri Caves, India. (Credit: HelveticaNormal)
Structure built for bats, Key West, USA. (Credit: Jrau272)
Fingal’s Cave, British Isles. (Credit: Jim Richardson / National Geographic magazine)
Whinlatter, British Isles. (Credit: Eliot Reeves)
Alpine ice cave, Aiguille du Midi, Europe. (Credit: Kamil Tamiola)
Abandoned house, North Brother Island, USA. (Credit: unknown)
Argentinian comics artist Horacio Lalia (Judge Dredd, The Time Machine, Lovecraft) is licencing some of his Lovecraft adaptations…
During his career her has adapted…
“The Nameless City, The Rats in the Walls, The Festival, He, Out of Time, The Unnamable, Dagon, The Alchemist, The Colour Out of Space, The Haunter of the Dark, The Outsider, Pickman’s Model, The Call of Cthulhu, The Moon-Bog, The Dreams in the Witch House, In the Vault, The Mystery of the Grave-Yard, The Ghost-Eater and Cool Air.”
According to Amazon his adaptations were collected in a 2003 book, but it was in French. This is reportedly only 93 pages, so perhaps doesn’t include all of them. There also seems to have been two Spanish language collections Lovecraft: El Grimorio Maldito and Lovecraft: El Manuscrito Olvidado. There’s no English Lalia Lovecraft collection that I can find, although his adaptation of “The Festival” is possibly available in English for the iPad (the description page is very confused about what the product actually is).
Conference: Monsters and the Monstrous: future anxieties. 10th-12th September 2012 at Mansfield College, Oxford, in the UK.
* Monstrous Places/Spaces of the Future
* Human Monsters
* Monstrous Aliens & Alien Invaders
* Monstrous Generations (youth, old folks etc)
* Monstrous Politics (which predictably avoids suggesting the horrors of socialism)
Little Fugitive (1953), an innovative child’s-eye movie shot with a new type of portable 35mm movie camera on the streets of Brooklyn and Coney Island in summer 1952 — which must then have still been recognisable as the place Lovecraft knew just over twenty years earlier. (Yes, nit-pickers, Lovecraft visited and enjoyed Coney Island several times). The movie has been restored by the Museum of Modern Art. Not to be confused with the 2006 remake.