“Speaking in Edinburgh [at the Book Festival] at a debate on the future of the novel, Mieville said that just as music fans remix albums and post them online, so readers will recut the novel.”
A new undergraduate final dissertation, freely available online. From Iceland, in English…
Sindri Eldon (2012), “Fully Human: gender conflict in two tales by H.P. Lovecraft”…
An analysis of gender conflict and the opposing natures of the female and the male in […] “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” and “The Thing on the Doorstep”.
Added to the Open Lovecraft page:
I’ve discovered a magazine that’s not unlike the Popular Science magazine of Lovecraft’s day. Discover is full of interesting factoid-pumped ideas that are oven-cooked — ready for writers to take, blend, and adapt for use in fiction. I’m not sure we get the magazine over here in the UK (I’ve not noticed it, before now), but plenty of the content gets placed online for free at their website. Lots of articles that make you think “Lovecraft was right!” 🙂 Maybe they should have a whole themed issue on that topic.
Incidentally, the magazine is making an interesting move in response to the generally falling sales of magazines (digital editions are nowhere near making up the severe revenue shortfalls caused by: recession-hit consumers stopping spending on print mags; display-ad budget shrinkage; and competition from free online sources of news) — they’re quitting New York and moving to Waukesha, Wisconsin. Lucky Waukesha.
Neat new Lovecraft-inspired comic strip, featured on the Weird Tales website…
Unlike most comic-strips featured as “an extra” to print magazines, this one looks quite fun.
H.P. Lovecat from the Literary Pets 2 cigarette cards collection…
Added to the Open Lovecraft page, listing Lovecraft scholarship freely available online…
* Patricia MacCormack (2007), “Baroque Intensity: Lovecraft, Le Fanu and the Fold”, Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, No.2, March 2007.
* Leandro Antonio de Almeida (2005), “Reflexoes sobre aspectos da obra de H.P. Lovecraft”, Organon, Vol.19, No.38-39. (French analysis of “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family” and “The Lurking Fear”).
Added to the ‘Lovecraft on the Web’ Directory, the French Forum Lovecraft.
Kara Whittman has released a cool hollow safe book, laser-cut out of a Lovecraft hardback collection The Black Seas of Infinity… although you can currently pick up the hardback for $2 on Amazon USA, and with a steel ruler and a scalpel carve your own.
It’s Mr. H.P. Lovecraft’s 122nd birthday! So far, sugarcrafted cakes seem to be the art medium of choice. Chud has an excellent round-up of Lovecraft-themed cakes.
Above: sugarcraft by Cake Amsterdam.
Jason McKittrick has a limited edition statuette, available only today — a sea-worn Cthulhu, as if just dredged from the ocean.
A morning literary walk in Providence.
Facebook suggests there’ll be an informal gathering at the grave marker in Providence today.
I’ve made a free annotated version of Lovecraft’s “The History of the Necronomicon”.
There’s a birthday art show at a gallery in Seattle.
Also various film sceenings and parties in America and the UK.
Possibly more to come, once the Americans get their first coffee of the day in about six hours from now.
Excellent news for Amazon UK buyers of printed books, when those books are too big to fit through your letterbox or require a signature (I Am Providence or one one of the doorstop mythos anthologies springs to mind). Amazon is to roll out nationwide a “collect your parcel from a trusted local shop” service.
Those interested in the poor state of science journalism in the mainsteam media, might like the MIT Science Journalism Tracker blog from MIT. This is devoted to winkling out the gee!-gosh!-ery and holding it up to the light.