A pretty good short BBC radio documentary on fan fiction: When Harry Potter met Frodo: The Strange World of Fan Fiction. Available online. Despite the cow-catching title, copyright means it doesn’t dwell for more than a few seconds on Potter or LoTR. Lovecraft’s mythos sadly doesn’t get a namecheck as the ur-site of fan fiction in the 20th century.
New work from Alan Bao, “Lovecraftian Evolution”…
Barnes & Noble is now taking orders for its exclusive 160-page oversize hardback Nightmare Countries: H.P. Lovecraft, the master of cosmic horror by S.T. Joshi. H.P.Lovecraft.com has a page for the book, giving details of the chapter titles and illustrations.
Apparently it’s been piled in some of the Barnes & Noble stores in the USA, for a few weeks now?
The University of Michigan has announced a free online academic course in Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World. No sign-up yet or precise dates yet, but it looks like it might be a 10-week summer school in summer 2013. One to watch.
A new blog post from S.T. Joshi, with the news that the definitive Lovecraft biography…
“I Am Providence (2010) will be translated into German.”
NecronomiCon Providence is calling for scholarly papers for the academic strand on Lovecraft and his works…
“…including the influence of history, architecture, science (anthropology, biology, geology, etc), and popular culture (movies, theater, etc), on his works.”
But you have to be able to deliver it in person in Providence on 23rd-25th August 2013, and if selected will be allotted just twenty minutes. Perhaps fannish conferences such as this could also run a more flexible fannish format in parallel, for those unable to attend: “present the talk to video, and ramble on for as long as you want…” 😉
A new book by Michael Moon, Darger’s Resources (Duke University Press, 2012), historically contextualises the American outsider artist Henry Darger, through an examination of his actual and likely sources. One chapter that may interest Lovecraftian scholars is called “Wierd Flesh, World’s Flesh: Darger and the pulps”. Google Books is only letting me have a selection of pages but there appears to be no actual suggestion of direct influence, from Darger having read Lovecraft. But Moon notes that Darger’s work on The Realms was contemporaneous (1908/11-1938) with Lovecraft’s working years and ‘the pulp years’, and Moon draws parallels between the two men’s approaches to evoking horrors.
Wilum Pugmire has spotted a new book from Oxford University Press: no less than The Classic Horror Stories by one H.P. Lovecraft. Due Summer 2013.
Extract from Milan M. Cirkovic’s The Astrobiological Landscape: philosophical foundations of the study of cosmic life, Cambridge University Press 2012. The last part considers Lovecraft’s “The Colour out of Space”.
Added to the Open Lovecraft page:
* John D. Sanderson (2011), “The Shadow over Galicia: H.P. Lovecraft’s obsessions resurface in the film adaptation of Dagon (2001)”, Odisea No.12, pp.245-255.
Spoof Halloween submission to arXiv Physics…
Benjamin K. Tippett, “Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific”…
“In 1928, the late Francis Wayland Thurston published a scandalous manuscript in purport of warning the world of a global conspiracy of occultists. Among the documents he gathered to support his thesis was the personal account of a sailor by the name of Gustaf Johansen, describing an encounter with an extraordinary island. Johansen’s descriptions of his adventures upon the island are fantastic, and are often considered the most enigmatic (and therefore the highlight) of Thurston’s collection of documents. We contend that all of the credible phenomena which Johansen described may be explained as being the observable consequences of a localized bubble of spacetime curvature. Many of his most incomprehensible statements (involving the geometry of the architecture, and variability of the location of the horizon) can therefore be said to have a unified underlying cause. We propose a simplified example of such a geometry, and show using numerical computation that Johansen`s descriptions were, for the most part, not simply the ravings of a lunatic…”