Graham Harman, obviously on some kind of speaking tour of the USA, will talk in Baltimore on “What philosophy can learn from H.P. Lovecraft” on 22nd February 2014, Red Room (425 E. 31st St.).
* Cesar Guarde Paz (2012), “Race and War in the Lovecraft Mythos: A Philosophical Reflection”, Lovecraft Annual, No. 6, 2012.
* Cesar Guarde Paz (2006), “Edicion crítica de “Nietzscheanismo y realismo” de H. P. Lovecraft”, Dilema: Revista de Filosofia, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 5-18. (In Spanish. Appears to be a collection of relevant aphorisms from philosophers known to have influenced Lovecraft)
* David Simmons (2013), “H.P. Lovecraft: The Outsider No More?” (Editor’s introduction to Palgrave’s 2013 book New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft. Basic short outline of Lovecraft’s changing reputation, followed by a short summary note on each of the book’s essays. Free sample PDF from Palgrave)
“New York In The Twenties”, Walter Cronkite’s 26-minute 1961 documentary film made mostly from footage from the 1920s. Which is perhaps equivalent to someone in 2014 making a film about 1974. We might expect a certain level of mythologising to creep in to that, and I suspect we have some of the same thing happening here…
Stanley Walker’s memories of a relatively pleasant commute are perhaps only relevant to those who used the long-distance commuter trains. There’s abundant evidence of the hellish experiences of riding the New York rush-hour subway at that time.
Interesting news of a new Joshi-introduced book set for 2014 or 2015, The Lovecraftian Poe: Essays on influence, reception, interpretation and transformation…
“That Poe was among the greatest influences on Lovecraft is widely known; Lovecraft famously referred to Poe as both his “model” and his “God of Fiction.” Yet, despite widespread recognition of this fact amongst scholars and fans of both Poe and Lovecraft’s work, there has surprisingly so far been no collection that brings together scholarly approaches to this topic. This collection aims to address this absence, gathering original essays that focus closely on the precise nature and extent of Poe’s influence on Lovecraft, Lovecraft’s role in Poe’s wider reception and dissemination, and his adoption and adaptation of many of Poe’s concepts and techniques.”
Judging by a Google search the call-for-papers had all the reach and impact of a very small patch of slime-mould, and sadly the deadline for papers has now gone.
Am still hoping for paper review copies of the following, from 2013…
David Simmons (ed), New Critical Essays on H. P. Lovecraft.
Steven J Mariconda, H. P. Lovecraft: Art, Artifact, and Reality. (Now on its way to me) David Goudsward, H. P. Lovecraft in the Merrimack Valley. (Now on its way to me)
Alex Kurtagic, Annotated Supernatural Horror in Literature.
Gavin Callaghan, H.P. Lovecraft’s Dark Arcadia: The Satire, Symbology and Contradiction.
I made a quick whistle-stop tour around the conference listings for 2014…
Brown University Graduate Student Conference on the Monstrous and the Religious Imagination – 28th February 2014, Providence, USA. (No Lovecraft on the roster, oddly).
Pulp Magazine Studies, Popular Culture/American Culture Association National Conference – 16th-21st April 2014, Chicago, USA.
Monstrous Geographies, 14th-16th May 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.
The Power of the Monstrous, 26th-27th June 2014, University of London, UK.
Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference – 4th July 2014, Lancaster, UK
Fear, Horror & Terror: Rituals, Myths and Symbolism – 11th-13th September 2014, Oxford, UK.
A Fiend in the Furrows – Perspectives on ‘Folk Horror’ in Literature, Film & Music – 19th-21th September 2014. Queen’s University Belfast, UK.
Geek Mountain State (tracking Vermont’s inner geek) has details of a Lovecraft talk on the 20th Feb 2014…
Massive online gallery of Lovecraft tattoos…
As far as I could see, no-one has yet had Innsmouth gills…
* Andrea Franzoni (2014), “From the Sea to Deep Space: the Leviathan in Herman Melville, Stefano D’Arrigo and Howard P. Lovecraft”, Disputatio Philosophica, Vol.15 No.1, 2014. (“…these three contemporary authors summon the Leviathan as the possibility to create a new order in the World: an attempt whose only possible outcome is a failure”. The Lovecraft section is rather short and cursory. Part of a special journal issue on evil and the monstrous)
* Harlan Morehouse (2013), Untitled. Review of Ben Woodard’s On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy, Society and Space journal website, undated.
* Rory Rowan (2013), Undermining the Ends of the Earth. Review of Ben Woodard’s On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy, Society and Space journal website, undated.
* Jordan K. Skinner (2013), A Philosophical Topology. Review of Ben Woodard’s On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy, Society and Space journal website, undated.
* Ben Woodard (2013) Response: Terrestrial Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness, Society and Space journal website, undated. (Response to three reviews of Woodard’s book On an Ungrounded Earth, reviews which appeared on the Society and Space journal website).
Iggy Pop explores the life and work of William S. Burroughs, in an hour long documentary tonight on BBC Radio 4 and online via the BBC Radio “Listen Again” service. I doubt he’ll be heavily flagged up as a possible Lovecraft disciple, and Burroughs never admitted on the record to a strong influence from Lovecraft, but I guess there might be a passing mention of the seeming influence.
Due in April/May 2014, a glossy photobook documenting the pet cats of heavy metal musicians…