Weary winter winds wizzle their way around Tentaclii Towers, offering spitterings of sleet. Lines of geese honk through the grey skies, newly back from the warm south and eager to shiver and hiss on perilous nests along the inner-city canals. Tentaclii’s own nest has been well-feathered in February, as daily or even twice-daily posting has continued. Although the fabled ‘golden egg’ has yet to be laid, as my Patreon total remains at $57, having lost $4 + $1 and gained a new $5 patron. If you are a potential patron and can afford even $1 a month, then it would be very encouraging. Being able to purchase a few more ginger beers might even help me ward off a virus or three. Apparently the virus has just arrived yesterday in the Tentaclii Towers hinterlands, via holiday-makers returning from the Canary Islands and Italy.
Two quality journals new to me were discovered this month: Fantasy Art and Studies; and Gramarye: The Journal of the Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction. A new issue of the German Lovecrafter No.6, December 2019, was also noted. There were a number of calls and opportunities posted here, such as The Miskatonic Scholarship, and calls for The Pulpster and others. I noted that The Dark Man appears to need a publicist, and perhaps also a cover-artist, for each issue.
The month was light on new books but one was noted, Clark Ashton Smith: A Comprehensive Bibliography; and I was pleased to hear of a recent Spanish volume translating Lovecraft’s best poetry. I was also pleased to find The House of the Worm in ebook, and the comments on that post usefully got some of the publication history straightened out with the help of the author himself. A few more scholarly items were added to the Open Lovecraft page.
Various new pictures of Lovecraft’s Providence were found, including an aspect of the art of the Brown campus that I’d not previously known about. I also took a quick pictorial dive into what Lovecraft’s Quebec might have looked like. Various bits of Lovecraftian art were posted, and some tangentially related art / science exhibitions noted. Some passing attention was also paid to Lovecraftian videogames, and for film-makers there was a call for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2020. Here in the UK interest in Lovecraftian theatre continues to build — there’s a substantial theatre tour of Lovecraft’s work in 2020, from a noted performer.