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Posts Tagged ‘H.P. Lovecraft’

I.N.J. Culbard: ‘I do take the story apart and reconstruct it again…’

I.N.J CulbardHave you ever written a scary story? In honor of the Halloween season, we are interviewing horror writers to learn about the craft of scaring readers.

We sat down with comics creator I.N.J. Culbard to discuss his new graphic novel, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. Culbard adapted the story from H.P. Lovecraft’s novel. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How did you land your first book deal?
A: Back in 2004 I was enrolled in The New Recruits programme set up by Dark Horse comics. I had two stories appear in an anthology there and a short while after that, 2000AD publisher Rebellion published a short strip of mine called “Monsters in The Megazine.” Following the work I did there I got in contact with artist D’Israeli, who put me in contact with a long time collaborator of his, Ian Edginton.

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H.P. Lovecraft-Inspired Short Story Collection Featured On Kickstarter

The 01 Publishing team hopes to raise $5,000 to produce print copies of the anthology, Whispers From the Abyss.

The writers who contributed the 33 short stories drew inspiration from famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The book was designed “specifically for readers on the go.” We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

Whispers From the Abyss is a collection of Lovecraft inspired short stories. The anthology was released last year for the Kindle and was well received. Of the entire 01Publishing catalog, we have been consistently asked by fans to bring this title to print.”

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How Rick Springfield Lost & Found His Signed Stephen King Book

Back in the summer of 1981, rock star Rick Springfield met Stephen King–getting his first edition of Danse Macabre personally inscribed by one of his favorite writers.

The horror novelist signed the book and referenced Springfield’s previous work as an actor: “To Rick Springfield. I don’t watch General Hospital but I love your music! Stephen King 6/6/81.”

Somehow, Springfield managed to lose that lovely bit of literary history, and thought it was gone forever. Until he landed a book deal with Stephen King’s publisher. We caught up with Springfield and he retold the whole crazy story…

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‘The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar’ Raises $9,500+ on Kickstarter

Horror author H. P. Lovecraft meets picture book creator Eric Carle in Ben Mund‘s book, The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar. With 11 days left in the campaign, this Kickstarter project has drawn more than $9,500 from its supporters. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “Cthulhu has eaten your childhood! We are publishing The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar, a full color, fully-illustrated book in the style of a classic piece of children’s literature—not actually intended for a young audience. A cthulhupillar eats more and more to sate his ravenous appetite … and what shall he become?”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

H. P. Lovecraft Kid’s Book Series on Kickstarter

Writer Tro Rex and artist Eyo Bella are raising funds on Kickstarter for a kids’ book series called Littlest Lovecraft. The first book will be an adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft‘s 1928 short story “The Call of Cthulhu.” We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “We want to share Lovecraft’s works with a broader, younger audience that may have a hard time getting into the original text. It is our hope that our generation of Lovecraft enthusiasts will find our books useful in sharing their love with young Lovecraftians in the making!”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

H.P. Lovecraft-Themed Convention Featured on Kickstarter

A group of H.P. Lovecraft fans have raised more than $35,000 for their Providence-based convention, NecronomiCon. The money will be used for printing promotional materials, advertising and securing venues for this event. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “Our plans are rapidly moving forward to bring the world the premier Lovecraft literary and scholarly conference and cultural convention, right here in the heart of Lovecraft’s beloved hometown, August 23-25, 2013. Imagine: a convention with top-notch research, writing, and non-Euclidean geometry… as well as history, art, music, theater, gaming, food, etc. All over the course of three really intense days next August.”

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Lovecraftian Pulp Space Opera Tops Our Self-Published Bestsellers List

Novelist Nathan Shumate has dominated the Smashwords section of our Self-Published Bestsellers List for three weeks with Space Eldritch, a pulp space opera collection inspired by H. P. Lovecraft.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we have compiled lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

We update these lists every week, tracking how writers perform inside these booming marketplaces. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book. If you are an author, check out our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post and our How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

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Dorchester Publishing Trying To Transfer Rights Back to Authors

Dorchester Publishing closed earlier this year and sold 1,000 titles to Amazon. Now the publisher is working to transfer rights back to its authors, but they have a long list of writers that they cannot contact.

Click here to see the list of authors Dorchester hopes to contact. If you know any of these authors, help them connect with Dorchester and complete the revision process. Oddly enough, the list includes a few authors who have passed away, including Louis L’AmourRobert Louis Stevenson and H.P. Lovecraft.

Check it out: “Thank you for your support over the last 75 years. At this time, we are completing the reversion process, transferring all titles back to their respective authors. Though we have made great strides, our research has uncovered a number of authors for whom we have no contact information. In addition, there are a number of titles without corresponding authors. To complete this reversion process, we will need your help.” (Via Stacia Kane & Sarah Weinman)

H. P. Lovecraft: ‘Let every student read unceasingly the best writers’

Today is the birthday of the late horror author H. P. Lovecraft. You can explore his life and work at The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

In honor of Lovecraft’s 122nd birthday, this GalleyCat editor collected some practical writing advice from the prolific author, all published in a 1920 essay called “Literary Composition.”

Here’s an excerpt; it still works after all these years: “All attempts at gaining literary polish must begin with judicious reading, and the learner must never cease to hold this phase uppermost. In many cases, the usage of good authors will be found a more effective guide than any amount of precept. A page of [Joseph Addison] or of [Washington Irving] will teach more of style than a whole manual of rules, whilst a story of [Edgar Allan Poe]‘s will impress upon the mind a more vivid notion of powerful and correct description and narration than will ten dry chapters of a bulky textbook. Let every student read unceasingly the best writers.”

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Haruki Murakami Style & National Book Award Finalists: Week’s Top Publishing Stories

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from the National Book Awards to Dr. Seuss‘s take on H.P. Lovecraft to a controversial video of a one-year-old baby reading a magazine (embedded above).

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1. Free Samples of the National Book Award Finalists
2. How to Write Like Haruki Murakami
3. When to Stop Working on Your Book
4. How a Modern Baby Thinks about Reading
5. Barnes & Noble Removes 100 DC Graphic Novels
6. Dr. Seuss Versus H.P. Lovecraft
7. Morgan Spurlock Wants to Hear about Your Failed Novel
8. Christopher Hitchens Writes about Joan Didion’s New Memoir
9. Occupy Wall Street Library Catalog Online
10. Kern Type: Practice Publishing the Old Fashioned Way

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