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Posts Tagged ‘H.P. Lovecraft’

Dr. Seuss Versus H.P. Lovecraft

What if Dr. Seuss had adapted H.P. Lovecraft‘s horrific masterpiece, The Call of Cthulhu? As you can see by the pages embedded above, artist DrFaustusAU has undertaken the task of creating a Seuss-ian version of the novel.

Follow this link to read all the sample pages. Below, we’ve embedded another compelling page.

Here’s more from the artist: “More Call of Cthulhu pages will be up shortly. I have returned to my mild-mannered day job this week, so I have had to momentarily turn my attention to a classroom full of screaming teenagers. Lovecraft fans truly are some of the best people in the world, and your encouragement has been awesome – so as I say, the adaptation will definitely continue.” (Via io9)

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H. P. Lovecraft Comic Stories on Kickstarter

H. P. Lovecraft never published his full-length fantasy novel The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. Jason B. Thompson intends to rectify that with his graphic novel adaptation.

Above, we’ve embedded a video about the project. In addition to Dream-Quest, he has also created comic versions of Celephais, The White Ship and The Strange High House. He has already released these comics on the web, but hopes to go back, re-touch the artwork and print all four stories in one collective volume.

Here’s more about the project: “To cover printing and shipping costs, I need your help raising $10,000. I’m taking Kickstarter pledges of all levels, and I’m offering rewards ranging from a printed copy of the book, to original artwork and sketches, to a poster map of the Dreamlands, to a never-before-printed Lovecraftian RPG adventure inspired by ‘Hypnos,’ ‘Beyond the Wall of Sleep’ and ‘The Green Meadow.’ If you’re really inspired, for $1000 and up I’ll even do a complete new comic of the short Lovecraft story of your choice!”

Artist Drawing Every H.P. Lovecraft Monster

Over at Yog-Blogsoth, artist Michael Bukowski has been drawing every monster from the pantheon of horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft.

On the side, we’ve embedded a picture of the Grotesque Woodchuck, a monster from Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out Of Space.” However, you owe it to yourself to check out the entire series at his blog. Warning: A few of the drawings are NSFW.

Here’s more about the Grotesque Woodchuck: “In February the McGregor boys from Meadow Hill were out shooting woodchucks, and not far from the Gardner place bagged a very peculiar specimen. The proportions of its body seemed slightly altered in a queer way impossible to describe, while its face had taken on an expression which no one ever saw in a woodchuck before. The boys were genuinely frightened, and threw the thing away at once, so that only their grotesque tales of it ever reached the people of the countryside.” (Via Reddit)

Tom Cruise May Star in ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ Adaptation

Author and director Guillermo del Toro will adapt H.P. Lovecraft‘s horror classic, “At the Mountains of Madness.”

According to i09, the movie will be produced by  Don Murphy (Transformers)  and James Cameron (Avatar). Here’s more from the dramatic post: “Murphy told us that the movie is ‘supposed to shoot in June’ and Tom Cruise is set to star in it, as recently rumored. And he added that the script is very close to the H.P. Lovecraft source material.”

UPDATE: del Toro has left the project and Murphy has retracted his comments listed above.

Read a free version online here. Earlier this year, journalist Daniel Zalewski explored Del Toro’s creative process in a long New Yorker profile. Follow this link to see a glimpse of the surreal and epic adaptation at the magazine’s website.

Free H.P. Lovecraft Documentary

Over at SnagFilms, you can watch a free documentary about the life and legacy of the great horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft. We’ve embedded a preview of Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown above–follow this link to watch the whole film.

The film traces Lovecraft’s influence on modern writers like Neil Gaiman (Coraline),  Caitlin Kiernan (“Daughter of Hounds”) and Peter Straub (“Ghost Story”).”

Here’s more about the documentary: “The influence of his Cthulhu mythos can be seen in film (Re-animator, Hellboy, and Alien), games (The Call of Cthulhu role playing enterprise), music (Metallica, Iron Maiden) and pop culture in general.  But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature’s most far-reaching mythologies?  What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods?”

Thomas Jefferson & Mark Twain Top Library of America’s Bestseller List

The Library of America gave readers a peek at sales figures this morning, revealing the publisher’s bestselling titles–a list lead by classic Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain volumes.

More recent volumes like Philip K. Dick‘s Four Novels of the 1960s or  H. P. Lovecraft‘s Tales still haven’t cracked the top twenty list. We’ve linked to the top five bestsellers below, follow this link to see the complete list. (Image via LOA; link via Michael Orthofer)

  1. Thomas Jefferson: Writings [1984]                                   217,518
  2. Mark Twain: Mississippi Writings [1982]                         150,973
  3. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches 1859–1865 [1989]                120,589
  4. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches 1832–1858 [1989]                118,284
  5. Walt Whitman: Poetry & Prose [1982]                             114,790

Tintin Meets H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu

Artist Murray Groat has drawn an great series of imaginary book covers mashing up the Herge’s  Tintin with the horror novels of H.P. Lovecraft.

io9 has more: “Tintin is known for visiting exotic locales, and artist Murray Groat has plopped the adventurer in such fantastical destinations as Innsmouth and R’leyh. Watch Herge’s boy adventurer run afoul of the Reanimator and Cthulhu. Seventy-seven shuffling shambling shifty-eyed shoggoths!”

See all the images at this link. If you want to read the stories behind the art follow these free digital links: “Herbert West—Reanimator,” At the Mountains of Madness, “The Call of Cthulhu,” and “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.”

How Would You Merchandise Your Favorite Book?

fear&loathing.jpgA couple weeks ago we wrote about one company’s efforts to create merchandise to sell alongside the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.

The Europe on Five Bad Ideas a Day blog took the idea and ran with it, creating some hilarious concepts for literary tie-ins: “The Innocents Abroad (Mark Twain): cigars, random bones of random saints. Assassination Vacation (Sarah Vowell): replica of Ford’s Theater, grassy knoll, wind-up toy of singing-dancing assassin. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson): um, nothing that would be legal to sell.”

Add your capitalistic ideas in the comments section. This GalleyCat editor only has one piece of merchandise to add: H.P. Lovecraft-inspired Cthulhu Sushi…

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