Lovecraft’s birthday was celebrated with a reading evening in Mexico…
Late HPL birthday present…
In honor of H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday this week, we’ll put up this NecronomiCon 2013 formerly exclusive episode [of the Six Foot Plus horror music podcast] for one week only.”
01. Zombeast, “Cthulhu”
02. Rudimentary Peni, “The Horrors of the Museum”
03. The 3-D Invisibles, “Dreams of Poe”
04. Sebadoh, “Calling Yog Soggoth”
05. White Flag, “Cthulhu Calling”
06. Dayglo Abortions, “The Spawn of Yog Soggoth”
07. Gwar, “Horror of Yig”
08. The Red Hook Horrors, “The 5-Point Plan of the Pentagram”
09. The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, “Going Down to Dunwich”
10. Moon Ra, “At The Mountains of Madness”
11. The Dagons, “You Kill The Dream”
12. Lustmord, “Dreams of Dead Names”
13. The Difference Engine, “The Floods of Vermont”
14. Alex K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, “The Way of All Flesh”
15. Hellbilly Club, “The Village of Insmouth”
“Geologic Time”, an eight-minute animation by Julius Horsthuis.
If you want to explore the software behind this, Mandelbulb is free.
“As a mining engineer, I have some knowledge of geology, and can tell you that these blocks are so ancient they frighten me.” — H.P. Lovecraft, “The Shadow out of Time”.
Kuttner met his wife, the writer C.L. Moore, through a mutual correspondence with H.P. Lovecraft; when he died, she became his literary executor, then married a non-writer who ordered her to stop writing, and insisted that she suppress future publication of Kuttner’s work”
Sad to say that there appears to have been a similar fate in store for a few of the other writers in the Lovecraft circle, Munn for instance. But in the case of Kuttner, it’s now the case of ‘ebooks to the rescue!’. Gateway (Gollancz, they of the famous yellow dustjackets) re-published The Best of Henry Kuttner in May 2014, along with a number of Kuttner books they still have the rights to. And now Diversion has just re-published 14 further Kuttner titles as Kindle ebooks, including The Book of Iod: Ten Cthulhu Stories.
The latest issue of The Fossil is out now July 2014, #360. Including a detailed round-up of snippets of news on the status of various collections of amateur journalism items from the Lovecraft period, which are very slowly starting to get some basic indexing work done on them…
Joseph Ditta, Reference Librarian at The New York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, replied to an inquiry about their collections. “Our collection of amateur periodicals is fairly sizable, filling 28 boxes on 12 shelves. It is not cataloged, unfortunately, but in 2010 an intern went through most of the collection and created a spreadsheet listing the titles found in each box. Her list does not include holdings information, or dates, and she stopped at the second box of ‘S’ titles. Still, this partial list includes over 1,500 titles, which gives some sense of the extent of the collection.”
Library of Congress’s [amateur journalism] collection … After viewing Excel spreadsheets that Ivan Snyder and Tom Parson are in the process of creating to track their collections, I created one that lists the 6,804 publications held by the LoC. Although it is preliminary, I would be glad to share a copy upon request”
It seems the LoC’s ‘X Collection’ PDFs (on archive.org) were created simply as an initial index to their boxed collections of pamphlets and emphemera, to aid physical retrieval for scanning when an item is requested by a scholar. Presumably as individual items are scanned on request, the scans will then start to pop up on Archive.org. Inklings is perhaps one of the journals runs it would be most interesting to have in full.
Also included in The Fossil issue #360 is “A Visit to Haverhill” by David Goudsward, which covers almost the same ground as Goudsward’s recent book. And David M. Tribby on the “United APA: Gone But Not Forgotten”, the United Amateur Press Association being Lovecraft’s amateur alma mater.
“The next NecronomiCon Providence will be August 20th to the 23rd, 2015 – coinciding with Lovecraft’s 125th Birthday anniversary – and will have a theme of an International Homecoming, bringing together academics, authors, artists, and Lovecraftian devotees and fans of Weird Fiction of all stripes from around the world. As with last year, we anticipate lots of eldritch events held all month leading up to the conference and festival weekend, in partnership with our various local allies and friends. Expect another intensive immersion into the city central to Lovecraft’s life and literature, filled with scholarly talks, panel discussions, author readings, art shows, film screenings, walking tours, gaming, music and parties, and myriad other stellar events bringing your into the heart of hoary Providence that you’ve all been clamoring for since last year.
We are very happy to hear so many of our previous special guests and attendees are already planning their return pilgrimage, including S.T. Joshi, Laird Barron, Bob Price, Sandy Petersen, and many others. We’re also really proud to announce some new Guests of Honor, including Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, Don Burleson, Leslie Klinger, and our new Poet Laureate for 2015, Ann Schwader! Expect some more big names to come in future announcements. And, of course, plenty of other information to come regarding hotel reservations, ticket sales, etc. – as well as a Call for Abstracts for our second Dr. Henry Armitage Memorial Symposium (the erstwhile Emerging Scholarship Symposium), vendor opportunities, and submission info for our juried Ars Necronomica art show. The stars truly are aligning once again.
… Our next email will include further details and fantastic news, including a survey for veteran 2013 and prospective 2015 attendees, and update on the superlative virtual walking tour app, The Call of Lovecraft, being spearheaded by our great friends at WaterFire.”
Dakota Rodeo visits the Arthur H. Goodenough house with her sister and friend, to celebrate H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday, and makes interior photos. She has a selection from the letters, too. Sadly it seems the house is unused and on the way to decay. What a fine site it would have made for a Lovecraft study centre and residential summer school.
Lovecraft has inadvertently become rather fortunate, posthumously, in the timing of his birthday. The rush to Halloween now comes so early that, at least in terms of new commercial products and their ever-bubbling pot of publicity, it now seems to start around 1st Sept — a full two months before the actual date. So one wonders if we’re moving toward a situation where the 20th of August will effectively serve as the “starting gun” for Halloween?
But here we are for 2014. Happy 124th birthday HPL, wherever your dark shade lurketh in Providence. What free presents or cool tributes have pitched up on ye Great Interwebs, so far today?
* I’m releasing, for free, the full PDF of my book of essays Lovecraft in Historical Context #4 (2013). You can also buy a paperback edition, and a Kindle ebook edition (USA and UK) with ’round-trip’ linked footnotes.
* A big Lovecraft Readathon at the Providence Public Library. Also a big slide-show ‘sitting tour’ of Providence which is… “a joint production of Hamilton House, The H.P. Lovecraft Archive, and The Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council”.
* The city of Phoenix, Arizona stages a big arty Lovecraft party. Play ‘Pin the tentacle on the shoggoth’, anyone?
* 2014 Second Life H.P. Lovecraft Festival, in the online world of Second Life.
* Queen City Gallery, Buffalo, USA, has a Lovecraft themed art show to celebrate the 124th birthday.
* A free tabletop role-playing game adventure for HPL’s birthday, ‘The Serpent Ring’ for the Unbelievably Simple Roleplaying (USR) game system.
* Geoff Gillan’s “The Machine King” is a free “Chaosium Dreamlands book”, launched for the birthday under Creative Commons, that has not seen the light of day until now. It’s for the Cthulhu by Gaslight role-playing game…
* The Voice Before the Void has completed an audio reading of “Bothon” by Henry S. Whitehead with H.P. Lovecraft (published Amazing Stories, 1946).
* Very possibly a fake, but a nice birthday fake if that’s the case…
* Dakota Rodeo visits the Arthur H. Goodenough house with her sister and friend, for H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday, and makes interior photos.
Jason S. Voss of Arizona made a new portrait for the birthday, “Lovecraft: Explorer of Strange Worlds”, which seems to me to capture the flinty side of HPL’s character.
NecronomiCon 2015 announced with guest details and more for this major Lovecraft convention of scholars and fans.