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”.
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.
A visual taxonomy of glowing creatures, a new infographic made by Eleanor Lutz.
absolutely marvellous firefly display … All agree that it was unprecedented, even for Wilbraham. Level fields & woodland aisles were alive with dancing lights, till all the night seemed one restless constellation of nervous witch-fire. They leaped in the meadows, & under the spectral old oaks at the bend of the road. They danced tumultuously in the swampy hollow, & held witches’ sabbaths beneath the gnarled, ancient trees of the orchard”. [Lovecraft went to bed afterwards, intending to dream the fireflies into...] “spectral torches, & about the lean brown marsh-things (invisible to mortal eyes) who wave & brandish them in the gloaming when the unseen nether world awakes.” — letter to his aunt Lillian, 1st July 1928, kindly supplied in transcript by David Shultz.