Lovecraft Annual No.9 (2015) can now be pre-ordered on the Hippocampus Press store. No Table of Contents yet, but it’s weighing in at around 240 pages.
Alan Gregory, Science Fiction Theology: Beauty and the Transformation of the Sublime, Baylor University Press, 2015.
“To the extent that science fiction has appropriated ― and reveled ― in the sublime, it has persisted in a sometimes explicit, sometimes subterranean, relationship with Christian theology. From its seventeenth-century beginnings, the sublime, with its representations of immensity, has informed the imagining of God. When science fiction critiques or reinvents religion, its writers have engaged in a literary guerrilla war with Christianity over what is truly sublime and divine.”
Extending the ideas presented in his book In The Dust of This Planet, Thacker considers the relationship between philosophy and the horror genre. But instead of taking fiction as the mere illustration of ideas, Thacker reads horror stories as if they themselves were works of philosophy, driven by a speculative urge to question human knowledge and the human-centric view of the world, ultimately leading to the limit of the human — thought undermining itself, in thought.”
The Gonzo History Project reviews the CD and monograph set The Curious Sea Shanties of Innsmouth, Mass.
* Patrick Burger (2014), The Political Unconscious in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Publishing, 2014. (The book form of Burger’s PhD thesis for the Faculty of Language, Literature, and Culture, Justus-Liebig University, Germany).
* Ksenia Olkusz and Aleksander Rzyman (2011), “Titanic, Mysterious, Forgotten : cities in Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s stories, Svet Kresleny Slovem, 2012. (In English. Presumably Svet Kresleny Slovem is a Polish academic journal).
* Justin Woodman (2015), “Becoming a Part of the Lurking Evil” : occultural accelerationism, Lovecraftian modernity, and the interiorization of monstrosity. (Forthcoming as part of a Punctum Books volume in 2016, Dark Glamor: Accelerationism and the Occult, edited by Ed Keller, Tim Matts and Benjamin Noys).
Photos of bioluminescent New Zealand caves…
“Another photograph — evidently a time-exposure taken in deep shadow — was of the mouth of a woodland cave…” — H.P. Lovecraft, “The Whisperer in Darkness”.
The Ars Necronomica call for artists, for the art show at NecronomiCon Providence 2015.
A player analysis of the new videogame Bloodborne and Lovecraft. Spoilers, but if you’re a PC gamer that won’t matter — as Bloodborne is one of those Sony Playstation flagship games like Eco that’s never ever coming to Windows.