James Holloway lecture at Treadwell’s bookshop in London in 2009 [.mp3 link], on Lovecraft and archaeology and ethnic categorisation. It was originally presented to an archaeology conference audience who knew nothing about Lovecraft, so there’s a few minutes at the start in which Holloway ‘fast-forwards’ past all the usual biographical basics.
“This talk explores Lovecraft’s relationship to archaeology, its use in his fiction, the adoption of this imagery by the Lovecraftian fan community, and the ways in which Lovecraft’s work anticipates modern debates in the field. This is a night for all who have been moved by the landscapes he conjured, the deeps he evoked: the lairs of Cthulhu. James Holloway has a Ph.D. in archaeology from Cambridge, focusing on funerary archaeology in the Anglo-Saxon period. He has a lifelong interest in Lovecraft, and originally began to look into this subject as part of a 2007 conference session on ‘the archaeology of imaginary civilisations’. Recorded 15th October, 2009 at Treadwell’s book shop, London.”