I’m pleased to see that the graphic novel Une nuit avec Lovecraft (‘One night with Lovecraft’, October 2018) is now available for free in its entirety, online at the website of the artist. The French edition is also on Amazon UK and US in print only, and — since it’s free in French — I feel able to note here that there’s a free English translation to be found on LibGen, the sister site of SciHub.
The new issue of the open access journal Brumal has appeared. Vol 6, No 2 (2018) is ‘Horror and the Fantastic’. English abstracts, then Spanish, Portugese or French texts. On a first pass, the specifically Lovecraft items are:
* “Towards a classification of space in fantastic horror texts”. In which… “we outline three sorts of spatial categories: the natural, the supernatural, and the preternatural spaces, and take incomparable English-speaking authors as a starting point, such as H. P. Lovecraft” before moving on to consider Spanish writers.
* And a review in Portuguese of the book O Fantastico: Procedimentos de Construcao Narrativa em H.P. Lovecraft (2017). [trans: The Fantastic: H.P. Lovecraft’s Procedures of Narrative Construction]
The book can be obtained from Brazil and I see it was also reviewed recently in Revista Abusoes. It appears to be a two-volume Masters dissertation from 1979, which gathered dust for nearly 40 years before being rediscovered, hailed as something special, and published.
Marvel comics veteran Roy Thomas has an auto-biography of his life in Conan comics, and his wider fascination with the Conan character. DMR Books has a good review of the 296-page Volume One, which quietly scaled the walls of the Elephant God of Amazon just before Christmas…
Barbarian Life: A Literary Biography of Conan the Barbarian (Volume One), by Roy Thomas. In this book, Roy shares not only his memories of writing the first 53 issues of the comic book (Volume Two will cover the rest of his more than 100 issue run), but his own obsession with Conan and his creator.
I expect this book might be usefully paired with Barry Windsor-Smith’s The Freebooters, for an insight into the role of the artist in sword-and-sorcery comic-book making. Despite the publisher pitching this as simply a trade paperback collecting the Freebooter stories from the BWS: Storyteller magazine, it’s far more.
The IGN review explains…
This collection is unlike anything I have ever read. Part comic, part behind-the-scenes article, Barry Windsor-Smith’s The Freebooters is definitely unique. […] Most trades* these days give a slight glimpse into the creative process, but not like this. Readers will see unfinished pages, progressive pieces showing rough sketches to final, colored pieces. We also get a narrative that guides us through the thoughts and decisions that BWS made.
* = a trade paperback book collecting a series of comic books or strips, usually formerly issued in episodic pamphlet comic form to comics shops and collectors. Also abbreviated to ‘tpb’.
Forthcoming books from McFarland, picked from their new Spring 2019 catalogue:
* Journeys to the Underworld and Heavenly Realm in Ancient and Medieval Literature. (Seems relevant to an understanding of the wider context of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and others) (Already published)
* The Detective and the Artist: Painters, Poets and Writers in Crime Fiction, 1840s-1970s. (First sections likely to be relevant to an understanding of the context of “The Call of Cthulhu” and others) (February)
* The Horror Comic Never Dies: a Grisly History. A short history of 150 pages, seemingly fannish but deeply informed. (February)
A scholarly article in #2 may be of tangential interest to Lovecraft scholars. A full review of #2 usefully summarises…
Scott Conner’s ‘Dust and Atoms: The Influence of William Hope Hodgson on Clark Ashton Smith’. The long-held belief that ‘The Night Land’  was a major influence on Smith’s Zothique stories is more or less conclusively disproved by the evidence that he hadn’t read any Hodgson books until two years after the first Zothique tale  was published. On the other hand, Scott Conner provides very convincing evidence that ‘The House on the Borderland’  was definitely a great influence on the writing of Smith’s story, ‘The Treader in the Dust’ .
Lovecraft himself only made… “the discovery, in the summer of 1934, of the forgotten work of William Hope Hodgson.” (I Am Providence, S.T. Joshi) and felt the work was rather conventional in terms of the philosophy it worked in. Lovecraft considered that…
He is trying to illustrate human nature through symbols & turns of idea which possess significance for those taking a traditional or orthodox view of man’s cosmic bearings. There is no true attempt to express the indefinable feelings experienced by man in confronting the unknown. … To get a full-sized kick from this stuff one must take seriously the orthodox view of cosmic organisation — which is rather impossible today.
A full contents listing for the forthcoming Ave atque Vale: Reminiscences of H. P. Lovecraft. Being effectively the equivalent of a new edition of Lovecraft Remembered, with new annotations by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz of the texts. A copy of Remembered will currently set you back £140 for a “Good” hardback copy on Amazon UK. Maybe I should list my hardback copy, only slightly stained by the butter-drips from crumpets…
Update: Thanks to Martin A., who points out that copies of Lovecraft Remembered can still be had direct from Arkham Press at a much more affordable price.
I see that Richard Corben’s recent Poe and Lovecraft horror adaptations are set to be collected in French translation as L’antre de l’horreur, with a “large format” print book due for publication by Panini on 9th January 2019. According to one blurb this edition…
Contains the U.S. comics Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe #1-3 and Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1-3, previously published in a Marvel collection [Haunt of Horror, 2008] and three unreleased comics.
An Amazon review usefully explains that his Lovecraft strips were only very loose and basic adaptations…
Contains a [comics] story loosely ‘inspired by’ Poe or Lovecraft in the comic medium followed by the original text [of Poe or Lovecraft].
Useful to know, as it’s the Lovecraft art that many will probably be buying this for rather than for the potted stories, which they’ll already know well. In that case you might be looking at the 112 pages stated for the 2008 book by Amazon, and expecting to get 112 pages of Corben art. But it sounds like you might get a lot less art.
S.T. Joshi has a new blog post that announces he has finished work on…
“His Own Most Fantastic Creation, an original anthology of stories using Lovecraft (or a Lovecraft-like figure) as a fictional character.”
And the post has the contents list for this. It’s PS Publishing, so I expect it will probably be an expensive paper edition to start with. It’s set for “later this year” according to Joshi.
Hippocampus books of Lovecraft letters, said to be expected for early in 2019, are also noted by Joshi…
“the compilation of the letters between Smith and August Derleth; Lovecraft’s Letters to Family and Family Friends (a 1200-page book!); Letters to Wilfred B. Talman and Helen V. Sully; Letters to Donald Wandrei and Others”