Added to Open Lovecraft

* Diana E. Bellonby (2012), A Secret History of Aestheticism: magic-portrait fiction, 1829-1929. (A useful in-depth survey that traces this neglected story type from Walpole through Pater, to later overtly queer uses in Wilde and Orlando. Lovecraft’s work obviously draws here and there on this story tradition, but there is only a very glancing recognition of Lovecraft at the end of the thesis — “American writer H.P. Lovecraft produces two such works in “The Picture in the House” (1920) and “Pickman’s Model” (1927)” — the author being presumably unaware of “Hypnos” (portrait in sculpture), “The Temple” (portrait in carved ivory), “The Outsider” (mirror) and “The Trap” (mirror)).

* J.I.B. Crellin (2014), “Schizo-Gothic Subjectivity: H.P. Lovecraft and William S. Burroughs”. (PhD thesis for Manchester Metropolitan University, 2014. Attempts to use Deleuze and Guattari to open “new conceptual and methodological possibilities for Gothic criticism”, and then tests if this can yield new insights into Lovecraft and Burroughs).

* Scapegoat (2013), “The Sight of a Mangled Corpse: an interview with Eugene Thacker”, Scapegoat journal No. 5, September 2013. (Philosopher who has written on Lovecraft discusses the philosophical lineage of horror, and its relation to contemporary speculative thought).

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Checked and repaired Open Lovecraft

Checked and repaired all links on the Open Lovecraft page. The following items have been carried away by night gaunts…

An Awe-ful Integrity: The Science-Fiction Horror of H.P. Lovecraft.

Perceptual and relational deictic shift and the development of ‘atmosphere’ in H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Colour Out of Space.

The Genetics of Horror: Sex and Racism in H.P. Lovecraft’s Fiction.

Kosmicki horor, gotsko telo i tekst: H.P. Lovecraft “Senka nad Insmutom”.

The Cosmic Angle of Regarding: mathematics and the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft.

Le temps du reve Lovecraftien, ou l’elaboration d’un temps du mythe.

H.P. Lovecraft: a transient speck in wide infinity. (Lovecraft as a poet).

Os Mitos de H.P. Lovecraft e a cultura juvenil.

Antares issues 08 and 00.

Robert E. Howard and Weird Tales

Bobby Derie’s new essay “An Irreparable Loss: Robert E. Howard and Weird Tales, 1936″ scrutinises R.E. Howard’s publication history in regard to Weird Tales in 1935-36, interestingly delving into the financial intricacies and arrangements of the magazine.

“…it is likely that [William] Sprenger [the Weird Tales business manager] made the ultimate decision as to whom [among the writers] would be paid and how much; certainly he signed some of the checks.”

One hopes we may learn more of the Weird Tales finances and management in the forthcoming and final book of the Scarecrow Press / Rowman & Littlefield Studies in Supernatural Literature series, which according to S.T. Joshi is set to be…

“an anthology of essays on Weird Tales [magazine] edited by Jeffrey Shanks”.

I daresay that the focus of the essays will be on the writers and their fans, Brundage and other artists, and the demographics and geography of the readership. But a couple of thorough essays by business historians would also be very welcome.

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Picture: Cover of Weird Tales December 1936, published shortly after Howard’s death.

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