Happy Holidays! Here’s an illustrated PDF of “The Festival” by H.P. Lovecraft — Lovecraft eZine

Click the link for an illustrated PDF of “The Festival” by H.P. Lovecraft — plus, a great audio recording of that story! “It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas, though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and mankind…”

via Happy Holidays! Here’s an illustrated PDF of “The Festival” by H.P. Lovecraft — Lovecraft eZine

#NoLivesMatter

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Robert M. Price described, in his essay “H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos,” two stages in the development of the Cthulhu Mythos. The first stage, termed the “Cthulhu Mythos proper” by Price, was formulated during Lovecraft’s lifetime and was subject to his guidance. The second stage was guided by August Derleth who, in addition to publishing Lovecraft’s stories after his death, attempted to categorize and expand the Mythos

‘Lovecraft audio before digital’: additions

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Additions to the ‘Lovecraft audio before digital’ gallery post. Many thanks to Dennis Weiler of Fedogan, for sending me more cover art from Lovecraft audio cassettes. Dennis writes of them…

“Our “Fungi From Yuggoth” is on [picture] 01, initially released in 1987 on cassette alone. As far as I know, it was the first HPL poetry recording ever released for sale. All of these J-cards are from cassettes in my possession. The R.M. Price recording is marked 1997, but I’ve no idea whether digital-format was released. It was a Necronomicon Press production, I think.”

J-cards 3 001

J-cards 4 001

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J-cards 1 001

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Monsters in the Dreamlands

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I like making these character and monster murals because I think it helps immerse players in the world they are gaming in. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m working on campaign set in a version of Lovecraft’s Dreamlands. One more physical and defined, less ethereal with almost none of the dream rules and background that is featured in most pastiches. I like the idea of their being some connection with our own Earth and the Dreamlands (which I’m tentatively calling Gaea) through certain gates and drug-induced rituals, but such connections have become almost non-existent as both worlds travel further apart in space and time.

Anyway, here are some of the monsters that may be encountered in Gaea (the Dreamlands).

Monster of Gaea

These illustrations are taken from various sources around the internet (mostly Paizo, the Voormis is from concept art for the Conan MMO, and the Shoggoth was created by Manzanado and is…

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“No Eye-Witnesses” as a Lovecraft influenced story

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An interesting and plausible suggestion that the Henry S. Whitehead story “No Eye-Witnesses” (pub. August 1932) might have had its ideas influenced by Lovecraft. In terms of: the protagonist’s “visit with his ageing father in Brooklyn” (specifically Flatbush, where the ‘old gent’ Lovecraft had lived); the New York City subway (which came to nauseate Lovecraft); and the time-travel idea (favourite Lovecraft daydream theme). The circa Q1-Q2 1932 writing date (copyright was registered 1st July) is also very congruent: Lovecraft had an extensive stay with Whitehead in summer 1931, during which they co-wrote “The Trap” and likely discussed his New York City breakdown. The H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopaedia notes the two worked on another story with a broadly similar ‘time slip’ approach…

In the spring and summer of 1932 HPL appears to have assisted Whitehead on another story, apparently titled “The Bruise.” [later “Bothon”, according to Joshi] This story (about a…

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L’Art Etrange de Clark Ashton Smith

JUNE 1920

Capturecat

The Cats of Ulthar” is a short story written by American fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft in June 1920. In the tale, an unnamed narrator relates the story of how a law forbidding the killing of cats came to be in a town called Ulthar. As the narrative goes, the city is home to an old couple who enjoy capturing and killing the townspeople’s cats. When a caravan of wanderers passes through the city, the kitten of an orphan (Menes) traveling with the band disappears. Upon hearing of the couple’s violent acts towards cats, Menes invokes a prayer before leaving town that causes the local felines to swarm the cat-killers’ house and devour them. Upon witnessing the result, the local politicians pass a law forbidding the killing of cats.

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It is said that in Ulthar, which lies beyond the river Skai, no man may kill a cat; and this I can verily believe as I gaze upon him who sitteth purring before the fire. For the cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see. He is the soul of antique Aegyptus, and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroe and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungle’s lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten.

Random Cat Pictures make boring post better!

Random Cat Pictures make boring post better!