“Lovecraft eZine” issue 25 preview: Robert M. Price column, monthly Cthulhu comic, plus 5 great Lovecraftian stories!

Click to enlarge – cover by Leslie Herzfeld: http://bit.ly/17xzl0x

All editions of issue #25 will be published this week: The free website edition, the Kindle and Nook editions, and the podcast!  Here’s a preview of what I have for you (and what an awesome cover by Leslie Herzfeld!):

Cthulhu Does Stuff #4, our monthly Lovecraftian comic by Ronnie Tucker and Maxwell Patterson.

Echoes From Cthulhu’s Crypt #3, a monthly column by Robert M. Price.  A Tale of the Kalem Club!  I believe you are acquainted with the basic facts of the Kalen Club, a group of Lovecraft’s bachelor pals, most of whose last names began with the letters K (Kleiner), L (Lovecraft, Long), or M (Moe). They used to meet in one or another’s apartment in Brooklyn for gabfests during Lovecraft’s New York Exile. Oh to have been there! But there is a next best thing.  In the mid-eighties I used to gather, one Saturday a month, at the Strand Bookstore in New York City with a few fellow fans of HPL and the Weird Tales writers…

And They Did Live by Watchfires, by Evan Dicken: Humanity’s brilliance had been a beacon. Outgrowing its cradle, mankind reached for the stars, spreading to nearby systems with the vicious arrogance of youth. Great minds stared into infinity, searching for answers, and finding only more questions. Just as the human race began to believe it was truly alone, a message came from afar…

In Dark Corners, by Bradley H. Sinor: I looked down at the water forty feet below where we were standing. The surface was covered with white foam slapping against the sides of the rig’s supports. For a moment I was almost certain that I saw something there in the water, man-shaped, and more than one of them, twisting and turning around the rig. Then whatever I saw was gone… The wind had shifted, again. That was when, for just a moment, I could hear something. It was some sort of chanting, the sound had a distinct rhythm to it…

Missing Presumed Wiped, by Derek John: “Wordsworth noted the terrible melancholia that haunts our adult lives,” said Scarsdale as the guard continued on his rounds. “The lingering sense of a paradise lost in our childhood—as if we have forgotten our true birthright… As spiritual creatures we are not born. We reincarnate, or perhaps more specifically, we transmigrate. Perhaps we are all fallen angels. What if we call the soul is merely a portal? What if we are both the door and what comes through it?”

The Eye, by Justin Munro: When I’d first seen the fractal, I’d found it beautiful and compelling. In its original context it became disturbing and sinister. I’d seen illuminated manuscripts before, and this was as intricate and detailed as any I knew. But where other manuscripts had little portraits of angels or pictures of mice stealing cheese tucked into corners here and there, the Book of the Eye was filled with monstrosities. Tentacles curled between lines of text, while bizarre creatures with bat-like wings and jigsaw teeth perched atop the largest capitals, leering at the reader. In cramped corners, bloated, bulbous things with too many mouths and long, claw-tipped hands dined on platters of human limbs…

A Glimpse of the Future, by Stewart Horn: We live trapped in four beautiful dimensions, each curved so infinitesimally that they appear straight, and our physical laws seem constant. There are many more dimensions, so tightly curved in on themselves that they cannot interact with anything outside – no light can escape; nothing can enter or leave, only dreams.  The Old Ones predate not just our world, but our universe. The big bang was the moment when our dimensions expanded and sapped the energy from all the others, leaving them as tiny snail-shells of memory. If the Old Ones exist still in some form in those infinite spirals of nothing, how sane can they be after ten billion years? What does time even mean in that place?  And if the only way they can re-enter this place is to expand those dimensions again, that will spell the end of everything, not just for us, or Earth, but for everything the universe has ever been…

Stay tuned!

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