These novels stand just slightly off the beaten path awaiting discovery, yet when the right audience stumbles across them and begins to unravel the myriad threads Levenda has woven throughout, a devoted and multi-faceted fanbase will emerge. I’d snatch these hardcovers while you can.
To read The Searching Dead is to relax comfortably in the knowledge you are in the presence of a master storyteller at the apex of their craft, one who has studied and absorbed the works of past masters and brings those insights to bear with a thoughtful dignity.
THE SCARLET SOUL is a testament to the love and dedication Swan River Press put into their craft and they should be applauded for the physical allure alone. This is a book one can see becoming an heirloom object. My advice would be to snap up a copy of The Scarlet Soul while they are still available and keep an eye out for future releases by Swan River Press, while their price range is affordable their books are imminently collectible.
In this discussion, we will address the following questions: How did H.P. Lovecraft view man’s emerging relationship to machines? What lessons can humanity take from the Earth first proto-men, the Elder Things? How do those concepts apply to humanity’s relations with today’s shoggoths: Artificial Intelligence? What will sentient A.I. attitudes be towards its organic creators? How are society’s overlords preparing the populace for future A.I. rule? Will evolution ensure a future humanity that is superior to A.I.?
I closed THE HOUSE OF SILENCE with a grateful sigh, knowing I would pull it from my shelves again and again with the eagerness I greet a long-lost friend.
My emotional rollercoaster with the Batman movies brought to mind the difference between wish-fulfillment and reality. What I expected from such movies differed wildly from the reality I sat through with dwindling audiences of fans. At one stage, the question arose about Bob Kane (Batman’s Creator) and H.P. Lovecraft, “Did destiny unknowingly cross their paths?” Was there any substance, a link between the two men? Or was it simply a wish that a relationship existed when there was none? Did Batman lurk in the shadow out of time?
A while back on the Lovecraft eZine podcast, we were talking about the Choose Your Own Adventure books that some of us read as kids. We discussed how awesome it would be if someone created new CYOA books with Lovecraftian themes. Well, now someone has gone and done it.
It is often a shopworn and tired cliché to say in the wake of one’s passing, “there will never be another like him,” yet in the case of Mark E. Smith there is indeed a perilous chance this statement will bear true. In this milieu it is not hard to imagine the loss of yet another long-standing English tradition.
I recently had a conversation with a friend where we discussed the idea that terror is the emotion one feels preceding an event and horror is the emotion one feels witnessing the effects of that event. Gafford employs both to devastating effect within Whitechapel, building a foreboding sense of malaise and then, most importantly, delivering when called upon.
The Yith Are Eternal, Patient, Methodical, Monstrous, Cold Minds From Beyond Time and Space. The Yith Have Always Been With Us… and So Have the Peaslees.
Read Dead Corpse for the wonderful fiction and let its deeper truths settle into your soul.
Jac Jemc’s writing conveys the easy grace and simplicity achieved through years of work, sweat and toil that causes onlookers everywhere to say, “Well that looks easy, I bet I could do that,” after watching a championship athlete or performer at work.
Let’s examine a novel by a modern master of horror in which Lovecraftian themes loom large: A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub. Peter Straub has not been shy about singing Lovecraft’s praises over the years, particularly in his role as editor of the Library of America edition of Lovecraft’s TALES.
“H. P. Lovecraft’s Letters to Robert Bloch and Others” contained discussions of several unpublished early tales by Bloch that never saw print.
“Providence” is about as perfect a Lovecraftian tale as I could ever have hoped for.