In this series of articles, I will be taking a look at some modern mainstream novels that were either directly influenced by H.P. Lovecraft’s work, or at least echo his themes. While the bulk of Lovecraft’s output consisted of short stories, this column will focus primarily on novels. But let’s begin with a short one: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman.
Respected as one of today’s leading figures of weird fiction for his striking imagination, versatility, and deeply emotional stories, Jeffrey Thomas here offers up fourteen searing tales.
Imagine, if you can, a time when no one knew who H. P. Lovecraft was. That’s the way life was back in the 1970s. No one I knew had ever heard of Lovecraft and, if you said “Cthulhu” to someone, their most likely response would be, “Did you just sneeze?”
This episode’s guest is Ellen Datlow, editor of CHILDREN OF LOVECRAFT, LOVECRAFT UNBOUND, LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS, and many other books! A very interesting discussion: Ellen talked about her time at OMNI, how a writer gets on her radar, her work as a consulting editor at Tor.com, tropes she sees too much, and more.
This episode’s guest is Stephen Graham Jones, author of MONGRELS, a werewolf coming of age novel, and many other books. Stephen teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado. We talked about werewolves and why they may be the next big thing. Plus writing, comics, and much more!
On a recent Lovecraft eZine podcast, I raised the issue of Lovecraftian influences in Doctor Who novels. With that in mind, here are two of them.
This episode’s guests are… us! I’ve received a few requests for more information on the writers and editors on this show, so on this episode, we interview each other.
Listen to this week’s podcast at the link! We talked with Stephen Mark Rainey, discussed book awards, tickets to Necronomicon, the HPL Film Festival 4-DVD box set, and more.
Philip Fracassi burst onto the Weird Fiction scene recently. FRAGILE DREAMS is his latest book.
We talked with Chet about collecting Lovecraftian books and memorabilia, about his work, and ended the discussion with writing advice. Then Pete Rawlik and Philip Fracassi showed us some of their limited edition and collectible Lovecraftian books, and gave us some great advice on book collecting in general.
Pay only $1.99 for ALL FOUR Lovecraft eZine megapacks — over 230 Lovecraftian stories! Sale ends soon. Tales by writers like W.H. Pugmire, Joe Pulver, Ann K. Schwader, William Meikle, Jeffrey Thomas, Corinna Sara Bechko, A.J. French, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Anna Tambor, Stephen Mark Rainey, and many others!
I’d like to reflect on what I really enjoyed about my little slice of Lovecraftian fandom in 2016.
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…”
A new Lovecraftian novella by Kristin Dearborn, with a foreword by Daniel Mills! Available in print and for Kindle.
We discuss trigger warnings, how to persevere as a writer, Lovecraft’s racism, and much more.