Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.112: Cthulhu Statuette

This statuette of Cthulhu - gifted to me by an old student - broods silently on one of the bookshelves in my office. As a pertinent reminder of the pointlessness of all human endeavour, this guides me daily in my dealings with students and colleagues in the workplace.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Lovecaftian Thing a Day (2018) No.111: Cthulhu Gloom

Cthulhu Gloom is a multiplayer card game by Atlas Games in which, appropriately, the winner is the person whose in-game protaganists are the first to be driven insane or meet a horrible, untimely death. Shown here is also Unpleasant Dreams, the first expansion for Cthulhu Gloom themed around Lovecraft’s Dreamlands tales.

The game is also unusual in that art and game information is printed upon clear vinyl cards, and can be layered on top of one another as part of gameplay to produce modified effectso the rules. Whilst darkly humorous in tone (I’m not really a fan of comedic horror), the cards are gorgeous, and I’ve always wanted to give the game a go; however, being a curmudgeonly solitaire ludologist, this is unlikely to happen - so, for now, Cthulhu Gloom remains unplayed on my gaming shelf.

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No 110: Dayglo Hot Pink Disco Tentacle of Doom

Further to my jewellry making efforts, this is my favourite piece so far: what I am calling the Dayglo Hot Pink Dicso Tentacle Medallion of Doom (tm).


Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.109: Death Poems

Another Ligotti rarity which has not previous made its way onto the Lovecraftian Thing a Day: the Durtro edition of Death Poems. This also came with a cloisonne badge which I have currently misplaced - it will probably form the focus of its own post when I discover its whereabouts.

Long-time readers of this blog will no doubt be aware of my affection for weird poetry; unfortunately this does not extend to Death Poems - my least favourite of Ligotti’s works. That is not to say Ligotti is incapable of producing fine, free-verse poetry: This Degenerate Little Town, and the lyrics to The Unholy City being cases in point; but for some reason the content of Death Poems leaves me cold.

But I suppose that is rather the point of Ligotti.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.108: The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein

This is Centipede Press’ deluxe limited edition reissue of Thomas Ligotti’s The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein: a series of vignettes wherein Ligotti revisits - in his unique style - a number of horror classics, including Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the titular Fankenstein; notably, it also includes three re-envisionings of Lovecraft’s work. This is the only Centipede Press book which I currently own; what makes it doubly unique to my collection is that it is also the only Ligotti tome I possess which has also been signed (perhaps ‘inscribed’ is a better word, when you see the signature) by the elusive author.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Lovecaftian Thing a Day (2018) No.107: The Pencil of Yog Sothoth

For the life of me I have no idea how I came into possession of this - I imagine it was probably a freebie sent by Paul of Cthulhu (Paul McLean) when I purchased something from Well, there you have it - another intriguing piece of ephemera from my seemingly-bottomless well of Lovecraftian odds-and-ends.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.106: Holy Terrors

Holy Terrors: A Collection of Weird Tales by Arthur Machen is Obsolete Films 2017 portmanteau feature collecting together six adaptations of Machen’s stories for the screen. Whilst the cover of the DVD contains a quote from Lovecraft’s attesting to the fact that Machen’s work is the ‘absolute culmination of loathsome fright’, Holy Terrors in fact tends to focus on Machen’s more mystical tales, with the inclusion of an adaptation of ‘The Novel of the White Powder’ being the only piece representative of his classic weird fiction. Even so, the film is beautifully shot, and effectively captures the visionary quality of Machen’s writing.

Filmed in Whitby, initial runs of the DVD come with a facsimile edition of The Town of Magic Dream: Arthur Machen in Whitby - initially published in 1987 by Mark Valentine, and illustrated by Nick Blinko.