Saturday, December 03, 2016
Just a quick one for today: I picked this R'lyeh tote bag up at NecronomiCon 2013, and shall be bringing it along to the forthcoming Lovecraft Scholars Yule social on Saturday 10th December as an identifier for those who haven't met the LS Facebook page moderators before. If you haven't received an invite and are interested in coming along, leave a message in the comments or pm me via Facebook. See you there.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Earlier today I was conducting some field research at a site that had, I was aware, been used for occult rituals of a distinctly Lovecraftian flavour over a decade ago. Whilst surveying the locale, I came across this rather strange looking sculptural remnant. This was located very plainly at a spot I have been long familiar with; yet I have no recollection of seeing anything like this in the vicinity in years past. Not only that, but the stone fragment seems to have a tentacular or wormy and segmented cast to it. I certainly can't seem to give form to the larger whole of which it is presumably part. But thinking on the exact nature of cosmically abnormal rites which might have brought this forth from out beneath the earth, it is probably best not to dwell too long upon such things.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Arkham House seems to have resumed operations (of a sort), and whilst I'm pondering whether or not to pick up a fresh set of Lovecraft Arkham House editions, here's my copy of the mid-1980s revised edition of At the Mountains of Madness. Nice tome, but shit when it comes to bibliomancy it seems.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
I'm currently finishing a piece on Lovecraftian esotericism, and am about to revisit Colin Wilson's 'Tentacles Across Time' from this issue of Skoob Esoterica Review as one of my final pieces of research. As I recall, Wilson offers here a revised variant of the claim that Lovecraft was unconsciously channelling the Great Old Ones. Given Wilson's involvement with the spurios George Hay Necronomicon, it's unclear as to whether he meant this piece to be taken seriously - although given the stage he had reached in his career and thinking at this point in time, I suspect that he did.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Not Lovecraftian strickly speaking, but this hand-made smoking cap was gifted to me by purveyor of arts Lovecraftian, Joe Broers. Joe and I were, in fact, photographed at the Eldritch Ball at NecronomiCon 2015 (by conference organiser Niels Hobbs, as I recall) as part of a line-up of resident convention fez and smoking-cap wearers. Good times.
Monday, November 28, 2016
The oculus is a leather bookmark stamped with a tentacular design (which I'm treating here as minimally qualifying it as a 'Lovecraftian' artefact), and which includes a small magnifying glass in its centre for use in (presumably Lovecraftian) bibliomancy - the idea being that you randomly place the bookmark on a page of text with a view to divining some kind of occult significance from the word upon which the viewing glass alights. Well I've just tried it using my Arkham House copy of At the Mountains of Madness and all I got was 'surmises', which frankly is a bit rubbish. Time to call out occult tech support - it looks like my oculus is broken!
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Today we present some badly-photographed acrylic accessories for Fantasy Flight Games' Arkham Horror/Eldritch Horror boardgame series, including green tentacle-shaped stands for investigator and monster tokens, as well as tentacle-styled stands for open gates, which also hold blue acrylic Elder Signs to denote permanently sealed gates in those games. These are all produced by Litko, which I now see produce even more pimpage for FFG's Cthulhu Mythos series of games; doubtless this will lead to additional purchases of unneccessary gaming paraphenalia in the run up to the Yule festival...