Monday, August 29, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.242: Lovecraft Centenary Print

Though we are a few days late for Lovecraft's birthday, I thought this limited edition print by Dave Carson would suffice by way of celebrating. I'n not entirely sure where I purchased this from, but I have a vague memory of finding this in a stall in the now-defunct Kensington Market in London.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.241: NecronomiCon 2015 Commemorative Booklet

Around this time last year I had just returned from a trip to the US for NecronomiCon 2015. Bringing a close to this week of NecronomiCon remembrances is the commemorative convention booklet from last year. The booklet contains sketches and short biographies of the guests - I was actually invited as a guest for a panel on Lovecaft and the occult; this, however, occured at the last minute, so unfortunately I didn't appear in the booklet - here's hoping for NecronomiCon 2017!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.240: Lovecaft Bust Commemorative Postcard

NecronomiCon 2013 also saw the unveiling of the bronze bust of Lovecraft - created by Bryan Moore - in the Providence Athenaeum on Benefit Street. I was fortunate enough to be present at the unveiling, as well as a contributor (in a very small way) to the project's Kickstarter campaign. In the latter regard, I received the above postcard commemorating the project. 

Since 2013 and the wake of the controversy surrounding the WFA, I have become somewhat conflicted regarding representations of Lovecraft - despite the fact that I own a number of them. Ultimately, I am glad that I supported this project. Lovecraft is, I believe, worthy of memorialising; but with a crucial proviso: that, whilst recognising his hugely important contribution to literature, this kind of remembrance does not constitute an excuse to unreflectively lionise and ennoble the man; rather, it should provoke ongoing critical interrogation of the (racialised) politics of his life and work and, crucially, in doing so endorse a direct engagement with the continuing significance of those politics within the field of modern weird literature and beyond.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.239: The Black Goat of the Woods

Today's item can be found in the studio of artist Tobias Oliver, who procured it from friend of the Ghooric Zone, Joe Broers. Ensconced in a secret location surrounded by ominously domed hills deep within the Scottish Highlands, I recently had the opportunity to visit Tobias' home and workplace. During my stay Tobias made mention of the fact that this statuette of Shub Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, has been the locus of various weird and unsettling phenomena - notably an unpleasantly fecund plague of black flies which infested his workspace - during the time that it has overseen his work on various occult artefacts and esoteric projects.

Many thanks to Tobias Oliver and Graham Liney for their hospitality during my stay at their home.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.238: Ars Necronomicon 2013 Flyer

Not much to add to the title of today's Lovecraftian Thing a Day other than to say this was a postcard-style flyer produced to advertise the excellent Ars Necronomicon art exhibition which took place during NecronomiCon 2013. The exhibition was located throughout three sites in Providence - one of which being the Cohen Gallery at Brown University, situated in the Granoff building in Angell Street which - as I recall - was built on the site of one of Lovecraft's former residences.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.237: 'I Am Providence' Bag

More loot from NecronomiCon 2013: this time, a canvas shoulder bag with 'I Am Providence' emblazoned upon it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.236: NecronomiCon 2013 Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast Hymnal

Today we present the hymnal booklet handed out at the NecronomiCon 2013 Cthulhu Breakfast, allowing breakfasters to participate in the proceedings as led by the Cthulhu Hymnal Choir. Nice.