Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.167: The Book of the Lost

The Book of the Lost by Emily Jones and the Rowan Amber Mill provides the imagined soundtrack to a number of forgotten 1960s British horror movies, which were revived as part of an eponomously titled late night movie series which ran throughout the 1970s and early 80s. Everyone remembers The Book of the Lost - especially its haunting opening titles - although no one now can quite remember on which channel it aired (probably BBC2); curiously no listings of the series survive in the archives of the Radio Times (and no, you won’t find it on BBC Genome).

Perhaps only nominally Lovecraftian in that the synopses of two films - The Mash Thing and A Necklace of Shells - are very suggestive of Lovecraftian thenes, nonetheless The Book of the Lost is a nicely evocative piece of aural hauntological folk horror, reminding you of those Hammer and Amicus films that never were, but should have been.

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