Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Lovecaftian Thing a Day (2018) No.31: The Annotated Fungi from Yuggoth

We began this year’s Lovecraftian Thing a Day with a version of Lovecraft’s The Fungi from Yuggoth sonnet cycle, so it seems appropriate to bookend the first month of posts with yet another iteration of that fine work. So, today we present Fungi from Yuggoth: An Annotated Edition, edited by David E. Schultz and published by Hippocampus Press in 2017.

This edition also contains facsimiles of the original handwritten poems, and each sonnet is individually illustrated by Jason C. Eckhardt. Shown here are two of the facsimile pages, along with the Eckhardt illustration to Sonnet XXXV, Evening Star, which is both a heartbreakingly haunting piece and my favourite of Lovecraft’s poems.

Unfortunately Fungi from Yuggoth: An Annotated Edition - which has been years in the making, and for me one of the most anticipated Lovecraftian tomes - has now sold out of its limited edition hardcover run; however, I understand that Derrick Hussey of Hippocampus Press is considering a reprint - which would be wonderful, as this certainly deserves a wider audience.

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