Commission [CD cover for Decease], by Alex Boca, via DeviantArt.
Commission [CD cover for Decease], by Alex Boca, via DeviantArt.
Dark Adventure Radio Theatre presents: H.P. Lovecraft’s Imprisoned with the Pharaohs, radio drama on CD, The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, 2014. Cover art by Darrell Tutchton, info: cthulhulives.org.
"Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: Imprisoned with the Pharaohs lets you hear this eerie tale of Egyptian mystery as it might have been dramatized for radio in the 1930s. Dark Adventure Radio Theatre presents HPL’s story with a huge cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Troy Sterling Nies. Click here for more information about our other Lovecraft stories in theDark Adventure Radio Theatre series. It’s like a movie you can enjoy with your eyes closed. In 1924, Lovecraft ghost-wrote this story for the celebrated magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. In the tale, Houdini visits Cairo hoping to tease out the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. He gets more than he bargained for as he runs afoul of a gang of dubious bedouins who plunge him headlong into a terror filled adventure beneath the pyramids. Will Houdini be able to make the most difficult escape of his storied career, or will he join the untold legions of the dead waiting in the darkness?"
In addition to the full radio drama on CD:
• a newspaper clipping from the Egyptian Gazette(Cairo’s English language newspaper at the time) reporting on the disappearance of a senior official from the Cairo Museum of Antiquities
• a handwritten Egyptian postcard from Harry Houdini himself to tycoon Charlie Tower
• the playbill from the Houdini vaudeville show at the American Cosmograph theater in Cairo
• an archeological analysis of the purported Sarcophagus of Nitocris at the Cairo Museum
• and for pre-oder customers only a ticket to the Houdini show at the American Cosmograph Theater in Cairo
Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu, edited by Jim Rockhill & Brian J. Showers, The Swan River Press, 2014. Info: swanriverpress.ie.
"With Henry James, Elizabeth Bowen, and James Joyce among his admirers, the ghost stories and novels of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) cast a long shadow on the literary landscape. Dreams of Shadow and Smoke features ten new tales of the fantastic and macabre written in celebration of the bicentenary of Dublin’s "Invisible Prince". Revisit a world in which certain elixirs remain capable of awakening the mind to the presence of unknown forces; where the monuments, portraits, and other legacies of history lay traps for the unwary; and the logic of finance butts up against the unyielding rules of folklore. We would like to think that should Le Fanu be handed this book, he would smile at the results and deem it worthy of his consideration."
“A Preliminary Word” by Jim Rockhill & Brian J. Showers
“Seaweed Tea” by Mark Valentine
“Let the Words Take You” by Angela Slatter
“Some Houses — A Rumination” by Brian J. Showers
“Echoes” by Martin Hayes
“Alicia Harker’s Story” by Sarah LeFanu
“Three Tales from a Townland” by Derek John
“The Corner Lot” by Lynda E. Rucker
“Rite of Possession” by Gavin Selerie
“A Cold Vehicle for the Marvellous” by Emma Darwin
“Princess on the Highway” by Peter Bell
The Thing: A Phenomenology of Horror, by Dylan Trigg, Zero Books, 2014. Info: zero-books.net.
"What is the human body? Both the most familiar and unfamiliar of things, the body is the centre of experience but also the site of a prehistory anterior to any experience. Alien and uncanny, this other side of the body has all too often been overlooked by phenomenology. In confronting this oversight, Dylan Trigg’s The Thing redefines phenomenology as a species of realism, which he terms unhuman phenomenology. Far from being the vehicle of a human voice, this unhuman phenomenology gives expression to the alien materiality at the limit of experience. By fusing the philosophies of Merleau-Ponty, Husserl, and Levinas with the horrors of John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and H.P. Lovecraft, Trigg explores the ways in which an unhuman phenomenology positions the body out of time. At once a challenge to traditional notions of phenomenology, The Thing is also a timely rejoinder to contemporary philosophies of realism. The result is nothing less than a rebirth of phenomenology as redefined through the lens of horror."
Preface. Before Life
Chapter 1. From Beyond
Chapter 2. Elemental Horror
Chapter 3. The Body Out of Time
Chapter 4. The Flesh and the Thing
Conclusion. The Thing
A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, edited by S.T. Joshi, Centipede Press, 2014. Cover art by David Ho, internal ilustrations by David Ho, John Kenn Mortensen, Thomas Ott. Info: centipedepress.com.
"A Mountain Walked is an oversize anthology with almost 700 pages. S.T. Joshi has selected the best of the reprinted Cthulhu Mythos stories and combined them with over a dozen new works written just for this anthology. This book has over 25 stories, including new stories by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Donald Tyson, Cody Goodfellow, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Jonathan Thomas, Laird Barron, Michael Shea, Patrick McGrath, Mark Samuels, Gemma Files, and others. The book also has new artwork by David Ho, John Kenn Mortensen, Drazen Kozjan, Denis Tiani, and Thomas Ott. The edition is limited to 500 copies for sale. Each copy is signed by Thomas Ligotti, T.E.D. Klein, Laird Barron, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and many others."
Introduction – S.T. Joshi
The House of the Worm – Mearle Front
Far Below – Robert Barbour Johnson
Spawn of the Green Abyss – C. Hall Thompson
The Deep Ones – James Wade
[Art Portfolio] – Erlend Mark
The Franklyn Paragraphs – Ramsey Campbell
Where Yidhra Walks – Walter C. DeBill, Jr.
[Art Portfolio] – Allen Koszowski
Black Man with a Horn – T.E.D. Klein
The Last Feast of Harlequin – Thomas Ligotti
Only the End of the World Again – Neil Gaiman
Mandelbrot Moldrot – Lois H. Gresh
Black Brat of Dunwick – Stanley C. Sargent
[Art Portfolio] – Stanley C. Sargent
The Phantom of Beguilement – W. H. Pugmire
…Hungry…Rats – Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Virgin’s Island – Donald Tyson
In the Shadow of the Sword – Cody Goodfellow
Mobymart After Midnight – Jonathan Thomas
A Gentleman from Mexico – Mark Samuels
Man with No Name – Laird Barron
John Four – Caitlín R. Kiernan
Sigma Octanis – Rhys Hughes
[Anasazi] – Gemma Files
The Wreck of the Arrow – Patrick McGrath
Thirteen Hundred Rats – T. C. Boyle
Beneath the Beardmore – Michael Shea
Rupa Worms from Outer Space – Denis Tiani
Pickman’s Model – H. P. Lovecraft (illustrated by John Kenn Mortensen)
The Lurking Fear – H. P. Lovecraft (illustrated by Thomas Ott)
Excerpts from a Notebook – Druzen Kozjan
[cartoons] – Julien Bazinet
[Notes] – Contributors
The Milk of Human Weakness II, by Jake & Dinos Chapman, via jakeanddinoschapman.com.
Strange Aeons Magazine, Issue # 15, 2014. Edited by Laurence Amiotte, cover art by Rob Corless, info and preview: strange-aeons.com.
"60 pages of gorgeous B&W and Color Comics by Rob Corless, Lee Davis, and Eric York! Short Story Fiction byboth Nicole Cushing and Shirley Jackson Award-winner Nathan Ballingrud! Guest-columnist Johan Axell is joined by new staff columnist Matt Faure! Articles, Reviews and so much more can be found waiting inside, including a massive in-depth interview with Mike Dalager and the cast of Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera! And if that wasn’t enough…the first 222 issues we ship out will include a free CD of Dreams in the Witch House! And of course, another Lobby Card for the planned Re-Animator: The Animated Series by SA alumn Shelby Denham!"
Yog-Sothoth, by Matthew Cartwright, via mcartwrightillustration.tumblr.com.
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, by Michael Zigerlig, introduction by H.R. Giger, Lucha Comics, 2014. Cover art by Michael Zigerlig, info: luchacomics.com.
"H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu has a new home and adaptation thanks to Michael Zigerlig and Lucha Comics! Michael’s work has been published by studios such as IDW, and we are thrilled that he has selected Lucha Comics to help share his story. Originally published in 2010, Michael has updated and expanded his original work, which includes a great introduction by H.R. Giger."
Ghost Stories by British and American Women: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography, by Lynette Carpenter and Wendy K. Kolmar, Routledge, 2014 (1998). Info: routledge.com.
"First published in 1998. The bibliography assembles and documents a large body of supernatural fiction written by women in English between the latter part of the eighteen cencury and the present. The fiction included here ranges from that of writers well known for their works in other literary genres to that of women who wrote exclusively supernatural fiction and exclusively for pulp magazines devoted to fantasy, horror and supernatural stories; from work by canonical writers, to that of women re-discovered in the past several decades, to that of women whose work remains obscured."
Key to Collection Abbreviations
Index of Themes and Motifs