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Jul 29 2014 1:00pm

Introduction to the H. P. Lovecraft Reread

The Lovecraft Reread

Welcome to the H. P. Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories. We hope to explore both the awesome and the problematic, both the deliberately and accidentally horrific. Reading order will be more or less random. As the Great Race of Yith would point out, if they cared enough to do so, linear time is merely an illusion anyway.

We’ll start today with a discussion of what drew us to Lovecraft in the first place, and what we’ve found there since.

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Jul 7 2014 5:40pm

Guillermo del Toro Back at Work on Mountains of Madness Movie, But...

Guillermo del Toro At the Mountains of Madness

Really, there’s only one correct answer here. WE ALL WANT A CTHULHU MOVIE. And Guillermo del Toro is once again saying he’ll give us one! But, like all things Lovecraftian, this will come at great cost. Not the world’s sanity this time, but the cost of an R-rating!

Del Toro has worked out a deal with Legendary Pictures to deliver a PG-13 adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness...which is going to be gosh-darned interesting, since that means he won’t be able to show much, um, blood, or gore, or bland heroes losing all their marbles in the face of tentacular horror...but still. CTHULHU MOVIE!!! Read the first part of the interview at WSJ, and go and look at del Toro’s gorgeous concept art, first uncovered back in 2013!

Jun 19 2014 10:00am

Forbidden Spheres and Cosmic Gulfs: The Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

HP Lovecraft At the Mountains of Madness During the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in high school, I spent the whole of a steaming afternoon reading Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness,” a novella that left me chilled and horripilated in spite of the oppressive heat.

Whoa, that really happened, I told myself. By which I didn’t mean that the government had buried the findings of the hapless Miskatonic University expedition to the Antarctic, though burying the findings is just what the expedition leaders do in the story. I didn’t (much) believe that there was a ruinous megapolis of barrel-bodied and star-headed Old Ones in the icy waste, or that protoplasmic shoggoths still oozed through its halls and tunnels, merrily detaching the heads of all they encountered via a suction that would make a Dyson convulse with envy.

What I did believe, and what had happened, was that I had found another path into the stories I wanted to tell as a fledgling writer. It was a path darker than Tolkien’s road going ever on, and even more far-flung than Cherryh’s star routes, despite coming so perilously close to home.

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May 30 2014 12:00pm

The Editor Speaks: Why I Bought “The Litany of Earth”

Tor.com recently published “The Litany of Earth,” a Lovecraftian novelette by Ruthanna Emrys. As Jo Walton mentioned in her blush-inducing article, it was both the story that qualified Ruthanna for professional status in the eyes of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the first story I acquired, pulled from the vast expanses of the Tor.com slush pile. Since it was my first acquisition, I knew that it was my chance to prove that this ridiculous faith on the part of my gracious boss Irene Gallo wasn’t totally misplaced. Unsurprisingly, I put a lot of work into editing this story. Somewhat more surprisingly, I almost didn’t buy “The Litany of Earth” at all.

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May 13 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Is This the New Batmobile and Can You Drive to Metropolis With It?

Zack Snyder is taking extreme steps to fan the flames of our Man-of-Steel-sequel-fervor. He tugged a tiny bit of tarp up so we could see a tantalizing glimpse of the new Batmobile, and promised that we would see more later today. Isn’t this a little... well, like a Bizarro burlesque performance? But with a car? We’re honestly not sure how to feel.

Morning Roundup contemplates moving in the name of Star Wars, wonders whether they even have LSATs in King’s Landing, and ponders the age-old question: if you could have any superpower, what would you pick? The power to throw your voice? The ability to talk to squirrels?

[Anything but invisibility, really.]

Mar 7 2014 10:00am

Has True Detective Seen the Yellow Sign?

True Detective The Yellow King The King in Yellow HBO TV Rust Cohle Hastur Cthulhu Mythos

The meta-story of True Detective has been one of completely dodging viewer expectations. All of its initial advertising material perfectly expressed its first cover story: a gritty Southern Gothic take on classic HBO manpain. And, you know, it is that. But in the first episode it also revealed a penchant for the philosophical and a taste for the occultic grotesque that goes beyond its genre, and has persisted throughout the series. In the second episode, writer Nic Pizzolatto dropped another huge bomb on his unsuspecting fanbase, one that expanded it in a direction that no one could have anticipated from the greyscale, wind-blown grit of the poster. It said words that I thought I would never, ever hear on TV. It said “The King in Yellow,” and “Carcosa.”

This article will contain A) spoilers and B) the potential for the sight of the Yellow Sign to break your feeble mortal mind in twain.

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Feb 27 2014 11:00am

True Detective isn’t Genre, it’s a Show About Nothing

true detective

True Detective has been on the air for six weeks now, and has already kicked up enough internet speculation, breathless hype, inevitable backlash, and Cthulhu mythos research to… wait. Wait, that last one seems out of place here.

The fact that the show introduced some Cthulhu Mythos started off a giant wave of internet speculation, and I’m sure someone else at Tor.com will get to that in time. But personally, I don’t think the Mythos matters here, because there may be a far more terrifying truth at the center of the show. Be warned: there will be spoilers for those who are not caught up through Episode 6. (Why aren’t you caught up through Episode 6?)

[Start watching the right fuckin’ television.]

Dec 30 2013 1:00pm

Sea Monsters From A to Z!

We hope you enjoy this encore from Tor.com’s Sea Monster Week, when we dove into the world of some of our favorite creatures ever with articles, book excerpts, and more.

But just what is a “sea monster” anyway? Well, we’ve given ourselves a pretty broad definition to work with.

Sea Monster (noun): Any sufficiently awesome water-dwelling creature that we perceive as being monstrously cool.

So, with that in mind, prepare yourself for the greatest A-Z list of sea monsters ever compiled, just below the surface of this blog.

[All the Sea Monsters]

Dec 18 2013 11:00am

You Are Now Leaving Lovecraft: The End of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key

Imagine the difficulties of designing a house. Change the tiniest detail—add a couple square feet to the closet off the master bedroom, say, or make the ceilings on the ground floor six inches higher—and that decision reverberates through the rest of your plans. An architect, I imagine, must always have an overarching view of the whole.

It’s the same thing with storytelling: the best storytellers plan far ahead, and understand that each decision they make will affect the shape of what comes next and what has come before. The bigger and more unwieldy a story gets, the more difficult it becomes to maintain a clear picture of the aggregate. Too often in serialized media like television or comics, stories get away from their creators, and we, the viewers/readers, start to notice. (Does that doorway look crooked to you? Why would someone put a bathroom there?). A good storyteller must know their boundaries and keep their narrative within a predetermined footprint. A large element of this is simply recognizing when it is time for something to end.

Today marks the end of writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s beloved ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key, with the release of its stellar final issue, Locke & Key: Alpha #2.

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Nov 4 2013 4:00pm

Advanced Readings in D&D: H.P. Lovecraft

HP Lovecraft

In “Advanced Readings in D&D,” Tor.com writers Tim Callahan and Mordicai Knode take a look at Gygax’s favorite authors and reread one per week, in an effort to explore the origins of Dungeons & Dragons and see which of these sometimes-famous, sometimes-obscure authors are worth rereading today. Sometimes the posts will be conversations, while other times they will be solo reflections, but one thing is guaranteed: Appendix N will be written about, along with dungeons, and maybe dragons, and probably wizards, and sometimes robots, and, if you’re up for it, even more.

Up this week is the spooky uncle of fantasy literature, H.P. Lovecraft!

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Sep 11 2013 3:00pm

The Dreamlands: Playing in H.P. Lovecraft’s Sandbox

Johannes Cabal Fear Institute Jonathan Howard I’m not sure at what point I decided to set the third Johannes Cabal novel—Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute—in the Dreamlands of H.P.Lovecraft, but I do know that once I’d thought of it, I was very engaged by the idea. The previous novels had followed different… I hesitate to say genres or tropes, but shall we say styles of story—Johannes Cabal the Necromancer being a picaresque tale of the “evil carnival” sort, but told from the point of view of the poor schmuck who is in charge of such an enterprise, and Johannes Cabal the Detective being a golden age locked room murder seen through the prism of a faux Victorian/Edwardian setting with a few “steampunk” trappings.

I wanted the third book to have some swashbuckling and high fantasy, but Cabal’s world was not a perfect fit for such a story. Happily, there was one impinging upon it, and, I like to think, every other fictional world regardless of genre—the Dreamlands.

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Aug 29 2013 8:00am

Morning Roundup Might Solve a Mystery, Or Rewrite Hist’ry

It’s possible that some of us here like Ducktales a little too much. But not nearly as much as Mondo, the great aesthetes of poster arts, who are releasing their Ducktales series this week. And while Phantom City Creative’s image of Magica de Spell was fabulous, we had to go with the classic shot, above, of Scrooge McDuck enjoying a money-downpour. You can see all of the prints here, just don’t expect any ponytails or cottontails. Ooo-ooo.

Today’s Morning Roundup presents: The Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator, more news about the new Batman and the new Doctor, and an acting lesson from a somewhat... enhanced Patrick Stewart!

[Engage. And then giggle for a few minutes and say “Engage!” again.]

Aug 20 2013 2:15pm

Why We Still Write Lovecraft Pastiche

CthuluI have a complicated relationship with Lovecraft.

There is so much that is problematic about his work from patent and occult racism, to sexism and classism—bigotry of just about any stripe you like. His narrative worldview, while appealingly bleak and nihilistic, encompasses an uncritical acceptance of genetic determinism, the concept of degraded or “decayed” races, and a reliance on the idea that biology is destiny—all of which I find, quite frankly, revolting.

And yet, over the years, I’ve found his oeuvre a powerful source of inspiration, the foundations of it like Hadrian’s Wall: full of material for mining and repurposing. My first professionally published story was a Lovecraft/Conan Doyle/Kipling pastiche (“Tiger! Tiger!” in Shadows Over Baker Street), and I was honored to receive a Hugo award in 2009 for a Lovecraftian novelette, “Shoggoths in Bloom.” And I’ve written other stories exploring many aspects of the world he originated.

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Aug 20 2013 8:30am

The Eldritch Horrors of H.P. Lovecraft

H P LovecraftHoward Phillips Lovecraft is the paradox of “kill your darlings” given form. Oh sure, in the true meaning of the phrase he falls short, which is the part that makes it cognitively dissonant. He loves the same handful of words, the same few tricks, and he uses them liberally. Heck, he’s probably single handedly responsible for the word “eldritch” not becoming extinct in the English language. So in that sense, the true and accurate sense, sure, no, Lovecraft didn’t heed Faulkner’s advice—and maybe that is a good thing. He sure has a distinctive flavor.

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May 3 2013 2:35pm

Providence or Bust: Lovecraft Statue to Be Sited in Author’s Hometown

A crowd-funding appeal to create a life-sized bronze bust of weird fiction writer HP Lovecraft, to be installed in the author’s hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, has hit its target after only two days.

The name of Lovecraft, who died in Providence in 1937 aged 46, has become synonymous with the cosmic horror presented in such tales as The Shadow over Innsmouth, the Colour Out Of Space and, perhaps most famously, The Call of Cthulhu.

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May 2 2013 1:00pm

Neil Gaiman Can’t Help Creating His Own Universe Inside of Yours

Neil Gaiman bubble universe Doctor Who

The pervasively magical stories of Neil Gaiman are everywhere these days, which often makes us wonder if hundreds of years from now he won’t be regarded in mythical, legendary tones, like Hans Christian Andersen, or the Grimm Brothers. Just like those guys, Neil Gaiman was inspired by existing stories, too, but interestingly enough, when Gaiman plays in other sandboxes, he frequently employs a kind of “bubble universe” where his unique sensibilities are free to roam, relatively unconstrained by the rules of the world he’s visiting.

Here are four instances of Gaiman setting up shop in a familiar world and making it his own.

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Jan 7 2013 4:00pm

The Great Alan Moore Reread: Neonomicon

The Great Alan Moore Reread on Tor.com reaches the most recent Alan Moore work: NeonomiconTor.com comics blogger Tim Callahan has dedicated the next twelve months more than a year to a reread of all of the major Alan Moore comics (and plenty of minor ones as well). Each week he will provide commentary on what he’s been reading. Welcome to the 63rd installment.

This isn’t the final installment of “The Great Alan Moore Reread,” with a post on the Alan Moore legacy and another one on my All-Time Alan Moore Top Ten still to come, but it’s the last chance to look at an Alan Moore comic book series and write about what I find upon rereading. Even if I respond to new Alan Moore projects when they come out—that Nemo book from Top Shelf is scheduled for the winter of 2013 and who knows what other Moore comics might trickle out over the next decade?—they will be first-reads, first-responses and it’s certainly likely, if not definite, that the best of Alan Moore’s comic book work is well behind him.

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Oct 22 2012 10:00am

The Terrible Old Man

H.P. Lovecraft

To kick off Ghost Week, please enjoy this classic H.P. Lovecraft chiller straight from the new  from Random House/Vintage Books; The Big Book of Ghost Stories edited by Otto Penzler! In “The Terrible Old Man,” the inhabitants of Kingsport are harboring a strange, secret person...or is he a person at all? This story was originally published in July of 1921 in a magazine called The Tryout. 

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Oct 19 2012 10:30am

What it Would Be Like if H. P. Lovecraft Wrote Fantastic Four

What it Would Be Like if H. P. Lovecraft Wrote Fantastic FourFunnybook writer Mike Sterling recently wondered what it would be like if H.P. Lovecraft had written the Fantastic Four. (Which would, of course, actually be called “The Phantasmagorical Four.”) He immediately jotted down some character scenarios involving the Richards' family and discovered that the mash-up functioned frighteningly well.

[“I found no source for the warmth I could still feel beating against me, except from the devilish grin upon Storm’s countenance”]

Sep 25 2012 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Turn Your Cat into a Unicorn

Though this inflatable unicorn product could probably be adjusted to be suitable for other animals, it claims to be just for cats. There's also a human version, but really, could a human look this happy with a unicorn horn? That's what we thought.

[via Geekologie]

Your other offsite links are not inflatable but just as magical. Highlights include:

  1. Stan Lee is OKAY.
  2. J.K. Rowling is getting ready for the backlash.
  3. Latest 4-year-old review of Doctor Who is adorable.
  4. First official picture from The Wolverine.

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