It’s finally spring, the time of year when one’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of Lovecraft: eldritch and unnameable evils, the terrible revelations of the Necronomicon, and of the Great Old Ones who lay dreaming at ancient R’lyeh….or is that just me? Well, it certainly seems that everything’s coming up Cthulhu lately, between the recent murmurings about a possible Ron Howard Lovecraft project, as well as the continuing anticipation over Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness. And now the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has unleashed a short trailer for their upcoming film version of “The Whisperer in Darkness” which looks utterly fearsome in its awesomeness.
The follow-up to the HPLHS’s The Call of Cthulhu (which was beautifully made in the style of a 1920s silent film), Whisperer mimics the look and feel of a classic Thirties’ horror film, reflecting its 1931 publication date. The story—memorably parodied in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier as “What Ho, Gods of the Abyss,” a pastiche of Lovecraft in the style of P.G. Wodehouse—involves sinister, hill-dwelling fungi from Yuggoth, and human brains preserved in jars. What more do you need from a Lovecraft tale, really? While the film remains a work in progress, this trailer promises that it will be well worth the wait (and besides, worshipers of The Dread Cthulhu are nothing if not patient). In the meantime, please enjoy this delightful sliver of unspeakable horror: