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Winter Tide: Chapter 5

, || After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

Winter Tide: Chapter 4

, || After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

Gardens at the End of the World: John Langan’s “The Shallows”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at John Langan’s “The Shallows,” first published in 2010 in Cthulhu’s Reign. Spoilers ahead.

[“The vast rectangle that occupied the space where his neighbor’s green-sided house had stood…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Living Sensibly With the Dead: E.F. Benson’s “How Fear Departed From the Long Gallery”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at E.F. Benson’s “How Fear Departed From the Long Gallery,” first published in his 1912 collection, The Room in the Tower and Other Stories. Spoilers ahead.

[“Church-Peveril is a house so beset and frequented by spectres, both visible and audible…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Terrible Pickup Lines of the Dead: Mary Rickert’s “Journey Into the Kingdom”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Mary Rickert’s “Journey Into the Kingdom,” first published in Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2006. Spoilers ahead.

[“The first ghost to come to my mother was my own father…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Elder Gods Make Terrible Babysitters: Nadia Bulkin’s “Red Goat Black Goat”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Nadia Bulkin’s “Red Goat Black Goat,” first published in the June 2010 issue of Innsmouth Free Press. Spoilers ahead.

[“We can’t trust people from outside the family,” Putri said. “The Goat-Nurse says so.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Even More Ways to Get in Trouble With Calculus: Bram Stoker’s “The Judge’s House”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Bram Stoker’s “The Judge’s House,” first published in the December 5 1891 issue of Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News. Spoilers ahead.

[“‘It is,’ said the Doctor slowly, ‘the very rope which the hangman used for all the victims of the Judge’s judicial rancour!’”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

We Interrupt This Haunting for a Public Service Announcement: Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s “The House and the Brain”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Part I of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s “The Haunted and the Haunters; or, The House and the Brain,” first published Blackwood’s Magazine in 1859. Spoilers ahead.

[“Fancy! since we last met I have discovered a haunted house in the midst of London.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Medusa’s Side of the Story: Gemma Files’s “Hairwork”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Gemma Files’s “Hairwork,” first published in 2015 in Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles’s She Walks in Shadows anthology. Spoilers ahead.

[“No plant can thrive without putting down roots, as nothing comes from nothing”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Words That Shine Like Incorruptible Gold: Sonya Taaffe’s “All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Sonya Taaffe’s “All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts,” first published in 2015 in Lynn Jamneck’s Dreams From the Witch House anthology. Trigger Warning for suicide attempts. Spoilers ahead.

[“Under its dripping gloss of water, her skin was milky as old ice…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

The Stars Are Right, But the Cultists Need Coffee: Report From Necronomicon 2017

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today, we report back from Necronomicon, the grand gathering of weird fiction scholars, authors, artists, and fans held in Providence this past weekend.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Step 1, Fake Own Death; Step 3, Profit: H.P. Lovecraft and Duane Rimel’s “The Disinterment”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at H.P. Lovecraft and Duane Rimel’s “The Disinterment,” first published in January 1937 issue of Weird Tales. Spoilers ahead.

[“Intuitively I knew my own tombstone…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Is It True: Shirley Jackson’s “The Daemon Lover”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Shirley Jackson’s “The Daemon Lover,” first published in her The Lottery: The Adventures of James Harris collection in 1949. Spoilers ahead.

[“Dearest Anne, by the time you get this I will be married…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

I Was Into Sanity-Destroying Texts Before They Were Cool: Robin Laws’s “Full Bleed”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Robin Laws’s “Full Bleed,” first published in his New Tales of the Yellow Sign collection in 2012. Spoilers ahead.

[“…a face that may be a mask, or may be monstrous.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

I Want My Necromancy: H.P. Lovecraft and C.M. Eddy Jr.’s “The Loved Dead”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Lovecraft and C.M. Eddy, Jr.’s “The Loved Dead,” first published in the May-June-July 1924 issue of Weird Tales. Spoilers ahead.

[“It is midnight. Before dawn they will find me and take me to a black cell…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Lacy Frock: Kishin Houkou Demonbane

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today, to celebrate our 150th post (and definitely not our 151st), we’re covering Lovecraftian mecha anime Kishin Houkou Demonbane. The Original Video Animation, directed by Shintaro Inokawa, was released from ViewWorks in July 2004. The animated series, written by Yōsuke Kuroda and directed by Hidetoshi Yoshida, aired May-August 2006 on WOWOW. Spoilers ahead.

[“A pure and foul ceremony is about to revive.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

How to Investigate Cthulhu on Ten Dollars a Day With Your Sanity Intact

This is definitely not the 150th post of the Lovecraft Reread. For post #150, we’re going to be covering Kishin Houkou Demonbane, which we* finally found a malware-free version of in the restricted stacks at Miskatonic. But we haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, so this isn’t post #150, quod erat demonstrandum.

Ruthanna hasn’t had the chance because she vastly overestimated her ability to get work done in Australia, where she was definitely not searching the vast deserts for buried pre-human ruins, and certainly didn’t find anything. And Anne claims to be “overbooked,” which has nothing to do with forbidden tomes of any sort…

[We have excuses…]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread