THE SMALL HORROR

From Stewart Sternberg–

The Little Beastiary

Lovecraft saw amazing things, and I’m thinking they were real. Except—maybe they were also very, very small. Small as in 1/2 milimeter in size. This picture is of something called a hydrothermal worm. It’s something to think about when the bedbugs stop being creepy enough for you.

This […]

A Constitutional and Family Evil: Ruminations on the House of Usher

September 1839 issue of Burton's Gentleman's Magazine featuring the first appearance of "The Fall of the House of Usher."

The September 1839 issue of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, a monthly periodical published out of Philadelphia, came fresh off the press with probably little fanfare. Along with its usual assortment of sporting articles, poetry, and reviews […]

Cthulhu in Pop Culture

Cthulhu’s had a heck of a run.

After some eighty plus years, Ol’ Squid Face has seeped into pop culture in many different forms. Let’s take a look at a few examples.

But first, did you know what other popular character was introduced in 1928? Mickey Mouse. That’s right Steamboat Willie was released in theaters […]

Is It Lovecraft or Is It Memorex?

A good fake can sometimes be as much fun as the real thing. Below is a “copy” of a 1933 WPA interview with H.P. Lovecraft. It was allegedly uploaded by an SGToshi. The submitter alone should be enough to raise the skeptical eyebrow of anyone familiar with names associated with Lovecraft over the last few […]

Looking Back at Die, Monster, Die!

Earlier, we discussed the first Lovecraftian work to be translated to film: “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” The film was, of course, The Haunted Palace, directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. At that time we made the argument that few, if any, of the major studio films based on Lovecraft’s writings have […]

Gaming Cthulhu

Fans of Lovecraft and particularly fans of The Call of Cthulhu roleplay games, know beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to videogames. We eagerly watch the internet for some mention of a game which, even if it isn’t directly based on Lovecraft, is at least described in Lovecraftian terms. Eternal Darkness for the Gamecube […]

Looking back at The Haunted Palace

Mention director Roger Corman and horror fans immediately and correctly start thinking about the late Vincent Price. Together they gave us such Sixties cult classics as The House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Tomb of Ligea, and of course, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Haunted Palace.

Wait. Weren’t all those aforementioned films […]

Remembering The Science Fiction Author

Discussing H.P.Lovecraft’s role as horror author, some people tend to forget that much of his work may actually fall under the heading of science fiction. Fundamentally, At the Mountains of Madness, “The Colour Out Of Space,” and “From Beyond,” all focus on concepts of alien worlds and intelligences, and altered states of perception which ignite […]

The Lovecraft Effect

More than 70 years after his death, H.P. Lovecraft can still make the cover of Publisher’s Weekly. Stefan Dziemianowicz’s article, “Terror Eternal: The Enduring Popularity of H.P. Lovecraft,” can be found online at PW’s website.

Music To Scream By

From the late sixties and on, rock-and-roll opened its lyrical content to become more than a single expression of either devotion, loss, or unrequited love. For fans of horror and the weird, some music seemed to actually be speaking to them, with content dealing with such things as serial killers, vampirism, lycanthropy, hauntings, etc. And […]