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The always-wonderful folks at Revolution Science Fiction are featuring my article "H.P. Lovecraft and the Imaginative Tale." The first half went online yesterday here, and the second will be up today. If you read it, I hope you enjoy!

And, speaking of Lovecraftian things, I'm excited to see that Hippocampus Press has added notice for the forthcoming Twisted in Dream: The Collected Weird Poetry of Ann K. Schwader, which will undoubtedly be eldritch and awesome.


In other personal news...

* My undergraduate and graduate "Harry Potter and His Predecessors" seminar begins next week at Lenoir-Rhyne University. The students seem very enthusiastic, and I can't wait.

* To prepare to participate in the October “Freedom, Empire, and Conflict in Two Greek Wars” roundtable to which I've been invited, I'm going to be spending some quality time with Herodotus and Thucydides in the next couple of months. (Fortunately, my role will be that of the outsider historian - familiar with the material, but not a specialist.) Ah, my old friends, it's been ages!

Happy early birthday wishes to darthsindel1981, ceosanna, amygrech, and dormannheim! May each of you enjoy many happy returns of the day.


Have I mentioned lately how much I'm looking forward to this film?



"Make love, not horcruxes."
- seen on a t-shirt

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magicwondershow
Aug. 17th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
i've been waiting for this film for ages already. cannot wait. so excited for it! (and the girl with the dragon tattoo - loved the swedish version, can't wait to see the american one)
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 19th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
It looks like it will be wonderful.
lizziebelle
Aug. 17th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I hadn't seen the preview yet. It looks spooky and fantastic!
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 19th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Doesn't it? I'm most excited.
cookiefleck
Aug. 17th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Interesting... that film looks good, and scary. I didn't even recognize the lead until the credit came up.. he looks good! (*slightly surprised*)

Read a little of your essay, but I've never read HPL. Your description of Dagon made it sound quite interesting.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 19th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
I read the novel that the film's based on last year as part of my Halloween reading, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It looks like the film may live up to it. And isn't it nice to see Daniel Radcliffe front and center in a new, non-Potter film?

Thanks for looking at that! "Dagon" is fascinating. Lovecraft's writings in general are great. I just adore him. That essay's rather dry if you're not familiar with his work, I'm afraid. I did write a "why Lovecraft is awesome" essay (comparing him with Tolkien - that's how I got both this LJ's name and my username, eldritch for Lovecraft and hobbit for Tolkien), which ran in Apex Magazine, but it's online now here, FYI. (I offer this link to spare you from my going off on a rambling rant here about why I find Lovecraft's work so intriguing. *g*)
cookiefleck
Aug. 20th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'll read the Apex essay; thanks. I've tried a few times to get into Lovecraft and it just hasn't happened, but hope springs eternal.
vyrdolak
Aug. 20th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Lovecraft is awesome but his style is definitely not for everyone's taste. His Dunsanian Dreamlands stories/novella are also much different from the rest of his work, with a few common elements. But I love them too.

Incidentally Amy if you ever see the chapbook "Hollow Faces, Merciless Moons" or find it in one of the 1980s DAW Years Best Horror anthologies, the very Poe/HPL-esque "A Cobweb of Pulsing Veins" by William Scott Home is one of my favorite short stories. I'm sure you would enjoy it.

Some others are "Influencing the Hell Out of Time and Teresa Golowitz" by Parke Godwin, and "There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding" by Russell Kirk. Maybe one or two from the Ash Tree Press Annual Macabre, and of course Carnacki.
gbsteve
Aug. 17th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
We saw this chap the other day.

eldritchhobbit
Aug. 19th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, brilliant! Cheers for the Poe Museum!
vyrdolak
Aug. 20th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
I bought a nice reproduction of the Gustave Dore "Death Surmounting the World" print that they had on display on my one visit many years ago. Have to get it matted and framed.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 16th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
That sounds fabulous.
vyrdolak
Sep. 16th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
It really should go in a chamber with black walls and crimson tapestries, but I mostly went with off-whites, and light blues for the bedrooms. Maybe I will hang it next to my Boris the K portrait (my late brother bought it when the Biograph Theater in Gergetown closed it's doors)
byslantedlight
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for the trailer - The Woman in Black does look good, and look who's in it! I must start going to the cinema again!
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 19th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
It does look good, doesn't it? And it's great to see Daniel Radcliffe front and center. I'm looking forward to it.
ankh_hpl
Aug. 18th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the shout-out!
Must read that article soonest -- sounds like a continuation of your excellent Sofa articles on the subject.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 19th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I'm really excited about your book.

And thanks so much. :) It is indeed the print version from which I drew the last two SSS segments.
ghislainem70
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
This film of The Woman in Black looks amazing. I am a huge fan of Susan Hill.

But the film I'm desperate for iis Guillermo Del Toro's long-gestating At The Mountains of Madness . . .be still my heart. When, when???
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 16th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited about The Woman in Black!

I've been so anxious about At the Mountains of Madness. The last I heard, it was shelved, but not a lost cause. I do hope it happens (preferably sans Tom Cruise - now that was a rumor that had me truly scared! Then again, my trust in del Toro outweighs my distrust of any specific actor...)

In the meantime, I'm anxious to see anything else del Toro makes.

*fingers crossed*
ghislainem70
Sep. 16th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
You may already know that The Woman In Black was a BBC film more than a decade ago, and completely worth seeing if you haven't caught it, superb chills!

I am a huge Del Toro fan! Although quite possibly my favorite project of his so far was El Orfenato, which he produced not directed, but was amazing. And yes, Mr. Cruise was a scary concept for ATMOM, so many others would be superior in that part. I'm thinking Viggo Mortenson . . .
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 16th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
I adore El Orfenato!!! That film just haunts me for days and days after I watch it. So beautiful and chilling.

And yes, Mr. Cruise was a scary concept for ATMOM, so many others would be superior in that part. I'm thinking Viggo Mortenson ..."

Oh. Now that would work!

While I've read The Woman in Black (and loved it), I haven't seen any previous adaptation of it. I'll have to track down the BBC film. Thanks for the heads up!
ghislainem70
Sep. 16th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Here I have to cop (not bragging at all) to having seen the long-running stage production of TWIB in the West End. Very stripped down, totally effective. And having said that, the very best experience of TWIB is still to read Susan Hill's wonderfully compact little gem, makes the hairs stand up every time. (When the lights go out in the house . . .) I have re-read it repeatedly. Wow, I might just go do that again *scurries to bookshelf*:)

<3<3 El Orfenato!! Same here. I hope they never try to remake it.
ghislainem70
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
And speaking of movies, am biting my nails in sheer frustration, tonight and tomorrow night are the HP Lovecraft Film Fest/Cthulhu Con in LA and sadly, I can't be there. . .Del Toro is supposed to send a video message :(
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