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How have I not seen this before? And it all begins with, Prospero's magic book was the _Necronomicon_, to which I can only reply, well, of course, why hadn't that occurred to me before?
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I guess this is wy they call it an agony column. Oddly, it makes me sort of wish that there was a "Talk like a Lovecraft character" day.
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Whether you are going out to a party, holding down the fort at home while being besieged by manic sugar imps, or just staying home and reading something spooky while eating the Halloween candy all by yourself,
have a happy Halloween!

And if you need more recommendations for reading material, here are a couple of links to free audiobooks:
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving on Lit2Go (includes mp3 and text)
_Collected Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft_ from LibraryVox

and, just because this looks so cool, Here is a link to a Lovecraft-related Kickstarter project which was successfully funded:
The Miskatonic School for Girls
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Not a real sex ed film, but the video is a film submitted to the Sundance film festival--really amazing script which makes a great use of canon to create something original.
Gargantuan thanks to TheArt of Darkness blog for the link.
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Kes: There was a really useful blog article I read a number of months back titled something like "20 words not to use in a book review," and now i have number 21. From Genreville

Also from PW, this article on Lovecraft's increasing popularity, especially in new fiction anthologies and graphic novels:

Terror Eternal: The enduring popularity of H.P. Lovecraft
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Kes: Via The Art of Darkness blog; if you wait through the quiet bit the next video will cue up
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is your favorite fanboy preordering the new DVD
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown
which features horror folks like John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, and Neil Gaiman, and even springing for the two-day shipping so that it shows up in time for your Lovecraft tea party.

Talk about putting the romance back in necromancy...I love you, FF.
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For those who don't get announcements from,
October is Steampunk Month on
complete with interviews, fiction, and giveaways.

This is all very convenient as I'm trying to cultivate a look for a Lovecraft tea party which I think of as tentaclepunk (that's tentacle punk for screen reader users), which is basically steampunk with Lovecraftian overtones.
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I want a Necronomicon cookie tin. I would settle for a Necronomicon lunchbox.

Both of these things seem perfectly obvious to me, but I think th Internets is doing its best to prevent me from having either, as my previous attempt to post this disappeared into the ether.
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The University of Texas’ Ransom Center has digitized their
Edgar Allan Poe collection
including books annotated by the author. The collection was launched to accompany the bicentennial of Poe’s birth.
The digital collection incorporates images of all Poe manuscripts and letters at the Ransom Center with a selection of related archival materials, two books by Poe annotated by the author, sheet music based on his poems, and portraits from the Ransom Center collections. Poe’s manuscripts and letters are linked to transcriptions on the website of the Poe Society of Baltimore.
There’s lots of interesting stuff, including some manuscript pages that would be lovely printed out and framed or used as part of a collage.

This site is collecting
Poe's Ultimate Song List
which is any song about Poe or any song or spoken performance based upon his works.

Need more Poe? How about
The Tell Tale Heart (UPA, 1953 )
And for some variety, here are
The Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft
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I'm stealing this from Paul Di Filippo (pgdf) who posted it to the Inferior Four LJ community
I was pleased to hear Michael Dirda and others, including Charles Brown, speak about reviewing at ReaderCon, and I will be posting my brief notes from that panel later. For now, I want to mention my latest case of book lust, which I discovered through a review from The Washington Post Book World site:
The Annotated The Wind in the Willows (2009)
A review by Michael Sims
It occurred to me while writing this post how often one can indulge in a little game of 6 degrees of Lovecraft. How do I get from Michael Dirda to Lovecraft in this post? Michael Dirda gave the speech I linked to above, and he also reviews for Book World, which posted the review for _The Annotated The Wind in the Willows_, in which the reviewer mentions his own childhood copy of
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, written by William S. Baring-Gould. This Baring-Gould was a grandson of Sabine Baring-Gould, who was one of those eccentric antiquarian scholars who wrote the classic _The Book of Were-Wolves_ and a book about the castles of the troubador country and a book about medieval myths admired by H. P. Lovecraft (refer to Steven J. Mariconda, "Baring-Gould and the Ghouls: The Influence of Curious Myths of the Middle Ages on 'The Rats in the Walls'",
The Horror of It All, p. 42).
So there!
Also, acccording to Wikipedia
William Baring-Gould, when he was creating a biography of Sherlock Holmes, based Holmes early life upon that of Sabine Baring-Gould, and this has led to much intertwining of SBG's biographical details with those of Holmes.
Project Gutenberg has a number of SBG's works online
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The inaugural fiction issue of Innsmouth Free Press--a new online Lovecraftian magazine--is online at

and if you are looking for daily doses of free SF/F/Horror media to be found online, you should subscribe to Quasar Dragon
who does an impressive job of tracking what's new


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