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The Lovecraft anthology : a graphic collection of H.P. Lovecraft's short stories

Publication Information:
London : SelfMadeHero, ©2011-
Physical Description:
volumes : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
[V.1] The call of Cthulhu / adapted by Ian Edginton ; illustrated by D'Israeli -- The haunter of the dark / adapted by Dan Lockwood ; illustrated by Shane Ivan Oakley -- The Dunwich horror / adapted by Rob Davis ; illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard -- The colour out of space / adapted by David Hine ; illustrated by Mark Stafford -- The shadow over Innsmouth / adapted by Leah Moore & John Reppion ; illustrated by Leigh Gallagher -- The rats in the walls / adapted by Dan Lockwood ; illustrated by David Hartman -- Dagon / adapted by Dan Lockwood ; illustrated by Alice Duke ; [V.2] Pickman's model / adapted by Jamie Delano ; illustrated by Steve Pugh -- The temple / adapted by Chris Lackey ; illustrated by Adrian Salmon -- From beyond / adapted by David Camus ; illustrated by Nicolas Fructus -- He / adapted by Dwight L. MacPherson ; illustrated by Paul Peart-Smith -- The hound / adapted by Chad Fifer ; illustrated by Bryan Baugh -- The nameless city / adapted by Pat Mills ; illustrated by Attila Futaki -- The picture in the house / adapted by Benjamin Dickson ; illustrated by Mick McMahon -- The festival / adapted by Simon Spurrier ; illustrated by Matt Timson -- The statement of Randolph Carter / adapted by Dan Lockwood ; illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell.
Presents illustrated adaptations of seven of H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror tales.


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Lovecraft, H. v.1
Lovecraft, H. v.2

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A graphic anthology of tales featuring collaborations between established writers and artists and debut contributors, The Lovecraft Anthology showcases Lovecraft's talent for the macabre. From the insidious mutations of "The Shadow over Innsmouth" to the mindbending threat of "The Call of Cthulhu," this collection explores themes of insanity, inherited guilt, and arcane ritual to startling effect.

Praise for The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume I:

"It's a rich grab bag that brings the eerie and unspeakable to vivid graphic life, and both the newcomer and the seasoned Lovecraft fan will not be disappointed." -- Publishers Weekly

"When a graphic novel comes along representing some of Lovecraft's greatest tales, it has a lot to live up to. I'm happy to say that the graphic novel compilation The Lovecraft Anthology, Vol. 1 provides the goods." --GeekDad.com

" The Lovecraft Anthology is a wonderful adaptation and tribute to Lovecraft, and you can tell Lockwood is a fan of these stories." --Kirkus Reviews online

"For the reader who wants to find out what Lovecraft is all about . . . The Lovecraft Anthology is a fitting primer." --Campus Circle.com

Author Notes

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, 1890 - 1937 H. P. Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother was Sarah Susan Phillips Lovecraft and his father was Winfield Scott Lovecraft, a traveling salesman for Gorham & Co. Silversmtihs. Lovecraft was reciting poetry at the age of two and when he was three years old, his father suffered a mental breakdown and was admitted to Butler Hospital. He spent five years there before dying on July 19, 1898 of paresis, a form of neurosyphillis. During those five years, Lovecraft was told that his father was paralyzed and in a coma, which was not the case.

His mother, two aunts and grandfather were now bringing up Lovecraft. He suffered from frequent illnesses as a boy, many of which were psychological. He began writing between the ages of six and seven and, at about the age of eight, he discovered science. He began to produce the hectographed journals, "The Scientific Gazette" (1899-1907) and "The Rhode Island Journal of Astronomy" (1903-07). His first appearance in print happened, in 1906, when he wrote a letter on an astronomical matter to The Providence Sunday Journal. A short time later, he began writing a monthly astronomy column for The Pawtuxet Valley Gleaner - a rural paper. He also wrote columns for The Providence Tribune (1906-08), The Providence Evening News (1914-18), The Asheville (N.C.) Gazette-News (1915).

In 1904, his grandfather died and the family suffered severe financial difficulties, which forced him and his mother to move out of their Victorian home. Devastated by this, he apparently contemplated suicide. In 1908, before graduating from high school, he suffered a nervous breakdown. He didn't receive a diploma and failed to get into Brown University, both of which caused him great shame. Lovecraft was not heard from for five years, re-emerging because of a letter he wrote in protest to Fred Jackson's love story in The Argosy. His letter was published in 1913 and caused great controversy, which was noted by Edward F. Daas, President of the United Amateur Press Association (UAPA). Daas invited Lovecraft to join the UAPA, which he did in early 1914. He eventually became President and Official Editor of the UAPA and served briefly as President of the rival National Amateur Press Association (NAPA). He published thirteen issues of his own paper, The Conservative (1915-23) and contributed poetry and essays to other journals. He also wrote some fiction which titles include "The Beast in the Cave" (1905), "The Alchemist" (1908), "The Tomb" and "Dagon" (1917).

In 1919, Lovecraft's mother was deteriorating, mentally and physically, and was admitted to Butler Hospital. On May 24, 1921, his mother died from a gall bladder operation. While attending an amateur journalism convention in Boston, Lovecraft met his future wife Sonia Haft Greene, a Russian Jew. They were married on March 3, 1924 and Lovecraft moved to her apartment in Brooklyn. Sonia had a shop on Fifth Avenue that went bankrupt. In 1925, Sonia went to Cleveland for a job and Lovecraft moved to a smaller apartment in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn. In 1926, he decided to move back to Providence. Lovecraft had his aunts bar his wife, Sonia, from going to Providence to start a business because he couldn't have the stigma of a tradeswoman wife. They were divorced in 1929.

After his return to Providence, he wrote his greatest fiction, which included the titles "The Call of Cthulhu" (1926), "At the Mountains of Madness" (1931), and "The Shadow Out of Time" (1934-35). In 1932, his aunt, Mrs. Clark, died; and he moved in with his other aunt, Mrs. Gamwell, in 1933. Suffering from cancer of the intestine, Lovecraft was admitted to Jane Brown Memorial Hospital and on March 15, 1937 he died.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lovecraft's pulp horrors have long proved a trying prospect for those who adapt them into any visual medium, due to the author's horrific visions being often nebulously defined. His madness-inducing elder gods, their nightmarish half-human offspring and all manner of inhuman, tentacled wigglies received descriptions allowing the imagination to do the heavy lifting, which was not a bad idea since no amount of storytelling can come up with anything as horrific as what an individual reader's mind can conceive. The other stumbling block for adapters is Lovecraft's "antique" turn of phrase that is often lost in translation. This anthology, however, gets everything right and matches eight capable writers (among them Ian Edginton and Dan Lockwood) with seven very imaginative artists (Disraeli, INJ Collard) all of whom do the stories justice. The tales adapted are seven of Lovecraft's best, including "The Call of Thulium," "The Munich Horror," The Shadow over Inns Mouth," each illustrated in styles running the gamut from the grotesque to the expressionistic and even the cartoony. It's a rich grab bag that brings the eerie and unspeakable to vivid graphic life, and both the newcomer and the seasoned Lovecraft fan will not be disappointed. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

In comics, silly and scary can be one and the same. See Gahan Wilson's squiggily cartoons and Mike Mignola's cubistic color-field compositions in Hellboy. The artists for the seven stories in this tribute to horror meister Lovecraft know this very well. The auras of Mignola, especially in D'Israeli's The Call of Cthulhu and Shane Ivan Oakley's The Haunter of the Dark, and Wilson, unmissably in Mark Stafford's The Colour Out of Space, permeate the collection, though each of these artists is no mere copier. Oakley is particularly outstanding; the slanting, busy, high-contrast backdrops in his panels conjure how being sick with fright just might feel. If Lovecraft gives an artist a field day, he is paradoxically stingier with the writer-adapter. Bombastic, fulsome, and excessive are three kinder things his prose has been called, and he rarely wrote dialogue. Hewing too closely to his wording can be counterproductively ludicrous, as the treatment of The Shadow over Innsmouth demonstrates. Not to worry that much, though. In any medium, horror gets no better than Lovecraft.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2010 Booklist