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Subject: Any Lovecraft fans here?
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 8:22 AM ET
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I just started rereading some H.P. Lovecraft stories and I'd forgotten how good they are.  He's so completely unique & original & creepy as hell.

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 6:55 PM ET
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He's definitely a classic!  I've been a fan for quite awhile, both of his originals and his contemporaries like Derleth, Smith and the like.

A couple of more modern authors that I found recently using HPL's mythos - John Ringo has a novella with Lovecraft elements in it in his book "Princess of Wands".  Brian Lumley wrote 6 books involving a set of characters that combat the various minions and nasties.  Lumley's style can be a bit tedious at times.  You might want to take a look!

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 1:19 AM ET
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Um, YEAH.

Lol.

More good modern Lovecraftiana: Children of Cthulhu, an anthology of short stories by modern authors, Balak, by Stephen Mark Rainey, anything by Thomas Ligotti, Lumley's Titus Crow series, but his short stories are better even if they're not all Lovecraftian (Fruiting Bodies and Other Fungi, Beneath the Moors and Darker Places, The Whisperer and Other Voices), Threshold by Caitlin Kiernan...gosh, there's a ton more. Happy reading!

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:14 PM ET
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I really like Lovecraft and have to read more.  My Lovecraft books walked away from my classroom library.  I need to get some more.  I haven't been to impressed by movies based on his stories, though.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 5:27 PM ET
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Count me in as another huge Lovecraft fan!  I am extremely excited to hear there is going to be a movie based on "At the Mountains of Madness" directed by Guillermo Del Toro (director of Pan's Labrynth, and some other great horror/fantasy movies).  I agree with the above that most movies based on Lovecraft's writing tend to be...well, pretty bad, but this one sounds like it has potential.  I think that all horror fans should try reading at least a little Lovecraft, since his impact and influence on other horror writers is enormous. 

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 2:31 PM ET
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I love Lovecraft.  I'm currently building my keeper library with a bunch of his stuff.  I also am getting the Cthulhu roleplaying books/game.  I've got a couple of the movies that are based on the books but unfortunately most are crap.

Date Posted: 6/21/2008 1:46 AM ET
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Rachel - have you seen In the Mouth of Madness? It's not Lovecraft, but very Lovecraftian, and I love it.

Date Posted: 6/22/2008 1:54 PM ET
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You might want to track down The Call of Cthulu.  It was a modern made silent B&W film made a few years ago, adapting the title story.  I'm not a big fan of Lovecraft, but thought that this was a great film.  they tried to make it as what it would be like if it had been adapted in Lovecraft's lifetime, and did a pretty good job.  Text cards for the dialogue, dark eye makeups on the characters, and even a stop motion cthulu.  If you watch the making of featurette, you see how they turn one guys house into R'yleh, and you couldn't tell it was a house, it just looked like a 1930's era stage and set.  Highly recommended, and i think you can get it on Netflix.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:25 PM ET
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I'll second Maya's reaction. :)

Yes, Ligotti. Ligotti, Ligotti, Ligotti. The new Lovecraft.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 10:35 AM ET
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Maya- Yeah, I've seen it and my first thought was that it was very lovecraftian.

I'll look for he Call of Cthulhu movie.  I know there was a movie made in the 80's I think that was called call of cthulhu with adam ant.  I can't remember much about it.  I don't think it was good but I can't remember. 

I'm looking for the movie Dagon.  I thought that was pretty cool.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 3:42 PM ET
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Yes, Dagon! I've been trying to remember the title for days. People kept asking about my "Miskatonic" college t-shirt.

In the Mouth of Madness was an excellent movie.

Cast a Deadly Spell was pulp noir, Lovecraft meets a 1930s in which private investigators can, well, cast spells.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 3:28 PM ET
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The only "Lovecraft" movie I've seen is Re-Animator.  The stories were apparently Lovecraft's own least favorites, he only wrote them for the commission, and I can see why; they're not really Lovecraftian.  But the movie was amazing.  Nothing Lovecraft about it, but it was great, outrageous, over-the-top zombie fun.  I've never read the Re-Animator stories, anyone know if they're any good?  Even if he didn't like them, I can't imagine any of Lovecraft's stories being bad.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 1:16 AM ET
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The new old-style Call of Cthulhu is totally worth tracking down. Well made on a tiny budget.