Post-millennial is the age of H.P. Lovecraft.

Posted by Peter Hall - March 26th 2009 @ 10:24 pm

Maybe, maybe not talks of a theatrical RE-ANIMATOR remake in 3D.  A doomed proposal for a teencentric HERBERT WEST television series.  The release of CTHULHU as an impressive black and white short and a less impressive Tori Spelling starrer on DVD.  Countless other ambitious amateur adaptations.  Still mumbles of a Stuart Gordon THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP, Guillermo Del Toro’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS.  Toys.  Adaptation of THE DUNWICH HORROR with Jeffrey Combs.  The documentary LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.  Countless comics.  Black and white adaptations.  The Onion even has a go.   And now Ron Howard circling the director’s chair for THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT?

Ever since being introduced to the long dead poet of madness, I’ve felt that Lovecraft was the most influential voice in modern horror.  The post-millennium seals it.  Admiration for his work is legion.  No one, not even the Crimson King himself puts up numbers like this.

And I’ve even yet to write my own Lovecraft tribute story about a world in which time travel has become so mundane that the tech has trickled to all walks of life.  Couple of fans decide to pull one over on ‘ole H.P., traveling back in time and leaving the art of Alex CF on the reclusive scribe’s doorstep.

It’d be a knee slapper.

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  1. Matt W
    March 27th, 2009 | 12:07 am | #1

    I gotta say I agree, ever since I got into Lovecraft’s work I just keep seeing more and more influences.

    One of the best adaptations of his work was a text-based game called Anchorhead, it revolved around Cthulhu mythos. It won some award or something, check it out.

    (I didn’t play it, but rather read an LP of it. I suck at text games, I mean I suck hard so I’ll never even attempt to play it. )

  2. Birdy
    March 27th, 2009 | 12:46 pm | #2

    I want that Del Toro adaptation of Mountains of Madness. Now. Right now. Someone use time travel to get it on my doorstep, and a gigantic TV to watch it on.

    I’d also like to point you to this game. It’s wildly addictive, and practically breathes the mythos.

  3. Birdy
    March 27th, 2009 | 12:47 pm | #3

    And if the html had worked, you’d have gotten this link. Curse you, forgotten quotation marks and an inability to edit! I’ll send the Deep Ones after you!

  4. Birdy
    March 27th, 2009 | 12:47 pm | #4

    Well, dammit. Sorry for raping the comments with trying to post a friggin’ link. It’s this: http://www.kongregate.com/games/GamesofCthulhu/the-necronomicon . THERE. THAT -HAS- TO WORK.

  5. March 27th, 2009 | 9:33 pm | #5

    Nice find, Birdy. Now I’m going to have to find some time to spend with it.

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