November 21st, 2010

S.C. Hickman

The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft

"Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places."
       - H.P. Lovecraft

I love it... a comic mag for adults and children alike, one that puts H.P. Lovecraft himself at the center of a cosmic drama of nightmare. As Michel Houllebecq said "Now as much as ever, the figure of the “hermit of Providence” is almost as mythic as his own creations. And – what is especially marvellous – every attempt at demystification fails. No “sober” biography has succeeded in dissipating the aura of pathetic weirdness that enshrouds the man."[1] Now we shall have it. The authors of this new comic mag tell us: 

"Toiling away as a timid and eccentric writer of pulp horror stories, H.P. Lovecraft, is powerless in the world... in love with a girl who doesn't love him back, mired in a profession that inspires no respect and frozen in the grip of a terrible writer's block.  Until one day when everything changes.  Lovecraft comes in contact with an ancient book that passes onto him an insidious curse: whenever he sleeps, his darkest nightmares come true and are loosed on the world.  Suddenly, this shy and bumbling writer becomes both an unwitting god of destruction and the only man who can fight the wickedness he unleashes.  It's a fantastical revision of the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft, a story in the mold of the classic Universal horror movies. A weird tale indeed."

Mac Carter, Adam Byrne, and Tony Salmons spawned this monstrosity of fun and will soon allow us to enter its terror filled realm on June 9th, 2010. In a recent interview Mac Carter said this about Ron Howard's moving ahead to make a full featured film of the series:

"Well, in my mind, it’s no coincidence that the book landed with Universal. When we set out to create the comic we talked a lot about their classic monsters. We felt there was a model at work in their pantheon that we could follow -- that of the tragic, misunderstood monster: Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, even the Gill Man. Some of the details of Lovecraft’s sad and complex biography started to suggest a similar character. All we needed was the horror. Well, Lovecraft’s writings provide that in spades."

To find out more about the future of this comic horror go to The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft... click here.

1 Michel Houllebecq, H.P. Lovecraft - Against the world, against life. p 8
S.C. Hickman


"The writings of H.P. Lovecraft aim towards one goal: to put the reader into a state of fascination."
           - Michel Houellebecq

Webster’s Dictionary describes fascination as a form of witchcraft: “The act of bewitching, or enchanting; the exercise of a powerful or irresistible influence on the affections or passions; inexplicable influence.”

a dark moon rising

Like a lover who has forgotten himself
I kissed the mirror of her lips; 
its ragged edges bleeding into me:
the broken white of that slitted dream, falling away.

Once I remembered her:
the promise of her flesh;
now all is ashes and bones,
the pleasant drift of the oceans roar.

Maybe I should continue this thought
like a man who walks away from himself,
or maybe I should plunder the corpse
of this white page seeking a new way.

The fragments remain fragments,
life remains;
and the beauty that is still holds me
under this dark moon rising

           - Craig Hickman, @Copyright, 2010