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Elder Sign End Times Trilogy Book 1: Arkham

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Elder Sign End Times Trilogy Book 1: Arkham by Jennifer Stanfield is a young adult fantasy/horror story. The book is 268 pages and was self-published with Smashwords in December, 2014. Three 19-year old survivors cope with life in a post-apocalyptic world. The fabled beast, dread Cthulhu, has risen and the world as we know has ended. A young adult novel set in a Lovecraftian universe is an unusual combination, but the author makes it work. The story was very readable, and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

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NecronomiCon Providence – tickets on sale 6th Feb

Very excited for this! Thankfully reserved a room at the Biltmore already.

TENTACLII : H.P. Lovecraft blog

Highlights from the latest NecronomiCon Providence 2015 news…

* “Convention passes (all levels) on sale 6th February 2015”, from 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time.

* “Most of the convention programming will take place at the Biltmore and Omni hotels, but there will be numerous satellite venues hosting external programming.”

* During the Convention… “a comprehensive collection of correspondence between Lovecraft and many of his friends and penpals on display at the gorgeously renovated John Hay Library at Brown University.”

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Book review: Night Shall Overtake

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Night Shall Overtake by Michael R. Collins is an urban fantasy, set in a world like our own but full of supernatural creatures ( there are no vampires, thank goodness.) The protagonist is a detective with special powers.  What starts out as a standard case turns into more than this detective and her coworkers bargained for.

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Book Review: The Strange Dark One by W.H. Pugmire

The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep

W.H. Pugmire

Miskatonic River Press

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When I was young I loved monsters. I wanted to tell these poor things that I cared for them and understood them even if the rest of society did not. I always imagined myself and these creatures spending time together as two misunderstood souls. Pugmire’s work brings me back to these fantasies.

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The Dystopian World of Black Mirror

Black Mirror

Black Mirror from IMDB

I just binge watched both seasons of this on Netflix yesterday. Each season is only three episodes, so I didn’t feel too guilty. I don’t think I have been as hooked on a TV show since Game of Thrones.

Black Mirror is British series that has been compared to a modern-day Twilight Zone. I love the Twilight Zone so this is right up my alley. The twist is that all of the episodes feature technology we may have in the near future, or even have now. This makes the story lines follow a “new technology is evil/science is bad” trope. However, the technology itself is not the issue. The story lines revolve around human nature and how we humans twist these technologies to our own base devices. In the show the technology is just there. The focus is not on developing the technology or destroying it, but an individual’s personal experience with it and society.

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Booksales and Lovecraftian Haikus

HPL Memorial

HP Lovecraft memorial

In only a few months it will be time to return to Providence to visit the haunts of my favorite author. In the meantime I plan on spending the long, cold winter nights sipping tea and reading some Mythos and other weird fiction. The Lovecraft Ezine had a great holiday sale and I picked up 20 ebooks for $20. While I still prefer to read real paper books, ebooks are quite convenient and make it easier to get a hold of works that I may not have otherwise.

Now I just need to find the time to read everything. So far I read 101 Cthulhu Mythos Haiku by Marcus R. Gilman. It was a quick read and I finished the book in less than 10 minutes. I liked  figuring out which stories or creatures each haiku is referring to.  HPL’s tales are a bit verbose and heavy on the adjectives so artistically summarizing a Lovecraft story into a 17 syllable haiku must have been no easy task. Many of the haikus are somber and attempt to capture the feel of the stories. Some are a little silly, and I enjoyed those in particular,for instance:

A cheap place to sleep

Strange-angled room brings weird dreams

The rat-thing scuttles

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