Thursday, October 27, 2011
Creature Week - Lovecraftian Beasties
In some ways these creatures, as varied as they can be, bridge the gaps between so many types of monsters. Alien, terrestrial, demonic, vampiric, living on the fringes of modern myth and culture. These beasts play off of all our fears, the cultural ones and the primal ones.
There is of course all of the adaptations, most rather loose, that I could list here. But they are obvious Lovecraft based works. As a fan of HPL, most are easily familiar with films like From Beyond, Dagon, and The Dunwich Horror. But the point of these daily lists has been to introduce other things to the menu, and change up the usual lineup for planning that perfect hallow's eve atmosphere.
In the Mouth of Madness
Cast a Deadly Spell
If you are looking for a laugh or two, this would be my pick on the Lovecraft front. I have mentioned my love of film noir and detective fiction before, so I find this film to be quite a riot. With the deplorable acting of Fred Ward as a PI out to stop the great Cthulhu himself, this is one of the best films of Lovecraft monsters without actually being based on anything Lovecraft wrote. If you don't believe me, just watch this:
I mentioned this book in my brief update on the book challenge. It is my pick for one of the best Lovecraft inspired works of late. Essentially it is a sequel to stories like Shadows over Innsmouth. It's fast paced, fun and furious. I am begging the author, James A. Moore, to please write more!
Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths
A short, three-issue series of stories by Alan Moore connected with Lovecraft's mythos.
Perhaps one of the best series of 2009, Image's short lived series about the pulp adventures of the author were a blast to read. Finally collected in a trade paperback, they are certainly worth picking up, if for no other reason than the fantastically illustrated covers.
This is a rather well known series, especially after the movies by the aforementioned Guillermo del Toro. But Mike Mignola's books and its subsequent sequels and spinoff are a lot of fun. Pulling in elements of police procedurals, horror comics, and weird creature of the week story arcs, Hellboy took a fun gimicky concept and turned it into one of the longest running indie series of all time. If you like adventure pulps or horror comics, or if you only know Hellboy and the BPRD from the films, you should definitely check them out. Thankfully almost all the trades are still in print!