H.P. Lovecraft’s monstrous creation Cthuhlu first appeared in the short story The Call of Cthuhlu, published in 1928.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on this day in 1890. We celebrate his birthday with 10 titbits about the father of weird and wonderful horror
tuart Gordon is, inarguably, one of the undisputed masters of the horror genre. With such landmark works as the cult classic Re-Animator under his belt, Gordon’s filmic oeuvre has always sought to blend a touch of scholarly class with the genre’s gory grand guignol.
Never one to shy away from his literary influences, Gordon has frequently returned to the works of horror titans H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe to craft some of his most celebrated films, including the gleefully depraved From Beyond and the criminally underrated The Pit and The Pendulum. However, the audacious auteur’s latest project takes his obsessions one step further, leaping from the pages of fiction and into the very real life of the man behind some of literature’s most notorious shadows.
Gavin Callaghan’s Dark Arcadia is a capable and engaging critical treatment of the weird fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. He brings an interesting combination of methods to this material. Recognizing Lovecraft’s professed interest in classical literature, he examines the allusions to antiquity and the possibility of satirical method in HPL’s stories. As a complementary tactic, he invokes psychoanalytic appraisals of Lovecraft’s authorial motives (strongly indulging Jungian approaches) to account for significant tropes in his output.