When I was a tween and teen I read absolutely everything I could find written by H.P. Lovecraft. It's been so long that I think it's time to reread his stories. Much from his writing has made it into popular culture, e.g. "Cthulhu for President - Why Settle for the Lesser Evil " bumper stickers. You can buy Cthulhu backpacks, cuddly plushes, and even Cthulhu slippers.
There are comics, music, games and much more. Considering the sense of dread Lovecraft's stories can evoke, I find this amusing and wonderful.
After Lovecraft's death in 1937, other writers continued to write stories in the Lovecraft or Cthulhu Mythos - August Derleth and Brian Lumley immediately spring to mind. There are also anthologies - Cthulhu's Reign , Cthulhu Unbound, Vol. 1 and Vol 2, for example. There is even an H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthulhu Con.
I really am a huge fan of Lovecraft. His stories are not full of gore but they scared the hell out of me and cemented my love for horror. So I'd like to share some of his stories with one lucky commenter.
One commenter will win The Tales of H.P. Lovecraft, selected and edited by Joyce Carol Oates:
That's Cthulhu on the cover.
the winner's choice of one of the following necklaces from Cemetery Cat Jewelry's Lovecraftian World series:
Man O War
Knots of copper chain are sewn together to form a draping waterfall effect. drops of Czech glass, apatite, aquamarine and agate sway from the tendrils. The pendant is hanging from more delicate copper s chain and a copper toggle clasp is the final touch. 24"
Whisperer in the Darkness
This multi-metal necklace is an homage to HP Lovecraft. Large gunmetal curb chain connects to brass hoops and a skully victorian pocket watch gear.A silver plate octopus and a huge algae green agate hold on to an Antique Victorian skeleton key form the UK. A true art piece. 20" plus pendant.
Photos and Descriptions courtesy of Synde Korman, Cemetery Cat Jewelry
How to enter:
Leave a comment for a chance to win the book and one of the necklaces (winner's choice) created by Synde Korman of Cemetery Cat Jewelry.
We’ll put all the names of all commenters in the DubbleBubble® receptacle and pull out a name. If you tweet the contest, we’ll put your name in for the tweet as well. You can tweet as much as you like, but it only counts once. If you also mention the contest on Facebook, we’ll add your name again. You can mention it on Facebook a zillion times, but you only get one extra entry. You can also mention the contest on your blog (it must be your blog) to get another entry. So you can get your name placed in the receptacle a maximum of 4 times (comment, tweet, FB mention, blog mention). Provide us a link in the comments so we know that you tweeted or Facebooked or blogged.
The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, June 14, 2010.