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Friday, February 27, 2009

Lovecraft Freaks Take Note: This Web-Comic Is For You!

Ol' B-Sol back at ya with a truly primo discovery. Web-comics have been around for quite a while now, but I've never been that into the phenomenon, preferring the old-fashioned paper variety. Until now.

Larry Latham's Lovecraft Is Missing is a web-only comic/graphic novel that asks the intriguing question, "What if H.P. Lovecraft's stories were based on real life?" The story takes the form of a bizarre mystery, as an occult scholar and a fellow pulp writer follow the trail of the vanished Lovecraft and the strange secrets he's stumbled upon. The art is striking, including some color work that really breaks new ground with regards to the possibilities of Photoshop. The whole affair has a definite Alan Moore/Kevin O'Neill LOEG vibe to it.

Latham has been publishing the work online, page-by-page, since last August. A recent sample, with all due credit to Mr. Latham:

Gear Live currently has an interview up with Latham wherein he talks about the long struggle he's had bringing Lovecraft Is Missing to fruition, from its incarnations as a CD-ROM game, proposed DC Vertigo title, and animated flick. After checking out this quality stuff, I assure you that you, too, will be scratching your head at Vertigo's uncharacteristic lapse in judgment. I urge all fans of Lovecraft and Lovecraftian horror to check it out!

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And while I'm on the topic of discoveries, I'd also like to take the time out to direct your attention to a fine new blog that you would do well to get in on at the ground floor. It's called Day of the Woman, and its author, the lovely BJ-C, is a horror fanatic/aficionado of impressive rigor. The task she has charged herself with is the exploration of the subject of women in horror, and she's already put up a fascinating bunch of posts on topics such as the fixation on creepy little girls, and the morbid fascination with rape. So head on over and take a look--if for no other reason than to marvel at Camille Keaton's iconic posterior.


Anonymous said...

RayRay - Hey, this Lovecraft fan is excited by this discovery. Well done, B-Sol. It looks very interesting, to say the least.

After I personally discovered Lovecraft I have found that there is a rather vibrant fanbase. There are several books of Lovecraft inspired stories and many movies have been released straight to video, but not all of them are terrible.

In particular there is the 2005 Call of Cthulhu, a silent, subtitled black and white film made in the style of the era in which Lovecraft wrote. While I have never seen it in its entirety, the extended clips I have seen are excellent. It is a wonderful film that any fan of horror should indulge themselves.

However, being a fan of the comic book/graphic novel medium, I will certainly take a look at this web comic.

B-Sol said...

I knew you'd go in for this. It's a real "page"-turner. Hopefully, he'll be able to get a collected edition published on paper at some point.


Wow. this is great. Thanks for showing it to me. I will post a link on my page for it as well.

And speaking of Lovecraft movies... be sure to see Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft it is a really interesting riff on the same idea as this comic.

The Headless Werewolf said...

Thanks for the finds! I'm now an enthusiastic follower of "Day of the Woman."

Phantom of Pulp said...

Thank you for this referral.

As a total lover of Lovecraft, I'm over the moon about this.

BJ Colangelo said...

Thanks B!!! You are too kind!

LL said...

B-Sol (now why do I not think that's your real name?) I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for plugging my Lovecraft is Missing web comic. There's so much competition for fans' s attention these days that every little dribble of good press is much appreciated. And it's a double whammy, as I now know your website as well. I'll be around.

B-Sol said...

My pleasure! It's a great piece of work, and I'll be following it religiously from now on.

Anthony Hogg said...

Hell of a good find there!

I had a read of it after you mentioned it in the blog. Lovin' it!

A movie would be great...but could they really do it justice?

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