Daniel Mills on H.P. Lovecraft

Local horror author Daniel Mills has often spoken about his affection for the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and how the Rhode Island author has impacted his work. Lovecraft has become a deeply controversial author for his racism and views, and Mills notes in an essay on LovecraftZine that appreciating the author is difficult because of that and how he’s come to terms with the author’s legacy and words:

I suppose I should just come out and say it: HP Lovecraft is my favorite writer.

I’ve felt this way for years now, though the various disputes surrounding Lovecraft’s life and legacy have sometimes made it difficult for me to admit as much, even to myself. Most recently, the dust-up over the World Fantasy Award statuette has left many of us within the Weird community feeling angry or conflicted, and so I thought I would just take a moment to reflect on what Lovecraft means to me and why, perhaps, so many of us feel so invested in his legacy.

Read the entire essay here.

Week in Geek

We’re going to try something over here, a retrospective on the week, based on the major topics we’ve talked about, with a bit of commentary.


Vermont Comic Con – Word that Vermont was getting its very own Comic Con in Burlington has been huge this week, as has our look at Vermont’s history of conventions in The Vermont Convention Scene. Word of Vermont Comic Con has gotten a number of fans excited on Facebook and Twitter, and it’s easy to see why: neighboring Comic Cons in Boston and Manchester have grown in recent years, and it’s not uncommon to see fans from Vermont in the walkways or behind tables.

We’re cautiously optimistic for this one. On one hand, it’s the first time that this event will be run (although it’s not the first comic con in Vermont, despite the organizer’s claims.) and they’re in a huge space. Hopefully, they’ll attract a good number of people, and it’ll become a center point for people who follow GMS. We’ll likely be there, although exactly how we’ll be there is up in the air.

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Geek Mountain State Presents Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic was announced earlier this week, our fourth entry in the Vermont Science Fiction Writer’s Series. We’re pretty excited for this one (as we are for all of them), because we’ve got a really strong lineup of authors. We’ve also started releasing video footage from the first event in the series, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #1: F. Brett Cox. We’ve got more footage that’ll come out over the course of April and a new installment will come out next week. Our next reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington.

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This weekend marks International Tabletop Day 2014 in Vermont, and there’s a variety of events taking place across the state with places in Burlington, Danby, Fairlee, and Winooski holding official events.

Lovecraft in Windham County! was also popular this week. The aforementioned F. Brett Cox is talking about famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft at the Rockingham Free Library next Thursday. We attended another talk by him last month in Montpelier, and it was a pretty interesting one. If you’re in the area, check it out. We’ll have a reminder next week.

Second Life for Triple Play Games! Triple Play Games is frequently on our Geek Things event list each morning, and we were pretty sad that the store was closing up shop in Lebanon in March, but excited to hear that they found a new home. They’re opening up again today. Gamers in Lebanon, you won’t be without a gaming store for long: Black Moon Games is moving in.

And finally, weirdly, our 2011 post on Fossil Hunting in Vermont was popular this week. Happy hunting, but you might want to wait until the snow vanishes, which should happen … someday.

 

That’s what’s been popular this week – what news were you most happy with?

 

 

Weird Lovecraft Conference Calls for Papers

Weird Tales cover for January 1942.The call is out — the call of Dr. Jonas Prida, that is — for proposals for Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the American Horror Canon, a pop culture conference held at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont. As the circular elaborates:

The College of St. Joseph is actively looking for paper proposals that explore the way that Lovecraft and/or Weird Tales helped construct the American horror canon or the American horrific aesthetic. Papers will be presented at the College of St. Joseph’s popular culture conference, held October 26-27th.

You can download the notice directly from the college’s website. It covers the abstract deadline, how to contact Dr. Prida and some possibilities of topics for those needing a nudge.

The Whisperer in Darkness Hits the Festival Circuit

Fresh new about the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s second film, The Whisperer in Darkness, has come to light. When last we looked in on Whisperer, set in the low, green mountains of southern Vermont, the crew was wrapping up post-production. Now the film is complete and making the rounds of film festivals all over the world.

Locally, it screened recently at the Berkshire International Film Festival in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The next regional screening is at the Fantasia film festival in Montreal on July 26th.

Work on the home video version continues as well, with standard DVD and Blu-ray versions in the offing. Features include lots of language tracks — 25 at last count — interviews, behind the scenes footage and more. Drop date is estimated somewhere within October 2011. Here’s to a Halloween treat!

The Whisperer in Darkness

Photo by Luptor.

“Bear in mind closely that I did not see any actual visual horror at the end.”
— H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness

Following up their initial silent film The Call of Cthulhu, the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society nears the end of post-production on their adaptation of The Whisperer in Darkness, a pulp horror story by H. P. Lovecraft first published in Weird Tales in 1931.

Set among the “green and cryptical hills” of southern Vermont, particularly around Townshend, Newfane and Brattleboro, The Whisperer in Darkness blends horror and science fiction in a tale of otherworldly creatures hidden in those hills and the lengths they go to protect themselves from inquisitive souls.

During production, the crew made the trip out to New England from Los Angeles to shoot on location in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including some of the actual locations on which Lovecraft based elements of the original short story. The film’s blog mentions how pleasant shooting in New England was: “Overall, we were delighted by how friendly and cooperative everyone we met was. We would come up to people and ask if we could film their house. Most people said, ‘Sure! Would you like to film our barn too?'” It’s nice to know Vermonters can be so hospitable to a band of Lovecraft geeks making a movie.

You can read more about the production of The Whisperer in Darkness production at the film’s official blog, including premiere and screening dates as they are set. The trailer is available on Youtube. Like many of Lovecraft’s works which have passed out of copyright, the original text of The Whisperer in Darkness is available online for free — similarity to the film adaptation not guaranteed.