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Collects THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF HP LOVECRAFT #1 4Chilling Uncanny Macabre The wall that separates reality and nightmare comes fast undone in this the complete horrific chronicle of young HP Lovecraft Is he a harmless writer of supernatural fiction or a secret god of destruction and despair? This is one strange tale indeed

10 thoughts on “The Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft Vol 1

  1. says:

    Nicely done tale of Lovecraft as struggling writer in the pulp milieu Interesting take on Lovecraft's personal life I liked the art a lot except that to me imagery of the 'monsters' in Lovecraft's mythos always seems childish and cartoony compared to what the stories create in my mind Definitely worthwhile for Lovecraft fans

  2. says:

    The review below is cross posted from my blog think I mainly enjoyed this graphic novel because of the way it resonated with me as an aspiring writer of fiction That's a bit odd in that I'm not a huge fan of Lovecraft's actual writing I'm into Lovecraft for his philosophical struggle and unique artistic vision his actual prose inspires me very rarely But it is Lovecraft's vexed career as a writer that forms the central motif of this period comic set in the 1920s It's a very well told and gripping tale if relatively simple The complexity comes not in the plot but in the meditation on art and life It's about 'high' literary aspirations in a world that can only take what you make as pulp fiction lurid shockers to be read and trashed If what you make can be read at all that is The opening portrays the editor of Weird Tales magazine complaining to Lovecraft's fellow writer Clark Ashton Smith that Lovecraft's stories are just too bizarre and not gripping enough The scene shows how even the pulps didn't have much time for Lovecraft's truly not just surfacely weird tales Various characters throughout such as policemen remark that they've never been able to actually finish reading one of Lovecraft's stories Lovecraft was too freakish and monstrous for the literary canon and too meditative and visionary for the pulps Add to that a childhood disfigured by parental mental illness and a failed attempt at romance central plot features of the graphic novel and you have the quintessential and slightly clichéd Unhappy Poet Such a man might be prone to make monsters in his art but in this comic's story the monsters step outside Lovecraft's brain and murderously into his world It's another fairly hackneyed trope but fun enough nonetheless and again not really the pointThe point is that it's incredibly difficult to grope toward an original artistic vision in a world that needs to sell sell sell and in a world where we're all nursed on lowest common denominator aesthetics and ontologies Probably about half of the graphic novel's text is comprised of actual quotes from Lovecraft's writings I recognised a number of them from both his fiction and non fiction writing Some seemed obviously from letters or journals There's a lot of soul searching and frustration and bleak determination but in a way I found sincere and inviting not goth angsty The illustrations are fine They are skilful drawings that get the job done and tell the story well It's not really my style but some of the monsters are interesting interpretations quite gruesome and repugnant They flesh out effectively the sheer madness of what it would be like to see the brain shattering otherworldliness of such beings disgustingly intersect with our own organic matter and psyche There was however perhaps not enough emphasis on the cosmos the dreadful sense of deep space and lightyears so crucial to the ambient of the Lovecraft's monstrosities his seminal 'cosmic horror'One thing I found interesting was that the editor of Weird Tales complained that Lovecraft didn't have busty blondes and the accompanying sexual under or overtones in his tales the misogynistic soft smut that sold so well But this graphic novel's illustrator made sure to include a number of panels of fairly graphic sex and nudity the comic would surely need to be rated R for a number of elements I thought most of these sex scenes fairly gratuitous Some of them were commenting on men's abuse of women eg prostitution but as is so often the case in our society these depictions drag the male imagination through a suspiciously loving and lingering objectification of lust embellished female bodies in order to 'subvert' that same male gaze I find this element of the comic highly ironic in light of the complaint that Lovecraft couldn't sell well without such lubricious voyeurism There is a deeper and real issue in Lovecraft about phobia of sex and relationships but that's not really touched on in this comic in favour of a simple Hollywood tragic romance lineSpeaking of Hollywood there have apparently been talks with Ron Howard about adapting this comic to film I found myself wishing that might happen as I read it especially as a number of counter cultural writers have had films made about them in the last decade eg Hunter S Thomson and Allen Ginsberg I just wish a visionary director than Howard could get hold of itFellow Lovecraft enthusiasts might at least enjoy seeing Lovecraft's own words on writing and life strung together into a tale as I did And those interested in a first glimpse of the thinking and worldview behind this tragic mad genius of outré literature might find this graphic novel an accessible intro but please don't stop here as it is probably misleading in some ways The book cemented a growing feeling for me that in spite of the fact that I don't care for Lovecraft's actual prose he is becoming something of a writer's writer for me a rather poignant champion of artistic integrity in a world that doesn't value that often enough

  3. says:

    I'm on a major major Lovecraft kick so I'm pretty much willing to pick up anything tangentially related to the guy This is a graphic novel I got for 3 in a sale and it wasdifferent than I expected The conceit is that Lovecraft's demons actually come to life when he sleeps and commit all sorts of atrocities in Providence It's silly fun It's not great but not terrible but it doesn't really try to be anything it isn't I'm glad I picked it up but I wouldn't recommend anyone rush this to the top of their list either

  4. says:

    I was late to discovering HP Lovecraft my family wasn't too big into the scary books and movies Frankly I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to those also I do love these though the books written by him and about him Truly gifted author

  5. says:

    Unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed The narrative just showed a lack of depth and knowledge about Lovecraft and his fiction I'm aware that the entire plot is fictional but the entire pastiche just feels very un lovecraftian

  6. says:

    Story lines from Lovecraft as the biography of the author Eh

  7. says:

    While interesting I couldn't place this in what I knew of his timeline and thought that somehow this wasn't something

  8. says:

    Decent idea decently executed Worth the 3 I paid Lovecraft's horror doesn't translate very well to visual media but they did it better than I expected

  9. says:

    A really interested twist of HP Lovecraft personal story that its better with a deep understanding of his real story really good graphics and a descent storyline

  10. says:

    Meh nice drawing but not impressed at all by the story line