Tuesday, August 24, 2010

H.P. Lovecraft Paperback Covers II: In Madness You Dwell

Let's continue, shall we, with more terrific (and terrible) cover art for various vintage paperback editions of H.P. Lovecraft. It's addictive - I can't get enough! And I'm certain you guys can't either. And if there are any Lovecraft novices out there, these covers give you only the slightest glimpse of the dread and nameless horrors that await all humanity should we venture too far from our placid islands of ignorance. So gaze upon them affrightedly, and despair...

16 comments:

lazlo azavaar said...

Some of these are just goofy. One wonders what the artists were thinking.

Joe Monster said...

Jesus Christ, those Omnibus editions are something else. I have the one from your last post with the head-eating troll. (Un?)intentionally funny stuff there.

I love the first cover you have here for The Tomb collection and the one for The Survivor is neat.

And that Cthulhu pic? B. A.

Will Errickson said...

Yep. I can only assume that paperback publishers just had stock illustrations for fantasy/horror and stuck whatever they wanted on covers. Although the original Arkham House hardcovers, ostensibly the premier HPL publisher, had some awkward art on their dust jackets as well.

Jessica Penot said...

Great Covers! I have the first book, but I've never seen the others.

CthulhuWho1 said...

Great 120th Birthday Presents to/from H. P. Lovecraft!

Happy 120th. Birthday H.P.L.!

Freebies released in celebration of H. P. Lovecraft's 120th. birthday on 20-August-2010, and to stir up excitement for the possible making of the Universal Studios 3D version of "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron; and as a celebration by Will Hart of the 20th. anniversary of his being at Lovecraft's grave-side on his 100th. birthday.

Released during the last few hours in MP3 Format on:
http://cthulhuwho1.com
(The audio companion to the CthulhuWho1 Flickr collections.)

"Fungi from Yuggoth"
H. P. Lovecraft's complete 36 sonnet set; in an all-new recording by William (Will) Hart; in single file, and multiple file versions. A dark poetry reading if there ever was one...

"What If H. P. Lovecraft Had Lived Into The 1960's?"
A 163 minute panel recording in six parts, of Professor Dirk W. Mosig, Professor Donald R. Burleson, J. Vernon Shea, Fritz Leiber, Jr., and S.T. Joshi at the 36th World Science Fiction Convention in Phoenix in 1978. A must-have for Lovecraftians!

Plus, behind the scenes recordings including a live reading by Don Burleson of his darkly funny, "The Last Supper."

And more audio goodies too!


And there are now over 1200 Lovecraft, Cthulhu, and Providence related images for the taking at the CthulhuWho1 Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cthulhuwho1/collections/
(The image companion site to the http://cthulhuwho1.com audio site.)


All of the above items (and more to come) were created in honor of H. P. Lovecraft; but since he’s not here with us, it’s up to you, and everyone you can share them with to enjoy them!

Will Hart
aka CthulhuWho1
aka California Cthulhu
willhart-at-roadrunner-dot-com

goregirl said...

I love the illustration for The Tomb (both versions). The Survivor and The Colour Out of Space are pretty cool too! I definitely need to read more Lovecraft.

Amanda H. said...

I've always been curious about Lovecraft but had no idea where to start as far as his books go. Do you have any recommendations on where to start?
BTW, I came across your blog through Retrospace and spent all day yesterday looking through your past entries. The covers are really awesome and I like how your reviews are very in-depth and unbiased.

Will Errickson said...

Wow, Amanda, thanks. Glad you enjoyed it--although I don't think I've ever been referred to as "unbiased" before! ;-)

Best place to start with HPL are with his major stories, all but one or two found in:
http://www.amazon.com/Best-H-P-Lovecraft-Bloodcurdling/dp/0345350804/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282777648&sr=1-1

Ben said...

Ha - I like how the Amazon "about the author" page for H.P. Lovecraft features a photo of the '60s psychedelic rock band of the same name; that must be confusing the hell out of people on a daily basis...

Will Errickson said...

Yes! God, Amazon can be so effed sometimes, what with reviews for the audiobook of one title ending up on its movie adaptation page, and whatnot...

Shaun Anderson [The Celluloid Highway] said...

Another great post Will - many thanks for sharing these brilliant cover designs.

Amanda H. said...

You're welcome and thanks for the recommendation! I'll be sure to check it out.

Chuck said...

A lot of these pieces of art -- and much more -- have recently been collected in the Lovecraft Retrospective, which, although somewhat expensive, is one of the most beautiful books I've ever seen:

http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2008/06/28/the-monstrous-tome/

I highly recommend picking up a copy; it's probably the single best book I own.

Luis said...

The artwork for the Omnibus volume (with the crawling demon-type thing) was also used for a spanish language edition of Clive Barker's Books of Blood which I have.

Chris said...

Awesome Lovecraft stuff. Just finished reading some of his shorts and I feel like I need to pick up his full works now. :-) Genius and totally inpiring. If you want to read anything new possibly, I've got some originals over on my blog too. http://christoms.blog.com. Hope you get a chance to check it out! :-)

jmcozzoli said...

I cherished these editions mainly because of the cover art (as well as HPL's fiction). The Tomb and Other Tales is my favorite graphic.