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SF/Fantasy/Horror Headline Summaries From Around The Interwebs – Dec 3, 2017

Dune: House Atreides (Prelude to Dune Book 1)

New poster and pics for upcoming horror movie The Young Cannibals.

Skyrim XBox One X review.

Steam has a whole bunch of weekend discounts and special offers still active on their site. 

Board Game Geek reviews Kingdom Death: Monster.

Polygon

New Jurassic World 2 dinos revealed in AR book. 

Don’t forget the Sci-Clops Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Minds.com pages!

Pathfinder Worldscape Red Sonja #1 review.

5 things to know about The Last Jedi.

Gundam Versus shows off Gundam AGE-2 and Mudrock DLC.

More headlines at the link below!

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So, Who IS H.P. Lovecraft?

Some of you may be wondering who that gentleman is who often appears on the Sci-Clops page here. That is H.P. Lovecraft who, in the 1920’s wrote a bunch of stories around a central horror theme. If you watched The Void recently on Netflix, that’s a pretty good representation of a ‘Lovecraftian theme’. His stories are written in an older fashion (think of eighteenth century style) but are pretty scary regardless. If you like horror, do give them a try. They are all free and can be found here
Enjoy!
 

H. P. Lovecraft (Motion Comic) The Call Of Cthulhu

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H.P. Lovecraft stories never get old, and here’s a great video/motion comic of Lovecraft’s classic, The Call Of Cthulhu by Jeremy Zahn and narrated by Wayne June. Video at the link below. Enjoy!  Continue reading H. P. Lovecraft (Motion Comic) The Call Of Cthulhu

Famous Gravesites For Fantasy Fans

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Having recently covered the gravesites of the Big Four of horror, we now move to the Big Five of fantasy, beginning with J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien’s grave is located at Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford, United Kingdom. Have a look at the map here. Tolkien was born in South Africa and when his father died, he mother moved him and his brother back to England. When he was twelve, his mother died suddenly of diabetes, and a Catholic priest, Father Francis Morgan, eventually took in the two orphans. Showing a clear gift for languages, Ronald (as he was known to his friends) went to Exeter College in Oxford, England, where he obtained a degree in June 1915. World War I had broken out, so Ronald enlisted, and due to his mastery of several ancient and modern European languages, he was quickly promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers. After participating in the Battle of the Somme (1916), he came down with trench fever and in November 1916, was evacuated back to England to convalesce. Most of his school friends had been killed in the war, and they served as the inspiration for many of the stories in his first book “The Book of Lost Tales”, published after his death. With the ending of the war in 1918, he demobilized, and became an Assistant Lexicographer on the New Oxford English Dictionary. His mastery of the English language would not doubt affect his writing in a positive way. In 1937, his first major book, “The Hobbit”, was published. When “The Hobbit” was immediately successful, his publisher asked for additional writings, which became the 16-year effort to write “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, first published in 1954. Receiving mixed literary reviews, the trilogy was made by BBC Radio into a twelve-episode radio program in 1956, which in turn, made the book a best seller. In 1965, a pirated paperback version of “The Lord of the Rings” was printed, and rapidly achieved cult status by 1968 for its imagination and poetic-ness. 

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Famous Gravesites For Horror Fans

This is part one of our three part ‘gravesites series’. Part two will cover the gravesites of famous science fiction writers, and part three will look at the burial places of better-known fantasy authors. Here are gravesites, maps, images, and some history of the Big Four of horror authors you should add to your travel bucket list. Read more at the link below.

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H.P. Lovecraft Died Eighty Years Ago Today

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Virtually unknown and published in pulps before dying in poverty, H.P. Lovecraft wrote a series of dark fantasy/horror stories that have grown in popularity. The most notable story he wrote was “The Call of Cthulhu” and most of his other stories follow in this vein – a shared setting and usually located in Maine. Many other writers have written in Lovecraft’s ‘mythos’ such as Robert E. Howard (Conan the Barbarian), August Dereleth and even Stephen King. Providence, Rhode Island, where Lovecraft was born, holds a Lovecraft festival every year and fans regularly make pilgrimages to his gravesite in Providence. Lovecraft has a Wikipedia entry here. If you haven’t read any of his works or only a few, take a moment today to read some more. They’re not the easiest of reading but they’re pretty darned scary. You can get them online here. Let us know what you think of his stories in the comments below. Also, we’ve got some cool Lovecraft videos at the link below.

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Three Lovecraft-Inspired Comics To Peruse

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Christopher Hart over at The Nerd Recites has put together a pretty detailed article with three interesting comics you can check out if you’re a Lovecraft fan.  He writes, “In the world of comics, specifically, there are a large handful of titles that are actively utilising and paying homage to Lovecraft’s themes. Three of these comics in particular stand out to me both in exceptional quality and in the way in which they handle Lovecraft’s themes (the fact that all three are from Image Comics is pure strange coincidence, I promise, and was noticed after concluding this article).” The comics are Monstress, Southern Cross, and Fatale and they all look pretty good. Read more of the article here

Video – H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreamlands

lovecrafth/t to The Exploring Series. This video discusses Lovecraft’s Dreamlands, how to get there, the creatures inhabiting them, and their general layout and dimensions. Video below – enjoy!

 

 

 

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Video – Exploring The Cthulhu Mythos: Yog Sothoth

lovecraftA great short video on Yog Sothoth by The Exploring Series. Have a look at the video below – enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Video – Exploring The Cthulhu Mythos: Cthulhu

lovecraftVery cool series of videos from The Exploring Series covering all the Lovecraft denizens. Have a look at the video below the fold – enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Mountains Of Madness In Manga

mountainsofmadnessOf course we love anything Lovecraftian here and a good animated Lovecraft tale is always worth a look. “Horror manga author and H.P. Lovecraft aficianado Gou Tanabe has begun serialization of a new manga adaptation based on Lovecraft’s most ambitious novella, At the Mountains of Madness. The series begins serialization in Enterbrain’s Comic Beam seinen manga magazine beginning with the October issue published on September 12, 2016.” Have a look at a pretty cool illustration and more on this story here

 

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H.P. Lovecraft Born Today

lovecraftBorn today in 1890. There’s an H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon going on in Providence, RI today.

Rhode Island Lovecraft Film Festival This Weekend

lovecraftThe annual Lovecraft film fest that takes place on/around his August 20 birthday. Here’s the link to their Facebook page with cool shirts, announcements, and how to get tickets to the fest this weekend.

“In Providence, Lovecraft’s native city, his birthday weekend will be marked by a film festival, events from the Rhode Island Historical Society and the official unveiling of a new variety of Lovecraft-branded beer from Narragansett Brewery. The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival runs from Friday, Aug. 19, to Sunday, Aug. 21, and along with Lovecraft-themed films it also includes author readings, panel discussions and vendors.”

Video below of ‘From Beyond’. Many more movies will be shown at the fest. Read more about the fest here

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H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Lurking Fear’ Vinyl Sampler

lovecraftH. P. Lovecraft, The Lurking Fear, read by Andrew Leman – Vinyl LP

“Shrieking, slithering, torrential shadows of red viscous madness chasing one another through endless, ensanguined corridors of purple fulgorous sky… formless phantasms and kaleidoscopic mutations of a ghoulish, remembered scene; forests of monstrous overnourished oaks with serpent roots twisting and sucking unnamable juices from an earth verminous with millions of cannibal devils; mound-like tentacles groping from underground nuclei of polypous perversion… insane lightning over malignant ivied walls and daemon arcades choking with fungous vegetation…” – The Lurking Fear”

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Book 4 Of 52 – We Review The House On The Borderland By William Hope Hodgson

houseonborderland(Part of our ongoing 52 books in 52 weeks project.)

This book and William Hope Hodgson did for horror what Eric Clapton did for rock guitar. None other than Eddie Van Halen credits Clapton for his influence. Similarly, H.P. Lovecraft credited Hodgson and this very book for influencing his writings which became the Cthulhu mythos. Terry Pratchett also gives big credit to this novel. What’s interesting about this book is that I ‘pulled it out of a pile’ having really no idea what it was. While I was reading it, I was judging it as a book written post-Lovecraft and wondered why it was so stilted. After I learned that this novel was written in 1908, I had to go back and rethink the whole thing – and it totally made sense. In other words, you could see where the foundation was laid for Lovecraft to build on.

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