Sunday, March 15, 2015

3-15-15: Remembering H. P. Lovecraft

Hello,

Well, I just started the final Ian Fleming's James Bond novels.  It is a collection of four stories and I just finished the first one, Octopussy.  So totally different then the movie plot, I might say!  So, I will be starting up the four volume series on the Guerrilla war in Missouri shortly.
Anyways, I was reminded that today is the 78th anniversary of the death (? - assuming that he is just not sleeping in R'lyeh) of one of my favorite authors, H. P. Lovecraft.  So, I am listening to the audio book of probably his most well known, if not his best written story, The Call of Cthulhu.  The version I am listening to now is read by Andrew Leman.  The story can be downloaded for free at the H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast at this link.  If you have an interest in H. P. Lovecraft's work, I highly encourage you to listen to the various entries on this podcast.  They are go over the work and the background of the various stories and are quite interesting.  
Cthulhu Rises by Silberius
Andrew Leman, the narrative of this version of the story is also a producer/actor of multiple radio plays and movies based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft.  I have most, but except for the most recent release, of his radio plays and movies and enjoy them greatly.  Check out his website at the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society here.  I should also mention that Andrew Leman also co-wrote the lyrics and lent his voice to one of my favorite rock operas, Dreams in the Witch House.  Check it out here.    
So raise a glass to H. P. Lovecraft!

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die


Fhtagn,
Sapper 

5 comments:

Anibal Invictus said...

Thanks for pointing out Lovecraft's anniversary. I've been a long time fan of his novels, that I discovered being a teenager... of course I played lots of Cthulu based role-play games too

Pete. said...

Always been a fan of Lovercraft since I was introduced to him at age 11. And always enjoyed the irony of enjoying playing games based on his work- given how much he hated them in real life.

Cheers,

Pete.

Sapper Joe said...

Thanks for the comments!

I discovered the literary work before I discovered the RPG work. Sadly, while I love the Lovecraftian horror theme, and love gaming it, I only get a Cthulhu game in once maybe every five to ten years because my RPG group hates that type of games. Oh well.

Sapper

Blake Wood Walker said...

"When the stars are right, Rey'leh shall arise and all shall bow down to Cthulhu" set to really bad blue grass music. It has potential. However, Lovecraft is an acquired taste. I've read most of his work. Shadow Over Innsmouth and the Color of Outer Space are two good stories of his. Osprey is going a "Dark Opsrey" of the United States vs. the Cthulhu Mythos in June 2015. Would make a good gag gift for Sapper Joe...

Blake

Sapper Joe said...

Thanks for the heads up,Blake. I was not aware of that book.

Joe