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De Vermis Mysteriis

'Mysteries of the Worm' is Arkham Drive-Ins blog written by guest contributor,
Ludwig Prinn. In this dusty tome, he looks at the world wide web for weird traces of Lovecraftian (and other horror related) lore.



Joshua Hoffine is a talented American photographic that specialises in capturing the horrific. His most famous body of work was one depicting 'Childhood Fears'. Here's a few images from a newer shoot where he illustrates one of Lovecraft's more infamous characters, the painter Richard Upton Pickman:

Pickmans Masterpiece by Joshua Hoffine (click to enlarge)

Pickman and Thurber
Pickman and Thurber
Pickman Masterpiece
Pickman Masterpiece
Masterpiece Unveiled
Masterpiece Unveiled
Detail of Pickman
Detail of Pickman


You can check out the whole series (and lots of the artists other work) on his Website or find out more details on the behind the scenes and the whole process on his blog.



I've always been a big fan of Jack Chick (for all the wrong reasons of course). Who can't love his bigoted rants on everything under God's Sun. His scatter gun attacks targeted such varied targets as Dungeons & Dragons, Harry Potter and Rock music. Well a couple of unknown Cthulhu Cultists follow in this his dubious footsteps and produced a couple of tracts of what's going to happen 'When the Stars are right..':

Cthulhu Tract Why we're here Tract


In the film, the elusive author Sutter Cane is mentioned to have written 6 novels - the titles of whichSutter Cane have obvious inspiration from HP Lovecraft. The novels are occasionally quoted. Most if not all of these quotes are actually taken directly from several H.P. Lovecraft short stories with some adaptations to fit them into the film story. Most notably, in the scene where Styles reads to Trent as he gazes into the abyss--her speech lifts much of its description, including such elements as "the illimitable gulf of the unknown" from the last few paragraphs of Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Walls." In an earlier scene as well, Trent reads a line verbatim from Lovecraft's "The Haunter of the Dark," in reference to the black church being "the seat of an evil older than mankind and wider than the known universe."

The name 'Hobbes End' isn't in fact a Lovecraft reference but it originates from the Nigel Kneale sci-fi series (and later film) - Quatermass and the Pit. 'Hobbes End' was the name of the underground station where the alien craft was first discovered.

The Book Covers of Sutter Cane (click to enlarge)

The Breathing Tunnel The Feeding
Haunter Out of Time The Hobb's End Horror
The Thing in the Basement The Whisperer in the Dark




This months Radio R'lyeh is a broadcast of the old time radio show The Black Mass. The Black The Rats in the WallsMass was a horror-fantasy radio drama produced by Erik Bauersfeld, a leading American radio dramatist of the post-television era. The series aired on KPFA (Berkeley) and KPFK (Los Angeles) from 1963 to 1967, on an irregular schedule. Bauersfeld was the Director of Drama and Literature at KPFA from 1966 to 1991. This version of "The Rats in the Walls" along with a dramatization of Lovecraft's "The Outsider" were released in the 1970s on an unauthorized limited LP pressing of 1,000 copies.

Download the show here (its about 35megs and 29mins long). Enjoy at your own risk.




The Eldritch Map of Unspeakable Horrors
The mad scribe, TransconaSlim (obviously a pseudo name as human tongues cannot pronounce this real one) has produced map listing some of the horrible locations described in the stories of HP Lovecraft. So if you want to plan an academic trip to the University of Arkham or lead a giant penguin safari to the South Pole then this map is for you:

The World of H.P. Lovecraft

The World of H.P. Lovecraft