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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.



Lovecraft the Marvel WayThe Attic
....when I entered that dank, airless loft I was surprised to find my twin brother cackling with mirth at an old dusty tomb he held in his hands. Now let me tell you about my twin. He's no ordinary guy and ugly as sin - I blame our mother. I don't want to go into this but let's just say I have 998 other siblings. But I digress - back to the matter on hand. On closer look the spine of that blasphemous work read 'Tower of Shadows #9'. Ahh, then it all came back to me. The year was 1971 and that great issue featured a version of HP Lovecraft's 'Pickman's Model'. The cover was penned by the legendary Berni Wrightson. The story itself was drawn by Johnny Craig and adapted by Roy Thomas. So here it is here and I hope you enjoy it as much as me and my 'big' brother..

Pickman's Model Thumbs Pickman's Model Page 1 (Cover) Pickman's Model Page 2 Pickman's Model Page 3 Pickman's Model Page 4 Pickman's Model Page 5 Pickman's Model Page 6 Pickman's Model Page 7 Pickman's Model Page 8



Strange High House - Comic AdaptationThe Strange High House in the Mist comic
One of my favourite of Lovecraft 'lesser' stories is 'The Strange High House in the Mist'. I've always been caught up in the atmosphere of the tale and the description of the small stunted building high up on the cliff.
The story itself was written in 1926 but was published 5 years when it first appeared in Weird Tales. The tale concerns Thomas Olney, a philosopher visiting the town of Kingsport, Massachusetts, who is intrigued by a strange house that is build high up on the cliff. He climbs to investigate and has an encounter with the supernatural that leaves him changed forever.
This amazing comic adaptation by San Franciso born artist, Jason Thompson, totally captures the atmosphere of the weird tale. Thompson has also done an illustrated version of The White Ship and Celephais (both of course also by Lovecraft).

You can see the full versions of Jason's work on this Site The comics are:

'The Strange High House in the Mist'
'The White Ship'



Radio R'lyeh - an old timie visit to Dunwich.Radio R'lyeh
This is an 1940's adaption of The Dunwich Horror - it's pretty restricted by its 25minute running time and jumps straight into the story but it's still enjoyable and of historical interest.

It was originally broadcast as part of the Suspense Radio Show.

public domain was broadcast on CBS Radio and aired from 1942 through 1962 and it was
one of the premiere OTR shows, attracting top radio personalities and many Hollywood stars.
It is considered one of the shows that was broadcast Radio's Golden Age.
This episode was aired November 1, 1945. and stars Ronald Colman an award winning actor
who was well known for his starring role in the 1929 film 'Bulldog Drummond'.

Download The Dunwich Horror Here (right click Save Link As).
Suspense's 'The Dunwich Horror' is considered part of the public domain*.



Famous Lovecraft landmark up for Grabs135 Benefit Street
Do you want to buy yourself a home with a bit of history ? - How about the 18th century house that was built by Stephen Harris? It's no ordinary abode. It bears a curse of malaise and sickness that caused the premature death of Harris' children and caused his wife to end up in the madhouse (just like many of Lovecraft's fictional protagonists). Such an impression did 135 Benefit Street (in HP's home town of Providence, Rhode Island) make on him that he featured it as the subject of his story 'The Shunned House'.

From the Story:
'The house was - and for that matter still is - of a kind to attract the attention of the curious. Originally a farm or semi-farm building, it followed the average New England colonial lines of the middle eighteenth century - the prosperous peaked-roof sort, with two stories and dormerless attic, and with the Georgian doorway and interior panelling dictated by the progress of taste at that time. It faced south, with one gable and buried to the lower windows in the east ward rising hill, and the other exposed to the foundations toward the street. '

More on the history of the house.

These days its listed as:
Circa 1764 benefit st. Home facing south overlooking m. E. Sharpe park, original wide board floors, period details,1/3 acre landscaped gardens,4 terraced areas, pergola, koi pond (for Deep Ones) 2 car garage with potting shed,walk to downtown.

All this at a steal of $925,000.
Link to buy it


From Rue Morgue:Rue Morgue Radio's Hymns From the House of Horror II!
Last year's free, downloadable compilation album was so much fun to stitch together that we decided to try our monstrous hand at it again! Behold: Rue Morgue Radio's Hymns From the House of Horror II! It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Over the past year, a number of bands have caught our attention, so we asked some of 'em to lend us a song that we could pass along in the hopes that their macabre melodies will incite the same kind of incurable madness in you as they have in us. We received exclusive tracks, previously unreleased oddities, sneak peeks and killer cuts that, once mashed together with some fake grindhouse trailers (courtesy of RM staff and friends), makes for one hell of a horror set.

Link to download and tracklisting

Alternative download of CD

3/6/2011Guillermo del Toro

Man - I wish my geographical location wasn't preventing me from attending this. I promise myself I'll do it one year.

This years festival will be held in Los Angeles
Warner Grand Theater San Pedro, CA. Special guest is Legendary film maker Roger Corman who will recieve his award for contributions to Lovecraft cinema.
They are screening the 1960's Vincent Price film "The Haunted Palace", which was directed by Corman--the first adaptation of a Lovecraft movie to made (Its based on "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.")

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® founder Andrew Migliore will host the opening and closing ceremonies, and present the Howie to Roger Corman.

Friday night - 7 p.m to midnight
Classic gothic horror movies in the Lovecraft tradition including a very rare DVD screening of Berkeley Square (1933), which HPL watched four times and inspired him to write one of his best stories, "The Shadow Out of Time".
Friday night movies will be terrifying without nudity, sex, or violence - PG ratings

Saturday night - 4 p.m. to midnight
The latest Lovecraft movies from around the world, including the Southern California premiere of The Whisperer in Darkness, the first feature from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, makers of the iconic adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu.

More movies on both nights to be announced

2011 marks the 80th anniversary of the Warner Grand Theater, as well as the 80th anniversary of the publication of "The Whisperer in Darkness" by H.P. Lovecraft in Weird Tales magazine. To celebrate, the HPLHS is planning many special promotions and events at this festival, including an exhibit of their props, miniatures, set pieces, costumes, etc., along with cast and crew Q&A. Experience the new movie based on an 80-year-old story inside an 80-year-old theater!

Lovecraft authors Cody Goodfellow, Jenna Pitman and Michael Shea will participate in a reading and literary discussion on Saturday afternoon before the movies (other author guests TBD).

The Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) as the guest judge for the short film contest! A great chance for film makers to have their work screened by the legendary filmmaker!

Tickets are on sale here
The main HPLFF website is here
Their Facebook group is here



Lovecraft on Mastermind

An Oldie but a goodie.
I managed to get 11 right.