HPL bust

Remembering H.P.L.

  • UPDATED March 21, 2017

As we observed the 80th anniversary of Lovecraft's death, we endeavored to contribute to his memory in a special way. Several years ago we produced a special edition of the Lovecraft bust sculpted by our very talented friend Bryan Moore of Arkham Studios. Our version puts Bryan's sculpture atop a base inspired by Lovecraft's tombstone. We experimented with different colors and finishes, and in the process cast two copies in black polyurethane as artist's proofs. We didn't do any production casts in black, and those two black casts were the only ones ever made. One exciting day Guillermo del Toro paid a visit to our shop, and he purchased one of the black HPL busts for his personal collection. We raffled off the other black HPL bust and donated all the proceeds to support The H.P. Lovecraft Providence Statue Project. Providence artist Gage Prentiss is working on a larger-than-life scale bronze statue of Lovecraft to go on permanent public display in Providence. We think it's a grand idea and to support the project, we're donating all funds from this and future raffles to support it. Whether or not you win the raffle drawing, if you buy a ticket, you're supporting a worthwhile cause.

UPDATE: Below is video of the raffle drawing. The winner was Mark Miller.

We will be raffling more unique items in the weeks ahead, including props from our films. Tickets are (or will be) available in our online store. (If the link isn't working it's because we're currently updating it.)

Featured Member

  • March 12, 2017

Our Member of the Month for March 2017 is Paul Maclean of West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. Paul is a truly delightful fellow who works tirelessly to promote Lovecraftian gaming in the U.K. and around the world.

Paul says: "My name is Paul Maclean and I’ve been a fan of Lovecraftian worlds for over 30 years - ever since I encountered Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game back in the early ‘80s. The back pages of those games featured lists of Lovecraft’s works - but being British, it was something I couldn’t get hold of until several years later with the advent of cheap UK paperback reprints. I devoured all of HPL’s stories over one long summer, while listening to lots of early Mike Oldfield.

It may have had an effect. Following those formative years I became an archaeologist, which is great in a certain Lovecraftian way, but less so if you want to earn any money (though the lack of such is also probably quite Lovecraftian).

It was during this time I found the HPLHS. I clearly remember hearing the clever songs of “Shoggoth on the Roof” in the early 2000s and watching tiny videos put online by Sean and Andrew. A few years before this I had begun my own little fan site focused on the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game: Yog-Sothoth(.com), and later on the HPLHS were very generous in letting me stream a few bits and pieces of their content for the dedicated visitor - in the days of dial-up connections you had to be pretty patient for *anything* to download…

I remember the landmark year of 2005 and the HPLHS’ film The Call of Cthulhu - it showed just what amazing things could be done by dedicated folks even on a shoestring budget. Its production still astounds me today.

Despite being across the Atlantic I’ve had the good fortune to meet Sean and Andrew along with other members of the HPLHS including Chris Lackey of HP Podcraft (now an honorary Englishman) who sometimes joins our podcasts (The Cthulhu Breakfast Club and News from Pnakotus). They are all great people.

As soon as the HPLHS re-opened membership a few years ago I joined up; I always look forward to whatever they have in store next!

If you want to see what I (and a few friends) get up to, just visit YSDC. As for what the HPLHS are up to, well you’re already here. :-)"

The Night Ocean cover

"The Night Ocean" Give-away

  • March 11, 2017

The generous people at The Penguin Press gave us a copy of the amazing new novel The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge to give away to one of our website visitors. Visitors who read this page submitted entries via an email link, and we selected one lucky winner at random from the pool of applicants. Congratulations to Dan W. for winning and thanks to all who entered! To learn more about this extraordinary novel, check out our review.

Lifetime Member Renewal Update

  • February 27, 2017

After more than a solid month of unrelenting effort, we are very happy to announce that finally all 2017 renewal stamps have been sent out to the Lifetime Members of the Society. Cthulhugrams are now on their way. If you are a Lifetime Member and haven't received your renewal stamp by the end of March, please feel free to alert the minister of memberships and he will try to figure it out.

New! Reviews Section

  • February 23, 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have added a Reviews feature to our website. There are a lot of folks besides us out there creating interesting new stuff for the Lovecraft community, and we thought it might be fun and useful to have an official HPLHS Reviews page. Look in the INFORMATION drop-down menu in the navigation bar above, and you'll find your way to the new section. We have a team of volunteer reviewers who will take a look at the new books, movies, games, music, and more which come our way. If you’ve got something you think would be appropriate for an HPLHS Review, just send an e-mail to reviews@cthulhulives.org and we’ll take a look at it.

Miskatonic Varsity hoodie and pins

Miskatonic Varsity Hoodie

  • February 18, 2017

We are very pleased to announce the imminent release of a new garment in the HPLHS online store. Independent Trading Company, the firm that supplies the very warm and cozy fleece-lined hoodies for our Antarctic Expedition design, offers a very stylish varsity-style hoodie. It's a beautifully made heavy-weight hoodie with contrasting sleeves and hood and striped cuffs and waistband. We're turning it into a proper Miskatonic University letterman's jacket, complete with a variety of pins to mark academic, athletic, and extracurricular achievements. The pins and jackets are in production now, and we expect to be shipping by early/mid March. Customers who pre-order will be able to select any four of the pins to be included free with the hoodie. Once we start shipping, the hoodie will come with your choice of one free pin, with all the other pins available separately. We're curious to see which pins prove most popular. We've started out with a set of eight designs, but we have more on the drawing board and hope to expand the available options soon!

New Headquarters

  • February 8, 2017

After several years in our former rivet factory/weather amplifier, the HPLHS will soon be moving to a new headquarters. The Society has just signed a lease on a former antique store in Glendale, California, and will be moving in the month of March. We will do our best to maintain the normal day-to-day operations of the Society during the transitional period, but we hope you will understand if communications or order fulfillment are in any way delayed. We greatly look forward to announcing the official change of address and an open house in March.

Bonus Stamp Update!

  • February 1, 2017

Card-carrying members of the HPLHS can earn bonus stamps in a variety of ways: by making a certain amount of purchases, by purchasing certain items or combinations of items, by sending real old-fashioned mail to us here at headquarters, by participating constructively and actively online, by sharing their enjoyment of HPL with other people, and in other ways. We enjoy issuing bonus stamps and are always looking for reasons to do it. If you're a member and feel you've earned a bonus stamp you don't have, feel free to let us know and we'll look into it.

We are also happy to announce that a NEW bonus stamp has been added: The Thermionic Tube stamp. Members who have purchased at least 8 episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre in digital download format are eligible for this stamp. Members who have purchased 16 episodes on CD and already have a DART stamp are also eligible for the new Thermionic Tube stamp. In addition, members who have purchased 16 episodes in digital download format will now also qualify for a DART stamp. If you think you qualify and wish to receive the stamp, please do send e-mail to leman@cthulhulives.org. An image of the new stamp is available in the Member Sanctum.

The membership committee has been spending hours each day this month reviewing the records of all Lifetime Members so that we can issue bonus stamps along with annual renewal stamps. It is a painstaking and time-consuming process, and it's not going as quickly as anyone would like. For those of you who are still awaiting your 2017 renewal and any possible bonus stamps, please know that we are working on it daily, and we regret any delay you may experience.

HPLHS Apparel

The death of American Apparel

  • January 20, 2017

For the last several years the HPLHS has been proud to sell shirts and other garments made by American Apparel locally in Los Angeles under sweatshop-free conditions. American Apparel has struggled financially for years, and earlier this month the company finally closed its doors. We are very sorry for the many people here in LA and worldwide who have lost their jobs.

We are currently hunting for a new supplier for t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies and we will strive to find one that is environmentally responsible and dedicated to good labor practices. We look forward to continuing to provide cool and fun Lovecraftian designs on excellent garments with a minimum of interruption.

Jacob Weyer tap dances as Cousin It

Featured Member

  • January 14, 2017

Our Member of the Month for January 2017 is Jacob Weyer of Wilmington, Delaware.

Jacob says: "Drums pounding … Drifting mists … Music pounding …. Scurrying feet in the darkness … Watchers clapping and wailing … I’m dancing under the blazing lights.. it’s the Gathering of the Cultists….

No. Wait. Sorry.

It’s a dance competition. And I’m a tap dancer. And an engineer.

I first saw Lovecraft in the paperback grey-and-black 1970s books – my grandfather (who read HPL in Weird Tales and Astounding Stories in the 1930s) had given them to my mom, and she had them on our bookshelves. My dad and sister enticed me to read them, gave me a membership to HPLHS and I’m still working my way through the Mythos. Attending Necronomicon 2015 was a wonderful family vacation for all of us! Looking forward to 2017!

Engineering school bears an uncanny resemblance to HPL’s worlds – shadowy figures at work in the depths of night, unseen forces affecting outcomes in unforeseen ways, mysterious symbols to test my wits and arcane knowledge …."

Here are some pictures, one of me tap dancing as Cousin It one year and a picture of our family at last year's Necronomicon. Looking forwards to being there again this year! "

Jacob's sister and father are both also members of the HPLHS!

The Weyer family at Necronomicon 2015

Happy New Year

  • January 1, 2017

Wishing all our visitors and members the very best possible 2017, with cosmic horrors confined to the pages of fiction. The HPLHS has some ambitious plans for the year, including more website updates/restoration, new episodes of Dark Adventure and other exciting projects, and we look forward to sharing details with you as soon as we can. The headquarters will be staffed by a skeleton crew for the first week or two of January, and as much as we love skeletons they can be slow to respond. Please have patience with any delays that may occur in communication during this time.

Old Web Site

Website Overhaul

  • October 15, 2016

You may notice that the HPLHS website has a completely new look. The site has been a work in progress since the earliest days of the internet, and as it has grown over the years, some sections have become very dusty and neglected. Longtime society member Jamie Anderson is helping us finally to take advantage of some of the latest in CSS and other web standards. We have a lot of content to offer you, and some sections of the site may be offline for a while until we have a chance to get it all up to snuff, or you might find links to older sections that still need to be reworked. We're very excited about the overhaul, and hope you'll find it easier and more pleasant to browse through all the many images, videos, PDFs and sound files we have.

Please check back for new sections as they come online, and if you discover issues, errors, or other problems with the new site please feel free to notify Andrew. We will appreciate constructive feedback that helps make the new site as good as it can be.

Ludo Fore Putavimus

- HPLHS Motto -
Brotherhood of the Beast cover

Releasing the "Beast"

  • November 12, 2016

After a few minor delays from a couple of the various printers we have been working with, we are now shipping CDs of "The Brotherhood of the Beast"! The video trailer is done and online. Response has been very encouraging. We are already out of the vintage Russian bags for the Deluxe Edition and are working to find more. The 3-CD jewel cases that hold the show itself are packed absolutely to bursting. The pace of shipping will pick up as we get the hang of packing this enormous production, and we are working hard to get copies into your hands as soon as we possibly can. Downloads are now available. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and your patience.

We are curious to find out which of the four alternate endings people are choosing to listen to first, so drop us a line or post a review to let us know which one you picked, or what order you chose!

BOB back covers

Packing the "Beast"

  • November 12, 2016

One of the printing delays was with the back covers for the jewel case. Because this episode comes on 3 CDs, we have to use a different kind of jewel case that holds the third CD where usually the back cover graphic would go on the inside. So to have a back cover we are using a vinyl sticker on the outside of the jewel case, which is something we've never done before. Not only do those take a little longer to apply, but unfortunately the printer also failed to order the custom die needed to cut the stickers to the correct size, and we won't have it until Tuesday. So until then, in order to pack copies of the show we have to cut the stickers out by hand! Once we get the pre-cut stickers, packing and shipping should start to go faster. Thanks to all those who are eagerly waiting for their CDs to arrive.

Brotherhood of the Beast deluxe edition props

The Brotherhood of the Beast

  • November 4, 2016

The next episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre is now at the replicator, and, assuming there are no complications, we will be shipping CDs in about a week. All the props for the Deluxe Edition are now back from the printer, so those should start shipping at about the same time. Above you can see Andrew contemplating the entire prop collection and the massive job of folding, punching, stapling, and packing that is in store! We are thrilled to bring you this very special episode and thank the many pre-order customers who helped us make it. Because of the unusual demands of preparing the Deluxe Edition, it might take us a little longer than usual to produce our traditional video trailer for the episode. We'd rather spend the available time actually getting copies of the show out to the people who have been waiting so patiently. But we're working on a fun little audio promo that we hope to release soon!

Stockholm Festival

Stockholm Festival

  • By SB
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  • October 25, 2016

The HPLHS has been delighted to be a participant in all six editions of the Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival. This past weekend, I was back in Sweden to partake in an offering of Lovecraftian fun, meet with Swedish fans of HPL, and share with the Scandinavian community some of the projects that the HPLHS is working on. The festival kicked off Thursday night with a sold out movie screening at the Kulturhuset (translated poorly as “Culture Home” I suppose). The “Impaired Visibility” lineup featured Lovecraftian shorts and double feature of “The Mist” and “The Fog”. Delays at the airport kept me from being able to catch the movies, but I was happy my seat was given to another fan who could take in the mist-shrouded terrors.

Friday I visited SF-Bokhandeln, Stockholm’s biggest and best science fiction bookstore and game store. The HPLHS has been partners with them for many years - in fact, they are our biggest wholesale partner in the world. I made my way through the ancient streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town, for a lunch with Ulf Hässelbäck, our go-to guy at SF Bokhandeln. We caught up over a traditional Swedish lunch at a nice cafe in the old town.

Later that afternoon, I made my way to the Kulturhuset which has been the home of the Stockholm Festival. It’s a mammoth building in central Stockholm housing the National Theatre, movie theaters, and numerous other cultural outlets. There I met festival director Anders Lundgren. After kicking off an art exhibit, I was treated to another unique element of Swedish culture. The Swedes have a sporting event which, if you can believe it, is played upon a sheet of ice. Men on skates chase a small rubber puck with sticks in attempt to drive the puck into a goal at one end of the ice. They call his game “hockey”. After a vigorous match, the home team of Djürgården was defeated by the visiting team from Linsköping.

Saturday the festival moved into full gear at the Kulturhuset. The HPLHS set up a display of its wares, including the Deluxe edition of our forthcoming “Brotherhood of the Beast” in a glass display case. We sold products to discriminating Swedish Lovecraft fans. Saturday’s programming for the festival featured gaming sessions of Arkham Horror and Call of Cthulhu. We want to give a shout out to our friends at Chaosium, Inc. and thank them for donating a number of CoC books to the festival and to SF Bokhandeln for supplying even more Lovecraftian games.

As the gaming day wrapped up at the festival, we moved on to the Queen’s Head pub for a Lovecraftian Trivia game. In a basement room, five teams squared off, facing each other and a daunting set of 30 questions written by Anders Lundgren and me. Over food and beer, memories were put to the test. We’re pleased to say that the winning team consisted of the one-man team (well, maybe one and a half, as his wife provided moral support) of Lewis Evans - a longtime HPLHS member who made the trip up to Stockholm from his current home in Germany. Lewis won the grand prize - a bag of swag provided by Chaosium, SF Bokhandeln and the HPLHS. Second and third runners-up teams also received packages of fabulous prizes. The trivia quiz proved to be one of the festival’s highlights - an international gathering of like minded Lovecraft fans bonding over beer and ruminating over the names of Lovecraft’s aunts.

Sunday, the festival was back at the Kulturhuset. Programming featured a sneak preview of the HPLHS newest Dark Adventure show, "The Brotherhood of the Beast". A number of HPLHS members were on hand to hear the beginnings of the new show and see the prototype of the Deluxe Prop Collector's Edition on display. After the preview, Anders and I talked about the new show, the challenge of adapting a role playing game into a dramatic radio play and took questions from the audience. The day wrapped up with more sales at the Bazaar of the Bizarre and the sixth Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival came to a close.

The Festival in Stockholm is a small event compared to Providence’s NecronomiCon or the HPL Film Festival in Portland. But even with its smaller size, it draws a crowd of enthusiastic local fans (and some unwitting innocents who wander in) who show a keen appreciation for all things Lovecraftian. We hope this event will continue to thrive and help Lovecraftian fandom grow throughout Europe.

Chris Lott

Featured Member

  • September 1, 2016

Our Member of the Month for July 2016 is Chris Lott of Santa Clarita, California.

"I don’t remember exactly when I first became an HP Lovecraft fan, but once I caught the fever it never left. I think that one of the reasons that Lovecraft’s works have has such a lasting impression upon me is that I relish the idea that as I go about my mundane, day-to-day existence that there might be shadowy, unseen forces at work or occult mysteries waiting to be uncovered. Or it may just be that they’re damned fun stories. Thanks to the HPLHS my passion for all things Lovecraftian has only grown and now I’m a full-fledged addict and lifetime member of the Society."

"When I’m not reading Lovecraft or listening to the latest Dark Adventure Radio Theatre serial, I spend my free time immersed in RPGs, board games (Eldritch Horror is a favorite, naturally), comics and other suitably geeky pursuits. I currently live in Santa Clarita, CA with my wife Carly and our two dogs."

HPLHS Founders

Visiting Dignitary

  • August 14, 2016

HPLHS global headquarters was graced on August 10 by a visit from Professor Philip Bell of the University of Washington. In addition to being a distinguished professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development, Phil is also one of the co-founders of the HPLHS. He wrote, ran and played in many games of Cthulhu Lives! back in the society's early Colorado days, and was the co-editor of Strange Eons from first issue to last. He was in the Los Angeles area visiting prospective colleges with his daughter, who took this picture of three old geezers, at least one of whom made good. We were delighted to see them both!

HPLFF Booth

HPLFF Providence

  • August 24, 2016

Our trip to Providence to celebrate Lovecraft's birthday with everyone who attended the HPL Film Festival was a great time. It was a pleasure to see Niels Viggo-Hobbs, the organizer of NecronomiCon, and Brian and Gwen Callahan of the HPLFF, and to say hello to local HPL fans as well as those who travelled great distances to attend. Although we didn't actually get to watch any of the movies, we enjoyed being in the lovely Providence Public Library alongside the fine folks from Hippocampus Press, Necronomicon Press, and SighCo Graphics. On Sunday the action switched to the Providence Arcade, where the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council has its headquarters.

We were delighted to do a special screening of The Call of Cthulhu at the Providence Athenaeum on Sunday afternoon, and extend our thanks to Athenaeum Executive Director Matt Burriesci for his gracious hospitality. Everyone should support the Athenaeum: it is a wonderful library.

Joseph Curwen's Stomping Grounds

  • August 24, 2016

Before we left Providence, we were treated to a quick tour of some of Joseph Curwen's stomping grounds by Donovan Loucks, the curator of the H. P. Lovecraft Archive and expert in all local Lovecraft sites. Donovan took us to Namquit Point, the shell-encrusted spot on the west side of Narragensett Bay where Curwen smuggled occult contraband ashore, and which is now used as a popular fishing spot.

As the sun set we hiked the trails near the canoe house at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, near the site of Curwen's farm. The sound of the crickets and frogs was actually quite peaceful, but we could imagine the fear of the raiders approaching Curwen's farm as they heard chanting in the distance.

Finally, we took a look at the "falls" on the Pawtuxet river, over which some of Curwen's horrible experiments tumbled. They might also have been the inspiration for the falls on the fictional Manuxet River that Lovecraft describes in "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". Maybe the river is running lower today than it was back in Lovecraft's time....

Our thanks to Donovan for showing us around in style. There's never enough time to see all the things we'd like. We'll just have to keep going back!

Mike Jenkins

Featured Member

  • July 1, 2016

Our Member of the Month for July 2016 is Michael Jenkins of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mike is a professional graphic designer who enjoys making Lovecraftian props. Several of his props hang on the refrigerator door at HPLHS global headquarters. "One of the first props I made was a crude, hand-bound Necronomicon," he says, "used mainly as a prop for a photo series in college. My skill set being what it is, most of my props are of a printed and 2D nature. I’ve made silly mock postcards, designed matchbooks, tickets, title pages and the odd invitation. The Silver Key you see below is an assemblage of found objects, cheap metal jewelry beads, strung together to resemble a medieval Arabian Kaaba key. My Black Seal (from The Novel of the Black Seal, by Arthur Machen) was actually designed in a browser-based 3D program and 3D printed by an online vendor. The more tongue-in-cheek Corona/Cthulhu bottle cap parody was also printed on demand for me by an online vendor.

Though I find picking one single story out of the corpus to be like choosing one ‘favorite’ family member, I will champion The Haunter of the Dark, which I feel gets less appreciation than it deserves.

- Michael Jenkins -

Member Spotlight: Michael Jenkins

  • July 1, 2016

Mike says, "I discovered HPL in late high school or early college, which I gather is later than most of us. Besides ‘weird fiction’ like HPL, REH and Poe, I enjoy science fiction and historical non-fiction. Though I find picking one single story out of the corpus to be like choosing one ‘favorite’ family member, I will champion The Haunter of the Dark, which I feel gets less appreciation than it deserves."