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. 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, please click on this e-mail link and we’ll take a look at it.

Tour de Lovecraft
  • Review by Anders Lundgren
  • Posted September 18, 2017

Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales

Author Kenneth Hite (Trail of Cthulhu, Night's Black Agents and more) takes us on a trip through H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional output. While Hite’s erudition and enthusiasm for (some of) the material shines though at times, this publication would have benefitted from a harsher editor’s eye.

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Black Wings V
  • Review by William Dean
  • Posted September 11, 2017

Black Wings V

S. T. Joshi shouldn’t need any introduction for his immense (and ongoing) contribution to our understanding of HPL: his magisterial biography (I Am Providence, Hippocampus Press, 2010) is the standard reference text for the Old Gent’s life and will likely remain so for many years; his editing and publication of Lovecraft’s essays and correspondence has opened up study into HPL as never before. With this in mind then I was very curious to see what exactly he would choose to include...

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Meddling Kids
  • Review by Sean Branney
  • Posted August 28, 2017

Meddling Kids

As someone who grew up with the original Hanna-Barbera Scooby Doo cartoon and as a lifelong Lovecraft fan, I was utterly hooked by this book's premise: a grown-up version of the Mystery Machine gang taking on a Lovecraftian mystery. And while thoroughly populated with the tropes of both Lovecraft and Scooby Doo (and some Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to boot), the underlying mystery...

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Black Dog Traditions of England
  • Review by William Dean
  • Posted June 16, 2017

Black Dog Traditions of England

This multi-disciplinary art experience utilises a variety of mediums - book, DVD, art-prints and 12" LP - to explore the traditional English folk-legends surrounding ghostly Black Dogs. Aesthetically and intellectually scrumptious, fans of experimental music and traditional ghost stories will find this a rare, and genuinely frightening, treat.

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
  • Review by Sean Branney
  • Posted June 5, 2017

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

This deluxe presentation of a curated collection of HPL's works makes it a very desirable addition to a Lovecraft lover's library. Edited by S.T. Joshi with a powerful preface by Alan Moore and exceptional illustrations by Dan Hillier, it is a truly lavish volume.

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Hammers On Bone
  • Review by James K. Nelson
  • Posted May 22, 2017

Hammers on Bone

Hammers on Bone is a remarkably skillful balancing act between genre-fiction playfulness and pit-of-the-stomach horror. Author Cassandra Khaw creates an engaging detective story with surprisingly raw emotional undercurrents....

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Alien: Covenant
  • Review by William Dean
  • Posted May 17, 2017

Alien: Covenant

Fast-paced, terrifying and exploring new and fascinating ideas, Alien: Covenant is a great contribution to the franchise. If it doesn't quite manage the sublime brilliance of the original Alien and is a little muddled in places, it is, as a stand-alone, still a good movie and well worth your time.

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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
  • Review by Renee Baer
  • Posted May 14, 2017

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is on one hand a version of Unknown Kadath from the perspective of a woman who resides solely in the dream world. On the other hand it is something entirely different.

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Bagthulhu
  • Review by Sean Branney
  • Posted May 12, 2017

Bagthulhu

Just in time for our recent Call of Cthulhu gaming night at HPLHS Headquarters, Wayward Masquerade sent us a sample Bagthulhu, a project they are currently doing on Kickstarter. Bagthulhu is a fabric bag for holding gaming dice artfully sewn in the form of Great Cthulhu. The design is both charming and...

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Providence: Act 1
  • Review by William Dean
  • Posted May 8, 2017

Providence: Act 1

It was with excitement that I approached Act One of Providence, Moore's new graphic novel (illustrated by Jacen Burrows) based upon the works of our revered Lovecraft. I am delighted to report that after reading this first of three volumes that Providence bears every hallmark of being one of his greats.

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Agents of Dreamland
  • Review by James K. Nelson
  • Posted May 8, 2017

Agents of Dreamland

If you’re familiar with your Lovecraft, you may wonder if the “Dreamland” in the title means this will touch upon the relatively whimsical Dunsany-inspired Dream-cycle stories. So...is this whimsical? Oh…, no. Heck no.

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Call of Cthulhu: The Coloring Book
  • Review by Darrell Tutchton
  • Posted May 6, 2017

Call of Cthulhu: The Coloring Book

Chaosium Inc. has teamed up with the Russian artist Andrey Fetisov to bring you Call of Cthulhu: The Coloring Book. The book combines fond memories of favorite childhood pastimes with sanity destroying supernatural horror.

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The Void
  • Review by William Dean
  • Posted May 4, 2017

The Void

It is an irony that any fan of Weird cinema must enjoy that, for all of the towering influence Lovecraft has had on the genre, Lovecraft himself detested horror movies. Yet the man who said “[a]s a thorough soporific I recommend the average popular ‘horrible’ play or cinema or radio dialogue” could not possibly have envisaged the degree of talent and creative energy that the ensuing century would see poured into these mediums...

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The Call of Cthulhu For Beginning Readers
  • Review by Sean Branney
  • Posted March 3, 2017

“The Call of Cthulhu” For Beginning Readers

Chaosium, Inc., the publishers of the celebrated role playing game, Call of Cthulhu, bring us a delightful mash-up of Lovecraft and Dr. Seuss. From the get go, the book does a marvelous job with creating the illusion of a genuine Dr. Seuss book. The size, color, typography and cover illustration all....

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The Night Ocean
  • Review by Reber Clark
  • Posted February 24, 2017

The Night Ocean

What an infuriating book. And a lovely one. What a frustrating, ugly, poignant, fantastic, wildly crazy, nutso bag-of-shit fantasy and wonderful piece of writing this is. For any Lovecraft aficionado this will almost certainly be an exhilarating, exasperating and practically psychotic ride into the minds and worlds of Lovecraft and others....

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IÄÄ! Cthulhu! Fhtagn!
  • Review by Troy and Kirsten Nies
  • Posted February 23, 2017

IÄÄ! Cthulhu! Fhtagn!

A fun, quick, quality Lovecraftian dice game. The English translation of the rules, however, is not entirely clear, and an online video tutorial would be very helpful...

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The Music of Erich Zann
  • Review by Reber Clark
  • Posted February 22, 2017

String Quartet No. 1: The Music of Erich Zann

A beautiful, eerie composition played by a very talented group of musicians. This is a serious Western Art Music adaptation of one of Lovecraft's works. If you know chamber music you will love this piece.

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Lovecraft Illustrated v10
  • Review by Chris Lackey
  • Posted January 5, 2017

Lovecraft Illustrated, Volume 10

Lovecraft Illustrated Volume 10, "The Mound": PS Publishing has produced their tenth illustrated volume of HP Lovecraft’s work, this time tackling “The Mound.” This hardback volume contains a good introduction from S.T. Joshi which, I believe, can only be read in this book....

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Lovecraft Illustrated v11
  • Review by Reber Clark
  • Posted December 30, 2016

Lovecraft Illustrated, Volumes 11 & 12

I love these books almost as much as I love the stories in them. My first impression of the entire product was if I was wanting to present a book of Lovecraft’s tales to someone new to his work, especially if they are younger, these are the volumes I would give them. However, they are perfectly worthy of any HPL fan’s attention....

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Necronomicards
  • Review by Reber Clark
  • Posted October 12, 2016

Necronomicards

Necronomicards is a light and rapid card game of battling powers that is a pleasant diversion and does not dive too deep. A good time killer for 2 to 4 players which can take 30 to 45 minutes. The production value of the box and card set is very good and the instructions are concise and clearly written. The artwork by Andy Hunt is worthy of the quality of the game....

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