Lovecraft Illustrated Volume 10

The Mound

An interesting book with helpful essays by S.T. Joshi, Peter Cannon and Pete Von Sholly. The illustrations, however, might not work for everyone.

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  • The Lovecraft Library Series
  • The Pulps Library - PS Publishing, Hornsea, England
  • Published by Arrangement with, and Corrected Texts by, S. T. Joshi
  • Illustrated by Pete Von Sholly
  • Price: £20

Review by Chris Lackey

January 5, 2017

Lovecraft Illustrated Volume 10, "The Mound": PS Publishing has produced their tenth illustrated volume of HP Lovecraft’s work, this time tackling ‘The Mound.’ I have not seen any of the other volumes, so I can’t compare this to the previous works.

This hardback volume contains a good introduction from S.T. Joshi which, I believe, can only be read in this book. It goes into Lovecraft’s ‘revision’ work and his writing "The Mound" for Zealia Bishop. The introduction mostly has information I was familiar with, but also with some tidbits that I wasn’t. I enjoy Joshi’s writing style, so found this a good read.

The book also contains a short essay by Peter Cannon and another by the artist of the book, Pete Von Sholly. My major issue with this book, however, is the illustrations. I’m a fan of fantasy artwork, and an artist myself, so I don’t usually criticize something as unique and personal as someone else’s work and style, but for me, Von Sholly’s paintings didn’t work. And for an illustrated volume of Lovecraft, I would be buying it for the artwork.

The book itself is well made and will be a welcome edition on my shelf, but I can not recommend it (unless it was to an avid collector) for the £20 price point.