Thursday, October 09, 2008
Some of you may already know that I have a strong fascination with the writing of H.P. Lovecraft. He has been my favorite author of mine since a close friend introduced me to his work a several years back. During his lifetime the majority of Lovecraft's work was published in small pulp magazines, primarily Weird Tales. At the time of his death he was only well known by a small circle of fans and fellow writers. Unfortunately, he died without a heir and the bulk of his work wasn't renewed for copyright. Fortunately for us, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei were able to recognize the work of a genius when they saw it, and they started the publishing house, Arkham House, in order to keep his work in circulation. Since that time Lovecraft has gained a cult following, and like Poe before him, has managed to directly or indirectly influence almost every writer of horror or science-fiction since.
Recently I was fortunate enough to stumble across a few of his audio books. I can think of few authors that would be more fitting for the Halloween season. If you are unfamiliar with his work, and have the slightest interest in science-fiction or horror fiction, then you should do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with Mr. Lovecraft. Although these audio books don't do his writing proper justice, they would serve as a good starting point for those who don't have much time on their hands to read.
At The Mountains of Madness
The Picture In The House
The Thing On The Doorstep