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Check Out These H.P. Lovecraft Characters As You’ve Never Seen Them Before

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h.p. lovecraftIt’s impossible to know what legendary author H.P. Lovecraft would have thought of the Internet had he lived to see it come into existence, or how he would have accepted the rampant admiration and works of written and visual art that pay him respect. (It’s quite possible he wouldn’t have been able to afford a broadband connection.) In any case, we’re pretty sure he would have had a hearty chuckle at the work of comic artist Patrick Dean, who created the “Underwhelming Lovecraft Monsters” webpage earlier this year, for which he has given some of Lovecraft’s most celebrated beasts and stories a more casual flair. You can leave your nightmares next to the thing on the doorstep.

Dean started out by simply putting Great Old Ones and other creatures in simple settings and situations. As you can see in the image above, which you can find on his site here, Dean’s version of Cthulhu doesn’t mind kicking back in a lawn chair, sipping on a cold drink while either spying on neighbors or bird watching. (What else does one do with binoculars these days?) The fact that it’s wearing a hat is the icing on the cake-thulhu.

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Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con Uses Kickstarter To Shred The Fabric Of Reality

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cthulhuFrom April 11 through April 13, Portland, Oregon will once again turn into a hot spot for The Great Old Ones to get together and feast upon their followes. That’s right, it’s the 19th annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con. Dubbed the “Year of the Witch,” part of the focus of this gathering will be on Lovecraft’s short story, “The Dreams of The Witch House.” This is the second year that founder Andrew Migliore has taken to Kickstarter in order to enlist fan’s help to make the festival better than ever.

And it looks like they’ll be doing just that, as the project has taken in over $17,200, a tidy some considering their original goal was $12,000. That doesn’t mean they’ve hit a ceiling and shouldn’t still be helped, however. They have a series of stretch goals being worked out, as well as a steady slew of reveals occurring as they bang out all the details. If you’re lucky enough to either live in Portland, or will be attending the festival this year, you can see that your money is going into the right hands, or tentacles.

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Lovecraftian Twitter Feed Is A Dating Site For Morbid Souls

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lovecraftI’ve been married for almost four years now, and have been with the same lady for roughly a billion years, give or take. With her and without her, I’ve never really had problems in the relationship field—humblebrag alert!—but I feel for those that do. The only sure thing when it comes to love is that it’s the most unsure emotion one can feel. Thankfully, there are enough people in the world that nearly everyone should be able to find a mate, and the (fake) dating site Dread Singles wants to put all of these people together, possibly while burning Christian effigies and praising Elder Gods.

Okay, so it’s actually a Twitter feed and not a website, per se. And it doesn’t actually get anyone together for anything except for laughs at macabre visions of Lovecraftian horror. But my point of view is that people with like-minded senses of humor can comment on these posts and then follow each other than then fall in love for the rest of eternity, or whatever endless void awaits the Chosen Ones.

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That Lovecraft Monument In Oklahoma Isn’t So Mysterious After All

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lovecraft monumentHere’s the thing about hoaxes, if one happens because some douchebag is trying to swindle people out of money or effort or whatever, then I have a problem with it. If it’s pure delusion, as seems to be the problem here and here, then I still have an issue, but it’s kind of a grey area. I tend to applaud those who enjoy ruffling people’s feathers for the sheer pleasure of the act, which was the case in Oklahoma recently when a concrete pillar appeared on the lawn of the Paseo Grill, seemingly calling for Azathoth, the Lovecraftian god of chaos, to stake his land and claim it. Rather than ancient gods, however, this was the work of two surreal artists who io9 caught up with and interviewed. (Props to the commenter who pointed us to this website on our original post.)

The two men responsible for the random monument are Norman, Oklahoma’s horror-ish author and Editor-in-Chief for Broken River Books J. David Osbourne and artist Eric Piper. You may notice “Eric Piper” is an anagram for the “crier pipi” from the plaque on the pillar. And if you think that little fact is worth pondering, the pair’s answers in the interview questions are even more amazing. When asked if they were fans of H.P. Lovecraft, Osborne, the more vocal of the two, says, “There’s nothing scarier than big slimy things that don’t care. Also I’m really scared of sex, so I’m down with the spooky tentacles.” He then calls upon Cthulhu Mythos-related authors like Thomas Ligotti and Cody Goodfellow.