Archive for H.P. Lovecraft

Book(s) of the Week: The Shadow over Innsmouth and Other Stories of Horror

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2015 by ranranami


Ahhhh, H. P. Lovecraft. It’s no secret how fond I am of his work. A man claimed by death before he could properly greet the old ones, who many say was only beginning to truly perfect and hone his skills when he died at the relatively young age of 46. It took a bit of soul searching to figure out which of his books to feature, which collection of stories had just the right balance and style to feature for the un-initiated into his world. So I picked the one that started me off, a book my mother almost donated to Goodwill when I was a kid (before I pillaged through the junk boxes and saved both this book, along with another book I’ve featured, Carmilla.)

Intrepid adventurer, know ye this: step wisely into the written word, and with your imagination sharpened. To read Lovecraft is to read a whole story in one sitting, for each one deserves no less than your full attention. Also, keep in mind that a good deal of his writing reflects the mind-set of the time, as well as a certain style which does turn some people off. To an avid reader, this book is a delight. To someone who doesn’t really enjoy reading…well…why are you reading an article about a book of the week in the first place?

Horror Flick of the Week: Dagon (2001)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2014 by ranranami

This week, I’d like to talk about one of my personal favorites, Dagon. This is one of those movies you either really love (like myself) or really hate. It has slow and developed pacing, which is something you don’t really see in a lot of horror films anymore, and I think that’s the trouble some people had with this film. Well, that and the fact that it’s called ‘Dagon’, but it’s really more of an adaptation of Lovecraft’s other story, ‘Shadow Over Innsmouth’. A very loose adaptation. Face it, there’s absolutely no way to film a Lovecraft story and keep it spot on every step of the way, the man’s visions are just…well, sometimes they’re impossible even to envision (that’s not a bad thing, though.)




BUT, that aside, the film maintains the feel of a Lovecraftian tale. It maintains a creepy environment, and definitely manages to drum up a healthy dose of ichthyophobia. It’s also a ‘one dark and stormy night’ kind of story, which I can definitely appreciate. When a film manages to make a majority of the timeline feel like real time, it’s much easier to get sucked into the story.

For anyone who’s in the mood for something that builds suspense, I’d recommend this. I’d also recommend it for anyone who needs another reminder why we should fear the old ones. After all, as they say…Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!