It’s impossible to assess weird fiction without considering the cyclopean presence of Howard Philips Lovecraft. The gentleman of Providence was mostly ignored in his lifetime, but is now rightly canonised as one of the most original thinkers of the 20th century. Not many pulp horror scribes can match that influence and there are countless collections
Clive Barker is mostly known as a fantasist and a director. He is however an excellent painter and illustrator as well and his art is as disturbing as his best books. John Coulthart points out in his blogspot that there will be an exhibition of his artwork in Carlisle this Saturday. I am a huge
We ‘ve made mention of the documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown some time ago on this site (http://www.crowsnbones.com/2010/02/stranger-aeons/). At last, I had the chance to watch it and I ‘m pleased to report it’s excellent. Frank H. Woodward’s film is an evocative overview of Lovecraft’s life and times and a great introduction to one
While reading John Coulthart’s indispensable blog, I came across the news that Fantagraphics Books are about to publish Ah Pook Is Here, William Burroughs’ previously unreleased graphic novel. It’s a collaboration with artist Malcolm McNeill that has never seen the light of day before. This is brilliant news for me, as I ‘ve read almost
Alan Moore (Watchmen, V For Vendetta, Swamp Thing, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is of course a comic book legend, respected author, performance artist, master of the occult and grumpy old bastard. He is also one of our heroes and inspirations, so it’s always great to see he has new projects down the
John Coulthart’s illustrations and designs have haunted our culture since 1982. He has created artwork for Hawkwind, Craddle Of Filth, John Hassell and others. He has illustrated the work of Alan Moore and Steve Perkins and has provided iconic cover illustrations and designs for Michael Moorcock, Jeff VanderMeer, Philip Jose Farmer and Joe R. Lasdale.