Posts Tagged 'lovecraft'

Want.

I wish I had $150+ as this item has just become available on eBay:

The Necronomicon

This particular Necronomicon is “hand-bound in two colors of real hand-stitched leather and finished with high quality archival red felt.The sigil of The Necronomicon and the Elder Sign have been emblazoned on the front and back cover respectively. Each and every one of it’s 148 pages has been filled with original artwork, custom engravings, occult signs and circles, eldritch symbols and authentic occult texts in Latin. A few passages are in Old English as would be authentic to the time period of the piece.” Awesome.

Make a SAN check.

It was made for an off-Broadway production of H.P.Lovecraft’s The Hound, which looked kinda sweet and comes with all sorts of documentation (certificates of authentication, photos of it being used in the production, etc.). If you have more money than I do (and maybe feel like giving me a present) then head over to the item here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Hand-Made-Leather-Bound-Lovecraft-Necronomicon-/200592250129?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb43ad511

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Something Cool

A Yithian, as drawn by an 8yr old.

Here’s something cool that I found (again, pretty damn late) over at Comics Alliance, a Halloween art project run for a children’s choir in which the main focus was the stories of a one Mr. H. P. Lovecraft. An amazing selection of Yithians, Shoggoths, Elder Things and, of course, great Cthulhu himself. Click the link to see more of the same child-produced sanity destroying artwork!

Cosmic horror for kiddies, anyone?

The Thing

This past couple of weeks have been fuelled by images of the strange (predominantly the usual Lovecraftian madness) and welded to the processes of improvisational construction and modification. Later on tonight, I’m hoping to continue work on my thing in a jar over at Inner Sanctum collectibles (as well as some more miniatures for IABSM) but last night I watched The Thing, the classic 1982 sci-fi/horror (Lovecraftian cosmic horror, anyone?). I mean, John Carpenter directing, a score by Ennio Morricone and the magnificent Kurt Russell in the lead – who could ask for more?

Burn it. Burn it with fire!

As it happens, it doesn’t matter who, as we got more anyway. If you haven’t seen The Thing, then suffice to say it was absolutely groundbreaking in terms of its special effects – the majority of which were created by Rob Bottin (only 22 years old at the time i.e. the same age as me). Some of these effects have now become fairly legendary in shocking horror movie moments legend – such as the use of a double amputee for the scene in which a man’s arms are ripped off by a giant alien maw. Oh, spoiler alert.

In fact all the gribbliness of the film has not only helped spur on my own model-making project, but also given me some more campaign ideas for Call of Cthulhu. Actually, part of the reason that I decided to watch the film properly was on the recommendation of another keeper, a certain Mr. John Wick who wrote a monograph for Chaosium entitled Digging For A Dead God. The scenario focuses on a group of Nazi soldiers in 1939 who stumble across an unfathomable evil – as per CoC standards.

Continue reading ‘The Thing’

Hellspawn

Much like the subject of today’s blog post, I am returned to the land of the living from the awesome weekend that was Chris’ stag do in the fine city of Nottingham. Had a fantastic time, and I hopefully I will have some, uhh… ‘content’ for everyone reading this very soon!

Dinner is served, bitches.

Today I picked up the complete Hellspawn collection (all of the issues, cover gallery, additional art, behind-the-scenes content, etc.) for a pretty reasonable £30 and so far it’s been excellent. It’s actually the first Spawn comic that I’ve ever owned, despite having read most of the origin story and being pretty familiar with the general gist of things mostly due to the popularity of the franchise back in the 90’s. I also recently started watching the animated series online and got to about episode 6 when I discovered that it had been cancelled after the third series (only 18 episodes) and thus nowhere near a conclusion. I regrettably dropped it after that, as I knew I’d never get any closure on that particular strand.

Aside: Talking of things that have been cancelled, I was pretty gutted to see this news piece about the progress of Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Basically, Universal studios have refused to greenlight the film – a proposed $150 million live-action epic, with James Cameron as executive producer and Tom Cruise rumoured to be starring. The reason? Well, basically it comes down to the fact that it’s Lovecraft. Del Toro, and the story itself, need an ‘R’ rating in America, but the studio want PG-13 to reach a wider audience and make money back. Also, the fact that it’s a bleak tale of unimaginable horror with no happy ending or anything easily marketable to the masses probably didn’t help.

Still, there is hope out there. The studio isn’t completely ditching the project; word has it that he’s shopping it to other studios; and he’s also been attached to Pacific Rim as director (it looks like it could be pretty sweet – not Lovecraft, but sweet nonetheless). Hopefully we’ll see some cosmic horror on the big screen soon enough! Also, there’s a new Spawn animated series in the works, which we may or may not see this year according to various sources.

Thing in a jar, pt.1

This is hardly something new, and there are many good examples of other people having done precisely this and more, but as so many others before me I’ve always been fairly enchanted by the stereotypical laboratories and workshops of mad scientists, necromancers and Cthulhu cultists alike. So I have decided to make my very own ‘thing in a jar’ mostly for use in our Call of Cthulhu campaign, but also just because it’s the sort of thing that I think is cool. The main part of the structure, the ‘body’ of my… uhm, ‘thing’ if you like… was where I started:

Very simply: two champagne (or similar) corks drilled out and pinned together with a brass rod and liberal amounts of superglue.

Next I thought about giving my thing some sort of claw / head / other non-specific appendage but definitely something to be the main focus of the thing. It’s kind of hard to glue non-Euclidean shapes out of things that you find lying around your house, but I thought that this so-called desert rose crystal with a fossilised shar’s tooth on top looked kind of cool. I’m also adding some glass beads in non-symmetrical numbers and places to (possibly) represent eyes.

Old ornaments and things you find lying around in old drawers/boxes under the bed are a brilliant source of inspiration. Also, superglue is your friend.

Finally, as the… ‘assembly?’ …above is going to sit on top of the thing in the jar, and it weighs quite a lot, I decided that I needed to start constructing a base for the thing. Something to act as ballast to keep the thing upright once it’s submerged and sealed in the jar. So I drilled through some English two pence pieces and pinned them together with a brass rod. I find myself defacing the Queen’s image way too much recently.

I really hope I don't get hanged for treason...

More updates coming soon: Tentacles, eyes, limbs, sickly flesh… all this and much more to be revealed! Fhtagn!

#Winning Pictures

Godzilla vs. Cthulhu

Lil' Skeletor

The X-Men Hangover

Off the Wagon

Compensating?

It’s the Friday after a very long couple of weeks, I’ve got the weekend off and a tournament on Sunday. The sun was actually (vaguely) out and I’m (still) not stone broke. So I went to the pub, and for the second time this year there was no new post yesterday.

How swift the fall… more proper stuff later! Until then have some Lovecraftian Lolcats-style pictures. 

I want a cephalapod!

Ololol.


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