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Jan. 15th, 2012

Boy this place is dead. And not in the good sleeping-but-still-sending-out-evil-dreams way.

I wanted to share this, as most have never seen it and any cultist with a good sense of humor should. It’s quasi-Cthulhu comedy: A traditional “outsider stumbles upon a Mythos cult” story, but played for laughs!

The Firesign Theatre’s “Eat or Be Eaten”, 1985 (not my postings), appx 30 min total.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxmPVKM_U9s

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YydWp87KUjc&feature=related
(There’s a politically incorrect bit in Pt 2 about an American ambassador trying to get through customs in the Middle Eastern country of “Barbaria”, so don’t watch if that’ll upset you.)

“Now I’m not asking you to believe in a book written by a bunch of babbling barbarians over 2000 years ago. I’m asking you to believe in a book some of which was written as recently as last night. This is fresh!”

And also, here’s a little Idol I made back in December:



Just styrofoam, toothpicks, and paper-mache under a bit of paint.

-Andy

Dead but Dreaming gods need home.

In an effort to clear my space out some and actually work on something new, I'm slashing prices on the two special Cthulhu idols in the shop! 50% off on your chance to be driven mad by unwelcome waking nightmares and dreams of gibbering things in warped vistas! Great for kids!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpleenMachine?ref=pr_shop_more

Prepare for cross posting if you follow the same crowds as me.

Concrete Cthulhu

The Colour Out of Space Cthulhu

Hey everyone. I'm making and selling Cthulhu and Lovecraft inspired things, and figure I will share this fact with you fine folks! This here is a concrete idol, I make them custom out of a strange compulsion stemming from ceaseless dreams that wake me screaming and panting in a cold sweat.

I'm currently using an Etsy storefront while I work on making a proper website, and I link that in the event this interests anyone here.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpleenMachine?ref=pr_shop_more

I will be adding chocolate idols after this weekend, which I am pretty excited for. Dark chocolate raspberry and sea-salt flavored.

EDIT-  oh! If you like this, and have Stumble - please up thumb the Etsy! I would be eternally grateful! Or if you spread the link around, that is also awesome! =D

The Shoe Fits, So I Wear It!

        Below from nebris

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Hey gang,
I am clearing out my closet and selling off a lot of my gaming and book collection with the majority of the money going to charity.  The charities I am supporting are the American Cancer Society, Canine Assistance (a group that trains dogs for disabled people) and a local animal shelter which rescues animals from other shelters before they are put down.

Please check out my auctions and bid if you see something you like.  They are all starting at a penny and I have some rare out of print items up for auction. Tell a friend

http://shop.ebay.com/garagefree4all/m.html
 First there were the CthulhuWho1 photo collections on Flickr!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cthulhuwho1/collections/

Then there was the CthulhuWho1 audio and updates blog!
http://cthulhuwho1.com

Then there was the CthulhuWho1 YouTube channel for videos!
http://www.youtube.com/user/CthulhuWho1

Check out the first "video" from CthulhuWho1; actually a visual version of "Fungi from Yuggoth," using H. P. Lovecraft's words, his spelling. and even his handwriting, by way of the Lovecraft Cursive font from the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society at cthulhulives.org.
I’ve decided to use that wooden book-cover for a home-made Necronomicon. Here it is again, with the completed back cover:



And the first page (I plan to ‘distress’ the pages a little once they’re completed and bound):



I have the text mostly planned out. At the rate I can write with a pen it should be done in, oh, six or seven months (one page and my hand is all cramped!). The curse is a gloss from a medieval manuscript. Actually it’s only part of the gloss; the original sort of goes on and on like that. Apparently some of those monks were a bit testy.
Since nobody’s posted here in ages, I give you a wooden cover I just made for a book I’m binding. It’d make a nice cover for a Mythos tome, I think. I’m going to see if I can use it in a Coptic binding with copper wire instead of string.

cthulhu, cuteness, tentacle porn and you

        Below from adayinthelife.

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cthulhu, cuteness, tentacle porn and you
http://hilobrow.com/2010/05/03/cthulhu-is-not-cute/
just awesome  .
        Below from Paco Nathan on FaceBook.

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  Cthulhu The Great - LinkedIn
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View Cthulhu The Great's professional profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the world's largest business network, helping professionals like Cthulhu The Great discover inside connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts, and business partners.  

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/cthulhu-the-great/1b/a7b/885

Some Game Boy Camera work

I was doing some animation with my Game Boy Camera last nite & thought you might like to see. Bonus: An anaglyph 3D image!

HPL RP in New England?

Hi,

Are there any HPL roleplaying groups in New England that would like a new member?

I'm in Concord NH and looking for a cool group that is willing to put up with a newbie. Thanks!

(And sorry for the inappropriate user pic. . Sid isn't exactly a crawling unknown horror.)

Cthulhu Ski Mask

Some months ago, a picture made the rounds of the internet of a guy in a hand-made crocheted Cthulhu Ski Mask (a.k.a. me). I had a ton of people asking if the maker, my wonderful and incredibly understanding wife, would ever make more and sell them.

I finally convinced her to say yes. Ordinarily I hate overt pimping in a community, but some of the members here and in necronomiphiles were on the "please, I want one" list. Hope you don't mind the link.

Public Service Announcement

        I saw this image I wanted to post here.   But when I went back to grab it, I could not locate it.   Luckily google came to my aid.   Read more...Collapse )

Happy Birthday Lovecraft!

Howard Phillips Lovecraft
August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937

Everyone join me for a round of Dead Investigators!!

dead inves-ta-gators!
dead inves-ta-gators!
see how they rot!
hey tried to stop the cultists last night
heir entrails where cut out with sacrificial knives!
dead inves-ta-gators!

Be sure to have a plate of spaghetti today in honor of "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." - Stephen King

My personal favorite of his was one of his early works; The Street. About a city's first street and how it watches the city grow around it to glory then fall into ruin, finally in a desperate move to reclaim it's former glory collapse itself and kills all of it's inhabitants.


Well, it's time to show the latest piece of somewhat Lovecraftian artwork off- that said, here's the intro, just click the picture to follow through to the main site and the rest of the set:

This, then is my madness.

Twelve hours, caught and bound in leather and paper. In brass and bone and blood and paint and ink, they lie bound.

Bound, they move, and each turning creates further patterns to the hours themselves.

Moving in time to the restless heartbeat of the clock contained inside.

This, then, is madness. Is prophecy. Is the culmination of knowledge and art and skill.

This, then, is the Book of Lost Hours.


Mountians of Madness Update

Alp-sized peaks found entombed in Antarctic ice
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent – Tue Feb 24, 9:39 am ET
Yahoo News.com | Antarctica Mountians

OSLO (Reuters) – Jagged mountains the size of the Alps have been found entombed in Antarctica's ice, giving new clues about the vast ice sheet that will raise world sea levels if even a fraction of it melts, scientists said on Tuesday.

Using radar and gravity sensors, the experts made the first detailed maps of the Gamburtsev subglacial mountains, originally detected by Russian scientists 50 years ago at the heart of the East Antarctic ice sheet.

"The surprising thing was that not only is this mountain range the size of the Alps, but it looks quite similar to the (European) Alps, with high peaks and valleys," said Fausto Ferraccioli, a geophysicist at the British Antarctic Survey who took part in the research.

He told Reuters that the mountains would probably have been ground down almost flat if the ice sheet had formed slowly. But the presence of jagged peaks might mean the ice formed quickly, burying a landscape under up to 4 km (2.5 miles) of ice.

Ferraccioli said the maps were "the first page of a new book" of understanding how ice sheets behave, which in turn could help predict how the ice will react to global warming.

Antarctica, bigger than the United States, has been swathed in ice for about 35 million years, and contains enough of it to raise world sea levels by about 57 metres (187 feet) if it ever all melted. So even a fractional melt would affect coasts around the globe.

"Unless we have a basic understanding of how ice sheets work, any sort of predictive model won't match reality," Ferraccioli said.

The U.N. panel on climate change says that greenhouse gases, mainly emitted by burning fossil fuels, will bring more heatwaves, floods and droughts, and raise sea levels.

The team of experts from Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Germany, Japan and the United States also found water below the ice, using survey aircraft that flew 120,000 km (75,000 miles).

"The temperatures at our camps hovered around minus 30 Celsius (minus 22 Fahrenheit), but 3 km (2 miles) beneath us at the bottom of the ice sheet we saw liquid water in the valleys," Robin Bell, of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, said in a statement.

Many sub-glacial lakes have been found in Antarctica in recent years.

Geologists say that mountain ranges such as the Alps or the Himalayas form in collisions between continents. The last time Antarctica was exposed to such forces was 500 million years ago.

"The mystery here is that the Alps are only 50 to 60 million years old, while here we have a mountain range that may perhaps be as old as 500 million years," Ferraccioli said.

"The Call of Cthulhu" as a word cloud

Wordle.net is a neat little website that will take any html text, analyze it & give you a montage of the words used in that text, each proportionate to size according to the number of its occurrences. Here, I submit to you the word cloud version of "The Call of Cthulhu." Click for a readable version.

Wordle: The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
Sorting through some old disks I came across some Mythos-themed paintings I did way back in 2003, so since there's not been much action here lately I figured I'd post them.

Seascape



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Perry Bible Fellowship

The Perry Bible Fellowship was a web & newsprint comic with a wonderfully odd sense of humour, as evidenced by the comic below. It is currently on hiatus but there is still a substantial archive to enjoy.

A Return to the Mountians of Madness

Bloody Hell, here we go again. This just after that news report of the 8 legged Old One Fossil....

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Expedition set for 'ghost peaks'
By Jonathan Amos
Science reporter, BBC News

It is perhaps the last great Antarctic expedition - to find an explanation for why there is a great mountain range buried under the White Continent.

The Gamburtsevs match the Alps in scale but no-one has ever seen them because they are covered by up to 4km of ice.

Geologists struggle to understand how such a massif could have formed and persisted in the middle of Antarctica.

Now, an international team is setting out on a deep-field survey to try to get some answers.

The group comprises scientists, engineers, pilots and support staff from the UK, the US, Germany, Australia, China and Japan.

It's rather like being an archaeologist and opening up a tomb in a pyramid and finding an astronaut sitting inside. It shouldn't be there
Dr Robin Bell, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

The ambitious nature of the project - working in Antarctica's far interior - has required an exceptional level of co-ordination and co-operation.

"You can almost think about it as exploring another planet - but on Earth," said Dr Fausto Ferraccioli from the British Antarctic Survey.

"This region is a complete enigma. It's in the middle of the continent. Most mountain ranges are on the edges of continents, and we really can't understand what these mountains are doing in the centre."

The AGAP (Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province) project will establish two camps from where the team will map the subglacial range using surface and airborne instruments.

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EXPLORING THE SUBGLACIAL GAMBURTSEV MOUNTAINS
1. Aircraft will use radar to detect ice thickness and layering, and to map the shape of the deeply buried bedrock
2. The planes will also conduct gravity and magnetic surveys to glean more information about the mountains' structure
3. By listening to seismic waves passing through the range, scientists can probe rock properties deep in the Earth

The Gamburtsevs were discovered by a Soviet team making a seismic survey on a traverse across the ice in the late 1950s. The hidden rocky prominence was totally unexpected; scientists thought the interior of the continent would be relatively flat.

"There are two easy ways to make mountains," explained Dr Robin Bell, from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, who is a lead US researcher on the expedition.

"One is colliding continents, but after they collide they tend to erode; and the last collision was 500-million-plus years ago. They shouldn't be there.

Dr Robin Bell says it will be like doing an "X-ray of the ice sheet"

"The other way is a hotspot, [with volcanoes punching through the crust] like in Hawaii; but there's no good evidence for underneath the ice sheet being that hot.

"I like to say it's rather like being an archaeologist and opening up a tomb in a pyramid and finding an astronaut sitting inside. It shouldn't be there."

The mountains are believed to have been a key nucleation point for the vast East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

It is thought that as Earth's climate cooled just over 30 million years ago, the snows that fell on the mountains produced mighty glaciers, which then merged to form one giant spreading ice-mass.

A better understanding of these events could give clues as to how Antarctica might evolve in the coming centuries if, as expected, the Earth continues its current warming trend.

The AGAP project is a flagship endeavour of International Polar Year - the global science community's concerted push to try to answer the big questions about the Earth's northern and southern extremes.

The challenging nature of the expedition has required that expertise be drawn from across the polar community. Supplying such remote camps is a major logistical exercise; working in them - at temperatures 30-40 degrees below zero Celsius - is bound to be physically demanding.

Two survey aircraft will sweep back and forth across the ice to map the shape of the mountains. The planes will be equipped with ice-penetrating radar and instruments to measure the local gravitational and magnetic fields.

Information on the deeper structure of the Gamburtsevs will come from a network of seismometers that will listen to earthquake signals passing through the rock from the other side of the globe.

"We'll map everything from the detailed ripples on the surface of the ice sheet down to the temperature structure hundreds of kilometres in the Earth, so we'll have everything from the layering in the ice to what the nature of the rocks are," said Dr Bell.

Another important aim of the project is to find a place to drill for ancient ices. By examining bubbles of air trapped in compacted snow, it is possible for researchers to glean details about past environmental conditions.

Not only can they see concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane - the two principal human-produced gases now blamed for global warming - but they can also gauge past temperatures from the samples.

Somewhere in the Gamburtsev region there could be a location were it is possible to drill down to ices that are more than a million years old. This is at least 200,000 years older than the most ancient ices currently in the possession of scientists.

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The expedition gets under way in the next few weeks and will take some two-and-a-half months to complete.

Jonathan.Amos-INTERNET@bbc.co.uk

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/7668070.stm

Published: 2008/10/14 18:04:35 GMT

© BBC MMVIII

Finally, evidence of old ones?



Scientists have found strange 300 million-year-old fossils in Australia and China. The real question is, are those animals, as they believe, or are they footprints!?

The Maintaner speaks:

"Long I journeyed through that darkened cavern only to to find nothing but a creeping core of insanity waiting within..."

Yes, fellow students, your class advisor/community maintainer has returned, at least momentarily.

First off, let me apologize for not making any kind of posts to the community or  in a while. I've been all too busy on my own pursuits, and while I do love the Lovecraftian, there's just as many other interests I've got that keep me pretty continuously busy.

Secondly, we've got more members since last I checked- a rather good-sized chunk of new people in fact. Whether that's due to necronomiphiles  closing up (and with zero maintainers, that's pretty much what they are- no one to approve post much less a new maintainer or moderator.), or some other eldritch influence, who can say. Anyways, Welcome, new class members- please, remember to study hard, practice daily, and stay out of the Forbidden Book Room, unless otherwise necessary.  And make sure to let others know that should they need a place to discuss the Lovecraftian, well, we're still definitely here.

Now then, that covers the main announcements. On to business-

First off- if anyone's got any good suggestions about changes to this community, be it the rules, or the page style or anything, I am, for right now, all ears- feel free to suggest awy in the replies- I don't promise changes, but I'll at least take stuff under advisement.

Secondly, if there's any applicants willing to help me with maintaining the community (mostly as a longevity factor- should something happen to my journal, I don't want it to take out this place as well. Mod duties pretty much consist of absolutely nothing at this point- Seriously. I've had no call to do anything on the comunity in well over a year. But with the upswing in membership, that's more than likely to change. Anyways, interested aplicants (if there are any) can just shoot me a message via LJ. Just give me a good reason why you should have the job. Bribes will be fed directly to the pet shoggoth.

Questions? Comments? Bald-faced derision?


Crawling Chaos Pictures

I've tried every other way I can think of to find out what happened to this independent studio, so I'll try here.

For those unfamiliar with them, Crawling Chaos Pictures makes small, limited-budget films inspired by Lovecraft. Their work has been screened at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR in the past, and includes an adaptation of a chapter of 'Herbert West, Reanimator', a surrealistic presentation of 'Nyarlathotep', and the Necronomicon-inspired 'Experiment 17'.

Their next major project was 'Dunwich', based on The Dunwich Horror (obviously) and The Terrible Old Man. It was screened at the HPL Film Fest in 2006, and was to be released on DVD in the Spring of 2007. I'd been keeping tabs on the film by corresponding with Christian Matzke, the Grand Poo-Bah of Crawling Chaos.

It's been nearly two years now since I heard anything from or about Mr. Matzke, Crawling Chaos, or 'Dunwich'. If anybody on this Community knows what happened, I'd truly appreciate some news.

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This just in from S.T. Joshi.

Good news everyone! Mr. S.T. Joshi, speaking at the H.P. Lovecraft Filmfest in Portland Oregon last weekend announced that all of Lovecraft's original stories (no collaborations or revisions) will soon be published in chronological order between two covers & released at Barnes & Nobles for about 13 or 14 dollars. The stories will be the Joshi corrected editions & should be on shelves within a couple weeks.

That is all.

necronomiphiles

Does anyone know what happened to necronomiphiles? I think it was the largest Lovecraftian group on eljay, but the moderators seem to have killed it just by refusing to approve posts. Just wondering if there was a reason for that.

Hopefully it's membership will find its way here.

Lovecraft Annual

Many of us probably remember the days of Lovecraft Studies. From 1979 to 2005 (with the exception of one issue printed by Hippocampus), the dearly lamented Necronomicon Press issued this scholarly journal, edited by the dean of Lovecraft Studies S. T. Joshi, devoted to the study of Lovecraft. Some of the articles I think were too specialized for the average reader (or perhaps only I lacked the technical literary training to appreciate them), but in just about every issue there were enough truly interesting articles to make the price worthwhile.

I think few people, however, know about Lovecraft Studies' heir -- Lovecraft Annual. The Annual continues the grand tradition of Lovecraft Studies. It too is edited by Joshi, but instead of twice yearly chapbooks now we have yearly trade paperbacks published by what has become one of the best Lovecraftian presses, Hippocampus Press. Lovecraft Annual #2 is now available to order, and I urge those of you who want to see Lovecraftian scholarship to continue to pick up a copy.

And of course I'm not too humble to point out that my own essay, "H. P. Lovecraft and the Archaeology of 'Roman' Arizona," will be in the next issue. It's more a fun piece about this great hoax -- a pretended Roman colony in the American Southwest -- than a serious literary reading of the master, and it may make too great of claims at times, but I hope some people enjoy it. #2's line-up also includes a monograph on Lovecraft's astronomy which should alone be worth the price of the Annual.

In any event, I couldn't help but brag, and I hope those of you interested in serious study of the Old Gent's writing turn your attention to the field's only English language journal.

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre

I'm sure by now, many people on this Community are familar with the recent silent film 'The Call of Cthulhu' by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. If you haven't seen it, do so, it's an excellent period-piece adaptation.

The HPLHS also has put out three audio dramas in the style of Old Time Radio which are a must for any Lovecraft collection. Their latest, an adaptation of 'The Shadow Out of Time', is a five-star masterpiece. The story is expanded a bit, dramatizing parts that, in the original tale, were only alluded to. The voice actors are very convincing, the musical soundtrack is excellent, and the sound effects are truly startling. When the human minds in Yithian bodies communicate, the sound effects are disorienting and unsettling. The sounds of the Flying Polyps made my skin crawl.

Also from the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre label are 'The Dunwich Horror' and 'At the Mountains of Madness', both every bit as good as their most recent offering. Their next audio drama will be 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth'.

The Lovecraft Society is also producing a film version of 'The Whisperer in Darkness', release date to be determined (but can't come soon enough for me!).

http://www.cthulhulives.org/toc.html
That is not dead which can eternal lie,
and with strange eons even death may die.





Somehow, I don't think this is what Abdul al-Hazred had in mind.

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