Friends, a couple of weeks ago when I shared my review of Lafayette! I made mention that ABRAMS books was kind enough to also send me a copy of Lovecraft by I.N.J. Culbard. As the graphic novel collection released by Self Made Hero press can be picked up tomorrow at better book stores on Tuesday, I felt now was the perfect time to share my review of it. I have been known once or twice to share my love of the writing of H.P. Lovecraft on this site before. As well as the various adaptations that have been produced and the numerous films and games that have been inspired by the works of Lovecraft.
Lovecraft is a collection of four of the adaptations by I.N.J. Culbard – the stories in the hardcover collection include At the Mountains of Madness, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow Out of Time and The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. The last story mentioned is actually the first in the graphic novel collection and Lovecraft probably originally wrote it in the autumn of 1926. Sadly it wasn’t published in the Author’s lifetime but made up part of his Dream Cycle of stories – this tale also happens to feature one of my favorite of Lovecraft’s creations, Randolph Carter. The story focuses on Carter attempting to reach a dream city – to do so he must attempt to find his way to Kadath, in an effort to ask the location of the city from the Gods themselves.
The second story is The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and for what it’s worth this tale also didn’t find itself being published until after Lovecraft had passed away in 1937. It first saw print in a 1941 issue of Weird Tales – although as the foreword points out – that publication was actually abriged. The story concerns an escaped mental patient, Charles Dexter Ward, a young man who while being held in an asylum appeared to be undergoing bizarre changes. Investigating the incident is Dr. Marinus Bicknell Willett who discovers a shocking secret related to Ward’s ancestor, Joseph Curwen.
At the Mountains of Madness is probably one of the more well known Lovecraft stories. Published in 1936 over three issues of Astounding Stories magazine, it details the harrowing encounter of Professor William Dyer, who is leading an expedition to Antarctica. While on the ‘adventure’ the team from the fabled Miskatonic University uncover the ruins of an ancient civilization…
Last but certainly not least is The Shadow Out of Time which was originally published, yet again in Astounding Stories. The story is about another Professor from Miskatonic University, this time it is one Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee – who just so happens to be worried that he is being driven insane when he continues to see an other world. The truth of the matter is far, far stranger.
I.N.J. Culbard has done a truly remarkable job at adapting these H.P. Lovecraft stories, friends. His artwork style is perfect for the various tales and for what it’s worth, the sequential artist and writer not only won an award for At the Mountains of Madness but he has also adapted The Picture of Dorian Gray and even The King in Yellow. If you count yourself a fan of the Cthulhu mythos or have a loved one that is – do yourself a favor and pick up this 520 page tome!
By the way, I think the fact that Lovecraft is being published on Tuesday is rather fitting. As Cyanide Studio’s Call of Cthulhu game is also coming out on the same day!
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