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H. P. Lovecraft: How to Become More Intimate With Both the Man & the Work in Just 2 Steps!

First, read this (it’s short)…

Born on August 20, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft always felt as though he were an anachronism of the time in which he lived. His great fondness for the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations as well as his love of such fantasies as Grimm’s Fairy Tales and the Arabian Nights provided the backdrop for the fascinating tales he would spin later in his life. By the age of twelve, he had already mastered the standard English meters of poetry and was mainly a poet until about 1917, when the life blood of prose poured forth out of his pen and leaked mesmerizing tales on to the parchment stained with his imagination. Lovecraft drew much of his inspiration from the works of Edgar Allen [sic] Poe, whose style is evident in many of Lovecraft’s stories. S.T. Joshi, a leading literary critic who has devoted much time to the study of Lovecraft and written several volumes about his life and works, says Lovecraft’s discovery of Poe at the age of eight gave Lovecraft’s writing “the greatest impetus it ever received.”

Lovecraft’s family life was filled with tragedy. In 1893, Lovecraft’s father, a traveling salesman named Winfield Scott Lovecraft, became paralyzed and remained in a coma until his death in 1898. As a result of this unfortunate turn of events, Lovecraft’s grandfather, Whipple V. Phillips, a wealthy industrialist, sustained Lovecraft and his mother, Sarah Susan Lovecraft, until he met his death in 1904. From this point on, poverty would be Lovecraft’s lot in life until his untimely demise at the age of forty-six in 1937. Though Lovecraft loved his mother dearly, he suffered much emotional scarring from her as she deemed him ugly and, for no apparent reason, hated him for his father’s poor health. She was hospitalized for her disturbed psychological condition and Lovecraft made no special efforts to see her during her final days. Her death in 1921, however, led Lovecraft to combat suicidal tendencies. After the collapse of his brief and unhappy marriage to Sonia H. Greene, Lovecraft lived with his aunt, Lilian D. Clark, until her death in 1932. He then moved in with his other aunt, Annie E. Phillips Gamwell, and remained with her until his death.

Some believe Lovecraft’s greatest accomplishment was his correspondence with fans of his work and other authors. It is estimated that he wrote over 100,000 letters in his life to such people as Henry Kuttner, Samuel Loveman, and Vincent Starrett. The letters describe his feelings about the nature of life, his aspirations, and his interests. Some readers find these more fascinating than his fiction works as they unleash his true writing genius completely unfettered.

(from “H.P. Lovecraft, 1890-1937,” an article published on the University of North Carolina at Pembroke website)

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Le Visage Vert—A Pretty Cool Little French Review of Creepy Literature… Issue February 2017


‘I’ve been too busy to study deeply the latest issue of Le Visage Vert, even to the point of being remiss about calling attention to its publication some months ago. So here’s a belated notice. Ordering details can be found here (scroll down), and a full table of the contents of this issue here. The lead story is by Perceval Landon, “Thurnley Abbey”. Lafcadio Hearn is represented with an article (from 1875) on spirit photographs. François Ducos contributes a study of the occult detective in France, 1930-1960. There are some older materials by Kirby Draycott and Gustave Guitton, as well as contemporary stories by Jean-Pierre Chambon and Achillèas Kyriakìdis. All in all another fine issue.

The Kirby Draycott story is additionally given in its original English, as “The Clock Face of Schaumberg”, in a supplementary booklet, reprinted from The Royal Magazine, November 1898, with the intriguing original illustrations. The story concerns a sixteenth-century historical figure, Goetz of the Iron Hand, who wore an iron prosthetic after losing his right arm in battle. Michel Meurger contributes an article about the historical Goetz, to complement the fictional treatment by the mysterious Draycott, about whom very little is known beyond his authorship of a small number of tales.


The above is from the opening pages of the supplementary booklet. The illustration shows the interesting use to which a clock tower is put in the story…’

(From a review at Woormwoodiana)

The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories, ed., Ken Gelder

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ix • Introduction (The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories) • essay by Ken Gelder
1 • The Ghost Upon The Rail • (1859) • short story by John Lang
19 • The Illumined Grave • (1867) • short story by Mary Fortune [as by W. W. (I)]
36 • The Ghostly White Gate • (1885) • novelette by Mary Fortune [as by W. W. (I)]
63 • Human Repetends • (1872) • short story by Marcus Clarke
71 • Holiday Peak • (1873) • short story by Marcus Clarke
85 • The Rubria Ghost • (1878) • short story by Tasma
94 • The Ghost of Wanganilla: Founded on Fact • (1891) • short story by Ellen Augusta Chads
102 • The Bunyip • (1891) • short story by Mrs. Campbell Praed [as by Rosa Campbell Praed]
110 • The Haunted Station • (1894) • novelette by Hume Nisbet
127 • With Three Phantoms • (1897) • short story by Guy Boothby
135 • The Trucker’s Dream • (1898) • short story by Edward Dyson
139 • The Red Lagoon • (1892) • short story by Ernest Favenc
142 • The Evil of Yelcomorn Creek • (1899) • short story by Coo-ee
152 • A Ghost of the Australian Interior • (1899) • short story by Coo-ee
157 • A Dreamer • (1902) • short story by Barbara Baynton
163 • At Coomassie Gully • (1904) • short story by Bushwoman
166 • An Australian Rip Van Winkle • (1921) • novelette by William Hay
192 • Fourteen Fathoms by Quetta Rock • (1910) • short story by Randolph Bedford
192 • The Ghost That Came to Darwin • (1944) • short story by Murray Gordon
201 • Vision in the Forest (excerpt from The Township) • (1947) • short fiction by Myra Morris
211 • Ironbark Bill Meets the Bunyip • (1953) • short story by Dal Stivens
215 • The Hard-Working Ghost • (1953) • short story by Dal Stivens
220 • The Bunyip of Barney’s Elbow (excerpt) • (1956) • short fiction by Brian James
230 • Are the Dead Envious of the Living? • (1956) • short story by Ethel Anderson
241 • A Schoolie and a Ghost • (1956) • short story by David Rowbotham
250 • The Bunyip • (1956) • short story by Percy Mumbulla
251 • The Bugeen • (1965) • short fiction by Percy Mumbulla
253 • Living Ghost • (1983) • poem by Paddy Roe
260 • Quartet in Death Minor • (1988) • short story by Lucy Sussex (variant of Quartet in D Minor)
267 • Going Nowhere • (1992) • short story by Sean Williams
281 • The Daemon Street Ghost-Trap • (1993) • short story by Terry Dowling


5 Historic Hauntings: Are These the Most Frightening of All Time? You Be the Judge…

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borley25The Haunting of Borley Rectory, England. Concept & Design by Woody Dexter. (Images unless otherwise noted: Pinterest)

It’s always fun to put ghost stories into Best Of categories. Well, here is a list of the “Top 5” of all time, one per century. What do you think?

Going back to the 1500s, which stories or legends of ghosts/hauntings stand out? Well, according to this list (historyextra.com), these were some pretty nasty hauntings—one in a church?!

I DO hope they were caught, trapped, exorcized…

The Top 5 Hauntings 1500-1999

scoganTitle Page to Scogan’s Scoggin’s Jests, 1666, 1866

Ghost Tale from the 16th Century

Anne Boleyn, whose headless ghost is rumoured to haunt the vicinity of the Tower of London and other locations, may be the most famous ghost of the 16th century. But instead I nominate a literary hoax ghost.

Following the Reformation, Protestant theologians dismissed ghosts as Catholic inventions, delusions and frauds…

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