Nightmare Fuel! Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan…Make It Your Next Read…

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“Agents of Dreamland is a new Lovecraftian horror novella from award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan…

In this new novella, a government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow, Arizona. Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation, but which haunts the Signalman.

In a ranch house near the shore of the Salton Sea a cult leader gathers up the weak and susceptible ― the Children of the Next Level ― and offers them something to believe in and a chance for transcendence. The future is coming and they will help to usher it in.

A day after the events at the ranch house which disturbed the Signalman so deeply that he and his government sought out help from ‘other’ sources, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory abruptly loses contact with NASA’s interplanetary probe New Horizons. Something out beyond the orbit of Pluto has made contact.

And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity.”

(MysteryTribune.com)

”Death cults, fungus, and the vast, time-hopping conspiracies of eldritch horrors, oh my. Caitlìn R. Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland had everything I love crammed into a deceptively slim novella. Kiernan, one of the sharpest voices in weird fiction, has created a bleak and beautiful playground and her new edition of her first Signalman novella, Black Helicopters, is one I’m hoping to see in 2018. I can never get enough nightmare fuel.”

(TOR.com)

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Illustrating Lovecraft, from Uruguay to France, These International Artists Have Allowed Us to See the Unspeakable…

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Art by Richard Guérineau for Lovecraft’s novel The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. (See Sources)

J’ai Lu: “Do these illustrations allow you to revisit the Lovecraft Universe?”

Richard Guérineau: “The problem with Lovecraft is how to represent something that is supposed to be unnamable? It’s impossible! When Philippe Druillet* captures Lovecraft, he makes Druillet first and foremost.  Druillet’s graphic universe is so well defined, he does not even attempt to match it with the work he illustrates. The reverse bias—trying to be extremely faithful to Lovecraft’s descriptions—often leads to ridiculous-looking monsters. For me, the best graphic adaptation of Lovecraft is that of Breccia**, because his representation of the Abomination is almost abstract. Where do I stand as an artist in all ? I have the impression of being the new tenant of a place steeped in history. So I try to arrange the decor to suit my taste without stirring any of the original furniture.”

(Translated from the French by Sanguine Woods)


*Philippe Druillet is a French comic-book artist who has illustrated Lovecraft’s fiction

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Artwork by Philippe Druillet, ca. 1970s. Druillet was well-known for his detailed illustrations of Lovecraft’s (Cthulhu) Mythos stories. (See Sources)

**Alberto Breccia (d. 1993) was an Uruguay-born Argentine cartoonist. His son is the famous comic cartoonist Enrique Breccia. While Alberto (along with Norberti Buscaglia) illustrated Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror” for Heavy Metal magazine in 1979 (first image below), the reference here may well be to Alberto’s son, Enrique, whose Lovecraft illustrations (second image below) are more numerous and well-known than his father’s.

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Wilbur Whately, an Alberto Breccia illustration for Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror” (Heavy Metal magazine, 1972)

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Art for Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, by Enrique Breccia, 2009 (Pinterest)

(Text/Image Sources: J’ai Lu; http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/2012/05/adapting-lovecraft/; https://www.tebeosfera.com/documentos/breccia-lovecraft_lovecraft-breccia._dobles_parejas.html: http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2012/03/15/heavy-metal-october-1979-the-lovecraft-special/; https://mercurialblonde.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/alberto-breccia-and-the-power-of-suggestion-in-horror-comics-imagery/)

 

Artwork for Lovecraft’s Story “Dreams in the Witchouse”

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Artist unknown. (Pinterest)

Artwork for Lovecraft’s Story “Dreams in the Witch House” by Ronan McC

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“Dreams in the Witch House”—Artwork for the H. P. Lovecraft Story by Harry O. Morris, 1972

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My Favorite Covers—Low Red Moon, a Novel of Deep Time by Caitlin R. Kiernan, ROC Press, 2003

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My Favorite Covers—Threshold, a Novel of Deep Time by Caitlin R. Kiernan, ROC Press, 2001

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