Lovecraft and Heavy Metal: A Macabre Love Story (Part II)

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In Part 1 of this series, I introduced you to the work of H. P. Lovecraft, the most pivotal author of weird fiction and a monolithic influence on the music genre we all know and love. As I mentioned last week, Lovecraft’s influence over heavy metal is twofold. Many bands play what we may consider “standard” music but with Lovecraftian lyrical themes. Some, however, play music that is truly Lovecraftian in nature. In today’s entry, MasterLord SteelDragon and I present to you ten songs (or albums) that fall into the former category.

(Ed. note: I messed up embedding on this post. I sincerely apologize.)

W.:

Morbus Chron – Red Hook Horror (Sleepers in the Rift, 2011)

Morbus Chron are a standout old-school Swedish death metal band. Red Hook Horror, a killer track off Sleepers in the Rift, is based on a classic Lovecraft short story “The Horror at Red Hook” (do you see what they did there?). This story follows Detective Malone’s memory of a terrible case in Red Hook, New York that has left him cripplingly paranoid of large buildings. The music reflects the creeping black magic and mind-numbing horror of the tale through its eerie barks and dark atmospherics. As a bonus, the razor-sharp riffs conjure images of a certain headless corpse wandering through subterranean crypts and past pagan altars. This song is short but brutal, much like the source material. Jam it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfR2qJzLaWY

Sulphur Aeon – Those Who Dwell in Stellar Void (Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide, 2013)

Sulphur Aeon, a relatively young (by metal standards) technical death metal band play a murky brand of DM with guttural vocals, mucky riffs, and tidal chugs that reflect the oceanic majesty of great Cthulhu and his ichthyological servitors. Those Who Dwell in Stellar Void is an abyssal tune off their first full-length album that tells the tale of the Mi-Go homeworld Yuggoth and the conjuring of mighty Rhan-Tegoth. That may mean absolutely nothing to you, but the oceanic scale of this song is surely to put you on your knees.

“This world will fall…
This will be the end of it all
As the sea unveils
What never should have been
What never should be seen
By human eyes”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haykAJhbUIU

Bal-Sagoth – Shackled to the Trilithon of Kutulu (The Chthonic Chronicles, 2006)

Bal-Sagoth, the prolific masters of weird black metal mythology, have released a number of albums that relate to Lovecraft and his mythos. However, none of the albums is quite so inspired as The Chthonic Chronicles. Each song is a flight through the fantastical, expounding the tales of Atlantis and Mu, as well as great Cthulhu’s influence and the ascent of his antediluvian adherents. This album is honestly a bit silly, with the Christopher Lee-esque monologues (“Seek ye to invoke the Lord of Dreams, to know His divine will via the dreamscape, to have power over His minions, to unlock the secrets of the deep?”) and bombastic symphonic flourishes. However, the tremolo riffs, blast-beats and esoteric shrieks will keep you enthralled through all the ridiculousness. This is a fun and epic album and a grand farewell to Bal-Sagoth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j893OnQrd6w

Nile – 4th Arra of Dagon (Those Whom the Gods Detest, 2009)

Nile are likely a band that needs no introduction, but in case you’ve been living like a Shoggoth sealed in a tomb somewhere in Antarctica, I’m going to talk about them anyway. Nile play technical death metal so jam-packed with killer riffs, brutal growls, unbelievable blasts, and sweet non-metal instruments that every song is an epic. Those who are intimate with Nile know that the band are no strangers to Lovecraft-inspired songs (Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten, The Essential Salts, The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased, etc.), but my favorite of their Lovecraft-inspired songs is 4th Arra of Dagon. This song is based on the short story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”, a pre-mythos tale that discusses a cursed town in suffrage to a proto-Cthulhu demigod called Dagon. Dagon is actually based on a Mesopotamian fertility deity of the same name that also appears in the Bible in 1 Samuel 5. I don’t want to spoil “Innsmouth” because it is one of my favorite Lovecraft tales and is better than “The Call of Cthulhu”, but it sure inspired one banger of a death metal track. Aside from being heavier than Cthulhu’s tentacles, this song also features a brutal chug at the end that puts every deathcore band in the history of ever to shame. I dare you not to find yourself chanting “Arra! Arra! Arra! Dagon! Dagon! Dagon!” like one of Captain Marsh’s cursed progeny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn6X0s-dbbA

Brown Jenkins – Hopeless, Godlike (Death Obsession, 2009)

I’m rounding off my portion of the post with a nasty, nasty sludge band named Brown Jenkins. Brown Jenkins, originally hailing from Austin, are now sadly defunct. However, during the course of their short history they vomited out a disgusting spate of albums with dour lyrics full of magical conjuring and misanthropy. I didn’t include Brown Jenkins just because of their murky atmospheres or horrific lyrics, but also because of their Lovecraft-inspired moniker. Brown Jenkins is a nefarious rat-thing in the brooding story “Dreams in the Witch House.” This mysterious interloper leads the young protagonist in his somnambulistic wanderings into a non-Euclidean plan inhabited by malevolent exospacial beings. Brown Jenkins, much like their namesake, act as your guide into horrific blackened-sludge and droning nightmare. Thankfully, you can embrace the horror for free over at their bandcamp. http://brownjenkins13.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-the-bitterness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAPn9NG8UfY

MasterLord SteelDragon:

Deathchain – Cthulhu Rising (Death Gods, 2010)

Great Cthulhu, though not the most powerful being in the pantheon, is undoubtedly the posterboy of the Lovecraftian mythos. This could be due to the success of his debut, “The Call of Cthulhu,” or because of how fully realized the creature is in comparison to the others. Lovecraft preferred the horror of terrible implication rather than taking a blunt, pictorial approach. The terror was not in the thing, but in what the thing implied – an ancient relic of unearthly stone with incomprehensible hieroglyphs or a backwoods cult worshiping in tongues unknown to humankind and crying out to something beyond the stars. He made a rare exception with the appearance of Cthulhu, and described him with relative detail as “a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind.” Deathchain (and many, many other bands) recognize the metal potential here and praise Cthulhu in song. It rules. Tell me you’re not growling “CTHULHU RISING” over and over at 6:00 until the absolutely savage death-thrash riff at 6:35 snaps you and your neck out of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxcpm1gVSGc

Lightning Swords of Death – R’lyeh Wuurm (Baphometic Chaosium, 2013)

“The nightmare corpse-city of R’lyeh…was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great Cthulhu and his hordes, hidden in green slimy vaults.” – “The Call of Cthulhu”

Somewhere deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, Cthulhu lies within his sunken prison-city, dead but dreaming. Trapped though he is, his secret human followers chant “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.” — “In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” When the stars are right, R’lyeh will rise from the lightless depths and Cthulhu will reign on Earth. I have no idea what a wuurm is doing down there (or even what a wuurm is), but this is a killer black metal song about it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKNpRbYl1Fs

Catacombs – In the Depths of R’lyeh (In the Depths of R’lyeh, 2006)

In the Depths of R’lyeh is an entire album devoted to Cthulhu and his terrible awakening. This spine-chilling offering of funeral doom is an appropriate soundtrack for his Coming.

“He who sleeps, ageless, out of time
Awakens now from restless sleep
Stirring from the depths of his aqueous tomb
At the sound of the gathering
Of the neophytese of doom
Chants in unknown tongues
Echoes through accursed halls
The great eyes open…
The very cosmos shudder
At the awakening of the ungod
Arising from the watery chasm
As his acolytes of doom
Lurch forth from ebbing tides
As the world’s doom
Arises from the deep
And they chant…
Ja! Ja! Cthulhu Ftaghu!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGfOypah35U

Therion – Cthulhu (Beyond Sanctorum, 1992)

I won’t share the lyrics for this one because they are hilariously incoherent, but this song is an excellent Swedish death metal ripper about – you guessed it – Cthulhu! If you’re not banging your head at 3:39, you have no place among us. And should be killed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfpDfBaOons

Electric Wizard – Dunwich (Witchcult Today, 2007)

This song is based on “The Dunwich Horror.” As much as I’d like to tell you the story and ruin it for those of you who haven’t read it, I’m going to bite most of my tongue. But not all of it. At the end, some houses, trees, and puny humans end up being crushed by an enigmatic offspring of the Old Ones hailing from beyond the void -“The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them. They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen.” If you have good speakers and you turn them up all the way and play this song, your house, trees, and body will be similarly crushed.

“Dunwich child,
Of whispered past now they’ll learn.
High on the hill,
Black clouds gather now they’ll burn
Bay at the stars.
“Why was I born at all?”
Hear voice of doom,
From other worlds your fathers’ call.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnpFhNl0fnc

In the final edition of this post, we will examine truly Lovecraftian songs beyond human reasoning.

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  • The only book series I have really read all the way through is the Sword of Truth series. They are great. I have already read the whole series twice.

    Anybody else read them?

    GL

    • Dang image, should work now…

      *edit* sorry , double image post. stupid me

      GL

      • W.

        I think my bothers-in-law have read it.

    • Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, for me.

      • yup, those are fantastic

        Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series anyone??

        • NeverBlack

          DUDE, ASIMOV, MAN! HE RULES!

        • JWG

          I read a bunch of Stephen Baxter recently, realized I had pretty much reached the pinnacle of well-written “hard” sci-fi, and decided I was pretty much done there.

          With the exception of still working through Lovecraft and Howard, I’ve basically swung away to sillier stuff, like Tom Holt and Christopher Moore.

          • oh my, that Stephen Baxter. i’ve read Time Ships, Raft, and Manifold: Time. forgot about that bloke, i should go read some more!!

    • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo

      Yeah. The second book was the best by far, IMO. The author gets a little “preachy” as the series progresses though.

      Try the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Series.

    • Paris Hilton

      I’ve read the first of the Dark Sword series. It was fucked in the head so I quit reading them though lmfao

      • CyberneticOrganism

        HARK ‘TIS THE DARKE SWORDE OF OLDE

        QUICK CALL TO ARMS TWELVE STOUT KNIGHTS OF VIRTUOUS HEART TO RISE UP IN GLORY AND CLEAVE OUR ENEMIES IN TWAIN

        LO, THE DARK WIZARD HE DOES SHOOT LIGHTNING FROM HIS EVIL BONY HANDS USE THE SPELL OF ENLIGHTENINGMENT

        • Paris Hilton

          It’s been a long time. I remember like sex is forbidden and like centaurs go after young women and shit hahaha that author needs Jesus!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I CONAN, am a nephilim, the offspring of a human woman and a demon. As you can see my true form has made it difficult for me, women are reticent to have relations with a man such as I, a god amongst men. It is a hard road, But CONAN shall prevail with the backing of CROM.

    • Xan

      They’re on my list of shit I need to read. I’m currently working my way through the Ender’s Game books and the Shannara books.

    • Stockhausen

      I should probably read this. And you should probably read The Dark Tower.

    • Gorgasm

      I’m getting geared up to start this epic.
      after i finish Dark Knight Returns.

    • Scrimm

      I read Wizard’s first rule. Good book.

  • metallica – call of cthulu

    only H.P. Lovecraft song we need, PERIOD!

    flush all these dive bar bands down the toilet ov hell!!!!!!

    • Stockhausen

      blackened is the end, maybe!! call of ktulu is also good?!

      Dangit, my impressions suck.

    • tylerusmaximus

      I think you meant to say The Thing That Should Not Be.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      To shoehorn the mighty CONAN into the converation, the compiler of my exploits
      Robert E. Howard had regular correspondance with Lovecraft and both had their material published in the pulp magazine weird tales.

      • Scrimm

        I just recently picked up a collection of Lovecraftian fiction by Howard

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          Never heard of that one before. Interesting. Hey tall man, was beginning to think you weren’t coming back !
          Now this is a tattoo !

          • Scrimm

            That is awesome. I always wanted to do a sleeve that was a collage of my favorite monsters. Good to be back man, feeling much better.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            i would like to create a horror blog where we could post whatever horrible things we wanted / also post sexy women of horror etc. You know the easiest way to set one up. I am pretty computer illiterate.

          • Scrimm

            That would be cool, most horror sites I know of are lacking. I am not that great with it at the moment but I am actually supposed to start taking several computer classes in September. I do know blogger is easy to set up and free and there are some others. Not sure about content limitations though.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            YOU NEED TO DO THIS!

        • KJM

          I read this one long ago.

  • Paris Hilton

    I heard Mr. Bojangles is coming out with an album called ‘Those Whom the Dogs Detest’.

    • Featuring the debut single: CAT SCRATCH FEVER

      GL

      • Paris Hilton

        “Enduring The Eternal Molestation of Axl Rosenburg.”

        • JWG

          Beneath Eternal Oceans of Kitty-Litter.

  • Related, kinda. Anyone recall the Dunwich building in Fallout?

    • W.

      Totally based on Lovecraft. Super creepy too.

    • W.

      Also, there’s a Fear Factory easter egg in one of the museums.

    • FUCK THAT PLACE.

  • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

    All you fucking book-reading nerds, sheesh. Go play some vidya games or sumthin. LEARN YOU SOME REAL SHIT. DO THEY TEACH BREAKDOWNS IN BOOKS???

    • next time you’re in st. louis, you are invited to come play PS Move Disc Golf and drink beers.

    • Stockhausen

      Book breakdowns are way less br00tal.

      • JWG

        Nervous breakdowns, however, trump both.

    • Gorgasm

      Ya know, the Nazis had breakdowns, and circle pits…great huge circle pits involving a great amount of books….and fire.

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        That’s because they had a strong leader, like Lord Putin. We can’t get anything done with a diplomatic-leaning pussy like Obama Bin Laden in office.

    • KJM

      NO BREAKDOWNS
      NOT LITERATURE

  • Another good one guys–for the record, the tracks I shared in the comments of the last one were not tracks specifically about the mythos; just tracks that, to me at least, sound like things in the mythos. More as I have time. I’m gonna have to check out some of these that I haven’t heard before.

    • W.

      Our third post is specifically about bands that sound Lovecraftian without necessarily relating to the mythos.

  • Huggy Bear OH YEAH

    The chorus catches you like a tentacle from the deep.

  • Xan

    Coincidentally, I just got my Lovecraft book today.

    • Enjoy that!

      • Xan

        Oh, I shall.

    • Dead Oceans

      What a co-inky dink! I got mine today too! Thank you W. for inspiring me to pick these up! 🙂

    • crazytaco_12

      My dog chewed the shit out of my copy, which pissed me off at first, but now the rugged, fucked up exterior of the book seems a fitting match to the contents inside.

  • Stockhausen

    Awesome reads, awesome bands (digging Sulphur Aeon and Catacombs), and more motivation to get out and get my Lovecraft collection going.

    I hope that third post includes The Great Old Ones…
    http://thegreatoldones.bandcamp.com/album/tekeli-li-2

  • Gorgasm

    Here’s another song about that one dude with wings and tentacles on his face…or something like that….whatever, it’s fucking unflushable

    • Gorgasm

      I know not how to embed, but it’s Cthulhu by New Zealand’s Beastwars

      • RuIN?

        The embed worked and thanks for it. That song was cool. I’m the type that was wanting it to change up but am glad that it didn’t. Good shit

        • Gorgasm

          Really wish they would post the lyrics somewhere. i bet they’re epic.

    • Gorgasm

      I could listen to this on repeat all day.

    • Stockhausen

      This is usually not my style, but man I’m digging this. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • JWG

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ_qv4JoCOk

    Unleash the Archers. They’ve taken on a bit more of a space-themed Power Metal vibe more recently, but this album had a bunch of Lovecraft references.

    • Gloryhole Castration

      Did a tour with them a couple years ago! Awesome people!!!

  • MartBart

    The Great Old Ones is a fantastic Lovecraftian black metal band.

    BTW MetalSucks is now a barren wasteland courtesy of you guys. As a long time lurker and zero time commenter, this site inclined me to actually make a disqus account haha.

    • Welcome!

      • Stockhausen

        I just plugged The Great Old Ones myself! Welcome to the toilet, we promise to be better than MS.

    • Stockhausen

      I just plugged The Great Old Ones myself! Welcome to the toilet, we promise to be better than MS.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Not sure about this, but is “He Who Sleeps” by Morbid Angel about Cthulhu as well, then? He seems to be quite a sleepy bugger anyway.

    • W.

      It probably is, at least loosely. Try Azagthoth is clearly inspired by Ol’ HP (I mean, his name is just Azathoth with a g added).

      • Max

        It took these articles for me to realize that Morbid Angel are practically mucking around in the shallow end with this Lovecraft caper!

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          hey man, i was thinking it would be cool if we had a horror/cult movie/sexy woman blog where we could just go nuts on. I am computer illiterate on how to set one up though. Any ideas.

          • Max

            Unfortunately I’m computer-illiterate too, bro.

            Cult movie blogs can be a helluva lot of fun – more so than music blogs, I think. But I dunno how I’d feel about you being diverted to that instead of chipping in right here among us – it really helps to pace the music conversation, I find! That’s why I’ve always loved your posts. Plus I’m a lot more knowledgeable about music than film, so I don’t know how useful I’d be. Put it this way: I have never been intimidated by ANYBODY’s music knowledge on the internet. Film? I stand in awe at the breadth of viewpoint out there – starting with yours.

            That said, I too am feeling the lack of full-frontal nudity around here. Beautiful women and screen sirens are my favourite thought-bubble besides music!

            I know ToH is Joe’s baby and I gather he’d prefer to keep the content workplace-friendly since that’s probably where a lot of us are logging in from. Although I wasn’t offended by Hester Kukk’s porn during The Great Vince Neilstein Embedding Debacle of ’14, I can understand Joe’s aversion to opening that can of worms. But Joe, if you’re reading: Surely some PG bare boobs aren’t going to alienate too many of the target readership?

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            i did a wet t shirt picture of my favorite penthouse pet who i have talked to enough to be friends and that did’nt make the cut so i am going for italian scream queens, properly dressed i suppose, It’s a tradeoff for having a great site like this. Joe put a lot of work into it and i don’t want him to spend his day looking for and worrying about my posts. Ironically i also fear if i had a site i would have people come in and post something really bad and i would get the blame for it. I don’t know how that works but someone mentioned that to me as well.

  • Howard Dean

    Funeral doom isn’t for everyone. But everyone should give Catacombs a try. At least once. In the Depths of R’yleh is seriously one of the most oppressively heavy and claustrophobic records in existence.
    See also: Comatose Vigil, Wormphlegm

  • Cthulhu

    Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn! Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

  • FalseKvlt

    Hey is it cool if I hang out with you guys? MS did another babymetal article so I said okay that’s the last straw now I set the building on fire and flush myself down here. It didn’t burn long enough unfortunately. Vince was able to put it out with the buckets of splooge laying around from the babymetal rough drafts.

    • Cthulhu

      those ”guys” are fucking lame. Fuck Metalsucks! Toiletovhell is the way.

    • W.

      Welcome to the toilet!

      • FalseKvlt

        Thanks W!! You know you’ve got a bad rap but you’re actually an okay dude!!

    • Welcome! Our coverage is kinda all over the place but I promise there will be no Babymetal posts.

      • FalseKvlt

        Well a post on Lovecraft is enough to know I’m home. I’ll go through my horror collection because I know I have a few lovecraftian inspired movies I could recommend.

        • Cthulhu

          this one is fucking great!

          http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107664/

          fuck what imdb says haha

          • FalseKvlt

            Yeah man I’ve seen that one along time ago. IMDB ratings are worthless.

          • W.

            In the last post’s comments, we got into ma discussion of Dagon and how cheesy it is.

          • Scrimm

            I have a soft spot for Dagon, I just turn it off before the horrible cgi monster at the end. There is a pretty cool adaptation of The Colour Out of Space called Die Farbe(The Colour).

        • JWG

          If I weren’t so lazy I might want to do a semi-regular series on my favourite horror films, directors, and series.

          It wouldn’t really be explicitly “metal” per se.

          …Though I’m sure it would descend really quickly into just plugging Indie Horror kickstarter campaigns I keep getting overly-invested in (not in a dollar sense, mind).

        • KJM

          Familiar with the HPL Historical Society? They’ve made the best Lovecraft movies IMO.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd5gWGfnK5M

    • Pierre Generic

      Vince’s Babymetal trolling/obsession is starting to creep me out. I’m feeling like Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights when Phillip Baker Hall admits to him that he likes diddling kids. Like Burt, I’m about ready to get up and walk away in disgust. Don’t open the MS “Mansion” door for Chris Hansen when he comes around, Vince.

    • Baby Metal Forever!

      Don’t run from babymetal. Let babymetal become you.

      • KJM

        Babymetal are happy fun super band number one!

  • Gloryhole Castration

    Who wants to start a side project called H.D. Loveshaft? We can write songs about our favorite pornos. The debut album would be called ‘The call of Cunthulu’!

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      count me in, CONAN is a notorious pussy hound. Just ask anyone round these parts.

    • Anthrallica

      You just got yourself a bass player…

    • Baby Metal Forever!

      We’re in! You just got yourself 3 little girls. Don’t worry, we’ll let you write some riffs too.

  • Gloryhole Castration

    But seriously, awesome article. Love his work.

  • Rob M

    Seems like the kind of comment section that would enjoy Ctulu

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWNAs1t3TVY

  • Scrimm

    Both of these articles and the comments have been great. Lovecraft is one of the main reasons I started writing. Thanks W.

    • Perpetual Wincest

      What do you write? And where should I start, if I were to get into Lovecraft?

      • Scrimm

        I am a horror nut, so far all of my stuff has fallen into that genre. I have not had anything published yet though, taking it slow before I try. I have one novel in it’s third draft I am giving to a few prereaders and two more in first draft form, as well as several short pieces. As for starting Lovecraft I would go with The Shadow Over Innsmouth or The Colour Out of Space.

        • Perpetual Wincest

          Sounds awesome, man. Definitely worth a shot publishing, never know, you could be the next big thing. I’ll be sure to check both of those books out.

  • BoogerFlicker

    I’m very much looking forward to part three in this series. I’ve got a tome of Lovecraft stories myself and it’s good to see someone giving the man his due for the massive influence he’s had on many forms of entertainment.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Neato, never knew there was a band named after Brown Jenkin. Dreams in the Witch House may just be my pick for Lovecraft’s creepiest (well, tied with The Color Out of Space at least). And even more neato, they sound just as good as you say! Cheers!

  • Scrimm

    There are also tons of authors writing Lovecraftian fiction. A lot of them aren’t very good and miss the point completely but there are some real gems out there. My personal favorite is Brian Lumley. He’s been at it for around 40 years. some people don’t like his Lovecraft stuff as some of it has a more adventure like vibe to some of the stories but there are also some really disturbing ones. Track down the short story “The Hymn” for a good example. His greatest achievement however is the NECROSCOPE series. Not Lovecraftian though you can still see the influence on his sleeve, but in my opinion the greatest horror series ever written.

    • Rampsey Campbell is the other current mythos writer.

      • Scrimm

        A master as well. I have a shelf full of Campbell’s work.

        • I’ve read some Lumley, but not Campbell yet. Good to know that his stuff is good too.

          • Scrimm

            He was more of an acquired taste, but it was worth the effort. Cold Print is a good collection of mythos stories

  • Cock of Steele

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcInBA4FlU8 One of the best Nile songs, has no metal instruments so to speak

  • Anthrallica

    Brown Jenkin has always been my favorite character name from the Lovecraft books. Its just so fuckin weird. BTW I have a bunch of random old Lovecraft paperbacks, if anybody wants them I would be willing to give them away for the cost of shipping. They are old, yellowing and smell weird which is by far the best way to read these stories.

    • Speaking of Brown Jenkins, anyone remember that old Tales From the Darkside episode where the college girl rents a room that has a creepy little monster living in the closet? Scared the hell out of me when I was a kid.

  • Scrimm
  • BTW, my avatar photo is artwork of the King in Yellow from this guy:

    https://www.facebook.com/TentaclesandTeeth

    He also has an Etsy page where you can buy his prints, but he is currently on vacation. They aren’t too expensive either.

  • Anthrallica

    I remember reading “The Whisperer in Darkness” and being so stoked that my home state and even home town got mentioned. Vermont is still pretty rural but in Lovecraft’s time it must have been ridiculously unpopulated and scary as shit in the places he mentions.

  • Wigger

    Morbus Chron are unbelievable

  • KJM
  • bobloblaw

    Check out Cyaegha, lovecraft influenced dm.