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6/01/2012

The Shadow Out of Providence Kickstarter (Featuring Artwork by Erol Otus)

I was browsing Kickstarter this afternoon, and I ran across a pretty cool Lovecraft related project trying to get funding called, The Shadow out of Providence: A Lovecraftical Metatext. Here is the blurb:
“LOVECRAFTICAL?”

The Shadow out of Providence comprises a play and two short stories. Unlike most texts that draw inspiration from the work of the Providence fantasist Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), these do not strive to horrify the reader by revealing the bleakness of an unsympathetic universe, or monstrosities lurking beneath everyday life. The book is thus not Lovecraftian, in the usual sense. 

Instead, it is “Lovecraftical” (to coin a term). It treats Lovecraft the writer, the thinker, and the cultural phenomenon, rather than the sliver of his work on which most writers fixate (one that he sometimes dismissed as “Yog-Sothothery”).
Sounds pretty interesting, but the thing that really got my attention was a certain artist's name attached to the project: Erol Otus! Very cool!


This is interesting news (for me at least), mainly because Erol Otus was the very first artist that I ever ran into who had illustrated a few of the creatures found in the Cthulhu Mythos. He is also, in my opinion, one of the only illustrators out there to have successfully captured the strange and unusual quality of H.P. Lovecraft's work. These illustrations being those found in the original printing of Deities & Demigods, published by TSR in 1980. I can't say that I remember seeing anything like these illustrations before, and it would be many years later before I would encounter any other Lovecraft inspired artwork. The only other artist that comes close to evoking the right atmosphere when illustrating "that which cannot be illustrated" --especially in a black and white medium-- is Dave Carson. But, I digress... to see Otus' name attached to another Loveraftian... whoops, make that "Lovecraftical" project makes me smile.
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