A Trip to Miskatonic, New Books, Movie Premieres, and More

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Me with the manuscript for “At the Mountains of Madness”.

Last weekend, authors Paul Tremblay, James A. Moore, Charles Rutledge, Mary SanGiovanni, Nick Kaufmann, his wife Alexa, and my podcast co-host Dave Thomas, got to visit the John Hay Library at Brown University in Providence — which was the inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft’s Miskatonic University.

While there, we had the pleasure of viewing many of Lovecraft’s original manuscripts, letters, and commonplace books (notebooks in which a writer records ideas or fragments of stories). We even got to see a mosquito that Lovecraft had squished in a piece of paper, along with a bit of his blood. A particular treat for me were the handwritten first draft of “At the Mountains of Madness” and a draft of “The Colour Out of Space” — my two favorite works by HPL.

We also got to preview some items from an upcoming public exhibit the library will be hosting later this year. It includes fan letters and artwork a then 14-year old Robert Bloch sent to Lovecraft. It was such a treat to view these historic artifacts. The items we previewed are amazing, and I strongly urge you all to see the exhibit when it opens. I’ll post more info about it here when it does. (Note: We are not posting pictures of the Bloch items online, so please don’t ask).

(Photo copyright Charles Rutledge)
(Photo copyright Charles Rutledge)

A very special thanks to Christopher Geissler, the Librarian for American and British Literary and Popular Culture Collections, for hosting us. Although the public can view scans of them online, it’s rare that anyone other than scholars and academics get to see these historical items and artifacts in person. We appreciate him giving us the experience, and allowing us to share it with you.

Below are a few pics — Lovecraft’s notes for “At the Mountains of Madness (including a sketch), a letter in which he has just learned about Robert E. Howard’s suicide, the handwritten first draft of “At the Mountains of Madness”, and the typed draft of “The Call of Cthulhu” (with handwritten corrections). Click the thumbnails to view them full size.

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THE X-FILES: TRUST NO ONE is available now. I have a brand-new story in it. Click here to purchase.

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LIBRA NIGRUM SCIENTIA SECRETA by myself and J.F. Gonzalez begins shipping today. Here are a few pics to hold you over until your copy arrives. Click the thumbnails to enlarge.

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The Tom Piccirilli Tribute episode of my podcast is live. Click here and listen. And if you are attending the world premiere of my new short film, FAST ZOMBIES SUCK, this Thursday night, you can be part of the podcast’s live audience.

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I’ve given up on Blogging via Tumblr, mostly because it’s a cesspool of far-Right and far-Left people who, as near as I can determine, are offended by pretty much everything the other group has to say. No room for nuanced discussion or middle-thinking there, at least as far as I can see.

Instead, I’ll start Blogging here again. Welcome back.

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