The Lovecraft Anthology

Presents graphic adaptations of nine of H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror tales.

The Lovecraft Anthology

Presents graphic adaptations of nine of H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror tales.

The Lovecraft Anthology

Presents illustrated adaptations of seven of H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror tales.

The Lovecraft Anthology

Presents illustrated adaptations of seven of H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror tales.

The Curious Case of H P Lovecraft

The Lovecraft Anthology: Volumes 1 and 2 (Self Made Hero; colour; 2011). Artists: Warwick Cadwell, Steve Pugh, Bryan Baugh and others. Unspeakably satisfying collection of Lovecraft's most absorbing stories, superbly rendered in living ...

The Curious Case of H P  Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of modern horror fiction and a pervasive influence on popular culture. His monstrous creations have influenced the look of films such as Alien, Hellboy and even Pirates of the Caribbean, while his fiction has inspired authors as diverse as Robert Bloch, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman. In this comprehensive new biography, Paul Roland examines the life and work of the man Stephen King called ‘the 20th century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale’, and reveals that Lovecraft’s vision was a projection of his inner demons, his recurring nightmares and his inability to live in what he considered a hostile world.

H P Lovecraft s Worlds Volume 1 The Lurking Fear and Other Tales

STEVE JONES is the editor of the H.P. Lovecraft anthology Reanimator: Tales of Herbert West and author of two novels, King of Harlem and Bushwhackers, the fantasy novella “The Sceptre" (co-created with Barb Jacobs).

H P  Lovecraft s Worlds   Volume 1  The Lurking Fear and Other Tales

A chilling collection of four Lovecraft tales adapted by award winning comic writer Steven Philip Jones. Lovecraft is considered one of America’s most innovative and popular American horror writers. The master of the weird tale during the first decades of the 20th Century until his premature death in 1937, Lovecraft’s distinctive style and canon of work has influenced many authors. Jones takes the classic tales and while remaining true to the source, brings them into the modern age which can sometimes make the horror even more terrifying. These tales are illustrated by Octavio Cariello who has worked on DC's Green Lantern, Deathstroke, and Black Lightning comic series. The four illustrated stories within this Volume are "The Lurking Fear" where Arthur Monroe explores a sinkhole where bodies are found, savagely torn apart is if by wild animals. "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" shows that the power of the mind is a mysterious thing and when a researcher finds that he and a criminal patient are somehow linked, the effect can go beyond just mysterious. "The Tomb" tells the tale of Jervas Dudley, who is convinced ghosts exist and when he visits the site where his ancestors perished 200 years ago, he might just find out for sure, and "The Alchemist", for over 600 years the male descendants of the Chabrillane family have all inexplicably perished on their 32nd birthday. Now, the last Count de Chabrillane is about to turn 32.

New Critical Essays on H P Lovecraft

Lovecraft is Missing” webcomic. 2008–present http://lovecraftismissing.com/?m=200809&paged=2. Lockwood, Dan. “Foreword.”The Lovecraft Anthology. Volume 1.Ed.Dan Lockwood. London: SelfMadeHero, 2011. Lovecraft,H.P. “The Colouroutof ...

New Critical Essays on H P  Lovecraft

The last ten years have witnessed a renewed interest in H.P. Lovecraft in academic and scholarly circles. New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft seeks to offer an expansive and considered account of a fascinating yet challenging writer; both popular and critically valid but also problematic in terms of his depictions of race, gender and class.

Cumbrian Cthulhu Complete Short Stories Volumes 1 4

It is our great hope that our 'Cumbrian Cthulhu' books will eventually become a part of the Lovecraftian fiction legacy. ... At the time I was re-reading a Lovecraft anthology which included the classic 'Shadows over Innsmouth' and it ...

Cumbrian Cthulhu Complete Short Stories Volumes 1 4

Cumbrian Cthulhu Complete Short Stories Volumes 1-4 Cover art by Janusz Zygmunt Internal illustrations by Andrew Paciorek Cumbrian Cthulhu is the home for budding horror writers who wish to have their short stories published. The only requirements are that the stories are set somewhere in the Cumbrian region and are based around the themes of H.P. Lovecraft legendary Cthulhu Mythos. The stories are a tribute to both the mythos of H.P.Lovecraft and the awesome beauty and rich history of the Lake District. All profits from the publishing of the Cumbrian Cthulhu book will be donated to LDSAMRA The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association

The Graphic Canon Vol 1

Her comics work has appeared in anthologies by publishers Self Made Hero (Lovecraft Anthology Vol. 1 and Nevermore) and Blank Slate (Nelson). Her illustration work can be found on album covers, in magazines, inside video games, ...

The Graphic Canon  Vol  1

THE GRAPHIC CANON (Seven Stories Press) is a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy that brings classic literatures of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators. There are more than 130 illustrators represented and 190 literary works over three volumes—many newly commissioned, some hard to find—reinterpreted here for readers and collectors of all ages. Volume 1 takes us on a visual tour from the earliest literature through the end of the 1700s. Along the way, we're treated to eye-popping renditions of the human race's greatest epics: Gilgamesh, The Iliad, The Odyssey (in watercolors by Gareth Hinds), The Aeneid, Beowulf, and The Arabian Nights, plus later epics The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales (both by legendary illustrator and graphic designer Seymour Chwast), Paradise Lost, and Le Morte D'Arthur. Two of ancient Greece's greatest plays are adapted—the tragedy Medea by Euripides and Tania Schrag’s uninhibited rendering of the very bawdy comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes (the text of which is still censored in many textbooks). Also included is Robert Crumb’s rarely-seen adaptation of James Boswell’s London Journal, filled with philosophical debate and lowbrow debauchery. Religious literature is well-covered and well-illustrated, with the Books of Daniel and Esther from the Old Testament, Rick Geary’s awe-inspiring new rendition of the Book of Revelation from the New Testament, the Tao te Ching, Rumi’s Sufi poetry, Hinduism’s Mahabharata, and the Mayan holy book Popol Vuh, illustrated by Roberta Gregory. The Eastern canon gets its due, with The Tale of Genji (the world’s first novel, done in full-page illustrations reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley), three poems from China’s golden age of literature lovingly drawn by pioneering underground comics artist Sharon Rudahl, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, a Japanese Noh play, and other works from Asia. Two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays (King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and two of his sonnets are here, as are Plato’s Symposium, Gulliver’s Travels, Candide, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Renaissance poetry of love and desire, and Don Quixote visualized by the legendary Will Eisner. Some unexpected twists in this volume include a Native American folktale, an Incan play, Sappho’s poetic fragments, bawdy essays by Benjamin Franklin, the love letters of Abelard and Heloise, and the decadent French classic Dangerous Liaisons, as illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Edited by Russ Kick, The Graphic Canon is an extraordinary collection that will continue with Volume 2: "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray in Summer 2012, and Volume 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest in Fall 2012. A boxed set of all three volumes will also be published in Fall 2012.

The Age of Lovecraft

“To Understand the World Is to Be Destroyed by It: On H. P. Lovecraft. ... In The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume II, ed. ... 1. Winchester, U.K.: Zero Books, 2011. Touponce, William. Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury: ...

The Age of Lovecraft

Co-winner, Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the American author of “weird tales” who died in 1937 impoverished and relatively unknown, has become a twenty-first-century star, cropping up in places both anticipated and unexpected. Authors, filmmakers, and shapers of popular culture like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Guillermo del Toro acknowledge his influence; his fiction is key to the work of posthuman philosophers and cultural critics such as Graham Harman and Eugene Thacker; and Lovecraft’s creations have achieved unprecedented cultural ubiquity, even showing up on the animated program South Park. The Age of Lovecraft is the first sustained analysis of Lovecraft in relation to twenty-first-century critical theory and culture, delving into troubling aspects of his thought and writings. With contributions from scholars including Gothic expert David Punter, historian W. Scott Poole, musicologist Isabella van Elferen, and philosopher of the posthuman Patricia MacCormack, this wide-ranging volume brings together thinkers from an array of disciplines to consider Lovecraft’s contemporary cultural presence and its implications. Bookended by a preface from horror fiction luminary Ramsey Campbell and an extended interview with the central author of the New Weird, China Miéville, the collection addresses the question of “why Lovecraft, why now?” through a variety of approaches and angles. A must for scholars, students, and theoretically inclined readers interested in Lovecraft, popular culture, and intellectual trends, The Age of Lovecraft offers the most thorough examination of Lovecraft’s place in contemporary philosophy and critical theory to date as it seeks to shed light on the larger phenomenon of the dominance of weird fiction in the twenty-first century. Contributors: Jessica George; Brian Johnson, Carleton U; James Kneale, U College London; Patricia MacCormack, Anglia Ruskin U, Cambridge; Jed Mayer, SUNY New Paltz; China Miéville, Warwick U; W. Scott Poole, College of Charleston; David Punter, U of Bristol; David Simmons, Northampton U; Isabella van Elferen, Kingston U London.

The Tsathoggua Cycle

Published in 1976, the first edition of The Disciples of Cthulhu was the first professional, all-original Cthulhu Mythos anthology. One of the stories, “The Tugging” by Ramsey Campbell, was nominated for a Science Fiction Writers of ...

The Tsathoggua Cycle

Can a god be a pet? Even a devil-god who relishes human sacrifice? It is hard to deny that for his creator and godfather, Clark Ashton Smith and H. P. Lovecraft, Tsathoggua was exactly that. They found the Saturnian-Hyperborean-N'klaian toad-bat-sloth-deity as cute and adorable as horrific, and this strange ambivalence echoes throughout their various tales over which Great Tsathoggua casts his batrachian shadow! Some are droll fables of human foibles; others are terrifying adventures of human delvers who perish in the fire of a religious fanaticism fully as awful as its super-sub-human object of worship. Tsathoggua has inspired many types of stories in many moods. And not just by Smith and Lovecraft! In this arcane volume you will read Tsathogguan tales old and new by various writers, chronicling the horrors of the amorphous amphibian's descent into new decades and deeper waters. The mere fact that such a thing is possible attests mightily the power of the modern myth of Tsathoggua, and the men who created him!This book is part of an expanding collection of Cthulhu Mythos horror fiction and related topics. Call of Cthulhu fiction focuses on single entities, concepts, or authors significant to readers and fans of H.P. Lovecraft.Contents and authors in order --From the Parchment of Pnom (Clark Ashton Smith)The Seven Geases (Clark Ashton Smith)The Testament of Athammaus (Clark Ashton Smith)The Tale of Satampra Zeiros (Clark Ashton Smith)The Theft of the Thirty-Nine Girdles (Clark Ashton Smith)Shadow of the Sleeping God (James Ambuehl)The Curse of the Toad (Loay Hall and Terry Dale)Dark Swamp (James Anderson)The Old One (John Glasby)The Oracle of Sadoqua (Ron Hilger)The Horror Show (GaryMyers)The Tale of Toad Loop (Stanley C. Sargent)The Crawling Kingdom (Rod Heather)The Resurrection of Kzadool-Ra (Henry J. Vester III)

The Hastur Cycle

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell Robert M. Price ... Stock #6027; ISBN 1-56882-198-0. ... Published in 1976, the first edition of The Disciples of Cthulhu was the first professional, all-original Cthulhu Mythos anthology. One ...

The Hastur Cycle

The stories in this book evoke a tracery of evil rarely rivaled in horror writing. They represent the whole evolving trajectory of such notions as Hastur, the King in Yellow, Carcosa, the Yellow Sign, the Black Stone, Yuggoth, and the Lake of Hali. A succession of writers from Ambrose Bierce to Ramsey Campbell and Karl Edward Wagner have explored and embellished these concepts so that the sum of the tales has become an evocative tapestry of hypnotic dread and terror, a mythology distinct from yet overlapping the Cthulhu Mythos. Here for the first time is a comprehensive collection of all the relevant tales.

The Antarktos Cycle

... the first edition of The Disciples of Cthulhu was the first professional, all-original Cthulhu Mythos anthology. One of the stories, “The Tugging” by Ramsey Campbell, was nominated for a Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula ...

The Antarktos Cycle

Horror and Wonder at the Ends of the Earth Writers are drawn to the unreachable places of the Earth - to the greatest mountains and depths of the sea, the most barren deserts, and to the white frozen deserts surrounding the north and south poles. In our minds' eyes, the beauty and mystery of the ice descends from Poe to the present and into the future, an infinite realm of wonder.

The Yellow Sign and Other Stories

ADDITIONAL CALL OF CTHULHU® FICTION TITLES THE BOOK OF DZYAN Mme. ... Stock #6027; ISBN 1-56882-198-0. ... the first edition of The Disciples of Cthulhu was the first professional, all-original Cthulhu Mythos anthology. One of the ...

The Yellow Sign and Other Stories

This massive collection brings together the entire body of Robert W. Chambers' weird fiction works including material unprinted since the 1890's. Chambers is a landmark author in the field of horror literature because of his King in Yellow collection. That book represents but a small portion of his weird fiction work, and these stories are intimately connected with the Cthulhu Mythos -- introducing Hali, Carcosa, and Hastur. Short stories from The King in Yellow, The Maker of Moons, The Mystery of Choice, The Tracer of Lost Persons, The Tree of Heaven, and two complete books, In Search of the Unknown and Police!!! This book contains all the immortal tales of Robert W. Chambers, including "The Repairer of Reputations," "The Yellow Sign," and "The Mask." These titles are often found in survey anthologies. In addition to the six stories reprinted from The King in Yellow (1895), this book also offers more than two dozen other stories and episodes, about 650 pages in all. These narratives rarely have appeared in print. Some have not been published in nearly a century. A Chambers novel, The Slayer of Souls (1920), is not included in this short story collection.

This Is How You Die

She has also illustrated several comics for anthologies, including The Graphic Canon Volumes 1 & 2 (Seven Stories Press), The Lovecraft Anthology Volume 1 (Self Made Hero) and Nelson (Blank Slate Books). Find her online at ALICE-DUKECOM ...

This Is How You Die

If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know? This is the tantalising premise of THIS IS HOW YOU DIE, the brilliant follow-up anthology to the self-published bestseller, MACHINE OF DEATH. The machines started popping up around the world. The offer was tempting: with a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die. But the machines didn't give dates or specific circumstances - just a single word or phrase. DROWNED, CANCER, OLD AGE, CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. And though the predictions were always accurate, they were also often frustratingly vague. OLD AGE, it turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by an elderly, bedridden man in a botched home invasion. The machines held onto that old-world sense of irony in death: you can know how it's going to happen, but you'll still be surprised when it does. This addictive anthology - sinister, witty, philosophical and fascinating - collects the best of the thousands of story submissions the editors received in the wake of the success of self-published sensation MACHINE OF DEATH, and exceeds the first in every way.

The Supernatural Index

Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos ( Fedogan & Bremer 1-878252-02 - X , Aug '92 , $ 27.00 , 327pp , hc ) Anthology of 20 early Cthulhu Mythos tales . PRINGLE , DAVID , ed . ( 1950- ) Warhammer 40,000 : Deathwing ( with Neal Jones ) See entry ...

The Supernatural Index

Indexes story collections by editor, book title, author, and story title

H P Lovecraft s Worlds The Shadow Over Innsmouth

H.P. Lovecraft, Steven Philip Jones ... his fate up in the air , I opted to make his dénouement more definite with an accidental explosion.1 When it came to the anthology series , H. P. Lovecraft in Color , I took a different approach .

H P  Lovecraft s Worlds  The Shadow Over Innsmouth

The decaying town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts has an unhealthy reputation. Nearby citizens shun it. You won't find it on any maps. And the denizens just don't look right. They just don't. Maybe it's something in the water? Robert Loveless is trying to escape the lurking fear of insanity cursing his bloodline when his quest lures him to the town of Innsmouth. As Loveless wanders the tumbledown streets past homes and buildings of departed grandeur, he uncovers the town's awful past from a half-crazed old drunk named Zadok Allen. A shadow reaching out from before the dawn of history is haunting Innsmouth, and now that Loveless has learned the truth its denizens want him to stay there...forever. This graphic novel features an all-new authorized adaptation of one of H. P. Lovecraft's most popular weird tales by Steven Philip Jones (H. P. Lovecraft's Worlds, Lovecraftian) and Trey Baldwin (Ladies of Market Street), Lovecraft's seminal novella, a Lovecraft biography, and Jones's article on adapting Lovecraft into comics updated for this edition. "Where does reality leave off and madness begin?" - H. P. Lovecraft, The Shadow over Innsmouth A Caliber Comics release.

The New Annotated H P Lovecraft

“Shadows over Lovecraft: Reactionary Fantasy and Immigrant Eugenics. ... Lovecraft Studies 39 (Summer 1998), 1–20. ... In An Epicure in the Terrible: A Centennial Anthology of Essays in Honor of H. P. Lovecraft, edited by David E.

The New Annotated H  P  Lovecraft

Finalist for the HWA’s Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Slate and the San Francisco Chronicle From across strange aeons comes the long-awaited annotated edition of “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” (Stephen King). "With an increasing distance from the twentieth century…the New England poet, author, essayist, and stunningly profuse epistolary Howard Phillips Lovecraft is beginning to emerge as one of that tumultuous period’s most critically fascinating and yet enigmatic figures," writes Alan Moore in his introduction to The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Despite this nearly unprecedented posthumous trajectory, at the time of his death at the age of forty-six, Lovecraft's work had appeared only in dime-store magazines, ignored by the public and maligned by critics. Now well over a century after his birth, Lovecraft is increasingly being recognized as the foundation for American horror and science fiction, the source of "incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction" (Joyce Carol Oates). In this volume, Leslie S. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, charting the rise of the erstwhile pulp writer, whose rediscovery and reclamation into the literary canon can be compared only to that of Poe or Melville. Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft's uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work. Over the course of his career, Lovecraft—"the Copernicus of the horror story" (Fritz Leiber)—made a marked departure from the gothic style of his predecessors that focused mostly on ghosts, ghouls, and witches, instead crafting a vast mythos in which humanity is but a blissfully unaware speck in a cosmos shared by vast and ancient alien beings. One of the progenitors of "weird fiction," Lovecraft wrote stories suggesting that we share not just our reality but our planet, and even a common ancestry, with unspeakable, godlike creatures just one accidental revelation away from emerging from their epoch of hibernation and extinguishing both our individual sanity and entire civilization. Following his best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger collects here twenty-two of Lovecraft's best, most chilling "Arkham" tales, including "The Call of Cthulhu," At the Mountains of Madness, "The Whisperer in Darkness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," and others. With nearly 300 illustrations, including full-color reproductions of the original artwork and covers from Weird Tales and Astounding Stories, and more than 1,000 annotations, this volume illuminates every dimension of H. P. Lovecraft and stirs the Great Old Ones in their millennia of sleep.

Monsters and Monstrosity from the Fin de Siecle to the Millennium

Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont ... The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume II. Ed. Dan Lockwood. ... 1–6. Print. _____. “To Edwin Baird.” 3 February 1924. H. P. Lovecraft Selected Letters I: 1911–1924.

Monsters and Monstrosity from the Fin de Siecle to the Millennium

Zombies, vampires and ghosts feature prominently in nearly all forms of entertainment in the 21st century, including popular fiction, film, comics, television and computer games. But these creatures have been vital to the entertainment industry since the best-seller books of a century and half ago. Monsters don't just invade popular culture, they help sell popular culture. This collection of new essays covers 150 years of enduringly popular Gothic monsters who have shocked and horrified audiences in literature, film and comics. The contributors unearth forgotten monsters and reconsider familiar ones, examining the audience taboos and fears they embody.

Anthology of Classic Horror Part 1 Illustrated

This collection gathers the best of the supernatural and frightening stories spun by expert storytellers who can weave true thrillers haunted by spirits and visited by vampires; stories where even the buildings contribute to the black humor ...

Anthology of Classic Horror  Part 1  Illustrated

Authors writing for the horror genre succeed in creating an eerie and frightening atmosphere for the reader. While the featured horror is often supernatural, it may spring from a very real origin. Several classic horror stories have become icons of the horror genre. They inspire modern retellings throughout print, on stage, and on film. This collection gathers the best of the supernatural and frightening stories spun by expert storytellers who can weave true thrillers haunted by spirits and visited by vampires; stories where even the buildings contribute to the black humor and apocalyptic natures of the plots. Contents: H.P. Lovecraft - The Call of Cthulhu Algernon Blackwood - The Willows Ambrose Bierce The Death of Halpin Frayser, Chickamauga, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, E.F. Benson Mrs Amworth Naboth's Vineyard At the Farmhouse Negotium Perambulans The Wishing Well The Terror by Night The Thing in the Hall The Cat The Sanctuary Robert W. Chambers The Repairer of Reputations The Mask In the Court of the Dragon The Yellow Sign W. W. Jacobs - The Monkey's Paw Francis Marion Crawford The Upper Berth For the Blood Is the Life The Screaming Skull The Doll's Ghost Man Overboard! Arthur Machen - The Great God Pan Bram Stoker - The Judge's House Edgar Allan Poe The Raven The Black Cat The Fall of the House of Usher Henry James - The Turn of the Screw

Discovering H P Lovecraft

... by Arkham House, since Lovecraft had written some revisions on the T.Ms.); E. Hoffmann Price prepared a T.Ms, of "The Picture in the House" (very poor) for use in an anthology which he was planning (cf. Selected Letters IV. 1 12f.); ...

Discovering H P  Lovecraft

A definitive look at the life and work of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, by a leading scholar of the fantasy and horror field. INTRODUCTION, by Darrell Schweitzer NOTES ON AN ENTITY, by Robert Bloch A LITERARY COPERNICUS, by Fritz Leiber, Jr. THE FOUR FACES OF THE OUTSIDER, by Dirk W. Mosig THE FIRST LEWIS THEOBALD, by R. Boerem STORY-WRITING: A Letter from H. P. Lovecraft CHARACTER GULLIBILITY IN WEIRD FICTION, by Darrell Schweitzer SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVECRAFT, by Arthur Jean Cox THE DERLETH MYTHOS, by Richard L. Tierney GENESIS OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS, by George Wetzel LOVECRAFT’S LADiES, by Ben P. Indick WHEN THE STARS ARE RIGHT, by Richard L. Tierney LOVECRAFT AND LORD DUNSANY, by Darrell Schweitzer H. P. LOVECRAFT AND PSEUDOMATHEMATICS, by Robert Weinberg TEXTUAL PROBLEMS IN LOVECRAFT: A Preliminary Survey, by S. T. Joshi H. P. LOVECRAFT: THE BOOKS, by Lin Carter H. P. LOVECRAFT: A BASIC READING LIST, compiled by Darrell Schweitzer

The Forbidden Body

For fans of the Lovecraft mythos, “its truest name” is, of course, Cthulhu, High Priest of the Old Ones, also known as the Great Dreamer, and the Sleeper of R'lyeh (see Lovecraft, ... 77 Paton, The Greek Anthology, vol. 1, book 5, 353.

The Forbidden Body

"Throughout history, the religious imagination has attempted to control nothing so much as our bodies: what they are and what they mean; what we do with them, with whom, and under what circumstances; how they may be displayed-or, more commonly, how they must be hidden. Religious belief and mandate affect how our bodies are used in ritual practice, as well as how we use them to identify and marginalize threatening religious Others. This book examines how horror culture treats religious bodies that have stepped (or been pushed) out of their 'proper' place. Unlike most books on religion and horror, This book explores the dark spaces where sex, sexual representation, and the sexual body come together with religious belief and scary stories. Because these intersections of sex, horror, and the religious imagination force us to question the nature of consensus reality, supernatural horror, especially as it concerns the body, often shows us the religious imagination at work in real time. It is important to note that the discussion in this book is not limited either to horror cinema or to popular fiction, but considers a wide range of material, including literary horror, weird fiction, graphic storytelling, visual arts, participative culture, and aspects of real-world religious fear. It is less concerned with horror as a genre (which is mainly a function of marketing) and more with the horror mode, a way of storytelling that finds expression across a number of genres, a variety of media, and even blurs the boundary between fiction and non-fiction. This expanded focus not only deepens the pool of potential examples, but invites a much broader readership in for a swim"--