Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Joining the cannon...

If there's an offical sign that you've 'made it,' American literature-wise, it's to have your work collected into one of those classy black volumes put out by Libary of America. Over the last several years, the Library has paid more due to genre authors, including such influential writers as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

Now H.P. Lovecraft has now been so honored, with a recent volume edited by horror writer Peter Straub. Lovecraft's influence on the horror genre, both literary and cinematic, grows every year, and so this is only just. At 850 pages, and generally available for under $25 (as it is at Amazon.com), it's well worth a purchase, and would be worth remembering when giving gifts.

4 Comments:

At 7:46 AM, Blogger culfy said...

Now that Lovecraft has been so honoured, is it too much to expect to have a decent film made from one of his books?

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Try Dagon. Definately a neat little movie. Also, although many liberties are taken, there's Re-Animator. Films influenced by Lovecraft you should check out include Cast a Deadly Spell and In the Mouth of Madness.

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger hbrennan said...

Dagon is definitely worth a look. The movie is really an adaptation of "Shadow Over Innsmouth" (which is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories). It also contains the final performance of the legendary Spanish actor Francisco Rabal.

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger nshumate said...

Great jumping horny toads! (Or at least, sqamous netherbeasts whose resemblance to horny toads is only the desperate reaction of a fevered mind trying to maintain a futile grasp on sanity.)

 

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