Today I’m celebrating the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft by watching The Call of Cthulhu and reading “The Picture in the House,” along with whatever else comes to hand. I might also watch some of Bride of Re-Animator or play a bit of Night of the Cephalopods!
If you’re looking for something to commemorate the occasion, the Lovecraft eZine has posted a couple of lists (here and here) of Lovecraftian movies that you can watch online. I trust that everybody’s already got their favorite collection of Lovecraft stories laying near to hand, but if you’re looking to expand beyond the tales of the Old Gent himself, you can’t do much better than The Book of Cthulhu. And if you’re already in possession of that fine tome, you can pre-order the second installment, which features my story “Black Hill,” alongside many others.
Or of course you might check out Historical Lovecraft or Future Lovecraft from Innsmouth Free Press, featuring the original appearance of “Black Hill” and my story “The Labyrinth of Sleep,” respectively. And if you’ve got a Kindle, you’ve still got a little bit of time to take advantage of the absolutely free edition of Innsmouth Magazine: Collected Issues 5-7 that they’re giving away in honor of the occasion.
So that’s how I’m celebrating, and some suggestions on how you can, too, and to paraphrase my good friend Jesse Bullington, a very happy birthday to you, HPL, you cranky old weirdo!