Gou Tanabe’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth Will Chill Come November 2023!

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth has been turned into a manga and it’ll be released at the end of the year.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth (Manga)
Available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local comic shop (Diamond Distributing)

Coming to comic shops Nov 15
and bookstores Nov 24, 2023

Gou Tanabe‘s next North American publication will be H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth! This edition is being published by Dark Horse Comics and it is set to arrive later this year. It also includes 12 pages in full colour with a tip-in title page embellished with silver ink.

As for where Call of Cthulhu is (as I reported years ago), that’s because it’s been serialised in the magazine, Comic Beam, and there’s no word if that will get put into a trade paperback and translated too. Fans can chant and make sacred pacts in hopes for it to happen though.

For now, this manga series by Eisner and Harvey Award nominee will come complete in one volume. Zack Davisson has been handling the translation and what’ll be presented is in safe hands. All anyone has to do is look at his portfolio of books (Amazon link) about the supernatural side of Japan.

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Prepare to Face NAKED PEAK-Climb the Mountains of Madness with this Animated Pitch

Fans of this upcoming adaptation of Lovecraft’s seminal Mountains of Madness redubbed Naked Peak can follow MadaraUsi’s YouTube channel for the latest info.

Naked Peak climb the mountains of madnessIt’s safe to say anime studios love H.P. Lovecraft, and to produce anything that’s truly based on are few and far between. Depending on what aspect of his lore gets explored, there’s Berserk and Paprika. To a lesser extent, there’s even the classic, Iczer 1 where the transliteration spelled out the villain as Cthulhu even though they are not related. But to have a story that is truly inspired requires Forest Limit and THINKR Col Ltd., to make a short titled Naked Peak, Climb the Mountains of Madness.

This pilot is now available on YouTube for all to view (also offered below). Although the details are lacking, I suspect it’s based on the IELLO + 6 More’s board game Mountains of Madness than the story. As much as I’d love to see this adaptation borrow from Go Tanabe’s manga (review link), it’s doubtful. This work earned the 2022 CAMPFIRE crowdfunding award after netting over 1 million dollars from 12,000 backers, and achieving 1400% funding overall.

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Breaking Bad with The Breach at Fantasia 2022

The Breach is a slow burn, and I needed a second watch to truly appreciate it.

The Breach PosterFans of Craig Davidson’s scary stories will be in for a treat in the film adaptation of The Breach. Technically, he writes under the pen name of Nick Cutter when crafting horror. Although changes were made, the cinematic version honours the literary piece well. It is like The X-files meets Psi Factor meets (a what if) Prequel to Evil Dead.

This movie from Rue Morgue Magazine founder and sometimes filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño, and GnR guitarist turned executive movie producer Slash, is a brooding piece of terror. I’m glad his involvement lays more in crafting a few atmospheric tones instead of making it completely heavy metal.

To say H.P. Lovecraft’s works are an influence is a stretch. Ultimately, it depends on what fans understand of this author’s vision. I’ve read every work he wrote and also studied the various expositions about his life which have seeped into his work. His idealisms and attitude were a product of the times. His stories were about secret orders and eldrich mindless gods. At other times, what he wrote was simply about mortals involved in mad science experiments. Not every tale he wrote is about this subject, and often, what happens to his hapless protagonists are beyond their control. They stumble into incomprehensible situations and often go insane. What I like from this author are his tales of cosmic horror rather than Reanimator.

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In The Witch House, Those Dreams Are Made to Tease

This modern take is simply titled The Witch House. With Lovecraft’s name attached to the title card, the story can’t be considered complete without mention of Keziah Mason.

H.P. Lovecraft's Witch House (2021) - IMDbComing to VOD on July 5, 2022

How many versions of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch House exist? We’ve seen countless iterations on film, music and stage, and there’s never been a definitive version. My favourite is the rock musical I reviewed five years ago

One reason filmmakers adore this work is because it can be reinterpreted. The tale explores what a human soul experiences while travelling between dimensions. That transcendental contact must be in the forefront, and that includes exploring one’s sexuality as this film does. Alice Gilman (Portia Chellelyn) gets her first lesbian romance, and she’s wanting.

This version by writers Bobby Easley (who also directs) and Ken Wallace could have played with this change. Sex magic is nothing new, and while Lovecraft would roll in his grave about this cultural taboo, modern paganism would welcome it. In what could be achieved from it ranges from achieving spiritual happiness to furthering one’s career.

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Forgive Me Father, For Lovecraft Flows in My Veins…

Save 15% on Forgive Me Father on SteamBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

1C Entertainment
Available as Early Access on Steam

Forgive Me Father is a retro style shooter now available for fans of this style of gameplay to test out. Its has the look of those 2nd generation Doom games with a huge H.P. Lovecraft style narrative mixed in. The chaos that ensues and survivability depends on the player “going mad.” The more insane you are, the less damage you take from the invading hordes of zombies, shoggoths and the like. In the early part of the game, it’s mostly the former. 

This game begins with you in what appears to be a haunted house. You’re trying to escape. The little story elements that’s embedded throughout reveals you’re somewhere in New England, near Providence, Rhode Island and there’s a cult at work. In the finalized version of the game, there’ll be two character archetypes players can play, a Priest or Reporter. The mystery is in why nearly everyone turned into zombies. Anything truly Lovecraftian won’t show up until the later levels and more of the tale unravels itself.

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