Featured Member

  • July 7, 2021

Our member of the Month for July 2021 is Nancy Steinecke of Laurel, Maryland.

Nancy says: "Here I am (Figure 1) trying my hardest to resemble White Eagle (Figure 2), turn-of-the-century juggler extraordinaire, pater familias (I wish), and personal muse. Like everybody else in HPLHS, I enjoy our jerky St. Vitas dance to the grave and perhaps beyond (Figure 3). Mostly I'm just another schmoo raking the manure (Figure 4) in our Boschian landscape, with the occasional romp in foreign climes, like Afghanistan (Figure 5). In the absence of Chthulululesque paraphernalia, here is an image of my vaguely pornographic keychain collection (Figure 6: visible only to members in the Member Sanctum).

A testimonial: 'While the critics have taken their time to recognize Nancy Steinecke as her merits deserve, her devoted following (including seven budgerigars and two human daughters) have long acknowledged her unaussprechlichen precognition and devastating repartee. This beloved cult classic is as ground-breaking today as the day Grandma (Figure 7, center) said, Cut, print!' --Charlotte Steinecke, non-budgerigar daughter."

Summer Solstice

Solstice

  • June 20, 2021

Wishing our Northern Hemisphere friends a very happy summer, and those in the Southern Hemisphere a lovely winter!

How to Open a Cthulhugram

  • June 20, 2021

Official messages from headquarters come in the form of Cthulhugrams, which have proven surprisingly difficult for some people to open. We have often had requests from people for official advice on how to break the seal. We recently redesigned the seals hoping, in part, that it would make them easier to open. In response to a specific request from HPLHS member David Obrecht, we have prepared the slideshow above showing how we break the seals.

Ike Eisenhauer

Featured Member

  • June 15, 2021

Our Member of the Month for June, 2021 is William "Ike" Eisenhauer of Omaha, Nebraska.

Ike says: “’What if the shadows are real?’ ‘Of course, shadows are real.’ ‘No, I mean what if the THINGS you think ARE the shadows are real’. ’Shut up Billy, you are freaking me out‘. A simple childhood conversation at night was the start of my twisted fascination with what is really out there, beyond the perceptions and of the objective and rational. Of course this path leads one quickly to the works of Lovecraft, and so I joined those already on that journey to a hellish destination.

Like many others, imaginations on this level for those of a young age also gravitate to role playing games, like D&D. Where these seeds of insanity can grow to full-on jungles of madness. Amplified by a similarly deranged, but in a "good" way, 5th grade teacher who felt that exploring the works of Lovecraft along with Tolkien, Howard, and Poe along with a healthy dose of fantasy role playing as education entrenched me in this love of the works.

Fast forward to much later in life and finding the love of my life, my wife Dawn, who I merged into a joint shared insanity for the last 29 years. I could not be happier. During our time as the owners of a now defunct escape room company (thank you pestilence with the cursed name of COVID), I joined the HPLHS. After the wrath of the pandemic stripped us of all material possessions we fled to the midwest from our coastal abode with our two androgrous spawn, who also have been entwined in the collective madness. Where I sit in my semi-retirement and permanent delusional reality and continue to inflict a different kind of punishment on my college engineering students at the school where I attended many decades before."

Twitter hack

The Horror!

  • May 13, 2021

We are very pleased to announce that the next episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre will be "The Horror in the Museum", based on the collaboration between HPL and Hazel Heald.

The show is now in the early phases of production, and is planned for release on Lovecraft's birthday, August 20th. You can pre-order your copy on CD or download here!

Featured Member

  • May 1, 2021

Our Member of the Month for May, 2021 is Nathan Sells of Ottawa, Canada.

Nathan says: "I first found my way to Lovecraftiana in 2007. I perused the stacks of my local library beset with the questions that haunt all middle-schoolers, like “Who’s this guy my D&D books keep referencing?” and “What the heck is this word? Why does it have so many consonants?” I found the answers tucked away in a book of short stories where I first read 'The Dreams in the Witch House', a story that remains one of my favourites to this day. That was enough to hook me. I quickly read all the other stories the library system had to offer me, and like any good cultist I began spreading what I found. Lovecraft quickly became a way to connect with new friends, an inspiration for the roleplaying that had drawn me to him in the first place, and a lens through which to explore history.

At some point early in my explorations of Lovecraft I found my way onto the HPLHS website, and…well, there’s a reason I’m still here. Suddenly there weren’t just books to read, but props and movies and radio plays and a whole community of like-minded weirdos. It propelled me deeper into the hobby. The HPLHS is also directly responsible for one of my favourite Lovecraft memories.

When I worked at an overnight camp, I was known to have the best cabin to watch at night. Where other cabins were likely to be full of rambunctious children battling against sleep, the children of mine were quietly gathered around speakers to listen to a chapter of a DART show. Not only did this give me ample time to engage in nameless rituals, it was amazing to watch the general confusion in the dining hall, as a group of ten-year-olds arrived discussing what exactly an Elder Thing looked like, instead of the day’s activities.

I now feel confident answering the questions of my younger self (well, I’m still not sure how to pronounce a few names…) and I prompt fun ones from friends like “Nathan, what’s that on your shelf?” and “Was that NPC Nyarlathotep, again?” It a stage I could never have reached without this wonderful and august community."