DART recording session

The Next Dark Adventure now in Production!

  • January 13, 2022

After well over a year of script development, we have now begun recording principal vocals for the next thrilling episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre! Under COVID-compliant conditions, the DART company began returning to the studios today. Pictured here is Andrew Leman reflected in the glass of his isolation booth, snapping a photo of Sean Branney on the studio floor communicating with Larissa Gallagher who is joining the recording session from her own home via Zoom.

Damaged books

Literature of Lovecraft now shipping!

  • January 11, 2022

We have received the first shipment of fancy faux books for our Literature of Lovecraft audio book, and are now shipping to customers who ordered the deluxe USB collector edition. As you can see from this photo, some of the shipment was wiped out (we think it was stabbed with a forklift), but most survived unscathed. We have a second shipment coming via boat which should get here in a few more weeks. If you haven't already checked it out, be sure to pay a visit HERE.

Featured Member

  • January 6, 2022

Our Member of the Month for January, 2022 is Jean-Philippe Ranger of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Jean-Philippe says: "I came to Lovecraft later in life, but in many ways, it seemed that I had been preparing myself to love his work long before. In my first university degree, I studied Latin Literature and Classical Archaeology, so I quite liked the characters in Lovecraft’s stories. For many decades, I had been a fan of fin de siècle decadent literature, so I recognized some of Lovecraft’s tropes and style and felt at home in many of his stories. Four of my favorites are “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” “The Dunwich Horror,” “Dreams in the Witch House,” and “The Thing on the Doorstep”. I love the idea of cosmic horror, combined with the notion that in order to be able to fully grasp knowledge of the inner workings of this bizarre cosmos that we are part of means that we lose some of our humanity. I don’t believe this is the case, but I think it makes for good stories!

From Lovecraft and through others who enjoy his stories, I have come to discover other authors who influenced him like Arthur Machen, Robert W. Chambers, and M.R. James. Lovecraft’s stories have opened a whole world that was unknown to me before.

I first heard of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society through one of the early episodes of the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast and I quickly became a fan. I have many of their DART adaptations and a few pieces of apparel. I make sure to wear my Arkham Sanitarium lab coat for all my kitchen experiments, my Miskatonic Antarctic Expedition Hoodie for my arctic travels (I live in Canada’s maritime provinces, and it gets quite cold in the winter) and my Miskatonic Metaphys. Ed T-Shirt when I practice my calisthenic exercises in the summer. My family like to laugh at my two favorite Christmas decorations: a Cthulhu ornament as well as a Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition commemorative ornament. I like to carve and print old alchemical images, some would have been in books that HPL’s characters pour over.

I am currently having great fun running the Horror on the Orient Express, Chaosium’s classic 1920’s era campaign.

In my spare time, I teach Ancient Greek Philosophy at a small liberal arts university. Secretly, I spend my days reading tomes of ancient lore in dead languages and strive to learn the wisdom that the Ancients have tried to impart on us.

Finally, I have a historical doppelgänger: Alexander Hermann, a 19th century magician. What was that story about the 'essential saltes'?"

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Who'll Stop the Rain?

  • January 4, 2022

We're pleased to be adding a fantastic new product to our online store. Our new friends at Vermillion Collection have produced a really spectacular Cthulhu umbrella. It's the kind of thing you don't even know you need until you see it. Now that it's the rainy season here at HQ, we expect to get some good use out of ours, but even in the sunshine it's a very spiffy accessory. Check it out by CLICKING HERE.

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Miskatonic Missives Update

  • January 4, 2022

We are forging ahead with finalizing the books for the Miskatonic Missives set. If you are a backer of our project on Kickstarter, please make sure you have submitted your BackerKit survey. Orders close there on January 12. The survey link was sent from BackerKit to the email address you used to back the project in Kickstarter. And if you missed the Kickstarter, but would still like to pre-order the books and/or some of the associated add-on items and ephemera, you can do that too by CLICKING HERE.

A New Solstice Carol

  • December 21, 2021

Several months ago member Doug Smith sent us the lyrics and sheet music to a new solstice carol he dreamed up. It was meant as a parody of the classic Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet from Bing's 1977 Christmas special, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas. Bing died just before it aired, so it was his last television appearance. We thought it would be fun if Ogham Waite sang it as a duet with Robert Olmstead, bringing at least one new level of meaning to the lyrics. We present it here as our holiday gift to you!

Special thanks to Matt Foyer and Mike Dalager for returning to the microphones to reprise their Lovecraftian characters, and to Bryan Davis for mixing the music!

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2022 renewal stamp

  • December 9, 2021

The annual membership renewal stamps for 2022 are now here, and all new memberships and renewals starting from today will bear the new 2022 stamp. The new design features a burning torch of learning on a gold background.

Featured Member

  • December 2, 2021

Our Member of the Month for December, 2021 is Lee Villatoro Strand of Milton, Washington.

Lee says: "I was born in the great Golden State of California as the “middle child” of four siblings to a Mother from Oregon and Father from Guatemala. My family moved around a lot in my early childhood - at one point residing in Huehuetenango, Guatemala in the mid-90’s. Once I was a teen (or pre-teen) I lived in or around the Pacific Northwest- so I would say I grew up in the state of Washington.

I was still in High School when I first heard the name Howard Phillips Lovecraft, largely in relation to Cthulhu, but it would be some time before I actually read any of his stories. In fact, my interest in Lovecraft started with a different author with the name Howard - that is Robert E. Howard. I had read a small news article published in 2014 (or some time around then) featuring Robert E. Howard’s most famous creation, Conan the Barbarian. Like most people I was already familiar with the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger film but never really thought about the origins of the Conan character. I was genuinely surprised to find he was dreamed up by someone in a small Texas town back in the 1930s. My interest peaked, I picked up a collection of Conan stories, which bled through to reading further of Howard’s adventure stories like Solomon Kane and the like.

As I got more into Howard’s fiction, I learned of his connection to Lovecraft and that they had a legendary correspondence as pen-pals - a small part of a larger correspondence between similar Pulp writers in what was dubbed the “Lovecraft Circle”. A group of writers who were encouraged to share and adopt each other's ideas, building stories on each other’s styles and themes. Many of the monsters or nameless cults featured in the Conan stories were borrowed or inspired by his correspondences with Lovecraft. Subsequently, I decided to get a little more interested in reading Lovecraft’s work.

I can’t recall which of his stories I picked up first. It may have been “Dagon” or “The Statement of Randolph Carter”. I do recall the first story I really enjoyed was “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” and I’ve been a fan ever since. Reading his stories led me to search for further Lovecraftian entertainment in other media such as Stuart Gordon movies or different comic book adaptations. Eventually, my pursuit of all things Lovecraftian led me here to the HPLHS website. I would frequent the site to purchase the latest DART episodes or anything else that might catch my eye. Eventually I became a card-carrying member in 2017.

As to what I’m doing now, currently I am working in the Medical field. I actually got hired for my position just as the COVID outbreak began. I’ve had a few different jobs before but the larger part of pursuing my current occupation was my desire to help people. During this time there have been some rough days but I’m impressed by how a lot of us have been able to pull together. My message to you all is to stay smart, stay safe, and stay healthy."

Mythopoeic Society Seminar

  • November 16, 2021

HPLHS member Phillip Fitzsimmons spreads this word: "THE FIRST MYTHOPOEIC SOCIETY ONLINE MIDWINTER SEMINAR will be held on February 4-5, 2022, and we are trying to spread the word near and far about both the event and the quickly approaching deadline for the Call for Papers.

"The seminar is sponsored by The Writers of the Rohirrim, a Mythopoeic Society Discussion Group. We invite you to embrace the darkness of those long winter nights and participate in The Inklings and Horror: Fantasy's Dark Corners.

Presentation proposals are being accepted through November 15 and you can see the details HERE.

CLICK HERE for registration information.

Miskatonic Missives Update!

  • November 16, 2021

Thank you so very much to all the 712 wonderful people who backed our Miskatonic Missives Kickstarter! It was our first foray into crowdfunding and it was beyond encouraging. The friendly folks at Helios House Press are now putting together the next steps for bringing the project to completion. We have a good head start, but there is indeed work to do! If you backed the project you should soon be receiving (if you haven't already gotten) an email with the details.

Happy Anniversary Call of Cthulhu

  • November 8, 2021

The Curse of Race Prejudice cover

The Curse of Race Prejudice

  • October 11, 2021

One of the most challenging aspects of running the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society is the fact that the man whose work we celebrate was a racist. Like the rest of us, Lovecraft was a complex and multi-faceted individual, but no matter how you look at his life you can’t get away from the fact that he believed in white superiority. His views were seldom challenged and often reinforced by the culture in which he lived, but—like the modern era—the ‘20s and ‘30s were not monolithic in their thinking, and he was on the intolerant end of the spectrum. To say he was “a man of his times” is no excuse: his times were very much like our times. Among his many correspondents there were a number who held opposing views on this topic, and perhaps none better represents those than James Ferdinand Morton, Jr.

Morton was, perhaps, an improbable person to become a friend of Lovecraft. Where the young HPL was an arch-conservative who deeply idealized the Georgian era of colonial history, Morton—20 years Lovecraft’s senior—was a progressive and an anarchist, advocating ideas such as civil rights for Blacks, voting and reproductive rights for women, environmental conservation and the single tax system. Where Lovecraft never graduated high school, Morton earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard. Yet through their correspondence the two men discovered a mutual respect for each other’s intelligence, and their correspondence covered a vast range of ideas.

Among the ways in which Morton supported himself was by giving public lectures. On January 21, 1906 he gave a lecture entitled “The Curse of Race Prejudice” in which he made the argument that racial hatred is injurious both to its victims and its perpetrators. He argued that a culture which harbored racial prejudice was headed into contraction and decline. As an active member of the amateur press movement, it was only natural that Morton later published an expanded version of the lecture as a 78-page pamphlet, which he sold for twenty-five cents.

Inspired by a very thoughtful member of the HPLHS who told us that he had recently sought out that pamphlet at his local library and read it, we thought it would be worthwhile to reissue it so that others could read it too. Since the HPLHS is known for doing replicas of vintage documents, it seemed like a project we were well-situated to pursue. We are offering it for the same price that Morton charged over a hundred years ago: 25¢.

The issues of racial prejudice and social justice have generally progressed from the standards of 1906, but as one reads Morton’s essay it’s heartbreakingly apparent that many of the problems he cites have persisted. We celebrate the works of H.P. Lovecraft, whose cosmic imagination and dark fiction have inspired so many years of fascination for us. But we also celebrate the works of James F. Morton, whose passionate and inspiring humanity shines a brilliant, if sometimes painful, light on very real problems. There’s nothing we can do about Lovecraft’s racial views, but we can do something about our own.

You can get a copy HERE.

Lament for H.P.L.

  • August 1, 2021

When HPL's old friend Alfred Galpin learned of Lovecraft's death, he dedicated a piano composition he was working on to his memory, and called it "Lament for H.P.L." Andrew Leman recently commissioned Reber Clark, composer for several episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, to do an orchestral version, and we are extremely proud to share that recording with you above.