As the daylight leaves the sky, and we unlucky fiends are illuminated only by the color out of space; as a dark shadow falls over a rainy, New England fishing community; as fear lurks and dream-quests are assigned to the unknown; as angles come together all wrong, we answer a terrible call, and the Nightmare Factory Book Club ascends to its unknowable throne on the craggy cliffs at the mountains of madness. This month, we are taking a look at what the Cats of Ulthar dragged in, and we couldn’t be more appalled. The loathsome thing on our doorstep is the hideous, the hoary, the heretical Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by the elegiac Ellen Datlow, and we are beating the heat with the cool air of BookPeople’s cyclopean cafe tonight (August 19th) at 8:00 p.m. to add our mad piping to the acrimonious applause for this landmark of Lovecraftian lyricism.
Lovecraft’s Monsters is an achievement of wit and witchcraft. Ellen Datlow has compiled a companion to the canonical works of H.P. Lovecraft, who was described during the uproariously festive National Bookstore Day by the Nightmare Factory’s eldritch founder Joe as being “one of the most important authors of the twentieth century”. Each of the eighteen stories and poems in this anarchic anthology highlights a monster, a beast, or an elder god from the sprawling Cthulhu mythos and uses it as a springboard to add just a splash more terror to our universe. Neil Gaiman, author of the Sandman series, delves into a world wherein a werewolf is the central element to the curse of the Deep Ones. Nightmare Factory favorite Laird Barron, author of The Croning, assaults the senses with a drunken pinkerton’s hunt for an acolyte of Belphegor. Local author William Browning Spencer takes a whimsical traipse through a jungle full of Shoggoths, and the magnificent Caitlin R. Kiernan, author of The Red Tree, sews a scrim of star-crossed love between a ghoul and an Elder Thing. Amass this evening at 8:00 p.m. to speak the unspeakable and comprehend the unknowable when the Nightmare Factory Book Club goes Lovecraftian on everyone’s ass.
The Nightmare Factory Book Club is a frenzied firestorm of friendship that meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 p.m. in BookPeople’s accursed cafe to gibber over the most effulgent and decadent manuscripts lurking in the genre of literary horror. Tonight’s morsel is the frightening, foetid Lovecraft’s Monsters edited by Ellen Datlow. Ia Cthulhu! Ia! Ia!