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Title:
Lovecraft
Author:
Rodionoff, Hans.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : DC Comics, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781401201104
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Book

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Summary

A fascinating but disturbing study of one of America's greatest horror writers, the intense LOVECRAFT examines the bizarre life of author and recluse, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Since his early childhood in the late 1800's Lovecraft was haunted with dark visions of demons and death. Trapped in a world of macabre creatures and grotesque thoughts, the writer found escape only by weaving his living nightmares into fictional blood curling horror stones. An uncensored tour into a troubled mind, this beautifully painted hardcover edition traces the toils of a man considered both mentally ill and genius as he stumbles across the fine line between reality and insanity. SUGGESTED FOR MATURE READERS.


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Booklist Review

Why would anyone want the monsters of H. P. Lovecraft's horror stories actually to have harried their creator? For the sake of a good story, of course, but also because having the Old Ones--Cthulhu and the rest, the sight of which can reduce General Patton,ohn Wayne, and Muhammad Ali into blobs of gibbering terror--bedevil Lovecraft accounts for his hellish early life. His father had a mental breakdown and died in an asylum before H. P. reached school age. His possessive but distant mother, before her own breakdown and asylum death, forbade Lovecraft's wife, Sonia, to enter the family house. In the upshot, Sonia moved to Cleveland and never saw him again. Rodionoff posits that the key to Lovecraft's misery was a book of the Old Ones' lore. Failing to control him through it, they ruined his every happiness. Thanks toeith Giffen, who recast Rodionoff's screenplay as a graphic novel that Argentine artist Enrique Breccia makes a spectacle of melting colors and sharp-featured figures, Lovecraft's misfortunes are our creepy pleasures. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Inspired by a Rodionoff screenplay that assumes the "reality" of the alien monsters invented by H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), Argentine artist Breccia and DC writer Giffen (Lobo) take a surreal, psychosexual look at the American horror master's life story. The book focuses on the graphics, notably lurid, dialogue-free sequences depicting Cthulhu and his tentacled kin assaulting helpless humans, starting with HPL's father, Winfield, shown in bed with a woman not his wife in a Chicago hotel. Like the actual philandering father, who contracted syphilis, this Winfield dies in an insane asylum in Lovecraft's native Providence, R.I., though not before passing on the family copy of Abdul Alhazred's Necronomicon to his young son. The story's remainder concerns Lovecraft's repetitive attempts, in childhood and adulthood, to ward off a series of repellent creatures (perhaps the evil offspring of the dreaded magical tome, or just the product of his sick imagination). Those familiar with the five volumes of Lovecraft's Selected Letters or S.T. Joshi's 1996 biography may be dismayed to find only caricature. In typical Hollywood fashion, the authors make Lovecraft's one-time wife Sonia Greene a generic heroine (prettier and slimmer than the original), whom he meets in a hospital where he's recovering from an assault by an unclothed Wilbur Whateley. The child Lovecraft has the pronounced lantern jaw that he developed only in maturity. Still, Cthulhu Mythos fans who aren't pedantic nitpickers will enjoy the way the book blends bits of biographical detail with Lovecraft's frightening fictional concepts to create a grotesque and disturbing visual experience. (Mar. 1) Forecast: An introduction by John Carpenter and a blurb by Clive Barker help reinforce the Hollywood connection, and should boost sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved