Horror with a Side of Scholarship

One of the darkest and best chapters in the history of American literature belongs to H.P. Lovecraft. Best known for the Cthulhu Mythos, Lovecraft contributed huge numbers of short stories and novellas to amateur literary journals. Few horror authors have contributed as much to the genre as Lovecraft, and only a handful have left such a clear, lasting mark on following generations.

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This Halloween, you may be sad to find a dearth of Lovecraftian horror films. While there are camp classics like The Reanimator, the Cthulhu Mythos has yet to enjoy a high budget retelling. Fortunately, some of the best minds in horror, including Neil Gaiman and Guillermo del Toro put together a documentary dedicated to the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft. It’s obviously more scholarly than spooky, but sometimes facts can leave you more disturbed than fantasy. The entire documentary is available on Youtube, and it’s a great, scholarly way to get into the Halloween spirit. There’s no better time to consider the horrors writhing in the blackest part of our universe, and the fragile irrelevance of humanity.


M. Leigh Hood is a rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness typically preoccupied with writing, nerding, and filming The Spittoon List. For more articles and stories by M. Leigh Hood, look HERE.

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