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Creator of the myth of Cthulhu, Arkham, and the sinister Necronomicon, Howard Phillips Lovecraft became known, after his death, as one of the most influential writers Lovecraft had an unusual childhood marked by tragedy. His traveling salesman father developed a mental disorder and, in 1893, became a patient at the Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and there he r Creator of the myth of Cthulhu, Arkham, and the sinister Necronomicon, Howard Phillips Lovecraft became known, after his death, as one of the most influential writers Lovecraft had an unusual childhood marked by tragedy. His traveling salesman father developed a mental disorder and, in 1893, became a patient at the Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and there he remained until his death. A sickly child, Lovecraft became an avid reader. He loved the works of Edgar Allan Poe and developed a special interest in astronomy. As a teenager, he suffered a nervous breakdown and became a reclusive figure, choosing to stay up late studying and reading and writing and then sleeping late into the day. During this time, he managed to start publishing short stories his inimitable form of horror fiction. As mythical as one of his own creations, his innumerable readers see him as having been a rather strange figure from another world. Who really was this recluse from Providence?


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Creator of the myth of Cthulhu, Arkham, and the sinister Necronomicon, Howard Phillips Lovecraft became known, after his death, as one of the most influential writers Lovecraft had an unusual childhood marked by tragedy. His traveling salesman father developed a mental disorder and, in 1893, became a patient at the Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and there he r Creator of the myth of Cthulhu, Arkham, and the sinister Necronomicon, Howard Phillips Lovecraft became known, after his death, as one of the most influential writers Lovecraft had an unusual childhood marked by tragedy. His traveling salesman father developed a mental disorder and, in 1893, became a patient at the Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and there he remained until his death. A sickly child, Lovecraft became an avid reader. He loved the works of Edgar Allan Poe and developed a special interest in astronomy. As a teenager, he suffered a nervous breakdown and became a reclusive figure, choosing to stay up late studying and reading and writing and then sleeping late into the day. During this time, he managed to start publishing short stories his inimitable form of horror fiction. As mythical as one of his own creations, his innumerable readers see him as having been a rather strange figure from another world. Who really was this recluse from Providence?

30 review for H. P. Lovecraft: He Who Wrote in the Darkness: A Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I find HP Lovecraft absolutely MADDENING! I’ve been drawn to his strange stories ever since I discovered them as a teenager even though they’re badly written and horribly boring. But the visions in them and what they represent are so appealing. If you read summaries of his stories you wonder how they could possibly be anything but the most riveting horror fiction you’ll ever come across - and then you read them… Similarly, I’m forever fascinated with his short, rather dull life despite it being I find HP Lovecraft absolutely MADDENING! I’ve been drawn to his strange stories ever since I discovered them as a teenager even though they’re badly written and horribly boring. But the visions in them and what they represent are so appealing. If you read summaries of his stories you wonder how they could possibly be anything but the most riveting horror fiction you’ll ever come across - and then you read them… Similarly, I’m forever fascinated with his short, rather dull life despite it being decidedly unremarkable. Who was this odd man to come up with such influential and original fiction? And they are influential - Lovecraft’s popularity grows by the year. There are so many adaptations of his stories in comics, in film, with creators like Alex Nikolavitch and Gervasio one more to produce their own book on Lovecraft’s life. And yet, like so many Lovecraft and Lovecraft-inspired books, He Who Wrote in the Darkness is a bit of a snore-y let-down. The biographical comic is about Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s final 12 years, from 1925 to 1937, when he wrote most of the fiction that he’s remembered for today. I suppose one good thing about the book is that Nikolavitch made Lovecraft more human than in other books about him I’ve read (he loved ice cream and hated typewriters). I didn’t realise he travelled so much or that he collaborated with Harry Houdini on a book, and it’s interesting that he corresponded with another iconic genre writer of the time, Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian. But most of the book is incredibly tedious to read. Lovecraft sits around writing, talking to his few friends about writing, and the book is interspersed with extracts of Lovecraft’s awful writing. What did Lovecraft do in the last 12 years of his life? Mostly writing. It doesn’t make for gripping reading, reading about that! I didn’t think much of Gervasio’s art either - so many other artists drawing Lovecraft’s work have done much better elsewhere that it suffers badly in comparison. It’s not a very good comic but if you’re interested in Lovecraft’s life I highly recommend Michel Houellebecq’s Against the World, Against Life, though it very often reads like a mash-note! And the crazy thing? I know I’ll keep reading and watching adaptations of Lovecraft’s stories and his life regardless of their quality - maddening!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mizuki

    3.8 stars? The artwork is lovely, I like how the artist brings the landscapes and the society of Lovecraft's time to life with his artwork. However the story itself is...should I say very educational if you happened to be a fan of H. P. Lovecraft's novels and you want to learn about the man and his wide circle of pen-friends (many novelists among them). This graphic novel recorded Lovecraft's ill fated career as a novelist for the Weird Tales magazine, his equally ill fated marriage with his wife 3.8 stars? The artwork is lovely, I like how the artist brings the landscapes and the society of Lovecraft's time to life with his artwork. However the story itself is...should I say very educational if you happened to be a fan of H. P. Lovecraft's novels and you want to learn about the man and his wide circle of pen-friends (many novelists among them). This graphic novel recorded Lovecraft's ill fated career as a novelist for the Weird Tales magazine, his equally ill fated marriage with his wife Sonia (I do like the woman for her independence, period. Although she never really shows up in this volume), Lovecraft's brief encounter with Houdini (the famed King of Escape) before the magician's sudden death, the dreams he had that inspired his short stories and the friendship he shared with his friends in the different periods of his life. As a fan of Lovecraftian horror, of course I'd like to learn more about Lovecraft, his relationships with his friends and relatives and the middle to late periods of his life, but for readers who aren't that into Lovecraft or those who are only testing the water, I think this story is too plain and uneventful for them plus there is no supernatural element in the story. Like I'd once heard this line from a YouTube video, if you had a hard-on for learning (like many MCs from Lovecraft's stories), do try this graphic novel. LOL

  3. 5 out of 5

    Omaira

    Aproximación amable a la vida privada de H. P. Lovecraft. A pesar de que no considero el cómic propiamente un “sustituto a”, sí me parece una interesante alternativa a las biografías de Le Camp y S. T. Joshi. En esta obra se narran de manera muy general los últimos doce años de la vida de Lovecraft: amistades, relatos, helados… No voy a entrar a juzgar la vida de Lovecraft porque ustedes ya saben de sobra lo que opino en líneas generales. Él hizo lo que pudo con las herramientas de las que dispu Aproximación amable a la vida privada de H. P. Lovecraft. A pesar de que no considero el cómic propiamente un “sustituto a”, sí me parece una interesante alternativa a las biografías de Le Camp y S. T. Joshi. En esta obra se narran de manera muy general los últimos doce años de la vida de Lovecraft: amistades, relatos, helados… No voy a entrar a juzgar la vida de Lovecraft porque ustedes ya saben de sobra lo que opino en líneas generales. Él hizo lo que pudo con las herramientas de las que dispuso. Y no lo hizo nada mal. Creó un mundo propio hermoso que poca gente ha llegado a conocer. Como bien apunta David Camus, uno de los traductores franceses del autor en el prólogo de la presente obra, Lovecraft es un escritor desconocido que todo el mundo conoce. Lovecraft ha trascendido con una vida privada idealizada o mitificada, personificando el contemporáneo genio creador atormentado y frustrado. Lovecraft es para un público general el creador de deidades ignominiosas como Cthulhu & Company. No hay gatetes, ni humor enrevesado, ni amor platónico hacia Providence, su ciudad natal; tampoco pingüinos. Esto es algo que obras como H. P. Lovecraft. El escritor de las tinieblas se están esforzando en cambiar poco a poco, pero en mi opinión queda mucho por hacer. Yo escucho a compañeros e intento creer que cuanto más interés tome la gente por este hombre más mitos se derribarán. Pero, ¡ah!, tras el mito no encontraréis un autor al que adorar cual ídolo pagano. Fue tan imperfecto como los héroes de las novelas góticas que leía y amaba. Sin embargo, aunque reconozco que es un cómic interesante, resulta incompleto para aquellos que ya sabemos bastante de Lovecraft. Nos hace falta más. Hay cosas que Nikolavitch omite que son trascendentales o clave para entender la vida de Lovecraft. Si el autor hubiera leído más allá de la biografía de Joshi o Le Camp, me refiero a la de Frank B. Long, habría encontrado material interesante de esta época en la que sitúa su cómic. Es el tiempo en el que Frank estuvo más unido a Howard y tiene anécdotas muy guays en su biografía y que seguro que habrían hecho reír a los dos públicos de este cómic, tanto a los fans acérrimos como a los iniciados. Porque la realidad es esa, Lovecraft no era un dramas ni un chapas. Era un tipo bastante normal, de la clase torpe social. Era esa clase de amigo que se mete en fregaos’ sin buscarlo. Como aquella vez que se metió en una destilería clandestina sin querer y tuvieron que sacarlo de allí sus amigos. Pues ese fue Lovecraft. Lovecraft fue mucho más que las tonterías que todos los periodistas repiten una y otra vez en sus malditos y ponzoñosos artículos. Mis partes favoritas de guión fueron la escena de los helados, la de Halloween y su carteo con Robert E. Howard, donde mi querido Bob le da un guantazo dialéctico bien merecido por idealista. En la parte ilustrada debo decir que me fascinó y que fue la principal razón por la que al final compré este cómic. Pero a una ilustradora no la engañas. En ocasiones hay viñetas que parecen hechas con un poco prisa. Al menos a mí es la sensación que me da porque he hecho entregas y sé lo que se sufre. Sin embargo, también se percibe que en otras se tomaron su tiempo. En general reconozco que hay buen desarrollo de las escenas y que el resultado final es notable. Presencia sobresaliente de entornos yanquis, es decir, aprobado en arquitectura colonial. Me gusta el color empleado en toda la obra, producto de las mentes de Aón y Lee. En resumen, una obra que deben tener en cuenta los iniciados de Lovecraft. Para el resto, nada nuevo bajo el sol.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dubzor

    Woof...this was just terrible. The dialogue alone is just completely inept. We're talking, elementary school level dialogue... "Howard? Howard Lovecraft? It's me, you're longtime friend and correspondant John P. Famousperson. I'm so glad you agreed to spend some time down in Florida with me." Then there's the absolutely clumsy handling of namedropping. HPL knew a lot of famous people, we get it, you don't have to spell it out for us. It seriously feels like one of those post FOREST GUMP movies whe Woof...this was just terrible. The dialogue alone is just completely inept. We're talking, elementary school level dialogue... "Howard? Howard Lovecraft? It's me, you're longtime friend and correspondant John P. Famousperson. I'm so glad you agreed to spend some time down in Florida with me." Then there's the absolutely clumsy handling of namedropping. HPL knew a lot of famous people, we get it, you don't have to spell it out for us. It seriously feels like one of those post FOREST GUMP movies where everyone was writing period pieces and haphazardly throwing in main characters to historical events with all the subtly of a sledgehammer. The constant inserts of his writing are jarring and do nothing to add to the story. Again, you can infer, imply, suggest, without outright giving us a three page excerpt of CALL OF CTHULHU. It's totally OK to just say "hey, this is when he wrote that famous story." I'm also struggling to figure out what the whole point of this was. It can't really be a biography because you really don't get a lot of information on the man other than, he went places, was racist, and he wrote. I learned more about him by reading the back cover than the actual book. It's not an anthology of adaptations either because you really only get a handful of paragraphs for each one. There are far better works out there on HPL, both adaptations as well as biographies. Take your pick, but leave this one slumbering in the depths of obscurity where it belongs.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Odo

    3.5/5.0

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zai

    Esta novela gráfica es un homenaje a H. P. Lovecraft, es una novela biográfica ya que nos cuenta la vida de este gran escritor estadounidense, aquí descubriremos por ejemplo que sentía gran pasión por la astronomía, de ahi se deriva que sus novelas estén basadas en el terror cósmico. También veremos en este novela quienes eran sus amigos, se mencionan algunas de sus novelas, ya que fué un autor muy prolífico y este libro no da para mencionarlas todas y también leeremos frases suyas y extractos de Esta novela gráfica es un homenaje a H. P. Lovecraft, es una novela biográfica ya que nos cuenta la vida de este gran escritor estadounidense, aquí descubriremos por ejemplo que sentía gran pasión por la astronomía, de ahi se deriva que sus novelas estén basadas en el terror cósmico. También veremos en este novela quienes eran sus amigos, se mencionan algunas de sus novelas, ya que fué un autor muy prolífico y este libro no da para mencionarlas todas y también leeremos frases suyas y extractos de alguna novela y este libro termina con su muerte. Con todo esto la novela me ha encantado, ya que soy una gran fan de la obra de Lovecraft, las ilustraciones de Marco Gervasio, Carlos Aón y Lara Lee junto a los textos de Alex Nikolavitch, hacen de esta novela algo maravilloso.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rumi Bossche

    Creator of the myth of Cthulhu, Arkham, and the Necronomicon,  Howard Phillips Lovecraft became known after his death as one of the most influential writers of his century. Lovecraft had an unuasual childhood marked by tragedy. His father developed a mental disorder and in 1893 became a patient at the butler hospital in Providence, Rhode Island  and there he remained until his death. A sickly child, Lovecraft became an avid reader. He loved the works of Egar Allan Poe and developed a special int Creator of the myth of Cthulhu, Arkham, and the Necronomicon,  Howard Phillips Lovecraft became known after his death as one of the most influential writers of his century. Lovecraft had an unuasual childhood marked by tragedy. His father developed a mental disorder and in 1893 became a patient at the butler hospital in Providence, Rhode Island  and there he remained until his death. A sickly child, Lovecraft became an avid reader. He loved the works of Egar Allan Poe and developed a special interest in astronomy. As a teenager, he suffered a nervous breakdown and became a reclusive figure, choosing to stay up late and sleep during the day. He was a strange and weird man, a xenophobic and racist, scared of anything. He was also fond of cats and Ice cream, and the writer of 100s of great horror stories. This is a graphic telling of his short life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Licia Bailey

    Where has H.P. Lovecraft been all my life?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Santiago

    Auténtica leyenda literaria, no se puede negar que H.P. Lovecraft poseía una personalidad ambigua y compleja, y unas ideas, como poco, conflictivas. Algo que no eclipsa, con todas sus sombras, la magnífica creación de la que fue autor y que diera lugar a todo un género como es el del horror cósmico. Una obra que perdura muchos años después de su muerte y que le convierte en uno de los más famosos, relevantes e importantes, si no el que más, escritores de terror del siglo XX. Este cómic ofrece un Auténtica leyenda literaria, no se puede negar que H.P. Lovecraft poseía una personalidad ambigua y compleja, y unas ideas, como poco, conflictivas. Algo que no eclipsa, con todas sus sombras, la magnífica creación de la que fue autor y que diera lugar a todo un género como es el del horror cósmico. Una obra que perdura muchos años después de su muerte y que le convierte en uno de los más famosos, relevantes e importantes, si no el que más, escritores de terror del siglo XX. Este cómic ofrece un vistazo sobre el periódo de su vida, sus últimos doce años, en que el autor de Providence se encontraba en pleno desarrollo de su particular cosmogonía de los Mitos de Cthulhu. Es cierto que ofrece, para los conocedores de su vida y obra, pocos detalles reveladores y novedosos, pero tiene la virtud de proyectar una nueva luz, más humana cabría decir, sobre la controvertida figura de un escritor que ha estremecido la mente de miles de lectores a lo largo del tiempo y la geografía del mundo. Reseña completa en Sagacomic: https://sagacomic.blogspot.com/2019/0...

  10. 4 out of 5

    La Espada en la Tinta

    El excéntrico maestro del horror de Providence, a día de hoy y pese a conocerse los detalles de su vida, gracias sobre todo a L. Sprague de Camp en Lovecraft. Una biografía (Valdemar, 2002), es un escritor que no deja de generar misterio. Quizá se debe a lo extraño y extraordinario de su ya antológica bibliografía. A su talento como escritor de la mítica Weird Tales debemos historias como La llamada de Cthulhu —al que debemos en parte la aparición del juego de rol homónimo en 1981 de la mano de El excéntrico maestro del horror de Providence, a día de hoy y pese a conocerse los detalles de su vida, gracias sobre todo a L. Sprague de Camp en Lovecraft. Una biografía (Valdemar, 2002), es un escritor que no deja de generar misterio. Quizá se debe a lo extraño y extraordinario de su ya antológica bibliografía. A su talento como escritor de la mítica Weird Tales debemos historias como La llamada de Cthulhu —al que debemos en parte la aparición del juego de rol homónimo en 1981 de la mano de Chaosium—, En las montañas de la locura o El horror de Dunwich, entre otros. Sigue leyendo...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)

    This was just shit. I usually don't like to be so blunt with something that a group of people obviously spent a lot of time on, but I really have to be blunt here. You get no feeling for Lovecraft the man other than he was deeply prejudiced and wrote to a lot of people. It just shows little slices of life and work out of context giving the reader no insight at all, other than the little bios written at the end of the book describing who everyone was. Oh, and the irony of those bios when one of t This was just shit. I usually don't like to be so blunt with something that a group of people obviously spent a lot of time on, but I really have to be blunt here. You get no feeling for Lovecraft the man other than he was deeply prejudiced and wrote to a lot of people. It just shows little slices of life and work out of context giving the reader no insight at all, other than the little bios written at the end of the book describing who everyone was. Oh, and the irony of those bios when one of the friends rejected an award because the statue was a caricature of his dear friend and yet Lovecraft is drawn here as a caricature! Ugh. I just can't. Also the writer really didn't like August Derleth... I just was hoping for something more and got something that was less than I could have ever guessed it could be. Just go read his work and never read this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tomás Sendarrubias garcía

    He llegado a este cómic, como a muchas otras lecturas, a través de El Caballero del Árbol Sonriente, en una de sus fotorreseñas. Soy muy de Lovecraft, y la verdad es que algo en las imágenes que subió, en cómo planteaba el relato, me llamó la atención. Y la verdad es que ha sido una lectura interesante. Breve, pero muy interesante, que trae a un Lovecraft mucho menos siniestro de lo que era en mi mente, con no sé si decir muchos amigos pero sí muchos conocidos y una agitada vida epistolar. Alex He llegado a este cómic, como a muchas otras lecturas, a través de El Caballero del Árbol Sonriente, en una de sus fotorreseñas. Soy muy de Lovecraft, y la verdad es que algo en las imágenes que subió, en cómo planteaba el relato, me llamó la atención. Y la verdad es que ha sido una lectura interesante. Breve, pero muy interesante, que trae a un Lovecraft mucho menos siniestro de lo que era en mi mente, con no sé si decir muchos amigos pero sí muchos conocidos y una agitada vida epistolar. Alex Nikolavitch trae una historia elegante y respetuosa de los últimos años de vida del escritor, acompañada de un dibujo cuidado y limpio. A mi me ha gustado mucho.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    A little hard to rate, but the artwork was great and I learned a lot about Lovecraft. I've never been a fan of his stories, mostly I know of him because authors I read were inspired by him. His life was sad and lonely and although some of his personal views were abhorrent (racism and anti-Semitism), his short life is depressing as hell. He had some really great contemporaries, and has inspired horror writers for years. A little hard to rate, but the artwork was great and I learned a lot about Lovecraft. I've never been a fan of his stories, mostly I know of him because authors I read were inspired by him. His life was sad and lonely and although some of his personal views were abhorrent (racism and anti-Semitism), his short life is depressing as hell. He had some really great contemporaries, and has inspired horror writers for years.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    More interesting than I expected! I've learn some interesting things about Lovecraft and the notorious people he knew. Not much on his personal life, but I already knew it and someone who know a bit less about him than I might even learn a bit in that part of his life as well. The art was good, his life well presented, could have been longer and gone deeper but still, for a biographical comic, it did quite a good job! More interesting than I expected! I've learn some interesting things about Lovecraft and the notorious people he knew. Not much on his personal life, but I already knew it and someone who know a bit less about him than I might even learn a bit in that part of his life as well. The art was good, his life well presented, could have been longer and gone deeper but still, for a biographical comic, it did quite a good job!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Harris

    Interest in the idiosyncratic horror works of H.P. Lovecraft appears to be only growing in awareness and popularity in recent years, with the life of the troubled writer himself also being exposed to greater scrutiny (and for good reason). For the most part, though, most biographical accounts sanitize Lovecraft’s more disturbing beliefs and present him as an endearing eccentric with a few unfortunate quirks. This graphic novel biography by Alex Nickolovitch attempts to balance the “warts and all Interest in the idiosyncratic horror works of H.P. Lovecraft appears to be only growing in awareness and popularity in recent years, with the life of the troubled writer himself also being exposed to greater scrutiny (and for good reason). For the most part, though, most biographical accounts sanitize Lovecraft’s more disturbing beliefs and present him as an endearing eccentric with a few unfortunate quirks. This graphic novel biography by Alex Nickolovitch attempts to balance the “warts and all approach” with Lovecraft’s more quirky habits but ends up feeling ephemeral and shallow. While the art style brings the early twentieth century period to life, the comic, following H.P. Lovecraft from 1925 to his death in 1937, was mostly fragmented and unfocused. In attempting to tell the story of the last decade or so of Lovecraft’s life, Nickolvitch goes for a broad overview, touching on some important themes such as Lovecraft’s virulent racism and xenophobia without really confronting them. The dialog throughout often feels stilted and merely expository in nature, though whether this is a result of the translation from the original French or a generally simplistic presentation is unclear. Mostly recounting various anecdotes from Lovecraft’s meetings and correspondence with various friends and acquaintances, including Harry Houdini and Robert E. Howard, much of the comic would seem opaque to those with less knowledge of Lovecraft’s biography. While there is background information on these people in the notes section, I’m not sure if I could even find where certain more obscure acquaintances like Donald Wandrei or Henry McNeil even appeared in the comic. Well, I know where Wandrei shows up, but only because I was aware of the story from other accounts (the time Lovecraft ate all 28 flavors at the local ice cream parlor), but his name does not actually appear in the scene. This accentuates the major issue with this comic, how it jumps from scene to scene lacking much structure, which perhaps is an issue of Lovecraft’s life being generally uneventful. In the end, H.P. Lovecraft: He Who Wrote In Darkness does not really succeed either as an introduction to the writer or as any deeper examination of his life and work.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Stanifer

    This graphic novel adaptation of Lovecraft's life only gives us a slice of who the man was; it is, after all, just over 100 pages. It is, primarily, a look at Lovecraft's WRITING life, with reference to certain key details of his history and his personality (his atheism, the tragic demise of his father, his living circumstances in Rhode Island and in New York, his friendships, etc.). Much of this will make a great deal more sense if the reader is at least passingly familiar with some of the key Lo This graphic novel adaptation of Lovecraft's life only gives us a slice of who the man was; it is, after all, just over 100 pages. It is, primarily, a look at Lovecraft's WRITING life, with reference to certain key details of his history and his personality (his atheism, the tragic demise of his father, his living circumstances in Rhode Island and in New York, his friendships, etc.). Much of this will make a great deal more sense if the reader is at least passingly familiar with some of the key Lovecraft short stories and/or has read an outline of his biography. It is, in other words, not a thorough, academic treatment. HOWEVER . . . It's very entertaining and manages to hit more of the highlights than you might think. For being so short, it's a remarkable tribute to the man and his legacy (for better and for worse). His racism is acknowledged, and so are some of his other hang-ups. But this is also an inspiring tribute to the short stories that are probably the biggest reason we still mention his name in the 21st century. Most of Lovecraft's dialogue is quoted either from his stories or his correspondence (or things he is reported to have said). Several of the stories themselves are quoted, too, and scenes from said stories are portrayed side-by-side with the text. Honestly, it's a pretty impressive achievement. It's obvious quite a bit of research is represented here. Die-hard scholars will find things to nitpick at, I'm sure, but--at the risk of repeating the point overmuch--this packs a great deal of (I believe) accurate AND fascinating information into a relatively small space. If you're interested enough to be reading this review, give it a shot, especially if you're a fan of Lovecraft already. And if you don't know a thing about him yet, this is a pretty accessible start to your adventures in his world. There will be things you don't catch until after you're more familiar with the man and his work, but that's OK.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bertrand

    Enthousiasmant et frustrant à la fois. En effet, j'ai réellement apprécié cette bande dessinée qui s'attarde sur certains épisodes de la vie de Lovecraft. Que ce soit le texte, le dessin ou les couleurs (sublimes), c'est une réussite. Toutefois, je me suis tellement emballé que je suis resté sur ma fin car j'aurai aimé plus de pages. Mais ça, c'est du domaine de la gourmandise... Enthousiasmant et frustrant à la fois. En effet, j'ai réellement apprécié cette bande dessinée qui s'attarde sur certains épisodes de la vie de Lovecraft. Que ce soit le texte, le dessin ou les couleurs (sublimes), c'est une réussite. Toutefois, je me suis tellement emballé que je suis resté sur ma fin car j'aurai aimé plus de pages. Mais ça, c'est du domaine de la gourmandise...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bernard Dy

    I didn't dislike this as much as others that reviewed it but it's not quite as good as I was hoping for. The odd mind of Lovecraft isn't quite revealed, and perhaps given the limitations of historical evidence or a dearth thereof, it isn't possible to know more. There are a few insights into the idea that Lovecraft was racist and perhaps a fan of communist stalwarts, but no explanation as to why. I did find it interesting that as reclusive as Lovecraft could be (not a surprise), he was actually I didn't dislike this as much as others that reviewed it but it's not quite as good as I was hoping for. The odd mind of Lovecraft isn't quite revealed, and perhaps given the limitations of historical evidence or a dearth thereof, it isn't possible to know more. There are a few insights into the idea that Lovecraft was racist and perhaps a fan of communist stalwarts, but no explanation as to why. I did find it interesting that as reclusive as Lovecraft could be (not a surprise), he was actually quite connected to some famous characters of his time. He corresponded regularly with contemporaries like Robert Howard of Conan fame and also the escape artist Houdini (a surprise for those ignorant of these details). The artist of this graphic novel has been trounced in other reviews but I found the art to have a charm of its own, and it matched the melancholy air that seemed to always envelop Lovecraft. I don't regret reading this and I did learn something, just not as much as I'd hoped to.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    I liked this graphic novel well enough. I think that it may make more sense to a Lovecraft devotee than someone who is unaware of Lovecraft's life. I believe that this would be a good item for a Lovecraft collector (As I am) or someone who enjoys his work, outside of that - I can't see anyone else picking this up and getting anything out of it. Lovecraft comes across as a selfish unlikable prick in this and perhaps he was that in person. I'm not one to cast aspersions or seek to malign someone wh I liked this graphic novel well enough. I think that it may make more sense to a Lovecraft devotee than someone who is unaware of Lovecraft's life. I believe that this would be a good item for a Lovecraft collector (As I am) or someone who enjoys his work, outside of that - I can't see anyone else picking this up and getting anything out of it. Lovecraft comes across as a selfish unlikable prick in this and perhaps he was that in person. I'm not one to cast aspersions or seek to malign someone who is not alive to defend themselves. I would think that this would be a good companion piece to several of the more resent biographies that speak to some of the possible skeletons in Lovecraft's very deep closet. The artwork runs from bad to good, with some decent work in between. I say that as someone who could not be a graphic artist to save his life so take that with a grain of salt. Some of the panels are very well executed and some look hashed together. I believe that this can be said of other graphic novels.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ανδρέας Μιχαηλίδης

    This is nowhere near a complete Lovecraft biography - let us get this straight. Instead, it is an almost cinematic glimpse into his years as a writer, some of his more meaningful connections (and loss thereof), as well as a dispelling of some popular myths (with regards to his aunts, for instance). The comic displays Lovecraft in all his magnanimity and pettiness, political warts and everything. It does not try to make sense of or normalize his contradictory behaviors. It does make a human of the This is nowhere near a complete Lovecraft biography - let us get this straight. Instead, it is an almost cinematic glimpse into his years as a writer, some of his more meaningful connections (and loss thereof), as well as a dispelling of some popular myths (with regards to his aunts, for instance). The comic displays Lovecraft in all his magnanimity and pettiness, political warts and everything. It does not try to make sense of or normalize his contradictory behaviors. It does make a human of the weird legend, however. Furthermore, it is rendered in a style ideal for the time period, with vibrant colors and excellent angles in the writer's strange and fantastic vistas. I would very much like to see the Dream Cycle done in this style. The only elements that I find lacking is the fact that actual information is a bit elliptical, and the endnotes definitely needed to be more extensive. All in all, however, this is an accessible glimpse into the real HPL and for that I am grateful.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Victor

    Teniendo en cuenta que lo compre pensando que era un cómic ilustrando historias de HPL y solo trata de su vida (que se podría resumir en antisocial y antisemita) las 3 estrellas son porque esta bien dibujado. Tengo mis dudas de que pueda ser interesante incluso para fans del escritor, quizás alguna anécdota de en que cementerio encuentra inspiración (spoiler el mismo de E.A. Poe) o cameos irrelevantes. En definitiva, que no por que sus libros sean interesantes (que ni lo sé -el drama es que con Teniendo en cuenta que lo compre pensando que era un cómic ilustrando historias de HPL y solo trata de su vida (que se podría resumir en antisocial y antisemita) las 3 estrellas son porque esta bien dibujado. Tengo mis dudas de que pueda ser interesante incluso para fans del escritor, quizás alguna anécdota de en que cementerio encuentra inspiración (spoiler el mismo de E.A. Poe) o cameos irrelevantes. En definitiva, que no por que sus libros sean interesantes (que ni lo sé -el drama es que con este cómic quería adentrarme en su mundo-) tiene que ser merecedor de una aproximación a biografia, como es el caso. Y si lo fuese, aquí no han exprimido nada.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Noa Velasco

    Al margen de que a mí Lovecraft nunca me ha atraído demasiado, esta obra es a grandes rasgos una serie de extractos inconexos de su vida y un acercamiento al escritor y sus relaciones con otras figuras de su época, que aprovechan para un cameo. Sin hilo conductor que lo sustente y sin demasiado interés ni en sus diálogos ni en sus anécdotas, contados en tres o cuatro viñetas, lo mejor de la obra es la calidad artística de las ilustraciones. También sirve para que Lovecraft te caiga peor y para qu Al margen de que a mí Lovecraft nunca me ha atraído demasiado, esta obra es a grandes rasgos una serie de extractos inconexos de su vida y un acercamiento al escritor y sus relaciones con otras figuras de su época, que aprovechan para un cameo. Sin hilo conductor que lo sustente y sin demasiado interés ni en sus diálogos ni en sus anécdotas, contados en tres o cuatro viñetas, lo mejor de la obra es la calidad artística de las ilustraciones. También sirve para que Lovecraft te caiga peor y para que, a cambio, quieras saber más de Robert E. Howard. La edición correcta, buen acabado y pocos fallos (pero protegedlo de la humedad).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    The artwork is miles better than the narrative here, which offers a mere glimpse into the life of H.P. Lovecraft. We see him interact briefly with his estranged wife, Sonia, but never learn why they're estranged. We catch him being in an anti-semitic moment, but the issue is barely explored. Lovecraft's entire youth is encapsulated in two short flashbacks. So, where did this guy get such wild ideas about gods and monsters? No idea. Still, the art is great with vivid colors. And even a glimpse int The artwork is miles better than the narrative here, which offers a mere glimpse into the life of H.P. Lovecraft. We see him interact briefly with his estranged wife, Sonia, but never learn why they're estranged. We catch him being in an anti-semitic moment, but the issue is barely explored. Lovecraft's entire youth is encapsulated in two short flashbacks. So, where did this guy get such wild ideas about gods and monsters? No idea. Still, the art is great with vivid colors. And even a glimpse into Lovecraft's life is pretty interesting. I just wish the author had dug deeper.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Devero

    Una biografia a fumetti di HPL, ben scritta e nel complesso ben illustrata. Certo, poiché la sua vita fu, in fondo, quella di una persona comune nel New England di quegli anni, questo non è certamente un fumetto d'azione. Ma, pur conoscendo già la biografia del Solitario di Providence, ho apprezzato questo volumetto. Non è un capolavoro, e alcuni aneddoti della sua vita restano esclusi, tanto che secondo me sarebbe stato meglio avere due numeri in più (circa 50 tavole) ma va bene anche così. 3 ste Una biografia a fumetti di HPL, ben scritta e nel complesso ben illustrata. Certo, poiché la sua vita fu, in fondo, quella di una persona comune nel New England di quegli anni, questo non è certamente un fumetto d'azione. Ma, pur conoscendo già la biografia del Solitario di Providence, ho apprezzato questo volumetto. Non è un capolavoro, e alcuni aneddoti della sua vita restano esclusi, tanto che secondo me sarebbe stato meglio avere due numeri in più (circa 50 tavole) ma va bene anche così. 3 stelle e mezza.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Kinsella

    Excellent Graphic novel bio that expertly captures Lovecraft's friendships with other writers, his misanthropy and his extreme attitudes towards city living.He comes across an individual that often thwarts himself with his narrow view of himself and others in the publishing world. Vivid art and good recreations of some seminal stories also flesh out the narrative. Excellent Graphic novel bio that expertly captures Lovecraft's friendships with other writers, his misanthropy and his extreme attitudes towards city living.He comes across an individual that often thwarts himself with his narrow view of himself and others in the publishing world. Vivid art and good recreations of some seminal stories also flesh out the narrative.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Martin Polakovič

    Táto útla knižka vyšla aj v českom preklade v nakladateľstve Volvox Globator. Je spojením komiksu a životopisu HPL, krorý je prekladaný úryvkami z jeho najznámejších diel vložených do miest, ktoré ho inšporovali. Pre fanúšikov vzácna a neobyčajná kniha.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adam Šilhan

    Ono je asi těžké na těch pár stránkách předat srozumitelně Lovecraftův život. Spousta věcí vypadá uspěchaně a zmíněně jen proto, že je to prostě potřeba zmínit. Na druhou stranu moc o jeho životě jsem nevěděl, tak to bylo informačně přínosné.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Dante

    Very well-designed work that made me pretty emotional. There were a few typos ("Edgar Allen Poe" and "dairy of my soul") and inconsistencies, as well as some creative liberties (Lovecraft never had servants). Overall, though, I enjoyed this complicated portrayal of Lovecraft with beautiful art. Very well-designed work that made me pretty emotional. There were a few typos ("Edgar Allen Poe" and "dairy of my soul") and inconsistencies, as well as some creative liberties (Lovecraft never had servants). Overall, though, I enjoyed this complicated portrayal of Lovecraft with beautiful art.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tomáš Drako

    Howard P. Lovecraft: Ten, kdo psal v temnotách No, fajn tručný biografický komiks. Kniha nám ukazuje, čo viedlo Howarda k výtvoreniu kultových poviedok/ noviel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Raymond Nakamura

    I have not actually read any Lovecraft though I'd heard of him. If I read some I might get more of the references. I have not actually read any Lovecraft though I'd heard of him. If I read some I might get more of the references.

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