Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

February Books 29) H.P. Lovecraft's The Haunter of the Dark, by John Coulthart

In H.P. Lovecraft's The Haunter of the Dark, and other Grotesque Visions, John Coulthart provides us with lavishly and horribly illustrated retellings of both "The Haunter of the Dark" and "The Call of Cthulhu", along with pictorial meditations on the Kabbalah envisioned as aspects of the Great Old Ones, with invocations by Alan Moore, who also provides a quite bizarre introduction. Tremendous stuff, and would be a good if not very gentle introduction to Lovecraft for those who don't know his writing.

Purists may complain that Coulthart's depiction of Providence does not look like the real thing at all. This is true, but misses the point: Lovecraft's stories are only weakly rooted in the real details of geography, mainly for local colour, and Coulthart was probably right to create a Providence of his own mind rather than worry too much about what buildings Lovecraft might have known.

Coulthart asks, "Sixty years from now, when Stephen King and James Herbert have gone the way of Dennis Wheatley and Seabury Quinn, will their books still be read as Lovecraft's are today?" He thinks not, and I agree with him.
Tags: bookblog 2009, comics, writer: alan moore, writer: hp lovecraft

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