Monday, May 23, 2011
A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P.L.
As marvelous as Centipede Press's Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King was, A Lovecraft Retrospective excels it in every way. The text, while dry and not terribly insightful, is more cogent and less error-ridden; the range of artists and styles is, given Lovecraft's longer history, deeper; and the overall quality and wow-factor of the art is greater. The book itself is even slightly larger. (And the price tag is higher.) This is not a book to be flipped through once and then set back on the shelf; it's an artifact to be returned to again and again, allowing the disturbing, evocative images to penetrate deeper and deeper into the mind, until you've been warped permanently.