The Anti-Irish Sentiments of H. P. Lovecraft
Nov25

The Anti-Irish Sentiments of H. P. Lovecraft

‘Criminals and Mongrel Wretches’: The Anti-Irish Sentiments of H. P. Lovecraft   From the Chicago ‘Irish American News’, November 2017     Well now, I’m not the better for that!  In fact, I’m almost sorry that I came across this correspondence from 1918/20. You see, I’ve been a lifelong devotee of the writings of Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890 – 1937) of New England.  When I was a schoolboy in the 60s and 70s he was pretty much...

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Nemo: Heart of Ice
Jul10

Nemo: Heart of Ice

Nemo: Heart of Ice     “Sailed from Lincoln [Island] with the morning tide, and a heavy heart.  I am discouraged by the fact that my young wife has lately given birth not to a son and heir, as I had been convinced the gods would surely grant me, but a daughter that she has named Janni, for her mother.  Though she often brings the child to me and tries to make me love her, I cannot, so great has been my disappointment.  Thus I...

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Providence Act 2
Jul10

Providence Act 2

Providence Act 2   “There’s no gettin’ out.  Where I’m from, everything’s like me.” — Brown Jenkin     Seamus, down at Galway’s excellent Sub-City Comics doesn’t overly care for Alan Moore.  And the main reason appears to be Moore’s many depictions of rape in his work.  The writer has explained his reasons for that, but Seamus isn’t buying it. So when I was finished reading Providence Act 1 I was happy to let him know...

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Providence  Act 1
Jun28

Providence Act 1

Providence Act 1   This piece is currently in The Lovecraft eZine   This is an overview and as such contains minor spoilers     “Today began with one of those blue skies that seems so perfect it can only go on to betray you horribly.” – Robert Black’s Commonplace Book   It’s many a long year since I bought an individual comic-book.  In fact it may be decades, more like.  There’s a fair chance that any interesting long run these...

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The Black Monday Murders  Vol. 1
May30

The Black Monday Murders Vol. 1

The Black Monday Murders Vol. 1: All Hail, God Mammon   “If you are going to earn more…if you’re going to earn real money, accumulate real power… then that is done on the backs of others.  Call them workers, call them proles, even call them slaves, I do not care.   Just know it is they who you will sacrifice for your gain.  “We finance culture.  We buy entire nations.  But even that is just manifestation…it’s not real power.  It...

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Star Trek Spock: Reflections
Feb27

Star Trek Spock: Reflections

Star Trek Spock:  Reflections Graphic Novel Collection Volume 04     First appearing in 2009 as a four issue mini-series and released as a graphic novel collection from IDW at the start of the following year, the first thing to say about Spock:  Reflections is that it is an enjoyable read.  And yes, I’ll get to the ‘but’ in a moment. It is written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, with layouts by David Messina and inked by...

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