“We enjoyed them even more than we did the first time around” – Lovecraft by INJ Culbard

lovecraft culbard volumeLovecraft collects the four volumes previously issued separately: The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow Out of Time in one mega, doorstep 520-page volume. Here’s what we had to say about each one…

dream quest culbardThe Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath: Excerpt: “Unpublished in his lifetime and part of what is famously known as the Dream Cycle (over 20 works of varying length written between 1918 and 1932, concerning a vast alternate dimension that can be entered through dreams, which includes both works that INJ Culbard has previously adapted graphically for Self-Made Hero – such as At the Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward – and works featuring Randolph Carter, who is the hero of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath), the latest HP Lovecraft graphic novelisation might just be the wildest ride yet (and seemingly indicative of a surge of wild, out there, quest-y graphic novels Self-Made Hero are publishing at the moment, such as Frederik Peeter’s epic 1234 volume Aama).”

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward: Excerpt: “Where Alan Moore is interested in making his readers sweat (“don’t get the reference? read the books, ignoramus!”), Culbard is keen to make sure you get what is going on and so has Willett explain the various twists and turns at certain key points, which may feel either a relief or be too heavy-handed depending on your view.”

at the mountains of madness culbardAt the Mountains of Madness: Excerpt: “For the uninitiated, At the Mountains of Madness is a horror tale in the vein of John Carpenter’s The Thing (and I say that in the full knowledge that there must be at least a couple of dozen reviews of John Carpenter’s The Thing that say it’s a horror tale in the vein of HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness): an expedition to the wasteland of the Antarctic (written in the days when that would have been thought impossible) that results in horror, death and a long frozen world of alien intrigue.”

shadow out of timeThe Shadow Out of Time: Excerpt: “The latest HP Lovecraft story to be adapted by INJ Culbard for Self-Made Hero is The Shadow Out of Time, a novella which was first published in a 1936 edition of Astounding Stories. As with The Case of Charles Dexter Ward… the story concerns possession, of a sort, and madness and is related via ancient arcane book lore, letters and conversations, audacious non-linear narrative leaps and nods and winks to other HP Lovecraft stories (Dyer, for example, from At The Mountains of Madness pops up in The Shadow Out of Time).”

Any Cop?: Having re-read all four of these books in light of the Lovecraft reissue, we just hope that Culbard is busy reworking more Lovecraft for the future.





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