The Shepard Cafeteria

Wonderful! Thank you so much for this.

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On display as part of the NecronomiCon 2013 exhibitions, a postcard that H.P. Lovecraft sent to Donald Wandrei in 1934, with his own ink drawing overlay and self-portrait. Part of the Brown University collection…


It presumably shows his black writing materials case, seen resting at the foot of the chair. This was commented on by several people in Lovecraft Remembered, but was never photographed only photographed once.

The Shepard Cafeteria postcard as a clean scan…

The Shepard Cafeteria, 122-124-126 Mathewson Street Providence, RI

“[the Mathewson St cafe] was owned by John Shepard [III], “a radio mogul, [who also] owned department stores in Boston and on Westminster Street in Providence.” (Providence, Arcadia Publising, p.93)

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Lovecraftian short film “AM 1200” will be shown on the October 5 “Late Night with Lovecraft eZine”

Thanks, I’m marking my calendar! Looking forward to this.

Lovecraft eZine

As you know, every Saturday night at midnight Eastern time, we video chat about all things Lovecraft.  Well, I have a treat for you: On Saturday, October 5, I’ll be showing the Lovecraftian short film AM 1200!

Unlike all of my other shows, this one will not be recorded.  So if you want to watch AM 1200 for free, you’ll have to tune in at Midnight Eastern time (11pm Central, 9pm Pacific).  Watch the show LIVE at that time, at this link: Current Live Video Chat.

In the meantime… do yourself a favor: Don’t google it.  Don’t watch the AM 1200 trailer.  You don’t want to ruin the experience of watching this movie, because it truly is great.  Here’s all you need to know:

Haunted by recent events and on the run, a man finds himself the unwitting pawn of a possessed evangelical radio station and like…

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The World’s Largest H. P. Lovecraft Audio Links Gateway!

Thank you, Will, for this labor of love.

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This really should be called, “The World’s Largest English Language H. P. Lovecraft Audio Links Gateway!”  But that title, while a bit more truthful, was just too long.  I do apologize though, to those looking for non-English Language links in this Gateway; as the focus here, is on Lovecraft’s actual words, rather than translations.

Lovecraft said it best,

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think,

is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”

But some of us still try!

And that is why this site has been created; to correlate all of the over 1200 known links to audio readings, and dramatizations of H. P. Lovecraft’s works that are freely available to listen to (most with just one click); and to download if desired.

All of these links connect with the files on their original sites, and are not stored here on…

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Azathoth Monument



Thank you to the Miskatonic Books blog for alerting me to the news of a monument to the “god of Chaos which mysteriously appeared yesterday. Their blog entry includes a link to the newspaper article and that site also has a video report from Channel 4, KFOR in Oklahoma.


The plaque on the monument reads:
“In the Year of Our Lord 2012 Creer Pipi claimed this land for Azathoth”


Azathoth” is a fragment and can be read at the H. P. Lovecraft Archive.

Howard Lovecraft thought of writing a novel with that title. In a letter to Frank Belknap Long dated June 9, 1922, he wrote:

“Like you, I am impressed with the futility of all effort–and the only reason I ever read or write anything is that I would be still more miserable if I didn’t. As it is, I am not nearly so active and studious as I was in youth–when I felt that it led somewhere. Nowadays I am active only in order to kill boredom–but that is something. The only legitimate artistic motive is to please oneself–to utter things because they have to be uttered, or because it is by uttering them that one may be most comfortable. Imagination is the great refuge. That is the theme of the weird Vathek-like novel Azathoth, on whose opening pages I have been experimenting. I planned it long ago, but only began work–or play–on it a few days ago. Probably I’ll never finish it–possibly I’ll never get even a chapter written–but it amuses me just now to pretend to myself that I’m going to write it.”


Vathek: An Arabian Tale is a novel by William Beckford which Howard had read during the prior year.

Azathoth is mentioned in four of Lovecraft’s stories: The Dreams in the Witch House, The Haunter of the Dark, The Thing on the Doorstep and The Whisperer in Darkness.

The Challenge from Beyond

As part of its third anniversary issue (September, 1935), Fantasy Magazine commissioned two stories with the same title. One was to be written by science fiction writers (Stanley G. Weinbaum, Donald Wandrei, Edward E. Smith, Harl Vincent and Murray Leinster) and the other to be by authors in the weird genre (C.L. Moore, A. Merritt, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long).

The science fiction story starts out with more promise for me than the weird story. Just the character names–Thaddeus Crabb–now there’s a name for you. The other story starts out with the rather mundane name of George Campbell. Weinbaum begins the science fiction story hilariously with some over-the-top humor which was carried on by Wandrei’s pleasant humor. I enjoyed the humor.

My liking for the two stories even out with the third segments as Lovecraft took over the weird story and E. E. “Doc” Smith began the actual adventure in the science fiction story.

Ultimately, I can’t choose a favorite. Both were fun to discover how each author carried on the plot left for him. The science fiction story was more to my personal taste but the weird story packed more of a punch.

Literary Mentions – A Noble Gift

Howard with Robert and Parents

I love to discover mentions of books and authors in whatever book I’m currently reading.

Here is one from Cemetery Dance

by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston

Pendergast has made a present of rare editions to archivist Wren.

Wren examined the books one after the other. “Hmm. A pre-publication Outsider, with the trial green dustwrapper. Always Comes Evening–he plucked off the jacket to examine the cover–“with the variant spine. And a leather-bound Shunned House . . . containing Barlow’s signature on the front pastedown. Dated Mexico City, not long before his suicide. A remarkable association copy.” Wren raised his eyebrows as he carefully put down the books. “I spoke too rashly. A noble gift indeed.”


Always Comes Evening

Shunned House