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The Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft: Volume One [Perfect Paperback]

Steve Jones , Octavio Cariello

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18 Jun 2013
A chilling collection of four Lovecraft’s tales adapted by Steve Jones who also adapted Herbert West: Re-Animator. Lovecraft is considered one of America’s most innovative and popular American horror writers. The master of the weird tale during the first decades of the 20th Century until his premature death in 1937, Lovecraft’s distinctive style and canon of work has influenced many authors. Jones takes the classic tales and while remaining true to the source, brings them into the modern age which can sometimes make the horror even more terrifying. These tales are compiled from the Malibu and Caliber comics and are drawn by Octavio Cariello. The four illustrated stories are “The Lurking Fear” where Arthur Monroe explores a sinkhole where bodies are found, savagely torn apart is if by wild animals. “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” shows that the power of the mind is a mysterious thing and when a researcher finds that he and a criminal patient are somehow linked, the effect can go beyond just mysterious. “The Tomb” tells the tale of Jervas Dudley, who is convinced ghosts exist and when he visits the site where his ancestors perished 200 years ago, he might just find out for sure, and the “Alchemist”. For over 600 years the male descendants of the Chabrillane family have all inexplicably perished on their 32nd birthday. Now, the last Count de Chabrillane is about to turn 32. The adaptation of Lovecraft’s tales continues in Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft: Book Two entitled Dagon and Other Tales.

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STEVE JONES is the editor of the H.P. Lovecraft anthology Reanimator: Tales of Herbert West and author of two novels, King of Harlem and Bushwhackers, the fantasy novella “The Sceptre” (co-created with Barb Jacobs). His fiction, non-fiction, and reviews have been published by Malibu Graphics, Caliber Comics, Mystery Scene Magazine, and Sundragon Comics. His comic book credits include the original series Nightlinger and Street Heroes 2005, adaptations of the 1985 film Re-Animator and Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, and licensed stories for Invaders from Mars and Alien Nation. OCTAVIO CARIELLO has balanced his artist career with his pursuit of a medical career. With excursions into the fields of architecture and theatre, Octavio has managed to find a multitude of ways to express his artistic expressions. Octavio established himself with work from Caliber, Malibu, Marvel, DC, and Innovation. In addition to his work on Green Lantern, H.P. Lovecraft, he was also the artist on the licensed title of Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned. In 1997, Octavio was one of the founding members of the art school known as The Comics Factory. The Comics Factory was also an art studio and provided a number of illustrations for American comic companies in addition to others around the world. Octavio’s brother, Sergio, has established himself as a top artist in American comics who got his start also with a Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft story (Dagon appearing in Volume Two).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptations of HPL for comics 22 Mar 2010
By Matthew T. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
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The Worlds of HP Lovecraft, Volume One, is a graphic novel compilation of some comics originally from the early 1990s, and reprinted back in 1997. I was finally able to track down original publication dates on the author's website ([...]).

Here are the contents, with the artists:
The Lurking Fear (Lovecraft in Full Color 1991)
The Tomb (Lovecraft in Full Color 1992)
The Alchemist (Lovecraft in Full Color 1992)
Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Lovecraft in Full Color 1992)

Tranfuzion gives us their usual handsome production. It costs $15.99 with no discounts, and has 112 pages. Octavio Cariello was the artist for all of these issues. For the most part I liked his work without being blown away. I would have liked Mr. Jones to take on some of HPL's more major works, but at the time these were created there were still major copyright concerns with the stories with Arkham House. Mr. Jones solicited help from renowned HPL scholar ST Joshi in selecting stories with no such limitations, so I guess we have to be grateful for what was available. I liked the the tip of the hat to Mr. Joshi on the first page of The Lurking Fear. As far as the stories go, I found the adaptations to be faithful to the originals. My favorite was easily The Alchemist, a not so hot story by HPL but brought vividly to life here. I also thought the team did a good job with The Lurking Fear, particularly the image of the fate of Arthur Munroe, a scene which I found very scary when I first read HPL's story > 30 years. I was less impressed by Beyond the Wall of Sleep but maybe the source material has something to do with that.

For these particular stories there is no real competition for comic book style adaptations. Even if there were, I think The Worlds of HP Lovecraft would hold up pretty well. These are by no means substitutes for the original texts but I certainly enjoyed them. Maybe some day Mr. Jones will persuade an artist to take on his unpublished adaptation of The Doom That Came to Sarnath.
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