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Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon by Dan Clore (book review).

January 17, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon by Dan Clore (book review).

HP Lovecraft liked to use archaic and obscure words, often spelled out in an archaic or at least non-American sort of way. Words such as ‘gibbous’, ‘eldritch’, ‘batrachian’ and ‘cyclopean’ to name but a few. Of course, he didn’t coin these words, but the frequency with which he used them was distinctive and set him […]

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Primal Sources: Essays On H.P. Lovecraft by ST Joshi (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Primal Sources: Essays On H.P. Lovecraft by ST Joshi (book review).

This collection of essays by ST Joshi is essential reading for anyone interested in HP Lovecraft or indeed weird fiction generally. Few critics have written as extensively on Lovecraft as Joshi and this collection reflects that range, jumping widely from topic to topic, though the essays themselves are arranged into three broadly thematic chapters: ‘Lovecraft […]

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Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

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Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

The ‘Wonderful Life With The Elements’ is a clever book with a sophisticated premise. Each of the 103 elements described is characterised as a cartoon person with features such as hair styles and clothing used to denote physical and chemical properties. Supplemental cartoons illustrate other aspects of the element’s nature such as its usefulness to […]

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