LOVECRAFTIAN COVENS by Franklyn Searight: Cthulhu Mythos delights!

ImageCover Artwork by Allen Koszowski. Cover design by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen.

Things are really moving forward here at H. Harksen Productions. This post is about the latest book published by me, only a few days ago. Other important updates will follow in the days to come:-)

I am exceedingly proud to announce that the Cthulhu Mythos pulp horror collection by Franklyn Searight, Lovecraftian Covens, can now be purchased via my Lulu Store. (It will, eventually, appear on Amazon as well, but not the first month or two.) Not only is it a superb collection of weird tales but it also features artwork by the amazing artist Allen Koszowski.

Here’s the blurb:

Two Correspondents In A Race To Save the World … and More Thrilling Horrors!

“Herein, you’ll meet a psychotic school teacher, the lineal descendent of Keziah Mason and obedient servant of mindless Azathoth; a group of youngsters attempting to bring about the return of Yog-Sothoth; a famed, bodiless detective who foils the devotees of Shub-Niggarath; Alan Hasrad on his cosmic odyssey and interview with the King in Yellow; a sentient altar awaiting the return of Tsathoqqua; Holmes and Watson investigating a severed tentacle the strangest Indian warrior you’ve ever seen, who has absolutely no sense of humor; Alan and his plan to summon the Warder of Knowledge; a rather nasty ex-con who unhappily meets the followers of Nyarlathotep.

“To round out these wicked and oft times dryly amusing morsels is Menace at Devil Reef, a lengthy novelette in which you’ll share the adventures of two of the most improbable characters ever to scamper through the pages of a Lovecraftian Mythos story.”

Franklyn Searight is the son of Richard F. Searight, Weird Tales author, inventor of the dreadful Eltdown Shards, and correspondent of H. P. Lovecraft.

(End of blurb.)

Now, doesn’t that sounds wonderful? I know, I know, I am biased — in so many ways — but I am also “just” a reader of the Mythos, and these stories honestly delighted me.

If this has caught your curiosity, you can purchase it straight from my  Lulu Store

The next days will see me post on other new, exciting things happening. Incl. a very special offer to Danish residents.

Stay tuned.

 

» In Praise of Horror that Horrifies The Teeming Brain

http://www.teemingbrain.com/2013/01/21/in-praise-of-horror-that-horrifies/

While we’re waiting for me to write a post, here’s a link to an interesting blog post on why the best horror should horrify and not simply be gory, shocking and disgusting.

An excellent piece by Richard Gavin over at The Teeming Brain:-)

Writing

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I also write, as some of you know. Here’s a picture from last week of me writing my latest wee tale, “The Strange Franco Santanarium de Marco.”

I’ve had some trouble uploading to my lulu account but next week should see the publication of Searight’s wonderful ride, LOVECRAFTIAN COVENS, with artwork by Allen Koszowski Stay tuned:-)

A LOOK BEHIND THE DERLETH MYTHOS: THE ORIGINS OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS by John D. Haefele

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Cover designed by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, 2012

 

It is high time for the myths to be corrected, for the facts of biography and the common sense of new perspective to shine a new light on Derleth’s role as an author of Mythos fiction, the genre that he helped to create. As a writer in this tradition, I devour books about the Mythos. The book you now hold in your hand is the finest such book that I have ever read.

-From the preface by W. H. Pugmire

 

Setting the record straight. For decades critics have portrayed August Derleth as an intractable, foolish and at times even villainous man, tainting his legacy in the history of the modern weird tale.

A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos: Origins of the Cthulhu Mythos contains new, comprehensive scholarship, and with sharp arguments and solid evidence John D. Haefele dismisses the criticism and demonstrates why it is time to re-establish Derleth’s reputation, why it is time to acknowledge him as one of the greatest; a multi-faceted, prodigious and extraordinary writer and bookman.

Ground-zero of the controversy are Derleth’s “posthumous collaborations” with H. P. Lovecraft, involving his pastiches and the debate concerning the Cthulhu Mythos vs. the Derleth Mythos. All this, and much more, John D. Haefele looks at and engagingly analyzes. With surprising, yet convincing, results.

It is time to set the record straight.

A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos: Origins of the Cthulhu Mythos belongs on the shelf between Lin Carter’s A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos and S. T. Joshi’s The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos.

Close to 400 pages, including  illustrations of rare books and publisher’s ephemerae. A must for anyone interested in Lovecraft, Derleth, Arkham House and the history of the modern weird tale. Preface by one of today’s finest Mythos writers, W. H. Pugmire.

John D. Haefele took up his pen in 2005 to write specialized bibliographical articles for fantasy aficionados, which appear in The Cimmerian, Lovecraft Studies, Nameless, Weird Fiction Review and else-where. In 2009, H. Harksen Productions published his monograph: August Derleth Redux: The Weird Tale 1930-1971. John also edited August Derleth on the Subject of H. P. Lovecraft (2009) and Comics in America by August Derleth (2011). Underway is: Derleth Demythologized: H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth and Arkham House Publishing.

John is a long-time member of the H. P. Lovecraft amateur journalist association Esoteric Order of Dagon. More recently, John accepted the invitation to join Wisconsin’s venerable Allied Authors to explore fiction-writing — his only completed piece of fiction thus far (a short story that takes place in the same “world” as a novel underway) is slated for Dark Fusions: Where Monster Lurk, edited for PS Publishing by Lois Gresh.

John is married and lives in a home visited often by grandchildren and governed by black cat Spooker who tolerates a dog named Lucy.

 

You can buy it here. It will also be available in large online retailer stores, like Amazon.com, but that takes a little longer to arrange. So why wait?;-)