Sci-Fi Art Now contributor Lee Moyer has provided the art for a superb new documentary about the life of author HP Lovcraft, the forefather of modern horror fiction who has inspired such writers as Stephen King, Robert Bloch and Neil Gaiman.
The influence of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos can be seen in film (Re-animator, Hellboy, and Alien), games (The Call of Cthulhu role playing enterprise), music (Metallica, Iron Maiden) and pop culture in general.
But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature’s most far-reaching mythologies? What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods?
Written and directed by Frank H. Woodward, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown is a chronicle of the life, work and mind that created these weird tales as told by many of today’s luminaries of dark fantasy including John Carpenter (The Thing), Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Neil Gaiman (Coraline), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Caitlin Kiernan (Daughter of Hounds) and Peter Straub (Ghost Story).
“This isn’t just a documentary about HP Lovecraft, but interviews with many of the smartest minds in horror,” Lee enthuses, “including a couple people I’m working with even now – the formless and formidable Paul Komoda and that fabulous fabulist Caitlin R. Kiernan.”
With a haunting soundtrack, it’s an excellent overview of Lovecraft’s life and influence and well worth checking out.
Lee provided both cover and interior artwork for the DVD release.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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