Giveaway: Secret History of the Necronomicon

January 2nd, 2014 · 33 Comments »

Happy New Year! It’s been a while, but I’m doing a giveaway of Arkay Tilghman’s new ebook: The Secret History of the Necronomicon.

In The Secret History of the Necronomicon, Arkay Tilghman explores the H.P. Lovecraft’s mysterious and controversial work. First, he travels to Egypt, exploring a time and texts which contributed to Alhazred’s work. Then, he moves to the time of Alhazred and how the Templars brought Al Azif from Constantinople into Europe proper. Next, we learn more about the translations of Dr. Dee and Wormius and why Dee’s version was not published in his lifetime. Crossing the Atlantic, he uncovers stories of the Necronomicon in the New World. After a chapter dealing specifically with Lovecraft, Tilghman writes about the Necronomicon today and why we’re unlikely to see and digitized versions of the rare text.

I read and reviewed it while traveling this past weekend:

I find a lot of Lovecraftian stuff touch and go. One of the best parts of this book is definitely that it didn’t attempt to recreate the Necronomicon. Nobody’s done that well. Overall, I enjoyed. Fun read, not terribly long but I got it free from Kindle’s lending library.

Most interesting tidbit: Lovecraft apparently got the timing wrong for Wormius. Wikipedia confirmed. (4 stars)

I have two copies to give away! Right now it’s only in the Kindle store, but Arkay’s offered EPUB formats for this giveaway. Apparently the deal he has with Kindle doesn’t allow for selling on EPUB sites yet.

To enter, just comment below and answer one question–if you found the Necronomicon, what would you do with it?

I’ll pick 2 winners on Sunday around 7pm EDT using random.org.

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Introducing The Double Shadow: A Clark Ashton Smith Project

April 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment »

…because the world needs more weird fiction podcasts. Obviously there’s the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. Last fall, a couple of awesome British guys started an M.R. James “Podcast to the Curious.” And this week, a couple of weird-fic loving friends and I started “The Double Shadow: A Clark Ashton Smith Podcast.” You can subscribe via iTunes or through our regular feed. We also have a Twitter account and a Facebook page for those active on social media.

Why am I Doing It?

Why not Lovecraft? Why when I have grad school? Why with Tim and Phil?

Well, I’m not sure what to say about Lovecraft that isn’t being done on the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast and YSDC. I could talk about Lovecraft & Cthulhu, but I’d really rather do a literary-style podcast about something I enjoy that’s related to my love of Lovecraft.

This is also something I can enjoy doing without an immense time commitment (Tim does the editing) and it doesn’t take a toll on my hands so I can continue getting better. I’m not ready to get back into crafting and I want to keep being a contributing part of the weird fic-loving community.

I first met Tim on Twitter and he invited me to the Delta Green game he was GMing for a group that included Phil. We’ve played Delta Green and D&D a fair amount since. Both guys are as knowledgable or more knowledgeable about weird fic as/than I am (depending on the specific topic), and we started talking about doing this podcast. We’re already used to talking with each other online because that’s how we role-play and I’m really enjoying our recording sessions!

Why Clark Ashton Smith?

Clark Ashton Smith and Robert E. Howard and Lovecraft are the three major weird fiction writers of their era. Lovecraft’s being done already, Howard’s mythos work isn’t freely available, but Smith is a fascinating writer whose stories can be found freely on the Eldritch Dark website.

Some of Smith’s work connects to Lovecraft’s mythos, but Smith wrote in his own settings. We’re starting with Averoigne, a medieval France with a supernatural element. Then we plan to do Zothique (a future-Earth with a dead sun and single continent) and Hyperborea (an ancient Greenland before the ice age). After that, we’ll do Poseidonis (his Atlantean continent) and his stories set in his own time or random times and places.

We’ve put more information about Smith’s life and a list of his Averoigne stories, where we’re starting, on our website, and there’s plenty more about his life (and why him) in the first episode of the podcast!

I have been excited about this for a while now and am really happy with how it’s turned out so far. I hope that some of you who are interested in Lovecraft or who’ve become interested in Lovecraft will consider checking Smith out. And for those already familiar with Smith, perhaps this will give you a chance to become more familiar with his complete works.

(If you’re interested in buying actual editions of his works, Night Shade books has put out some excellent complilations. My only quibble with the e-version is that they don’t have great Table of Contents.)

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Update on my hands and the Cthulhus

November 11th, 2011 · 15 Comments »

I’ve been waiting to write this for a while in hopes that things would sort themselves out or that I could get some kind of timeline. But it’s nearly mid-November now, so I think I really owe an update.

Last summer, I suffered a repetitive motion injury from over-crocheting. That injury is now completely gone, but in August I suffered a far worse hand/arm injury at work. After 3 months, I’m to the point where I can take pain-killers in the morning and do most of my everyday tasks without any difficulties. I’m restricting some of the things I do, but I can type and cook and do most of the things which I was struggling with or unable to do in August.

But I still can’t crochet without pain. The doctor says she expects that level of healing to take longer (and I’m not yet off pain-killers anyway). She’s also disappointed that I’m not healing faster. Sadly, with hands, it’s almost impossible not to use them—especially when you’re a grad student with a full-time job.

I think I will get better. I’m looking at physical/occupational therapy options beyond the exercises my doctor gave me. But I really have no clue whether it’ll be another month or two or six. Or a year. I hope it’ll be less than a year. I really miss crocheting. I want to get back to it. I have all these ideas for Cthulhus. It hurts that I can’t do it. But, for now, I can’t.

When I can, you’ll be the first to know.

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The Complete Works of Lovecraft eBook Now in PDF

August 1st, 2011 · 46 Comments »

A while back, I released a complete works of H.P. Lovecraft eBook in EPUB and Kindle formats. While that works for most people, some had asked for a PDF copy for their computers or other devices. Creating the PDF wasn’t a priority (the stories are all available online and the two version I’ve created can be read on nearly every device, including computers), but it was still something I wanted to get around to. So last weekend, I got it put together.

You can download the PDF here. I’ve set it as a download vs. opening in a browser because it’s a large enough file that it may slow down your browser while loading. Should you want it in your browser or need to download it by right-clicking and saving the link for some reason, try this link instead. The text is the same as the other ebooks. It has a linked table of contents and “Return to Table of Contents” links following each story.

If you have an e-Reader or want to read it on your smartphone, I strongly recommend downloading the EPUB or the MOBI versions instead. The formatting looks fine on a computer and would probably look fine on a tablet, but PDFs simply don’t look as good on e-Readers/phones as EPUBs/MOBIs do. Since the file is about 6x as large as the other ebooks, this also puts more strain on my server. I’m hoping that won’t be an issue—otherwise I’ll have to host the download elsewhere.

As with the other eBook, this is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) (a formalization of the request I initially made, merely putting it into legal terms). The book may be redistributed, torn apart, revised, etc, but please do not sell it. Uploading on your own site for download is fine. If you choose to share or redistribute the book, please give credit to CthulhuChick.com. Basically, you can do anything with it but sell it.

Hope you enjoy!

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