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H. P. Lovecraft , Dan Lockwood

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Oct. 1 2012
A graphic anthology of tales from the renowned master of theeerie. Building on the success of the first volume, it showcases the talents of a new roster of adapters and artists. The anthology includes reflections on the terrible power of art in 'Pickman's Model' and 'The Picture in the House', the ghoulish graverobbing of 'The Hound' and the otherworldly monstrosities which come 'From Beyond'. This collection reveals the nightmare worlds of Lovecraft's imagination, exploring themes of forbidden knowledge and insanity in tale after tale of unsettling horror.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (Oct. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906838437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906838430
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. Dan Lockwood lives in London, England. The various adaptors and artists are from the United States and Europe.

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5.0 out of 5 stars More excellent adaptations of Lovecraft from the UK Oct. 11 2012
By Matthew T. Carpenter - Published on
Selfmadehero is a publisher from the UK that has slowly assembled an impressive catalogue of graphic novels and anthologies. They have been particularly enterprising when it comes to adapting the stories and novels of HP Lovecraft. Last year we saw At the Mountains of Madness and The Lovecraft Anthology Volume I; later this year we are anticipating The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. All of their publications are handsome productions and well worth acquiring. The Lovecraft Anthology Volume II is a bit pricey in the US, listing at $ 19.95, although it is an import and has a generous page count of 128. Editing is by Dan Lockwood, who also did the honors for Volume I. The very attractive cover art is by Fancesco Francavilla, and shows some very hard looking characters who may be cultists or street thugs you don't really want to meet. It sets the mood perfectly. The introduction was by Robert Price and did not do too much for me.

Interestingly, the member of the creative team here who also appeared in Volume I is the editor, Mr. Lockwood. As far as I know these are the only comic book adaptations of these particular stories, except as I note in my comments to follow. My bottom line is that this book is highly recommended.

Pickman's Model - adaptation Jamie Delano, illustration Steve Pugh - Bravo to Mr. Pugh for the wonderful images he created. Much like HPL's prose, most of the ghastly works of Pickman are merely hinted at, leaving it to the imagination of the reader. We instead see the reactions of Thurber and Eliot, and the mad leers of Pickman himself. What a great way to start the book.

The Temple - adaptation Chris Lackey, illustration Adrian Salmon - I was less moved by the adaptation of the Temple, but that's because I like the story less. Mr. Lackey gave us a serviceable script and the stylized art of Mr. Salmon complemented it well.

From Beyond - adaptation David Camus, illustration Nicholas Fructus - From Beyond is another brilliant success for selfmadehero. I loved Mr. Fructus' art and the adaptation was spot on. What a great addition to the growing body of Lovecraftian comics.

He - adaptation Dwight McPherson, illustration Paul Peart-Smith - I liked Dwight McPherson's script well enough but the art left me flat, particularly compared to some of the other stories included here. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't my favorite.

The Hound - adaptation Chad Fifer, illustration Bryan Baugh - Mrs Fifer and Baugh give us a very effective (and pretty gory) version of The Hound. I liked the vivid colors of the amulet and the blood in an otherwise sepia toned tapestry.

The Nameless City - adaptation Pat Mills, illustration Attila Futaki - The Nameless City is a marvelous adaptation of HPL. I give major kudos to artist Attila Futaki and colorist Gerg Cuilhaumond. If it weren't for the inclusion of The Festival, this would have been my favorite.

The Picture in the House - adaptation Benjamin Dickinson, illustration Mick McMahon - The competing version is an adaptation by Steven Philip Jones, illustrated by Wayne Reid for Caliber Comics, available in a graphic novel compilation from Transfuzion Publishing. I don't really recollect the older version. No matter, I think the creative team of Dickinson and McMahon do the story justice. Although the art seem deliberately stylized and unpolished, I actually thought tension developed quite nicely throughout the panels; I was pretty creeped out by the end so hats off to the artists for achieving their goal.

The Festival - adaptation Simon Spurrier, illustration Matt Timson - For me this was the crowning jewel of the issue. The art was effectively atmospheric and the text conveyed the mood of HPL's story perfectly. Anyway, I really like most of HPL's Kingsport stories.

The Statement of Randolph Carter - adaptation Dan Lockwood, illustration Warwick Johnson Cadwell - The main competition for this version is from the old Caliber Comics (available in the graphic novel compilation The Worlds of HP Lovecraft from Transfuzion Publishing), adapted by Steven Philip Jones and illustrated by Christopher Jones. First of all, I have to say, I think this one of HPL's worst stories. Even when I was 13 I thought the punch line was silly. No matter, just as musicians insist on performing Beethoven's juvenilia, so we continue to get riffs on HPL's lesser lights. I didn't care much for either the current version or the older one. The adaptation by Mr. Lockwood is OK enough but the art left me flat.

So of course this is a mandatory purchase for fanciers of Lovecraftian comics and Lovecraftian art. If you avoid graphic novels, let your hair down a little and sample this. I spent a very enjoyable few hours perusing the book and will do so again in a week or so. Bring on Volume III!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Self Made Jan. 11 2014
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I loved the first Lovecraft Anthology. I like this one. And that's mainly because of the stories included; many of which are Lovecraft's older works and a few which I never cared for much, and one I really dislike. Although I will say that in many cases the stunning art, which appealed to me even more so than in the first volume, heightened my appreciation for the material. Included:
~Pickman's Model ~ A well done adaptation of a story I am lukewarm on. But the art which is done by Steve Pugh; holy cracker crumbs! The art gave this story such life and wonder that I found this to be one of the book's highlights. His style fits Lovecraft's writings perfectly in its dark, beautiful realism mixed with the surreal when appropriate.
~The Temple~I had never read this one before and I really enjoyed the story. Adrian Salmon illustrated it and his style (simple linework with heavy suggestive shading; think Hellboy) brings a great atmosphere to the story.
~From Beyond~ This story I have always liked and Nicholas Fructus brings life to a story that some might call unillustratable. Really fantastic work painting the world beyond.
~He~ I really loathe this story. If you are familiar with Lovecraft's life you can tell what inspired it: his hatred of New York City. That's not why I dislike the story, that is for other reasons. I didn't enjoy Paul Peart-Smith's work either. I don't know if my intense dislike of the story influenced my opinion on the art or not, but there you have it.
~The Hound~ I know Howard didn't care for this one, but I bask in its florid language. A story I really love, and probably my favorite in the book. The art by Bryan Bough was right on and so was Chad Fifer's adaptation.
~The Nameless City~ I like the story okay but I felt that the mural and story of the nameless race was too glossed over, as well as were other portions of the tale. But it was illustrated immensely well by Attila Futaki. Great coloring too.
~The Picture in the House~ A decent story and very interesting art by Mick McMahon. Although the end of this story I did not take so literal when reading it, and there seems to be a difference in chronology from the actual story to this. But I might be foolish in thinking the lightning blasting the house was the knife sundering the protagonist's skull.
~The Festival~ Another story, which I just don't care for. A story with a tainted lineage theme like in Innsmouth, but not as well crafted, much simpler and rather dull and even silly. Also, I really didn't care for certain elements of the adaptation. But the art, by Matt Timson, I quite enjoyed.
~The Statement of Randolph Carter~ I know, right? What an odd choice. A very early work of Lovecraft's, very straightforward, almost campy horror. And short too. I for some, reason have always liked this story. But I interpret it as cheesy, and the end line I hear in my head as being belched. You could use stick figures and adapt this thing well, but Self-Made chose Warwick Johnson Cadwell, who's art intrigues the heck out of me. Well done.
So there you have it. If you are a Lovecraft fan then you really should check this out. Self Made is doing wonderful things (Anthology 1 and Statement of Randolph Carter) for us and they deserve appreciation. The only reason I didn't give this a full five was because of the story choice. Also, highly recommended if you love comics and want to get into Lovecraft or see what he is all about. But I'd recommend volume 1 over this for better stories. Not necessarily better art though, but there is no accounting for taste, so who's to say you won't like the work in there better on both counts?
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft fan? Then just buy it! March 2 2014
By Bjork Nut - Published on
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Seriously, don't hesitate. Why are you wasting time reading the reviews? Just buy it already. Artwork and adaptations are well done and do justice to the late great Mr. Lovecraft. So buy it already!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars This one is worth picking up for Pickman's Model, The Temple, and The Festival. Jan. 5 2014
By Fenrix - Published on
This one is worth picking up for Pickman's Model, The Temple, and The Festival.

The Picture in the House is a truly under-rated story, but the adaptation could have been a little more awesome. The woodcuts in the story are from an actual book. I would have loved to have seen the woodcuts used instead of renderings of those woodcuts in the same style as the rest of the comic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great depiction of HPL that usually gets little attention. Sept. 4 2013
By Redmenace - Published on
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As with all this line of Lovecraft adaptions this volume uses a wide variety of art styles to really remarkable effect. This volume goes after some of the lesser known short stories, some of which may have been illustrated before. If you like Lovecraft, by which I mean H.P.'s own words as opposed to his ongoing cultural dissemination and dilution, these should go well on your bookshelf.

I won't recomend it as the first of these volumes to get but if you like the others I imagine you'll find what you liked in them here as well. If you are a beginner I'd say try The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume 1 first. If you are more experienced the single novella volumes like The case of Charles Dexter Ward or At the Mountains of Madness mght suit you better and I think after that I think you'll come back for more.

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