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H.P. Lovecraft to be Honored in Providence, Rhode IslandElder gods be praised! The legendary H.P. Lovecraft is going to be honored with a stellar bronze bust in Providence, Rhode Island, in just a few short months. This delights us to no end. Read on for all of the details!

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This August, 73 years after his death, famed American horror-fantasy author Howard Phillips Lovecraft (At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu) will finally receive a public monument in celebration of his enormous literary legacy in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. The historic Providence Athenaeum Library, founded in 1753, has agreed to accept into its permanent collection a life-size bronze effigy that will be created by sculptor Bryan Moore of Arkham Studios.

“Being a longtime member of the Lovecraft fan community, my goal has always been to make sure that the Old Gent could be memorialized in the form of a statue,” says Moore, who has been sculpting for the film, toy and private collector industry for nearly three decades. “Lovecraft is often overshadowed by his own creations: His monster Cthulhu can be seen everywhere from cake toppers to fuzzy slippers, and he’s influenced everyone from Neil Gaiman to Guillermo del Toro. Yet there are no tributes of any kind to the author in his hometown. Thanks to the Providence Athenaeum Library, we aim to change that.”

Adds Providence Athenaeum Executive Director Alison Maxell, “We are truly grateful for the inspiration, talent and generosity of accomplished artist Bryan Moore. We look forward to receiving the completed bust and officially welcoming ‘The Old Gent’ home. Lovecraft will be in good company – among friends, poets, philosophers and other literary greats. With the Athenaeum’s close proximity to his familiar haunts and with a view from Benefit Street overlooking his beloved city, I like to think he would be pleased as well.”

To raise the $30,000 cost involved in erecting a monument of this size, Moore has launched a public crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter. Thanks to the support of corporate sponsors including Lionsgate Films, Dark Horse Comics, Fearnet and Fangoria Magazine, The H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project is able to offer a variety of exciting incentives for backers to choose from including original art by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, dinner with filmmaker Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond), a VIP experience at the unveiling and even a full size replica of the bust itself.

“Kickstarter was made for projects like this: fundraisers that allow fans to directly take part in the creation and installation of a gift of public work that celebrates the literary legacy of their favorite author,” says Moore. “We will see to it that Lovecraft is never forgotten throughout the ages by coming together and making this fan-based effort a reality.”

The completed bust of H.P. Lovecraft will be unveiled on August 22, 2013, as part of NecronomiCon Providence at the historic Providence Athenaeum Library at 251 Benefit Street. Moore and other members of The H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project will host the unveiling.

“The Providence Athenaeum is pleased to be a part of NecronomiCon Providence this August,” Maxell says. “The excitement here and around the country is building. We believe this event is truly shaping up to be the definitive celebration of H.P. Lovecraft and his beloved Providence.”

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?

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Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.

Yuuko

The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.

Fuchi

The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23

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Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

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​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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Mill Creek Celebrates Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror in February

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Mill Creek Entertainment is kicking off the new year with a couple of collections that have nothing but giving you the shivers on their agenda!  Read on for the details of both Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror!

Shadow Stalkers – February 6, 2018

Let the nightmares begin with this freaky film collection filled with creepy clowns, masked killers, and maniacal murderers.

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Happy Birthday to Me – 1981 – R – Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford
Eyes of Laura Mars – 1978 – R – Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif
Don’t Answer the Phone – 1980 – R – James Westmoreland, Nicholas Worth
Nightmare in Wax – 1969 – R – Cameron Mitchell, Anne Helm, Scott Brady
Bloody Pit of Horror – 1965 – R – Mickey Hargitay
Silent Night, Bloody Night – 1972 – R – Patrick O’Neal, Mary Woronov, John Carradine
Funeral Home – 1980 – R – Barry Morse, Kay Hawtry
Don’t Open Till Christmas – 1984 – R – Edmund Purdom, Belinda Mayne
The Driller Killer – 1979 – R – Abel Ferrara

100 Years of Horror – February 6, 2018

Hosted by Christopher Lee, 100 Years of Horror is the first show of its kind ever produced; it chronicles the history of movie horror from the earliest experimental chillers through the unforgettable golden age of movie monsters and on through today’s terrifying fright films.

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