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Miskatonic Monday - Joe Lansdale brings The Dunwich Horror to the 21st Century

IDW Publishing recently announced HP Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror, a comic series with a modern take on Lovecraft's timeless short story of terror.

Starting in October, author Joe R. Lansdale and artist Peter Bergting bring to the 21st century audience classic horrors that influenced many prominent authors, most notably Stephen King, who cites Lovecraft as the largest influence on his own writing.

"It's flattering to be working on a Lovecraft project, one of the most influential horror writers of all time," said Lansdale, a seven-time Bram Stoker Award winner.

Originally published in the April 1929 issue of Weird Tales, and set in Dunwich, Massachusets,The Dunwich Horror depicts an eerie story of Wilbur Whateley, a sorcerer's grandson and his search for the Necronomicon, a magical textbook said to hold the powers to open the way for the return of the "Old Ones" to Earth.

"Like many before me, HP Lovecraft's stories have had a great impact on my notion of what fiction can be," said editor Denton J. Tipton. "Helping to bring Lovecraft's work to a new generation of readers is a great honor, as is working with Joe and Peter. The legacy couldn't be in better hands."

Each of the four issues in the HP Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror miniseries will also offer an adaptation of Lovecraft's short story The Hound, by noted Lovecraft historian Robert Weinberg and artist Menton3.

First published in the February 1924 issue of Weird TalesThe Hound tells the cryptic tale of two grave robbers, who take their private collection too far when they dig up the grave of one of their own.

"Lovecraft's story The Hound is horror at its most intense," said Weinberg. "The climax of the story is one you won't forget!"

Also coming in October from IDW Publishing, The Lovecraft Library, Vol 1: Horror Out Of Arkham features terrifying tales by HP Lovecraft, including Herbert West—ReanimatorThe UnnamableThe Colour Out of SpaceThe Dunwich Horror, and The Shadow Over Innsmouth. With art by Menton3 and an introduction by Robert Weinberg, this is one book that horror fans can't do without!

  • HP Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror #1 (of 4) ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in October 2011.


  • The Lovecraft Library, Volume 1: Horror Out Of Arkham ($16.99, 232 pages, full color, hardcover) will be available in stores in October 2011.

Via: IDW Publishing

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