Book List: Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft

Book List: Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft

As everyone likes a good ghost story at Christmas, Alex Fitch chairs a panel discussion on H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, the two American heavyweights of classic horror and fantastic literature, with contributors including novelists China Miéville and Denise Mina, and illustrators Mark Stafford and Alice Duke. 2011 is the 85th anniversary of Lovecraft’s seminal story The Call of Cthulu, the 80th anniversary of the character first appearing in another writer’s fiction (Robert E. Howard’s The Black Stone) and the 170th anniversary of the publication of The Murders in the Rue Morgue. The panelists discuss the influence of Lovecraft on genre fiction plus the use of the iconography of Poe in Goth culture and detective literature. (Recorded at the British Film Institute as part of this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON festival).
Also contains a preview of Panel Borders’ Lovecraft season featuring I.N.J. Culbard, Alan Moore, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.

Alex Fitch, Alice Duke, China Mieville, Denise Mina and Mark Stafford at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Fia Eamónn Wahlin

Alex Fitch, Alice Duke, China Mieville, Denise Mina and Mark Stafford at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Fia Eamónn Wahlin

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other formats you can download / stream, please visit the home of this episode at

Links: China Mieville / Denise Mina / Alice Duke / Mark Stafford websites
Wikipedia pages on H.P.Lovecraft, Cthulu and Lovecraftian horror
Edgar Allan Poe and Poe in popular culture
Download works by H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe
Info about Self Made Hero’s Lovecraft and Poe anthologies

Recommended events:

Laydeez do comics, December 2011

In the last LDC of 2011, Laydeez curators Nicola and Sarah talk about their work and how it has evolved since the first LDC meeting in 2009 + a couple of designers talk about their comics.

Rachel Abrams, designer and writer, Brooklyn NY
Sarah Lightman, artist, curator and researcher
Marcia Mihotich, graphic designer and illustrator
Nicola Streeten, illustrator and author of graphic memoir Billy, Me & You

Recommended Read:
Billy, Me & You by Nicola Streeten, published by Myriad Editions

Monday 5 December
Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm
Venue: The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

Comics Gosh!p

Another monthly event, in which hosts Mike Medaglia and Mark Haylock pick a ‘mainstream’ and small press comic to discuss in this free reading group in Gosh Comics!, Soho

This month they’re looking at “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud and John Miers‘ treatment of The Tower of Babel in his book “A Collection of Comics”
All books will be available at Gosh! and you can read ‘The Tower of Babel’ online (however the book is really nice to have!)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Time: 19:00 until 21:00
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F ODR

More info: