Dagon illustrated by Alice Duke had very trippy but cool art as well. I did not read many of Lovercraft's short stories in my life but the ones I did that appear in this 120 page graphic collection of his stories, it was spot 4. Considering the difficulty of abridging a short story to fit inside a comic format is trying, but admirably well done by the authors. Unfortunately, the art is saddled with the adaption and, though visually appealing, it is difficult for the dark beauty of the art to overcome the poor adaptions. This graphic novel version still a visual medium sidesteps this issue, focusing on what horror it does to the plants, animals and, especially, people.
There are a bunch of different styles on display here, and surprisingly I liked them all. Each entry has been adapted by a different author and illustrated by a different artist. Featuring collaborations between established writers and artists as well as debut contributors, The Lovecraft Anthology Vol. Lovecraft is a name you are very familiar with. But, something nagged at me and I tried again and lo and behold the Cthulhu Mythos opened up his world for me and my admiration and addiction grew! That having been said, Lovecraft had some rather is an author I have very complicated feelings towards.
But this is a comics adaptation. Volume One collects 7 Lovecraft short stories. Each post maps a new story from Lovecraft's oeuvre, diving deep into classical world mythologies, tarot, and the Cthulhu Mythos woven into each tale. The standard is high throughout and well known stories are imbued with the appropriate level of fear and menace. Let yourself drift into that other world; the place where the author controls your vision. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. The best art for me was by Alice Duke Dagon and Leigh Gallagher The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
A few of the stories have no dialogue at all. I enjoyed the illustrations for several of the pieces and I approved of the stories picked for adaptation but I feel that if I had been unfamiliar with any of them I likely wouldn't have understood what was happening. Lovecraft tends to get a different reception depending on who you talk to. Artists who work with shadows and dark material. The colle I was given this as a present for Christmas, As my family know of my love and addiction for H. A graphic anthology of tales from the renowned master of the eerie. The most successful stories in this anthology recognize this, boiling the text down to its core and then allowing the visuals to hint at the horror rather than presenting it in detail, and allowing our imaginations to fill in the rest.
Just as a recap as I don't feel the need to do individual reviews for every story, here are all the graphic adaptations in this collection from favorite to least favorite: The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Dagon, The Call of Cthulhu, The Rats in the Walls, The Colour out of Space, The Haunter of the Dark, and the Dunwich Horror. The rest are not awful but, stylistically, they are best suited for bizarre horror stories. It is extremely rare that an editor doesn't at least hamper, if not ruin, their own anthology by including their own work therein. There are seven stories, all illustrated by different artists and the different styles really appealed to me. But one of my favorite Lovecraft stories ever The Shadow Over Innsmouth was ruined by the writing and the artwork. While I enjoy the concepts behind his stories for the most part, there is the trouble of his overly vague and altogether sloppy writing to overcome.
This would have been fine, had they intended it. If you ever wanted a horror story that will slowly raise the hairs on the back of your neck and make you wary of the darkness, The Lovecraft Anthology is an excellent adaptation of a master of horror. I believe this one, out of all of them, was the most beautifully done while being hella freaky! This is a highly enjoyable anthology of major Lovecraft works adapted and realized by noted professionals in the graphic novel and comic book fields. What can you say about these books - well to be honest if you know the works of H P Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos then you pretty much have the contents of this and its companion volume incredibly called Volume 2 The contains retellings of some of the most iconic stories of Lovecraft and yet seeing them given life on the page by some of the most talented and famous comic book artists has lent them a new life I totally was not expecting. The words, of course, are beautiful. I of course did not do this and read them all in one sitting. If a comic, the adaptation could have trusted the illustrations to tell the story more, and created more dynamic and potential in those illustrations.
I am not saying that these artists used in the anthology are bad artists, but the style of Mark Stafford, David Hartman, and I. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity. If you haven't read the original Shadow Over Innsmouth story. I blame its failure on the adaptation, not the source material. In fact, I mean quite the opposite. Every story in the book had altogether too much narration. Every story in the book had altogether too much narration.
These illustrations you see here might just be the closest we can get to Lovecraftian imagery. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. Solid combination from a writer to watch. Embrace the darkness, the haunts of the shadows that surround you. Yet The Color Out of Space was particularly good. Considering the difficulty of abridging a short story to fit inside a comic format is trying, but admirably well done by the authors.