A Folio Society limited edition
Illustrated by Dan Hillier
Preface by Alan Moore
This new limited edition features an exclusive signed print by Dan Hillier, while the book lurks within a striking solander box. Limited to 750 copies. One per customer.
For three-quarters of a century, the horrors of Howard Phillips Lovecraft have wound their tentacles through American literary and popular culture. This highly anticipated edition of his most influential short fiction, strictly limited to 750 copies, stands as a new landmark in the long history of Lovecraftian illustration and publishing.
Housed in a sea-green and purple duotone solander box, the volume is pitch black down to its very page edges, intended to rival even the forbidden tomes of Lovecraft’s cursed libraries. The binding is embossed with a gold device and astral symbol, akin to the ancient hieroglyphs used to summon his ancient god monsters. Inside, each of acclaimed artist Dan Hillier’s six mesmerising artworks is paired with a unique mandala-esque design. A signed print, created exclusively for the limited edition by the artist, is also included.
In a brilliant new preface, written for The Folio Society, author Alan Moore traces his own – and the literary canon’s – troubled relationship with ‘Providence’s paranoiac prophet’ and unearths a writer ‘more subtly insidious and more magnificently visionary… than the one that you remember or anticipate’.
‘The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown’
H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island. He left school without attaining a diploma but showed an early enthusiasm for the written word. He first appeared in print in 1906 in The Providence Sunday Journal when he wrote a letter to the editor on astronomy – one of his great passions. In 1923 several of his short stories were accepted by Weird Tales, the same magazine that would first publish ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ in 1928. Lovecraft went on to write further other-worldly and existential horror stories which would form part of the ‘Cthulhu Mythos’ and secure him a prominent place among twentieth-century horror writers. He died in 1937.
Alan Moore, born in Northampton in 1953, is a writer, performer, recording artist, activist and magician. His comic-book work includes Lost Girls (2009) with Melinda Gebbie, From Hell (1991) with Eddie Campbell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (for which he won a Bram Stoker Award in 2000) with Kevin O’Neill. He has worked with director Mitch Jenkins on the Showpieces cycle of short films and on forthcoming feature film The Show, while his novels include Voice of the Fire (1996) and his current epic Jerusalem (2016). He lives in Northampton with his wife and collaborator Melinda Gebbie.
S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited Lovecraft’s collected fiction as well as some of Lovecraft’s essays, letters and miscellaneous writings. Among his critical and biographical studies are The Weird Tale (1990), Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995) and H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996).
Joshi is also an assembler of anthologies, having compiled Documents of American Prejudice (1993) and In Her Place: A Documentary History of Prejudice against Women (2006). He edited Lovecraft’s The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001) and wrote The Assaults of Chaos: A Novel about H. P. Lovecraft (2013).
Dan Hillier is a London-based artist. His work has been shown in galleries as diverse as the Louvre in Paris, the Saatchi Gallery in London and Turin’s Natural History Museum. He has also collaborated with others, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London in 2016, UK band Royal Blood for their eponymous number-one selling album in 2014, and providing the covers for Neil Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors and Anansi Boys in 2008.
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