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Edited: Mar 7, 2012, 1:22pm Top

Not exactly off topic, but the types of articles that might have interested the Weird Tales circle, had they been able to gaze into the future...

I'll start things off with a bit of weird biology (imagine this thing with TEETH):


And, courtesy of Paradoxosalpha:

"On the cryptozoological front, there's been a lot of yeti business lately!"


Oct 19, 2011, 3:42pm Top

Today's top news story sounds like it could have been the result of a revelation to the animal "farmer" about the return of the Old Gods and imminent extinction of humanity.

Oct 19, 2011, 3:50pm Top

>3 paradoxosalpha:

It was gamma rays that caused 'ol man Thompson to crack!

Sad about the animals, though. Latest reports have only a monkey and a wolf remaining at large.

Oct 19, 2011, 7:16pm Top

paradoxosalpha: Thinks for the dark mater tip. Yeah, I check physorg.org regular like too. Indication besides its gravitational influence is very cool.

Now about that mutant cyclops shark: Thanks for bringing up a bad memory. Several of those things chased me around the pool at the Super-8 motel in New Orleans when I was little. ...okay not really, but my mind just went there...it seems to do that more and more these days...

Oct 24, 2011, 1:55pm Top

Oct 24, 2011, 3:55pm Top

>7 paradoxosalpha:

4-inch xenophyophores! Amoebae are not supposed to be 4 inches! Dreadful thought - these pseudo-shoggoths are not limited to the Marianas trench and do grow even BIGGER in the Peru-Chile Trench of the Nazca Plate, just off the coast of Bolivia, home of Uturuncu. Guess what is actually filling up that "rapidly inflating volcano"? Lava and poisonous gases may be the least of humankind's troubles if that volcano erupts!

Oct 24, 2011, 4:05pm Top

"The identification of these gigantic cells in one of the deepest marine environments on the planet opens up a whole new habitat for further study of biodiversity, biotechnological potential and extreme environment adaptation," said Doug Bartlett, the Scripps marine microbiologist who organized the expedition.
Yeah, that's what the Old Ones thought, too. Good little slave shoggoths.

Note also the remarks about super-deep jellyfish. After reading a number of articles like this one, I've started to wonder if the Dreaming God's beard of tentacles is really of the cephalopod sort.

Edited: Oct 24, 2011, 5:31pm Top

>9 paradoxosalpha:

Good god, man! The glaring lack of "Uturuncu Lives!" t-shirts and bumper stickers leads me to suspect that we are the only humans who know about this! I feel f-f-f-funny....

Edited: Nov 7, 2011, 8:46am Top

This story has a bit of a Robert Bloch-type feel:

Police: Russian man kept 29 dead bodies at home

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a man who kept 29 mummified bodies at his apartment and dressed them up like dolls.

Ministry spokesman Valery Gribakin said Monday that the suspect from the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod dug up the bodies at several cemeteries in the region. The man, whose identity was withheld, dressed them in clothes dug up from the graves.

Gribakin said that the suspect is a historian who has authored several books. He said the arrest followed a police probe into the desecration of graves in the region, which was initially blamed on extremist groups. Nizhny Novgorod is located about 250 miles (400 kilometers) east of Moscow.

Russian media reports quoted police as saying that the man only had selected the remains of young women for his grisly collection.


Nov 7, 2011, 12:36pm Top

Less "news" and more "the more things change, the more they stay the same", but nevertheless an all-time favorite H.P. Lovecraft quote:

"As for the Republicans — how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical 'American heritage'…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead."

Letter to C.L. Moore (August 1936), quoted in H.P. Lovecraft, a Life by S.T. Joshi, p. 574

Nov 7, 2011, 12:47pm Top

>12 artturnerjr:

A while back, someone asked here if that was a real HPL quote. In actuality, the so-called "Republicans" and "Democrats" we have today are light-years removed from those of Lovecraft's time.

Nov 7, 2011, 1:11pm Top

>13 KentonSem:

Do you really think so, Kenton? Certainly the Dems have moved to the right since HPL's time (at least in terms of their relationship to corporate interests), but I don't really see a radical change in the Republicans since then.

Edited: Nov 7, 2011, 1:51pm Top

>14 artturnerjr:

I know better than to go too deeply into this, but I'll say that from a neutral vantage point, both political parties now seem truly meaningless the moment you go beyond surface differences, as they are both owned and controlled by the same corporations and special interest groups.

HPL's attack is wonderfully vicious, though, isn't it?

Nov 7, 2011, 2:31pm Top

>15 KentonSem:

Agreed and agreed. I would love to see Moore's response to that; I wonder if it includes the phrase, "Yes, but tell me how you REALLY feel about Republicans, Howard." :D

Nov 17, 2011, 10:56am Top

Latest discoveries regarding the Mountains of Madness!
  • Two camps (N & S) were established deep in the Antarctic interior around the plateau region known as Dome A
  • Aircraft used radar to detect ice thickness and layering, and mapped the shape of the deeply buried bedrock
  • The planes also conducted gravity and magnetic surveys to glean more information about the mountains' structure
  • By listening to seismic waves passing through the range, scientists could probe rock properties deep in the Earth
  • The Gamburtsev range is totally hidden by ice. In some places that ice covering is more than 4,000m thick
  • A key quest was to find a location to drill ancient ice - ice made from snow that has accumulated over a million years
  • The oldest ice drilled so far comes from a location known as Dome C. It records climate conditions 800,000 years into the past

Nov 17, 2011, 11:04am Top

How could those mountains be over one billion years old when the Earth is only 6,000 years old. :-)

That's a great picture of the camp. It really makes the area look bleak.

Edited: Nov 30, 2011, 8:53am Top

New "soft" robots modeled on squid and starfish: Where's my flying car shoggoth servitor, dammit? We were promised flying cars shoggoth servitors!

ETA: technical specs, video!

"Pretend to act shocked that the development of this robot has been funded by DARPA, and then start exercising your imagination as to what could be done with an indestructible, unstoppable, squishably soft little robot."

Nov 30, 2011, 10:21am Top

>19 paradoxosalpha:

Please, do not let a shady government agency weaponize those things and then "accidentally" let them loose!

Nov 30, 2011, 6:55pm Top

#20 Don't worry. They were obviously designed for the sex industry. Make love; not war!

Edited: Nov 30, 2011, 7:23pm Top

>21 pgmcc:

Sure to be a hit among the ever-growing base of tentacle erotica fans:


(I provide the link for those of you who think this is a put-on, which is what I thought it was when I first heard about it.)

Edited: Dec 1, 2011, 12:04pm Top

I'm happy to say I managed to grab a few issues of Cthulhu Sex magazine before it folded went under.

But seriously (?) ... "Don't worry"? Do you really suppose that the erotic capacities of shoggoths make them less formidable?

Nov 30, 2011, 8:04pm Top

I have no doubt that the profoundly asexual HPL would be completely mortified by the turn this thread has taken. :D

Edited: Dec 8, 2011, 3:18pm Top

Ancient and creepy.

There's a great Cambrian room in the paleontology exhibit at the Field Museum, where they have rear-projection video animation playing on screens that surround the room. It's like being on the deck of a spaceship that's landed on a planet teeming with alien life. I particularly recall the Anomalocaris, and they were scary even without the eyes.

Dec 8, 2011, 3:11pm Top

>26 paradoxosalpha:

That exhibit sounds great. Here's the likeness of the "super predator" Anomalocaris:

Dec 8, 2011, 4:07pm Top

Hey, looks like we could bring all these lovely things back to life.


Dec 13, 2011, 6:03pm Top

Gosh, it'd be refreshing if the Saudi Arabian government stopped living in the 17th century and came to join us in the 21st, wouldn't it?


Edited: Jan 6, 2012, 1:22pm Top

"Nightmarish ‘supersoldier’ ants with huge heads and jaws have been created by activating ancient genes."


What's next, THEM!?!?!?

Jan 8, 2012, 9:29am Top

>32 KentonSem:

"Supersoldier", eh? Will they be wearing tiny Captain America uniforms as well? :D

Jan 8, 2012, 12:35pm Top

>33 artturnerjr:

Art, even scarier- a bobble-army of tiny Captain Americas with giant heads!

Jan 27, 2012, 4:08pm Top

#35 paradoxosalpha

Fascinating. I have a poster of the Wasa over my desk. My wife brought it back from Sweden as a gift in the 1980s.

I'm intrigued to see what the discover when the go back later in the year.

Edited: Jan 29, 2012, 11:41pm Top


Ladies? Gentlemen? This really isn't a good idea. The real reason the government discontinued SETI wasn't due to a lack of funding. In front of each of you is a packet of papers you'll want to familiarize yourselves with. The first document you'll see is authored by a Mr. Francis Thurston of Boston, first published in a periodical known as Weird Tales
in 1928. It concerns his discovery of notes left behind by his granduncle, a Prof. George Angell of Brown University. I think you'll find the piece... very interesting...

Feb 7, 2012, 4:08pm Top


My Other Reader expressed concern about Silurians, but I expect Vostok to be the abode of things altogether less anthropoid.

Feb 23, 2012, 9:19am Top

Fugates of Kentucky: Skin Bluer than Lake Louise


Feb 23, 2012, 9:23am Top

> 39

I once knew a fellow who had been using colloidal silver as some sort of quack health treatment and made himself seriously blue-hued.

Feb 23, 2012, 9:28am Top

> 40

Evangeline Walton was blue from the same treatment, but it was involuntary in her case. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangeline_Walton

Edited: Feb 23, 2012, 10:09am Top

I won't say "Blue Fugates of Kentucky"! Arrgh - sorry!


The explanation in the article reminded me just a bit of one of the backwoods clans found in some of HPL's fiction. I think he would have been fascinated.

Feb 23, 2012, 11:37am Top

>42 KentonSem:

That's a rockin' tune, man. 8)

And, because someone had to post it:


Feb 23, 2012, 11:43am Top

> 43

If only that kid was tinted blue! :P

Feb 23, 2012, 11:48am Top

Another on the theme, this time from the Velvet Frog:


Feb 23, 2012, 11:52am Top

I wonder if those Fugates are any relation to Caril Fugate, girlfriend/accomplice of the infamous Charles Starkweather?


Feb 23, 2012, 12:16pm Top

>41 bertilak:


>45 paradoxosalpha:

Blue Zazz for Mel!

>46 artturnerjr:

That would be something, wouldn't it! Did you ever see the 1973 film BADLANDS, with Martin Sheen as Starkweather and Sissy Spacek as his underage girlfriend?

And lastly (after Ghoulardi, of course!):

Feb 23, 2012, 1:50pm Top

Did you ever see the 1973 film BADLANDS, with Martin Sheen as Starkweather and Sissy Spacek as his underage girlfriend?

Oh, yeah. I'm a little in awe of Terrence Malick, actually, although somewhat less for BADLANDS than for his magnificent THE THIN RED LINE. (I really wanna see THE TREE OF LIFE, too.) I also number Nebraska (the title track of which is about Starkweather) as my favorite Bruce Springsteen album and The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut (in which Starkweather, thinly disguised as "The Kid", makes a memorable appearance) as my favorite Stephen King novel, so you might say that Starkweather looms pretty large in my imagination.

Edited: Feb 23, 2012, 1:55pm Top

> 49

There's a new stage musical out there on the same subject called Love Kills. I saw a production of it (perhaps only the second ever) here in Richmond, VA. I do not recommend it.

Edited: Mar 7, 2012, 1:11pm Top

"Thousands of spiders blanket Australian farm after escaping flood" - YIKES! SPIDER FLOOD!


The white stuff is actually spider webs

Mar 7, 2012, 1:16pm Top

I learned a handy term while working the other day. What we nowadays call accounts of "Forteana" or "strange phenomena" was also a genre of writing in antiquity, denominated paradoxography.

Mar 7, 2012, 6:31pm Top

>50 KentonSem:

I like spiders and this creeps me out. :O

Mar 8, 2012, 2:53pm Top

#50 I like spiders

Fried or boiled?

Mar 8, 2012, 4:06pm Top

>53 pgmcc:

Raw, with just a smidge of Tabasco sauce. :D

Mar 9, 2012, 3:10pm Top

The great thing about spiders is that each one has eight drumsticks.

Mar 23, 2012, 9:30pm Top

While I was at the Computers in Libraries conference in D.C this week, I ran into Library Thing founder and über-guru Tim Spalding. Of course I had to brag that The Weird Tradition was at #18 on the top 100 active groups this week. Tim hinted that there might have been a somewhat Lovecraftian intent behind the naming of LT way back when. You can't tell from the picture, but I'm wearing my Cthulhu cap! Greetings, everyone!

Mar 23, 2012, 11:22pm Top

>56 KentonSem:

Awesome, Kenton. I see Tim has joined our little group as well, so, if you're reading, welcome, Tim!

May 2, 2012, 11:45am Top

Better acre-wide carpets of spiderwebs than GIGANTIC HORROR FLEAS.

May 2, 2012, 11:52am Top

>58 paradoxosalpha:

Would never have guessed that I would come across the word "proboscis" twice in two days. Only in the WT, folks, only in the WT. :D

May 2, 2012, 3:59pm Top


Edited: May 31, 2012, 5:20pm Top

Weird, and incredibly gruesome: Naked man shot, killed by Miami police after chewing another man’s face off: cop

caution: rather graphic


Edited: May 28, 2012, 10:56pm Top

>61 KentonSem:

Nude cannibalism - it doesn't get much weirder than that, folks. :P

ETA: "The nudity? We're pretty sure that was related to cocaine psychosis. The part where the one dude was eating the other dude's face off? Yeah, well... we really don't know what the f*** that was all about." :D

May 28, 2012, 11:02pm Top

>62 artturnerjr:

It also took six shots to put the creature down!

May 30, 2012, 9:34pm Top

>63 KentonSem:

*Church Lady voice* "Could it be... A ZOMBIE?" :O

May 31, 2012, 4:55pm Top

>61 KentonSem:

We were talking about this story at my work scheduling meeting this morning. Ironically, I was not the one who brought it up!

Edited: Jun 1, 2012, 6:53am Top

>65 artturnerjr:

Someone sent me photographs of the damage that was done to the gentleman's face. It is truly, unimaginably horrifying. Hard to think that the creature would even consider going that far, bath salts or not.

And then there's this:

Hackensack Man Stabs Self, Throws Bits of Flesh: Police


Night of the Living Bath Salt Zombies?

The Revenge of Herbert West, Reanimator?

Jun 5, 2012, 8:15am Top

Jun 13, 2012, 9:09am Top

‘Tarantulas’ Invade Assam Town, ‘Kill’ Two



A highly aggressive "new" species?

Jun 15, 2012, 9:25am Top

"That's ... quite impressive, actually," when cooked squid inseminates a woman's mouth, generating organisms embedded in her mucous membranes.

Following the source links leads to a blogger for those who can't get enough squid.

Jul 24, 2012, 12:57pm Top

Because nothing says "weird" like a surreal polar landscape:


Jul 24, 2012, 1:25pm Top

Those photographs are great. They reminded me of the planet in Solaris.

Jul 24, 2012, 2:45pm Top

>70 artturnerjr:

Amazing! Looks like lumbering giants. Reminds me a bit of the gods lurking out in the mist in Moorcock's The Chronicles of Corum. Hmmmm... now what were they called....?

Jul 24, 2012, 2:50pm Top

> 72

Weren't they Formorians?

Jul 24, 2012, 3:00pm Top

>73 paradoxosalpha:

Very possibly, although I don't recall the exact term Fomorians. It's been a while since I read the story, though. These were the gods laying siege to the castle (?) Corum was in, as I recall. They would lumber about, half-glimpsed in the cold mist that enshrouded everything, occasionally doing something godlike and nasty.

Edited: Aug 13, 2012, 1:56pm Top

Japan Nuclear Accident: 'Abnormalities' in Butterflies Traced to Fukushima Plant

ABC News By Akiko Fujita | ABC News 8/13/12

Japanese scientists say "abnormalities" detected in the country's butterflies may be a result of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year. In a study published in Scientific Reports, an online journal, researchers say "artificial radionuclides" from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant caused "physiological and genetic damage" to pale grass blue butterflies.

Scientists first began tracking common butterflies around the nuclear plant two months after the disaster. They collected 121 insects, and found 12 percent of them had unusually small wings. That number jumped more than 5 percent when butterflies collected from the plant site had offspring of their own.

In another group of butterflies collected six months after the disaster, scientists found 28 percent had "abnormal" traits. That number nearly doubled among the second generation born.

"At the time of the accident, the populations of this species were overwintering as larvae and were externally exposed to artificial radiation," the researchers wrote in their study. "It is possible that they ate contaminated leaves during the spring and were thus also exposed to internal radiation."

It has been 17 months after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, and its effects on human health have largely been considered minimal, with no radiation-related deaths or illnesses reported so far. But traces of radioactive cesium exceeding government safety levels have been detected in seafood off the Fukushima coast, limiting the catch for fisherman there.

Tiny amounts of cesium of 137 and cesium 134 were detected in more than a dozen bluefin tuna caught near San Diego in August last year. The levels were 10 times higher than tuna found in previous years, but well below those the Japanese and US governments considered harmful to human health.


Sure, these are butterflies - but can moths be far behind!?

Sep 27, 2012, 3:55pm Top

Nazi-recovered idol made from 15,000-year-old meteorite. Hey!


Sep 30, 2012, 12:25pm Top

>77 paradoxosalpha:

"The story of this priceless object owes more perhaps to an Indiana Jones film script than sober scientific research."

No kidding! Hello! Mr. Spielberg! :D

Oct 12, 2012, 4:25am Top

"The things these eyes have seen..."

It makes you wonder.

Oct 26, 2012, 12:55pm Top

Hey! Grandpa gets mentioned in this article!

Spooky Science: Unexplained Sounds from the Deep


Oct 26, 2012, 1:01pm Top

But neither Cthulhu nor shoggoths appear in the linked "favorite monsters" article, alas.

Oct 31, 2012, 12:14pm Top

A bit off topic, but have you guys noticed the latest Legacy Library : http://www.librarything.com/profile/FrankensteinsMonster

Oct 31, 2012, 12:22pm Top

Those "reviews" are great. I wish there were more volumes in the collection. Are there other Legacy Libraries for fictional characters? Des Essientes seems like an excellent candidate.

Oct 31, 2012, 12:47pm Top

As far as I remember this is a first. Here's a complete list of all Legacy Libraries complete / in progress / proposed / etc. : https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTpSu8Af2124PhLjFuQnIkuHJRi...

And yes, I agree: Des Essientes would be an interesting project.

Edited: Nov 5, 2012, 12:28pm Top

>83 Nicole_VanK:

This is a great idea, presented very well. Thanks for posting the link!

Nov 5, 2012, 12:44pm Top

Bigfoot.. or perhaps the Wendigo?


In second thought, maybe it is just a bear.

Dec 19, 2012, 1:51pm Top

Mummy Mystery Solved
By Megan Gannon, News Editor | LiveScience.com


Solving a centuries-old murder mystery, researchers say Egyptian king Ramesses III likely had his throat slit by conspirators in his harem.

Moreover, the body of the pharaoh's traitorous son, Prince Pentawere, may have finally been found.

Scholars have long been puzzled about the death of Ramesses III, believed to have ruled from about 1186 B.C. to 1155 B.C. during Egypt's 20th dynasty. While ancient papyrus court documents show that members of the king's harem plotted to kill him as part of a palace coup, it has remained unclear whether the assassination scheme was successful.

Researchers revisited the mummy of Ramesses III looking for answers. Their computed tomography (CT) scans revealed a serious wound in his throat. (Horus was the patron god of kings in ancient Egypt.)

"The large and deep cut wound in his neck must have been caused by a sharp knife or other blade," the team wrote in a paper on their findings, published in the British Medical Journal on Monday (Dec. 17). They added that the cut, which severed his trachea, esophagus and large blood vessels, would have killed him instantly. See Images of Ramesses III Mummy & Scans

The researchers also found an amulet bearing the eye of Horus lodged in the mummy's throat and think it served as a lucky charm.

"Most probably, the ancient Egyptian embalmers tried to restore the wound during mummification by inserting the amulet (generally used for healing purposes) and by covering the neck with a collar of thick linen layers," the researchers wrote.

The conspiracy against Ramesses III is believed to have been led by one of his wives, secondary queen Tiye, and Prince Pentawere, their son. Ancient texts suggest Pentawere was found guilty at trial, and then took his own life, but his body has never been definitively identified.

The researchers of the new study also examined a mummy suspected to be Pentawere, dubbed "unknown man E."

A genetic analysis of this mummy showed he shared the same paternal lineage as Ramesses III, "strongly suggesting that they were father and son," noted the researchers.

Because of his contorted expression, some scientists have speculated that unknown man E was poisoned or buried alive. The new analysis did not provide a more conclusive cause of death, but they did find that his lungs were overinflated, which could be a sign of death by suffocation or strangulation, perhaps consistent with a suicide.

Man E was also buried in goat skin, a material regarded as ritually impure in ancient Egypt. This might be interpreted as evidence for a punishment in the form of a non-royal burial procedure, the researchers said, concluding that man E is a "good candidate" for Pentawere.

Edited: Feb 15, 2013, 9:54am Top

Not weird so much as exciting, but with lots of fanciful possibilities for the imaginatively inclined. 11 ton meteor! Hundreds hurt! Pre-Asteroid DA14 debris or total coincidence? You decide! What fell into the frozen lake? War of the Worlds scenarios, anyone?



Feb 15, 2013, 12:29pm Top

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Edited: Sep 7, 2013, 5:26pm Top

"When art and science collide 11 kilometers below the surface of the sea... things get odd."


Thanks, LT member Dannelke!

Edited: Sep 10, 2013, 9:27am Top

This doesn't seem to have been mentioned, I read about it in the current new scientist:


I'll be re-reading the article properly on the train tomorrow, and will report back again. The key point I picked up was that as more and more "spontaneous consciousnesses" are generated (during the passage of time and expansion of the universe) they end up outnumbering those that arose from simpler life forms. It almost begs the question "are we a "spontaneous" intelligence?" (certainly, even in the context of even our immediate geologic timescale...) but I think the Boltzmann brain raises this neat (frightening?) idea that it's possible for the universe to, in an instant, spit out a highly organised form of life. Like the thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters...

So what happens when we're outnumbered? ;)

edit: according to the article in #93 the pacific is located between Australia and New Zealand. I don't think we'd get so many kiwis migrating to the west island if that were the case...

Nov 13, 2013, 8:53am Top

The Horrifying Necropants of Iceland


Thanks to my pal dkgarton for this one!

Nov 13, 2013, 11:53am Top

I once knew an ex-con who claimed to practice traditional Icelandic sorcery. He never mentioned the pants, though.

Edited: Dec 18, 2013, 11:36am Top

Happy 70th to everyone's favorite necromancer, Keith Richards!

Dec 18, 2013, 12:46pm Top

"Comes first" ... before you can get a drink of water? We'll all be mighty thirsty.

What an exotic piece of propaganda, Richards's detournement aside!

Apr 2, 2014, 5:05pm Top

Volumes on loan from Miskatonic University, presumably.


(Thanks to John Coulthart for the heads-up.)

Apr 2, 2014, 5:14pm Top

The link to the original article in The Harvard Crimson yields the technical name for binding books in human skin: "anthropodermic bibliopegy".

Apr 25, 2014, 9:40am Top

> 101

Thanks for citing 'anthropodermic bibliopegy': I'm always looking to add useful phrases to my vocabulary.

A brief search of some book sites with this phrase uncovered Perfect-Binding: How To Make Professionally Made Books From Your Home which I hope was only a hit on 'bibliopegy'. Then there is Human Trophy Collecting : American Mutilation of Japanese War Dead, Headhunting, Scalping, Mimizuka, Skull Cup, Anthropodermic Bibliopegy.

May 1, 2014, 5:15pm Top

Here’s the First Look at the New Satanic Monument Being Built for Oklahoma’s Statehouse


From the article: "{Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien} Greaves told me he has received numerous threats from people who want to attack the sculpture, but that he 'wouldn’t expect these outraged and nearly insensible reactionaries to actually know how to assault a bronze monument without severely hurting themselves in the process.' Still, he’s not taking any chances. The Temple is building a mold of the sculpture so they can pop these things out like evil, terribly expensive action figures whenever they need a new one."

May 1, 2014, 7:00pm Top

>103 artturnerjr:

Hilarious! Those pesky satanists do know how to make a point.

May 20, 2014, 6:17pm Top

The latest issue (spring 2014) of The Book Collector gives a brief notice of a Bonhams (Los Angeles) sale on 16 October last year. What's described as an "all but complete set of Arkham House publications" went for $24,000.

Jul 15, 2014, 11:39pm Top

Jul 16, 2014, 9:07am Top

>106 rtttt01:

"'There is agreement that soil around the hole was thrown out of the crater, large enough for several Mi-8 helicopters to fly into it,' The Siberian Times reported - before adding 'not that they have.'"

Very funny, Siberian Times!

Obviously a Russian species of daikaiju is on the loose!

Dec 14, 2014, 4:14am Top

The video below has just been brought to my attention. It is a slowed down version of the theme from the children's cartoon, SpongeBob Square Pants. Listen to it. I think you will agree it belongs on this thread.


Dec 14, 2014, 2:10pm Top

Wow. That's pretty scary.

But the Youtube comment thread is scarier, predictably enough.

Edited: Dec 21, 2014, 1:45pm Top

Not exactly news, but last night I was presented with a Tcho chocolate bar. It was yummy, but afterwards the strangest images raced through my mind:


Dec 22, 2014, 9:39am Top

>111 KentonSem: Wow! What do they put in that stuff?

Dec 27, 2014, 10:27am Top

Dec 27, 2014, 11:10am Top

>113 paradoxosalpha:

That's great. When I was a kid I had one of those Time/Life books about the oceans. There was one paragraph that mentioned something deep in the Mariana Trench that took hold of and bent a huge iron anchor. I used to scare the heck out of myself imagining what that might have been.

Jul 13, 2015, 4:18pm Top

A different take on the Jolly Corner?

Jul 14, 2015, 10:10pm Top

Dear NASA,

Are you sure it was wise to get so close to Yuggoth... er... Pluto?


Jul 14, 2015, 10:38pm Top

Found in a NY Times article describing names for some of the new features on Pluto

A large splotch that resembles a whale was named Cthulu, a deity from a H. P. Lovecraft story. Other splotch names included Meng-Po, the goddess of forgetfulness in Chinese mythology; Balrog, a creature in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” books; and Vucub Came and Hun Came, death gods of Mayan myth.

Jul 14, 2015, 11:01pm Top

>117 drneutron:


Nov 14, 2015, 9:53am Top

You can now use Google street view to pay a virtual visit to the British Museum. I thought this might be of interest, given its appearance in any number of weird stories and films (admittedly, usually of an older vintage and rather tweedy...)

Of course, in those stories it's the British Library that's actually being visited, and that moved out to a separate, purpose-built location back in 1997.

Nov 28, 2015, 8:30am Top

I find links to some weird phenomena stoies on this page http://mystery-sciencefiction.com/fortean.html

It seems to update randomly, maybe just when they fine something worth adding.

Feb 25, 2016, 2:21pm Top

Per the Wikipedia article on "The Colour Out of Space": Although the author himself claimed that his inspiration was the newly constructed Scituate Reservoir in Rhode Island, Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi believes that the planned Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts must have influenced him as well.

Regarding the latter, it is now a destination for snakes from Providence.

Mar 1, 2016, 9:23am Top

Here's a weird tale waiting to be written...

Mummified captain found in 'ghost ship' he sailed in for seven years after death.


Mar 1, 2016, 9:29am Top

>123 KentonSem:

That is incredible, that the boat doesn't sink in all that time.

Apr 13, 2016, 10:17pm Top

Heeding the call of great Cthulhu, Inky makes good his escape to sunken R'lyeh:


Aug 10, 2016, 7:44am Top

Ancient petroglyphys on a Hawiaan beach showing humanoid figures crawling out of the surf? It's a long way from Y'ha-nthle, but who knows?


Feb 6, 2017, 2:41pm Top

It appears Dracula took an unexpected turn when traveling to Iceland ....

Feb 6, 2017, 7:39pm Top

>127 elenchus:

Intriguing! An Icelandic Dracula written by Stoker & Ásmundsson! I like the idea of the Ripper being referenced. The sexy vampire harem also pushes the story more toward the Hammer Films end of the spectrum.

Edited: Feb 7, 2017, 4:09am Top

>127 elenchus:

The end of the article says the story is now available to readers from all over the world - but apparently still only if they read Icelandic? There seems to be no mention of a (re)translation into English or something of the sort?

Feb 7, 2017, 3:35am Top

>127 elenchus: >128 KentonSem: >129 AndreasJ:

Apparently Icelandic was the first foreign language version of Dracula and it came about through Hommy-Beg, Stoker's friend to whom he dedicated Dracula. Hommy-Beg (Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine) had a friend staying with him at his home on the Isle of Man. This friend was a publisher from Iceland. Sir Thomas recommended that he get the Icelandic language rights to Dracula as it was a superb book.

Feb 7, 2017, 9:02am Top

I was uncertain about current translation, but left thinking this publicity would raise the interest in a translation into various languages.

Feb 7, 2017, 1:38pm Top

>129 AndreasJ:, >131 elenchus:

Click on the Overlook Press link at the head of the article. English publication should be available today.

Feb 7, 2017, 2:05pm Top

>132 KentonSem:

Ha! I'd overlooked that -- and really, no pun intended: literally did not "see" that link. Pretty incredible that such a thing is found over 100 years afterward.

Feb 7, 2017, 2:07pm Top

Mar 8, 2017, 1:51pm Top

New Lovecraftian fiction out this month, apparently featuring Joshi (among others) as a side character.

Mar 8, 2017, 2:20pm Top

>135 elenchus: "Charlie, who’s biracial, fears what racial epithets Lovecraft fans might sling at him during readings"

That seems misplaced. I've never seen evidence that Lovecraft's bigotry was a common attribute of his readers.

Mar 8, 2017, 2:24pm Top

The Storybundle site is currently offering a set of Lovecraftian books. Not sure I'm buying, myself, but thought people might be interested. Nick Mamatas is curating, and it has a couple of his books, a couple of anthologies, and some novels by people I'm unfamiliar with.

Mar 8, 2017, 2:52pm Top

>136 paradoxosalpha:

It is a silly idea.

Mar 8, 2017, 3:14pm Top

>136 paradoxosalpha: >138 KentonSem:

I tend to agree, though all my evidence is anecdotal and of course, there could be other reasons why my experience is skewed.

So maybe an imaginative way of converting Lovecraft's well-known bigotry into a part of the plot. I'd actually assume anyone biracial would have that fear, no matter which American audience they faced, so the device falters on a number of fronts.

Mar 8, 2017, 10:03pm Top

>137 dukedom_enough:

That is a solid bundle, and a fabulous price. I'm going to skip because (a) I'm not reading that much on tablets / etc, and (b) I have so much in print editions waiting to be read, it realistically wouldn't be touched for a long time at best. But some of those titles look enticing. The Mamatas is one of them, certainly.

Mar 11, 2017, 7:49pm Top

Did anyone else notice that a full version of the obscure film adaptation of Manly Wade Wellman's John the Balladeer/Silver John had been uploaded to YouTube?

Legend of Hillbilly John AKA Who Fears the Devil"


Mar 27, 2017, 4:24pm Top

Pictures of some truly Deep Ones (approximately 15,000 years old, under Antarctica).

Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 12:08pm Top

>137 dukedom_enough:

That is a pretty amazing deal (still going on until the end of today, too). However, like >140 elenchus:, I have no idea when I'd get to it, so I probably won't purchase it. Appreciate the heads-up, though.

I think Move Under Ground is still available for free on the Net, too.

ETA: Yup:


May 29, 2017, 4:56pm Top

A real-life Rappaccini's Garden (sort of - naturally poisonous plants, not specially-bred new varieties).


May 30, 2017, 12:57am Top

>144 housefulofpaper:

Good thing it isn't a real-life Rappacini's daughter.

Sep 18, 2017, 6:12pm Top

Writer and editor Johnny Mains has posted some interesting things on his Twitter {(@ohsinnerman)} in the last few days: a still (or more likely a post publicity photo) for the lost BBC TV adaptation of Robert Aickman's "Ringing the Changes", The Bells of Hell; a newspaper report with photos of Arthur Machen's 80th birthday celebration (Algernon Blackwood also present); and illustrations for the original magazine publication (I assume) of three Aickman stories.

Sep 18, 2017, 9:40pm Top

That's a fun feed. I don't follow Twitter except sporadically, but that's got a nice range of things I like.

Edited: May 23, 2018, 10:44am Top

>148 paradoxosalpha:

I like the theorising, it reminds me of the recent hypothetical raised when aperiodic transit signals were detected in a distant star system (Tabby's Star). A plausible if far-fetched scenario describes megastructures built by an alien civilisation. These structures would account for the aperiodicity and other characteristics of the signals. This wasn't an argument that scenario was likely, merely it was plausible. I'll have to read the main paper and see if that's how they're proposing the comet-seeding scenario.

May 23, 2018, 8:49am Top

>148 paradoxosalpha:

My 8-year-old daughter loves the idea. So do I.

Edited: Sep 7, 2018, 9:02am Top

My Other Reader found this one:

Edited to add: more like it via the hyperlinks in the second paragraph

Sep 7, 2018, 8:55am Top

>151 paradoxosalpha:
And evidently this is not a one-off, Paul's been writing from within the Chaos since before the inauguration.

Sep 7, 2018, 9:02am Top

I just read the lot.

Apr 1, 2:53pm Top

Cthulhu Jellies?

"This is a big deal, because some scientists argue that these swimming carnivores were among the first animals to evolve on Earth, based on family trees analyses and genetic modeling of modern comb jellies. But now, this international team has possibly shown that comb jellies have a long lineage that precedes them."

At 518 million years ago, afraid this specimen doesn't touch HPL's Deep Time, however.


Apr 2, 12:28pm Top

"Jurassic Cthulhu"? We're closer in time to the Jurassic than what that critter was!

Apr 2, 1:46pm Top

>156 AndreasJ:

Clearly SYFY was going for the Jurassic Park franchise hook with that headline, and not paying much attention to actual dates. That said, I have a difficult time keeping straight those geographic scales, too, never mind galactic timescales.

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