‘The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.’
So begins Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” one of the most important treatises on horror ever written. Yet while countless acolytes have created works based on Lovecraft’s fiction, never before has a collection taken its inspiration directly from the literary manifesto behind the entire Mythos… until now.
Like deranged cultists poring over a forbidden tome, eighteen of today’s finest masters of the weird tale take on Lovecraft’s essay, reciting key passages from the diabolical text and using them to summon forth their own original short stories. Some affirm the diabolical wisdom of Lovecraft, others refute his claims as the ravings of a madman, but all will chill the blood even as they stimulate the mind.
Shepherded into this physical plane by Jesse Bullington and featuring all original tales from such luminaries of the macabre as Chesya Burke, Brian Evenson, Gemma Files, Jeffrey Ford, Asamatsu Ken, and Molly Tanzer, Letters to Lovecraft brings you startling new visions of profound terror. In the weeks to come we will be teasing out the full roster of those brave souls who agreed to unearth the secrets beneath Lovecraft’s infamy, but suffice it to say for now that something truly remarkable is hurtling inexorably forward…