The influence of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos can be seen in film (Re-animator, Hellboy, and Alien), games (The Call of Cthulhu role playing enterprise), music (Metallica, Iron Maiden) and pop culture in general.
But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature’s most far-reaching mythologies? What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods?
Written and directed by Frank H. Woodward, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown is a chronicle of the life, work and mind that created these weird tales as told by many of today’s luminaries of dark fantasy including John Carpenter (The Thing), Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Neil Gaiman (Coraline), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Caitlin Kiernan (Daughter of Hounds) and Peter Straub (Ghost Story).
"This isn't just a documentary about HP Lovecraft, but interviews with many of the smartest minds in horror," Lee enthuses, "including a couple people I'm working with even now - the formless and formidable Paul Komoda and that fabulous fabulist Caitlin R. Kiernan."
With a haunting soundtrack, it's an excellent overview of Lovecraft's life and influence and well worth checking out.
Lee provided both cover and interior artwork for the DVD release.
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