I’ve tweaked some of my Morrison Co. art and uploaded it to RedBubble for your decorating pleasure:
Archive for HPL
Just popped the two items I have in hand on eBay, if anyone’s looking for some inexpensive, obscure gifts for themselves or others:
I’ve been designing some new, paper ephemera inspired by various HPL stories and creations:
- Student ID blank
- Two hotel luggage labels
- Student union card
- Fraternity membership card
- Student club card
TwoThree steamship baggage labels
- Museum artifact postcard
- Museum ticket
Waiting for stuff to come in the mail – Lots of excitement! All the result of many hours of work and research online. And there’s still one more business card which I have yet to get printed.
EDIT 11-27-2016: Ha ha! The two hotel labels have come in! Now to wait a week or more for the other six other jobs…
EDIT: 12-01-2016: Got the student IDs in the mail last night!
H. P. Lovecraft began to write The Shadow Over Innsmouth in 1931. In one part of Zadok Allen’s history, he mentions “certain signs” belonging to the ‘Old Ones’ which have powers over (or against) the Deep Ones:
“…sarten signs sech as was used onct by the lost Old Ones … them old magic signs as the sea-things says was the only things they was afeard of … In some places they was little stones strewed abaout—like charms—with somethin’ on ’em like what ye call a swastika naowadays. Prob’ly them was the Old Ones’ signs…”
While this use of the swastika may seem incongruous to a late 20th / early 21st century audience, it is in fact a very old symbol, appearing in ancient North America, Europe, Africa and India. What most likely prompted the use of it here (in the Pacific) in HPL’s story were the public speculations of James Churchward from 1926 on:
We know HPL was familiar with Churchward’s theories because he mentions him by name in Through the Gates of the Silver Key (1932) and Out of the Aeons (1933). Reading the first 3 paragraphs of the article above gives us a clear view at the then popular ‘lost continent’ stories in the public eye at the time, and the ‘evidence’ used to support them.
The story was written in 1932, though not published until 1933, so I’ll claim 2017 as the more convenient anniversary date.
Born August 20th, 1890.
Pieced together by me, based on the text of the story.
Here be Spoilers: