H.P. Lovecraft’s weird tales have inspired countless horror and fantasy writers and now the new Cthulhu Cymraeg anthology from Screaming Dreams Press features some brilliant Lovecraftian stories set in Wales. This free event featuring Lovecraftian author Q & A, panels, films and readings will give a chance to meet authors and artists from the anthology at first hand, to hear about Lovecraft’s life and work, and to explore Lovecraft’s connection to Wales from the days of Arthur Machen till the present day.
With Mark Howard Jones (editor of Cthulhu Cymraeg) and Steve Upham (Mr Screaming Dreams).
With anthology authors John Llewellyn Probert, Rhys Hughes, Bob Lock, Kate Evans, Paul Lewis, Gwilym Games, Brian Willis, and Adrian Chamberlin.
Held in the Discovery Room on the First Floor of Swansea Central Library.
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10.05 - The Shadow from Wild Wales : H. P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen and Wales
H.P. Lovecraft is one of the key figures in modern horror. After a short introduction to H.P Lovecraft’s life in New England and New York and his work this talk will look in particular at the Welsh author of decadent and mystical horror Arthur Machen, often cited as one of the main influences on H.P Lovecraft. How did Lovecraft find out about Machen, “a Titan” as he called him and how did it influence his own stories including The Call of Cthulhu itself? How has Wales featured in later mythos works and how have Welsh authors like Rhys Hughes approached the mythos? Is Wales as some have claimed the location of the dread Necronomicon? Illustrated talk by Machen expert Gwilym Games.
10.50 - The Spawning of Cthulhu Cymraeg
This panel featuring the editor Mark Howard Jones, publisher Steve Upham and many authors from the anthology will discuss how the anthology was born and the twisted gestation of the stories within it. There will also be a chance to buy copies!
11.25 – Author Readings
12.00 - Lunch
12.30 – Author Readings
1.10 - The Call of Lovecraft – Lovecraft in the 21st century
What is the strange and growing attraction Lovecraft exerts on readers and writers? Countless writers have written Lovecraftian books and stories and his impact extends to inspiring films, comics, games, television and even religious and occult movements. After years of neglect and dismissal of Lovecraft as a pulp writer he is now regarded by publishers as a classic author and academic work on Lovecraft is becoming common. Why is this and where is modern mythos fiction going? How are we to judge the quality of Lovecraft’s own work and his followers? What are we to make of Lovecraft’s foul racism in a more tolerant age? Why do the works of the atheist Lovecraft inspire religious ideas? Discussing these and other questions the audience might throw at them is a panel featuring authors Rhys Hughes, Mark Howard Jones, Gwilym Games and others.
2.00 - The Technicolor out of the Screen
There have been rather a lot of Lovecraftian inspired films and adaptations of Lovecraft’s stories. Many of them are hideous abominations which test the sanity of any who might see them. In this mind blasting survey Gwilym Games and author John Llewellyn Probert will be reanimating some highlights of Lovecraftian cinema before your very EYES in a devastating montage of film clips and commentary. Watch if you dare!
3.00 The Call of Cthulhu [Film]
Amongst other elements of tentacular terror there will be a rare chance to watch this silent classic! Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKb0_rfZEsU
3.50 The END
We will be adjourning to The No Sign Wine Bar for drinks after the event where there will be a further chance to talk to authors.