An Excerpt from Gabriel Blackwell’s “The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men: The Last Letter of H.P. Lovecraft”

When we interviewed Gabriel Blackwell earlier this year, he noted that his next novel would be inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. Blackwell went on to make the case for why he was intrigued by Lovecraft: “He was before his time not only in his fiction: he interacted with the world in a very virtual way, spending much of his time in his room writing letters to people he would never meet. That seemed applicable. And, of course, I am a fan […]

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Where Public Enemy, H.P. Lovecraft, and Sid Vicious Converge: A Between Books Interview With Gabriel Blackwell

It started with a cover: a familiar detective-novel image slowly bleeding into the abstract. This was my first encounter with the work of Portland’s Gabriel Blackwell: picking up a copy of his Shadow Man after hearing good things about some then-recent readings he’d given in NYC. Subtitled “A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer,” Blackwell’s book creates a narrative out of the spaces in which noir‘s chroniclers and its characters overlap: a dense, thrilling work with hints of abused power and still-buried secrets. His […]

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H.P. Lovecraft Died for Your Heavy Metal

If you’re at all familiar with the last 20+ years of metal—especially that which falls under the “doom” sub-category—you will know that Matt Pike is one of the few guys who has seriously clawed his way towards the seventh circle of heavy metal hell that is reserved for deities like Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P.), pre-reality show Ozzy, and, of course, Lemmy.  It might sound tacky to call Pike’s work with the band Sleep as “game-changing,” but that’s really the best […]

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