From humble beginnings in the pages of early 20th century pulp fiction magazines, the stories of H.P. Lovecraft continue to exert a powerful influence over the human imagination, leaving an indelible mark on various facets of society. The ideas, language, imagery and themes of Lovecraft’s so-called ‘weird fiction’ and horror fiction offer fascinating engagements with the workings of the human mind as it grapples with the known and unknown world. It is little wonder that Lovecraft’s work has inspired a proliferation of fiction, philosophy, art, politics, games, literary criticism, cocktails, music and more. But what is it about Lovecraft’s work that serves as a catalyst for such a diverse array of cultural products? How has the use of Lovecraftian ideas in these cultural products assisted in the evolution of, or deviation from the original body of work? What meanings are created by reviving Lovecraft’s work in a particular way, in a particular context, and in a particular period in time? How can Lovecraft’s work become a catalyst for expressing new ideas?
Proliferations of Lovecraft provides a platform for inclusive interdisciplinary engagements aimed at exploring these questions.
Proliferations of Lovecraft
Sunday 18th April 2021 – Monday 19th April 2021
The Call for Submissions is now open.