Selected Readings and Miscellanea
I recently stumbled upon a collected gallery of covers from H.G. Wells’ milestone book, War of the Worlds. It remains one of my most favorite books (having also been about the second book I ever read), and this collection of covers cements it as one of the repeatedly best-designed books as well. Granted, I am partial to the old Sci-Fi/Pulp aesthetic, so these covers really speak to me. Regardless, the book has been in print for so damn long, the gallery reads more like a history of modern design — trace design styles and treatments through the years! After I saw this I decided it was time to drift into another bout of horror literature indulgence. This happens about once a year, usually around the same time (yes, I really am that transparent). Here are some of my favorites which you may also enjoy… jeez, I really don’t mean this in quite such a “Reading Rainbow” way. Honest.
H.G. Wells - Admittedly, more science fiction than horror, above all else, Wells was a visionary of grim tales.
- H.G. Wells reading - (some highlights include; The Country of the Blind and The Time Machine)
- Related - Orson Welles’ October 30th, 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast.
- Edgar Allan Poe reading - (some highlights include; The Pit and the Pendulum and The Raven—Yes, I realize it’s obvious and you have probably read it before, but I assure you it’s really just as good upon multiple re-readings.)
H.P. Lovecraft - Lovecraft was one of the most accomplished and revered horror writers ever. His incredibly prolific career was only surpassed by his frequent thesaurus usage.
- H.P. Lovecraft reading - (some highlights include; The Call of Cthulhu and The Shadow Over Innsmouth)
- Related - Many of Lovecraft’s stories have been adapted (or bastardized) onto film. Some good ones include Re-animator (with the great Jeffrey Combs) and The Blob; the original is preferred, though the remake has some camp merit too.