Today is the birthday of the greatest American writer of the 20th Century. I am, of course, talking about Howard Phillips Lovecraft, born August 20th, 1890. I couldn’t let it pass without writing some form of tribute to the man who, without his limitless imagination of cosmic horror, the horror world would’ve never been as we know it today. He was contemporaries with Robert Bloch (PSYCHO), Robert E. Howard (CONAN THE BARBARIAN), and Fritz Leiber, amongst others, going on to influence every great horror writer we revere today. Stephen King called Lovecraft “the Twentieth Century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale,” and Neil Gaiman has called him “Rock and Roll.” That last quote could be taken quite literally as Lovecraft has been referenced in bands such as Black Sabbath and Metallica, amongst many others, with a psychedelic band in the 60s/70s even naming themselves after the man.
Seriously, SCREAM FACTORY is releasing news of title after awesome title they’ll be releasing on blu-ray every Friday throughout October, and recently they made the announcement that they will be releasing Stuart Gordon’s FROM BEYOND, based loosely upon the H.P. Lovecraft story, as a Collector’s Edition Bluray & DVD combo next year! There will be new extras along with the older ones which were on the prior 2007 DVD release. Bitchin’!
FROM BEYOND centers around a pair of scientists attempting to stimulate the pineal gland with a device called The Resonator. An unforeseen result of their experiments is the ability to perceive creatures from another dimension that proceed to drag the head scientist into their world, returning him as a grotesque shape-changing monster that preys upon the others at the laboratory.
CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT IN HI-DEF?! I CAN’T WAIT!