Yog Sothothery – The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft Anthology

During my trip through Central America I decided to learn the in’s and out’s of publishing a book digitally through amazon, nook, and the ibookstore as I had begun writing a novel during my spare time and wanted to self publish when I had completed it.

I had done some research and discovered that anyone could publish works in the public domain, so I spent a few weeks collecting every work H.P. Lovecraft had ever written and started the arduous task of formatting over 3,000 pages of text into ebook format.

Luckily for me Thomas Phinney had just announced a Kickstarter to fund the creation of the Call of Cthulhu RPG font, and for a pledge of $48 I could use the font commercially. He sent me an early version of the font and I used it extensively through out the book and on the cover. You can see the creation of the cover image here.

You can purchase the book at these following locations. Please keep in mind that the Kindle version does not include the collaborations.

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Amazon Kindle

Apple ibookstore

Nook

Lulu

Here is the book description:

Yog-Sothothery – The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft Anthology contains all of Lovecraft’s writings currently in the public domain including his fiction, poetry, essays, and juvenilia.

In his Providence, Rhode Island home H.P. Lovecraft traveled through dream to far away vistas of unimaginable beauty as well as dark mouldering places of unfathomable horror. He revealed the ancient untold secrets of these distant spheres through imaginative fiction, captivating poetry, developed essay, and constant collaboration and correspondence with other dreamers of his time. In his lifetime he gained little fame for his efforts, but slowly his tales of cosmic horror spawned and slithered from obscurity to influence and inspire some of the world’s greatest artists and creative minds.

Fiction:
The Nameless City
The Festival
The Colour Out of Space
The Call of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Haunter of the Dark
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
Discarded Draft of “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”
The Shadow Out of Time
At the Mountains of Madness
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Azathoth
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Celephaïs
Cool Air
Dagon
Ex Oblivione
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
From Beyond
He
Herbert West—Reanimator
Hypnos
In the Vault
Memory
Nyarlathotep
Pickman’s Model
The Book
The Cats of Ulthar
The Descendant
The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Evil Clergyman
The Horror at Red Hook
The Hound
The Lurking Fear
The Moon-Bog
The Music of Erich Zann
The Other Gods
The Outsider
The Picture in the House
The Quest of Iranon
The Rats in the Walls
The Shunned House
The Silver Key
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Street
The Temple
The Terrible Old Man
The Thing on the Doorstep
The Tomb
The Transition of Juan Romero
The Tree
The Unnamable
The White Ship
What the Moon Brings
Polaris
The Very Old Folk
Ibid
Old Bugs

Poetry:
Sweet Ermengarde Or, The Heart of a Country Girl
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
The History of the Necronomicon
“Ode to Selene or Diana” (as “To Selene”)
Nemesis
Astrophobos
The Poe-et’s Nightmare
Despair
Revelation
The House
The City
To Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Eighteenth Baron Dunsany
The Nightmare Lake
On Reading Lord Dunsany’s Book of Wonder
The Cats
Festival
Hallowe’en in a Suburb aka “In a Suburb”
The Wood
The Outpost
The Ancient Track
The Messenger
Nathicana
Fungi from Yuggoth
Where Once Poe Walk’d
To Clark Ashton Smith, Esq.,
On Receiving a Picture of Swans
Fact and Fancy
Laeta; a Lament
Unda; or, The Bride of the Sea
Pacifist War Song—1917
Waste Paper
Dead Passion’s Flame
Arcadia
Life’s Mystery
A Garden
Sunset
Providence
Christmas
Christmas Greetings
An American to Mother England
Lines on Gen. Robert Edward Lee
The Rose of England
The Peace Advocate
Ode for July Fourth, 1917
The Conscript

Essays:
The Allowable Rhyme
At the Root
Cats and Dogs
The Despised Pastoral
Metrical Regularity
Notes on Writing Weird Fiction
Supernatural Horror in Literature

Collaboration:
Medusa’s Coil
Poetry and the Gods
The Crawling Chaos
The Horror at Martin’s Beach
Through the Gates of the Silver Key
The Curse of Yig
The Disinterment
The Green Meadow
The Horror in the Museum
In the Walls of Eryx aka “Within the Walls of Eryx”
Out of the Aeons
The Mound
The Electric Executioner
The Horror in the Burying-Ground
The Night Ocean
The Trap
Two Black Bottles
Winged Death
The Battle that Ended the Century
The Challenge from Beyond
Collapsing Cosmoses
The Diary of Alonzo Typer
The Last Test
The Man of Stone
The Thing in the Moonlight
Till A’ the Seas
The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast
The Slaying of the Monster
The Tree on the Hill
Under the Pyramids aka “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs”

Juvenilia:
The Alchemist
The Beast in the Cave
The Little Glass Bottle
The Mysterious Ship (short version)
The Mysterious Ship (long version)
The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
The Secret Cave

The Innsmouth Look

I recently re-read many of H.P Lovecraft’s more famous works and after visiting, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” I was inspired to create a portraiture of someone showing the later stages of their transformation. This is the result:

Click here to view the high resolution image

Zbrush, Maya, and Photoshop were my weapons of choice. I created the base head using zspheres and all the other accessories started as cubes in Maya. I used the GoZ feature to quickly get them in the scene in the correct scale to the head.  Here are some early wip (work in progress) shots that show a bit of my process

Innsmouth WIP 01

early stage of sculpting

Innsmouth Look WIP 02

defining the major details

Innsmouth Look WIP 04

polypainting progress

I decided to go for a still image so I didn’t have to worry about poly count and I could just let myself have fun without worrying about technical constraints. I also decided to try a new method of rendering out multiple passes and layering them in photoshop. This allowed me to tweak them individually which gave me an amazing amount of control over the final image.

I also modeled some addition props such as a brooch, and a pendant, but unfortunately I didn’t feel like they added anything so I left them out. They are supposed to resemble some of the strange golden jewelry the citizens of Innsmouth would receive from Dagon and his Deep Ones.

Here is a brief tutorial I put together on how I achieved the final results.