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The Lovecraft fandom, Lovecraftian fandom or Cthulhu Mythos fandom is an international, informal community of fans of the works H. P. Lovecraft, especially of the Cthulhu Mythos and the Lovecraftian horror.[1][2]: 244 

Lovecraft fandom emerged around the mid-20th century.[2]: 232  It includes dedicated events such as the fan convention NecronomiCon Providence and publications such as Crypt of Cthulhu as well as numerous other media, such as the role-playing game Call of Cthulhu.[2]: 109, 232–233 

In 1988, an amateur Lovecraftian magazine, Midnight Shambler, was published by David Barker, and later revived by Robert M. Price, alongside the publication of Crypt of Cthulhu.[3][4] Necronomicon Press published the magazine from 1996 on, with Robert M. Price[3][4] and later Joseph S. Pulver as editors.[5] It published original short stories by such writers as W. H. Pugmire and Gary Lovisi. Illustrations were provided by artists like Richard Sardinha, Darrell Tutchton, and Carole Wellen. Issues were published in 1988 and from 1996 to 1999.[4][5] The magazine was headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island.[6] Ellen Datlow described the Midnight Shambler as "a good little magazine for Lovecraftian fiction fans".[6][7]

See also


  1. ^ Mullis, Justin (2015). "Playing games with the Great Old Ones: Ritual, play, and joking within the Cthulhu mythos fandom". Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. 26 (13): 512–530.
  2. ^ a b c Poole, W. Scott (2016-08-22). In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft. Catapult. ISBN 978-1-61902-856-2.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Stephen, ed. (2012). The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11. Constable & Robinson. ISBN 978-1-84119-167-6.
  4. ^ a b c "Midnight Shambler". Locus Online. Retrieved July 13, 2022. Midnight Shambler Amateur Lovecraftian journal begun by David Barker and revived by Robert M. Price.
  5. ^ a b "Series: Midnight Shambler". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Recent Favorites. Magazines". Omni. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  7. ^ Datlow, Ellen; Windling, Terri (1997). The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 1997. St. Martin's Press. p. LXIII.

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