Happy Deathday to HP Lovecraft

What better soundtrack for the day the misanthrope died than a playlist of all the songs featured in Harlem Smoke, a novel that blends Lovecraft and music? The answer is potentially a great many things: however James Champagne's choices for songs to feature do provide a pleasing change from the three threads of dark ambient, … Continue reading Happy Deathday to HP Lovecraft

Triggering a Dream

Earlier this month, my review of Marillion's B'Sides Themselves appeared in Issue 7 of Mythaxis Review. As this is the only album I can remember ever reviewing, it will be no surprise to hear it is significant to me. However, the ways it is significant have shifted over time. I bought the album on cassette … Continue reading Triggering a Dream

Casey Douglass: Dark Ambient Review: Hastur

Those of you who've read Bloody Red Nose will already be familiar with Casey Douglass. However, what you might not have gathered from his deliciously distilled tale is that he shares my taste for Yog-Sothothery. So, it seemed a public service to ease you into the new arbitrary time division by mentioning his review of … Continue reading Casey Douglass: Dark Ambient Review: Hastur

The Unhelpful Valley

One well-known obstacle to the creation of prosthetics, humanoid robots and many three-dimensional animation projects is the Uncanny Valley: the feeling of discomfort that an observer feels once a replica of a human becomes very similar to but not quite the same as an actual human. One of the theories for why this occurs is … Continue reading The Unhelpful Valley