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Necronomicon Tarot by Donald Tyson

Necronomicon Tarot - the box While I am not a practitioner of tarot, I am most certainly a fan of anything related to Lovecraft and the mythos. In particular, I enjoy lovecraft inspired artwork because it is a subject that lends itself very well to visual interpretation. It is for this reason that I was very happy to be contacted about reviewing the Necronomicon Tarot. Read »

Book Review: Brainchild – A Collection of Artifacts

Brainchild - Front Cover Image

When Scott Lambridis of Omnibucket contacted me about reviewing their latest release, ‘Brainchild: A Collection of Artifacts’, I was not sure what to expect from a zombie-themed anthology. The idea of zombies, or the undead, has been around for a very long time. A huge part of their modern-day popularity is of course due to the work of filmmaker George Romero, creator of ‘Night of the Living Dead’. I was particularly struck by a quote in the included press release, which I think sums up these underrated villains nicely – “They aren’t afraid of running water, aren’t affected by moonlight or sunlight, or silver bullets. They are rotting corpses, and they’re coming for you. […] They don’t become one with nature – they don’t live forever – they just slowly fall apart, and if given the change, they’ll eat you alive before they do.” Read on for my review. Read »

Album Review: Philosopher – Thoughts

Philosopher - Thoughts A while back, Ruptured Silence Records sent me a promo kit for the latest album from the Chemnitz, Germany based death metal band Philosopher. I am always eager to hear new music, especially when it comes from a band which cites H. P. Lovecraft as a heavy influence. Read »

Album Review: In Tongues by Drunk Horse

One thing that struck me as I listened to this lot was Thin Lizzy. In fact it was Thin Lizzy playing stoner rock very well. There are times when Eli Eckhert sounds like he is chanelling Phil Lynott. This is not a bad thing however; helping this CD to be quite a good listen. Unlike so many bands trying to ape QOTSA and the “desert sound” this bunch have brought some much needed originality to the murky depths of stoner rock. Read »

Book Review: Night Voices, Night Journeys (Lairs of the Hidden Gods, Vol One)

When I think of Japanese monsters, I tend to envision rubber-suited Kaiju fare, or Anime, with its big-eyed schoolgirls with even bigger guns blazing away at tentacled things with lots of eyes and mouths. And fun as they elements may be, they hardly suggest the lurking, brooding terrors of H. P. Lovecraft! Read »

Album Review: Hymns of the Cthulhu Mythos by The Ziggurat

As you can gather from the title this lot have written most of an album inspired by the mythos of HP Lovecraft. The last song “Torso,” is a short blast of pure gore metal, complete with a sound clip to kick it off. The rest is Slayer-esque black/death metal, delivered with speed and menace. Alas, the mastering of this CD is patchy and some of the music really gets lost in the mix. Read »

Album Review: Poisoned Dreams by The Unquiet Void

Yet another ambiant CD based on the works of HP Lovecraft. There seems to be a real glut of Cthulhu-inspired music at the moment. Guess the Great Old One is stiring again and affecting musician’s minds. He needs to try harder. This is an all instrumental album that I assume was done to accompany the reading (and for some of us writing) of mythos tales. Read »

Movie Review: Dagon

With any movie purporting to be based on Lovecraft there is for the aficionado a sense of dread in the background of all viewings of the latest attempt to film the basically unfilmable. Thus it was when my friend called me up and told me he had seen a new HPL movie in the store entitled Dagon. Read »

Book Review: The Gathering Dark by Andrew Ian Dodge

The adventures of the Sage of Wales and his companions continue in this collection of tales by Andrew Ian Dodge. This 239 page book includes three short stories as well as a short novel by this noted Mythos inspired author.

This book has been chosen to kick off the new review section here at the Temple of Dagon. Andrew has been a part of the community here for a good while now and we are very proud to have him, as well as very excited for this release. Although you will find a quote from me on the back of the book, and a mention of this site, it is my intention to give a fully unbiased review of this work. Read »