About this project
Back in August 2013 I was fortunate enough to give a presentation at the NecronomiCon in Providence, RI. The NecronomiCon was a convention that discussed the stories and philosophy of H.P. Lovecraft. A variety of writers, artists, filmmakers and musicians attended the convention. Included as part of the convention, coordinated by Mr. Niels Hobbs, were a series of scientific presentations based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. My presentation was on the Biology of the Old Ones. I enjoyed giving the presentation and talking to so many fans of H.P. Lovecraft that I wanted to continue my investigations and the associated conversations.Thus, I created www.lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com to continue these efforts, focusing on the science behind Lovecraft's work.
Since September 2013 I have posted numerous articles discussing how Lovecraft used science in his stories.The first series of articles was an expansion on some of the ideas and concepts I presented on the Biology of the Old Ones at the NecronomiCon.Subsequent articles have included investigations on a story-specific basis, as well as on specific subject matters, such as the solar system, the use of Einstein’s theories in Lovecraft’s stories, the role of fungi in Lovecraft’s fiction, and how Lovecraft would actually modify his stories to agree with emerging scientific ideas and discoveries. Some more academic and philosophical subjects were also discussed such as how Lovecraft attempted to use science to justify some of his racist views and how his materialism philosophy impacted his work.I also include artwork from various artists citing the artist and identifying where the artwork was found. One of the artists I most frequently work with is Steve Maschuck.
SO WHAT’S THIS KICKSTARTER ABOUT?
So if I am posting articles on-line and will continue to do so, what is this Kickstarter about? A number of people have asked for more details and investigations into some of the subject matter I cover. Additionally, I would like to spend more time and detail on some of these subjects, conducting more research and presenting additional information. These investigations will be synthesized into an approximately 48 page periodical called “Lovecraftian Science, Volume 1." The periodical will cover a variety of scientific subject matters but in a greater level of detail than what has been covered on the blog site. It will be available in both eBook and hard copy formats. A smaller volume "The Biology of the Elder Things" will also be made available. It will be approximately 10 pages with illustration and also available in eBook and hard copy formats.
SO WHAT WILL THE REQUESTED MONEY BE USED FOR?
The money raised through this Kickstarter will be used to conduct more detailed investigations into many of the subjects that have been previously presented on lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com.The articles developed for this periodical will not be available on the blog site.The Kickstarter will also cover costs for Steve Maschuck to produce 10 original pieces of artwork exclusively for this Volume and 5 original pieces for "The Biology of the Elder Things." Finally, the Kickstarter will also cover professional editing and formatting of the periodical into digital formats and the printing of the chapbooks. Additional material, either as new articles and/or new artwork, will be included, if higher pledge amounts are submitted (see rewards). Also, if the total amount requested exceeds the pledged goal of $2,500.00 additional material, both as more articles and artwork, will be included on a cumulative basis.
WHEN DO I GET MY REWARD?
The digital copies of Lovecraftian Science, Volume 1 will be forwarded to all backers in May 2015. Hard copies will be mailed before the end of May 2015.
1.Discussion of Lovecraft’s general philosophy and his view of science
2.The Biology of the Old Ones
3.Einstein in a Lovecraftian Universe
4.A Discussion of From Beyond
Additional articles may be added, based on the amount of backer support.
Again, a total of 15 original illustrations will be included in the two periodicals. To see some examples of Steve’s artwork please review some of the early articles on www.lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com.
Risks and challenges
The main obstacle associated with the project is putting the text together for the two proposed periodicals. Fortunately, a substantial portion of the text is complete as a series of articles on-line; this proposed project will increase the level of detail associated with each article. If funded, the project will be completed and digital copies will be submitted to all backers. Hard copies will also be made available. While there may be some slight delay in completing the periodical, the disciplined experience I have acquired over the past year and a half in putting articles up on the blog site on a weekly basis will guarantee the successful completion of the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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