Ye Fungi from Yuggoth

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    Fungi from Yuggoth will be widely spread this year! It looks like this will all happen in summer. PS Publishing will be bringing forth Weird Poems, all of HPL's poetry that appear'd in Weird Tales, illustrated by Pete Von Sholly. The book is scheduled to debut at NecronomiCon II this August. Hippocampus Press hopes to bring out David E. Schultz's The Annotated Fungi from Yuggoth this summer as well, and this may also contain illustrations. Finally, my forthcoming book from Hippocampus Press, Monstrous Aftermath, will also be publish'd to coincide with NecronomiCon; it will contain ye new version of "Some Unknown Gulf of Night," my prose-poem sequence inspir'd by ye Fungi, and the entire Fungi from Yuggoth will end my collection. Sweet!
     
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    Don't know if I'll be able to get the first, but I'm damned glad I'll have the other two. I've been looking forward to the Schultz book for years (decades?), and it can't be too soon for me. (Now, if someone would please, please, please manage to work out the legalities to bring out a new edition of his annotated Commonplace Book....)

    And, like you, I find the Fungi to be almost endlessly rereadable and rich in interpretability; one of HPL's finest works (or set of works, depending on how one reads it); so having these complementary versions (and I include your "Some Unknown Gulf of Night" sequence as such) to compare is going to be a godsend....
     
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    S. T. came to see me yesterday and also stated that it was time for a one-volume reprint edition of the annotated Commonplace Book. In his offering for the new E.O.D. mailing, Dave wrote that he is indeed contemplating working on a revised one-volume edition.
     
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    One word: Fantastic! Thanks for letting me know; I look forward to it with great anticipation....
     
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    I've been meaning to update this for a wee while, but life has been chaotic and I've been carry'd away.
    I got ye PS Publishing edition of Lovecraft's WEIRD POEMS--THE COMPLETE POEMS FROM WEIRD TALES. It's a handsome wee volume of 72 pages, but I don't find it an essential volume. Stephen Jones' Introduction is a reprint from 2010, & ye actual poems in the book aren't illustrated, as I somehow assum'd they might be. The jacket and endpapers feature wonderful artwork by Pete Von Sholly.

    • Hippocampus Press sent me an early ARC of THE ANNOTATED FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH. The book's editor, David Schultz, advis'd me not to read it because it contains many errors and ye actual hardcover edition will be different in many ways; but, honey, how cou'd I not read it, obsess'd as I am with Lovecraft's poem. I was instantly enchanted. The sonnets themselves each get a full page, and on the opposite page each sonnet is illustrated. It's a lovely presentation of the poem. The annotations are incredibly interesting and inform'd, touching on aspects of Lovecraft's biography, his writing, publish'd editions of ye poem, &c &c. The annotations are bloody brilliant, and they shew an incredibly intimate knowledge of Lovecraft's work and how individual works relate to each other. As an added bonus--o be still mine heart--the entire manuscript of the poem, in Lovecraft's handwriting, is reproduced in facsimile!!!!! Ia!!!!! Just writing about it now makes me want to go grab that ARC and read it all over again, it's that brilliant! The final hardcover edition is a book I burn to devour!
    • Will Hart has sent me, via email, his new readings of Fungi from Yuggoth and the music that serves as background to those readings. This will be releas'd as, hopefully, a two-disc audio cd set, and will also include readings of other poems by E'ch-Pi-El. I was deeply impress'd. Will's voice is perfect for a vocal rendering of the poem, and there are moments, in some lines, where his voice takes on an aspect of tremulous emotion that is quite effective.
    A really great reading of Fungi from Yuggoth is that by Paul of Cthulhu. His reading of "Star-Winds" may be heard on YouTube. Paul sent me a file of his reading, and somehow it downloaded to my Windows media Player, so I was actually able to burn it onto a cd disc, and I listen to that often as I prepare for slumber. Hopefully Paul will be able to offer an actual cd of his own manufacture so that we may all drink the beauty of his superb reading of ye Fungi. I love Fungi from Yuggoth, even though some of the sonnets leave me unimpress'd. I cannot read the final lines of "Zaman's Hill," for example, without mentally muttering, "Say what?"

    Is anyone else really into the poem, or am I alone in my devotion? I suppose that most of y'all don't consider Lovecraft much of a poet--and certainly he pales in comparison to Donald Wandrei and Clark Ashton Smith--but when he was good I find him very good indeed.
     
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    I think HPL is very good as a poet, when he is not just tossing off Georgian couplets without much thought -- but when he is really writing about something he knows and feels about, such as the weird, or Christmas, he really nails it. Fungi from Yuggoth are among my favourites (I can't see it as one poem -- obviously it is 36 separate sonnets, grouped together), along with "Nemesis", for example.
     
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    I see that it will be a while yet before The Annotated Fungi from Yuggoth appears -- it is scheduled for April.
     
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    Where did you see that, I can't find it on ye site? I cannot understand such a delay, although I know they are determin'd to make the book error-free. One reason I've been so actively promoting ye book is because I thought it wou'd be out late this year or early next. Oh well...
     
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    Bottom of the front page. Dead Reckonings #18 is next.
     
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    [/QUOTE]Will Hart has sent me, via email, his new readings of Fungi from Yuggoth and the music that serves as background to those readings. This will be releas'd as, hopefully, a two-disc audio cd set, and will also include readings of other poems by E'ch-Pi-El. I was deeply impress'd. Will's voice is perfect for a vocal rendering of the poem, and there are moments, in some lines, where his voice takes on an aspect of tremulous emotion that is quite effective.
    A really great reading of Fungi from Yuggoth is that by Paul of Cthulhu. His reading of "Star-Winds" may be heard on YouTube. Paul sent me a file of his reading, and somehow it downloaded to my Windows media Player, so I was actually able to burn it onto a cd disc, and I listen to that often as I prepare for slumber. Hopefully Paul will be able to offer an actual cd of his own manufacture so that we may all drink the beauty of his superb reading of ye Fungi. I love Fungi from Yuggoth, even though some of the sonnets leave me unimpress'd. I cannot read the final lines of "Zaman's Hill," for example, without mentally muttering, "Say what?"

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    Wilum, I checked this out, and found not only that, but several readings and then numerous ones from Fungi from Yuggoth on YouTube. Those interested should Google for Fungi from Yuggoth, oral readings, YouTube.
     
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    [/QUOTE]Is anyone else really into the poem, or am I alone in my devotion? I suppose that most of y'all don't consider Lovecraft much of a poet--and certainly he pales in comparison to Donald Wandrei and Clark Ashton Smith--but when he was good I find him very good indeed.[/QUOTE]

    Here, here, now, you're not sitting like the Outsider with that work; I share your appreciation of it. I liked the poem, and it even inspires me to write a further fungi now that the poem is not going to have any further parts, which has been so for a very long time now. But here's my take on it, a verse additional to the poems:

    INTENTIONS
    It may be men of great intentions go
    Into strange pastures where they're not at home
    And there unfathomed evils lay them low
    In secret idylls that they dared to roam.
    'Twere better were they seeking not to know
    Such things so far removed from their command
    That when encountering, they receive a blow
    For seeking things they cannot understand.

    Strange things from space beset their frenzied paths
    And blocking them are the unbridled dead
    The alien and the eldritch here are mixed, and wraths
    Of frustrate gods assail them where they're led.
    It is not good they went there, but 'tis true
    It's landscape meet unto the dreamer's view.
     
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    Is anyone else really into the poem, or am I alone in my devotion? I suppose that most of y'all don't consider Lovecraft much of a poet--and certainly he pales in comparison to Donald Wandrei and Clark Ashton Smith--but when he was good I find him very good indeed.[/QUOTE]

    Here, here, now, you're not sitting like the Outsider with that work; I share your appreciation of it. I liked the poem, and it even inspires me to write a further fungi now that the poem is not going to have any further parts, which has been so for a very long time now. But here's my take on it, a verse additional to the poems:

    INTENTIONS
    It may be men of great intentions go
    Into strange pastures where they're not at home
    And there unfathomed evils lay them low
    In secret idylls that they dared to roam.
    'Twere better were they seeking not to know
    Such things so far removed from their command
    That when encountering, they receive a blow
    For seeking things they cannot understand.

    Strange things from space beset their frenzied paths
    And blocking them are the unbridled dead
    The alien and the eldritch here are mixed, and wraths
    Of frustrate gods assail them where they're led.
    It is not good they went there, but 'tis true
    It's landscape meet unto the dreamer's view.[/QUOTE]

    I quite like your sonnet--although ye scansion in line 11 is choppy and doesn't scan with ye rest of ye poem. S. T. has often wagged his finger at my scansion. What I really love about your sonnet is that it is LOVECRAFTIAN TO YE CORE! Hooray!
     
  14. John Thiel III

    John Thiel III I'm sitting with a south shoe.

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    I'm happy to have pleased you. Lovecraft needs more attention.
     
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    I have long been disappointed that HPL's wonderful "Fungi from Yuggoth" never gets included in volumes which purport to collect his best work. FfY is one of my favorite works by HPL, I like it better than at least half of his stories. The rest of his poetry, not so much....
     
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    John Thiel III I'm sitting with a south shoe.

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    Just have read "The Dreams in the Witch House" :) from a Lovecraft collection called BLACK SEAS OF INFINITY and found in it a lot of the thought which occurs in the poetic series Fungi from Yuggoth. That gave me more familiarity with his mythos as a whole.
     
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