Thursday, August 02, 2007

Rue Morgue August 2007 Issue: Brattleboro, Vt

In the August 20o7 issue of Rue Morgue, Nick Mamatas tells of his October 2006 trip to Brattleboro, Vermont. In "Warning; Travelogue of Terror: Lovecraft's Brattleboro" he describes the town as virtually unchanged in nearly 80 years. The late Alan Eames led a group of legend trippers down Goodenough Road to the semi-secret location of Goodenough Farm, the inspiration of Akeley's Farm in The Whisperer in the Darkness. Mamatas describes the town as still only about 8 blocks long embedded in the hills and forests of Vermont.

He adds two other bits of lore. Sean Branney plans a film in Brattleboro of The Whisperer in the Dark soon. Lovecraft fan and comic artist Steve Bissett lives not far away in Marlboro, Vermont.

So Brattleboro is still a legendary and eerie place!

(If you get a copy, the story is on pp. 66,67)

Wikipedia reports: Nick Mamatas' first full-length novel, Move Under Ground (Night Shade Books, 2004/Prime Books, 2006), combined the Beat style of Kerouac with the cosmic horror of HPL's Cthulhu Mythos. This novel was nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel in 2005, and made the Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List for books published in 2004. In early 2007 he decided to distribute it online for free under a Creative Commons license.

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