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Bruce Brown and Thomas Boatwright ‘Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness’ Review


Written by: Matt Molgaard

I’ve long believed H.P. Lovecraft to be decades ahead of his time. The man conjured up tales to truly terrify, and they read as seamless alternate renditions of our own realities, fully understandable, but uncannily complex. The man had an almost enigmatic style, but it hammered the hearts of horror fanatics worldwide. And Lovecraft, though not remotely near as famed in life as he now is in death, deserves every bit of praise and honorary works dedicated to him today. Especially the wildly entertaining graphic novel, Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness.

This is a gorgeous book with a throwback artistic feel and a good-natured tone to the story, which pays constant tribute to Lovecraft. And I mean constant tribute. Fans of Lovecraft’s works will catch so many references it’s truly ridiculous… in a genuinely joyous way. Writer Bruce Brown infuses just enough light humor to keep the chuckles alive, but he’s also willing to delve into darker territories as young Howard Lovecraft races to ensure the safety of his father, Winfield Lovecraft. I’m not out to spoil every detail of this book, because it really, truly is a genius piece of work, designed to be enjoyed by readers of all ages. And there are a few surprises that deserve to be unearthed firsthand.

At just 84 pages in length the story flies by, and the surprises and hat-tips never grow old. Thomas Boatwright’s approach to illustration is going to win big with fans of vintage comic strip-style artwork, but it’s just contemporary enough to really seize the attention of today’s youth as well. Between Boatwright’s artwork and Brown’s compelling tale, Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness is an astounding success. This a treasure that absolutely must be unearthed by the masses. And if you’re hoping to get your kids interested in the catalogue of one of the greatest minds to ever spin a slick story, this is a need-to-own book.

Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness isn’t available for pre-order just yet, but you can get the other two books in the series right now. Dig on Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom right here and grab Howard Lovecraft & the Frozen Kingdom right here. If these two GNs rival Brown’s latest, they’re worth every last penny, and then some.

Rating: 5/5

About The Overseer (1669 Articles)
Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

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