Janicker, Rebecca: "Visions of Monstrosity. Lovecraft, Adaptation and the Comics Arts." In: Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 26.3 (94) (2015), S. 469–488.
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Keywords: Adaptation, Horror, Literature, Lovecraft. Howard Phillips
Collection: Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
Lovecraft's depictions of monstrous extra-terrestrials and familiar New England locales transformed into arenas of cosmic horror have made a distinctive and lasting contribution to the field of horror. Inspired throughout his life by the visual arts, Lovecraft often made allusion to artists and included works of art in his fiction in order to conjure up compelling visions of the weird. His florid prose style, replete with descriptions of awesome creatures and shattering revelations, has been integral to this process. As adaptation studies reveals, those seeking to adapt the written word, for example as films, will typically consider the basics of plot, setting and character whilst also striving to bring something new to the source material. Adapting Lovecraft's work for film has proved especially challenging and it seems that a focus on mood, rather than on the literal re-telling of events, is more likely to succeed in creating a satisfying vision of the weird. In bringing together discussions about art, issues of adaptation and the weird, this article argues that comics, with the medium's union of words and images, provides a unique opportunity to preserve key elements of Lovecraft's original work whilst at the same time permitting fresh interpretations of his stimulating creations.
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