After talking about it for years, thinking about it for years and working on it for years, we're very pleased to have unveiled a whole new website for the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Our old site, which began in the early days of the Internet sixteen years ago, was built on the fly. Like the famed Winchester Mystery House, we added onto it over the years, creating new wings, attics, basements, doors to nowhere and the like. The net itself and how people use it has changed a lot over those years. The HPLHS has changed a lot too.
Back in 2000, we were still principally a group of Live Action Role Playing gamers who had created our own unique system of Lovecraftian gaming called Cthulhu Lives. But as the years have moved on, our focus has moved away from gaming to and the Society's principal endeavor is the creation of Lovecraftian entertainments. Around 2001 we produced a mockumentary film, A Shoggoth on the Roof, and that started us down a path which has led to where we are today: producing motion pictures, audio projects, books, CDs and much, much more.
So, our new site is our effort to better represent who we are these days and where we're heading in the future. It's also an effort to better serve you with a site that's friendly to tablets, phones and other mi-go technologies used to access the web. We're still converting a lot of our old content from the old site into the format of the new site, so if you don't see something you like from the old site, please check back in with us.
Ultimately, our web presence is about interfacing with you, people who enjoy the works of H.P. Lovecraft. We hope you like the changes. If you have any comments or suggestions for us, by all means, let us know.
Beloved Friends and Valued Customers,
If you haven’t heard, U.S. postal rates are going up on January 17 by as much as 21.6%. International rates will be more affected than domestic rates, but since we do all of our shipping with the U.S. Postal service, this rate hike will impact most of our customers. If you’re considering making an HPLHS order and want to save a few bucks on shipping, now is the time to strike. Please know we don’t set our shipping rates — the U.S. government does. We wish we could send you great Lovecraftian products for even less.
I think it would be a better world if folks didn't buy into the American concept of hyper-consumerism known as Black Friday. I believe Americans would be better served by going for a walk in the woods or sitting around playing a board game with their family. They'd be better served by cooking and eating together. They'd be better served to take a day to enjoy the gift of the family and friends most dear to them rather than focusing on the acquisition of gifts. Life is short - dig into it and enjoy it.
Of course, we are a small business - I mean really small, we're only 2 and 2/3 people. We make our livings by selling Lovecraftian goods to the people like you who come to our site. We love it when customers buy our stuff and we like it even better when they're so pleased with what they bought, they come back for more. So, if either necessity or your own whims lead you to shop this Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyclopean Sunday or Cyber Monday, we're glad to have you visit our online boutique. Your purchases directly support the HPLHS, but they also support the various suppliers and artisans who work with us to make the weird stuff we create.
If you're reading this, you're probably here shopping already. So, we're not going to kick you out. We hope you'll prowl around and find something wonderful for someone you love (or maybe even yourself). And when you're done with online shopping, we hope you'll find someone you really like and spend a little quality time with them. It's the best kind of spending you can do.
For two centuries, the humble newspaper was the friend of the worker: the conduit of news, local information, job opportunities, diversions and so much more. But the 21st century seems to be killing our old friend the newspaper. For our Dark Adventure Radio Theatre show, Dagon: War of Worlds, we decided it would be fun to see how a 1935 newspaper might have reported on Lovecraftian cosmic horror. We had a great time writing articles, creating maps and graphics, photos and more. It gave us a new appreciation for what a tremendous job was done (and is still done) daily by the worlds papers.
To celebrate the labor, we've decided to put our Dagon Newspaper on sale. From now through Monday, Sept. 7, they're just five bucks. We wish we could sell them to you for just a nickle, but I fear inflation has caught up with the handful of printers in the United States who can still print a classical broadsheet paper.
This Labor Day we offer our thanks to you, our customers, whose enthusiasm allows us to have the coolest job in the world.