The headquarters team is spending the weekend at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. One of our boxes of merchandise somehow ended up in Texas (we can only imagine that it was interfered with by Mi-Go) so we don't have quite as many items available at the sales table as we intended. We're already sold out of DART: "The White Tree", for example. But we're having a lovely time enjoying some rainy weather and are looking forward to performing "Dagon: War of Worlds" LIVE on stage later today!
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.
The newest episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, "A Solstice Carol", combines three of Lovecraft's shorter tales in a Dickensian frame narrative for a unique anthology show. The episode is longer than usual, running almost 90 minutes, and comes in a 2-CD set which also features almost 45 minutes of fun bonus material. We've even added an extra prop document. It's four stories in one, and then some! The show is at the printer now, and should be shipping in the first week of November.
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.
August 20 will be H.P. Lovecraft's 125th birthday. To celebrate, we're giving HPL fans 10% off anything in our store through Aug 21. Just use the discount code: HAPPYBIRTHDAYHOWARD when you check out. And think a kind though for Mr. Lovecraft this Thursday.
Have you considered being an HPLHS member? If you were one (or if you ARE one), you'd have a coupon that would get you 20% anything you buy in the HPLHS store through today. One member bought our Angell Box with the couopon and save himself a couple of hundred dollars! Yes, membership has its benefits. Check them all out on the HPLHS membership page.
Most of you know that Lovecraft's most successful efforts at getting published took place in the pages of the pulp magazine Weird Tales. These issues are now fragile collectors items - hard to find and expensive. We're delighted to announce we now are carrying replica editions of all of the Weird Tales issues where HPL's works were published during his lifetime. Check them out and order one up - it's like a quick trip back to the 1920s and you'll get to see one of your favorite authors works published as it was in his lifetime.
The HPLHS is an international organization. We count ourselves fortunate to have friends, members, and customers on every continent (you'd be surprised how many of our Antarctic Hoodies have actually been to Antarctica). So, in our endless quest to offer a great experience to our customers, we've just added a function to our store where it should be showing you prices in your own local currency. We hope that makes it a bit easier and a bit more fun. If you have any feedback for us, please send it our way.
We've finally opened the doors to the new store to let people in. We hope you enjoy the experience and find it easier to discover the many odd treasures within. We'll be working on updating and upgrading many of the product images. And you may find some leftover links to the old store that don't work. We'll be grateful to hear from people who find problems that we can fix.