I’m delighted to announce that after several years of delays due to red tape of the licensing and inspections variety, the Mill Race Theatrical Company of Mount Holly, NJ, is about to begin production of their Theater of Fear–a collection of three horror-themed one-act plays, which includes my adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s creepy little story, From Beyond.
The first table read is July 9th, with performances beginning September 27, 2019 and running for seven weeks. I’m very excited.
I know that many think of Lovecraft as a before times sort of writer, like O. Henry or Mark Twain, but he actually wrote in the 1920-30s. Often compared to Edgar Allen Poe, who invented the detective story and elevated horror writing, Lovecraft is credited with being one of, if not the founder of weird fiction [although Lovecraft himself tipped his hat to Mr. Poe as the founder of the genre].
Like Poe, he has maintained popularity through the years for his short stories and benefited from the respects paid to him by the likes of modern giants like novelist Stephen King and filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro.
His popularity also received a boost from a string of film adaptations that have achieved cult status: The Dunwich Horror, Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, The Color Out of Space. Guillermo Del Toro has been trying to mount a production of At the Mountains of Madness for years now.
Lovecraft himself is a difficult figure to embrace because he was a horrid racist who channeled his reactionary fear of non-white people into the eldritch dread of Cthulhu and the rest of the old ones. Some folks have a hard time separating the artist from their art [and it’s perfectly understandable if you can’t]. Some [like myself] who developed a love for Lovecraft’s stories at a young age, long before his overt racism became common knowledge, have a difficult time reconciling the two. I have
As Lovecraft himself said, “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”
Anyway. I’ll keep you posted as things progress. The Mill Race Theatrical Company does very immersive theater with cutting-edge technology, and I feel I may have pushed their boundaries a little bit with my adaptation. We shall see.