Artist Patrick Dean spent the latter part of 2014 working on an online project called "Underwhelming Lovecraft Monsters." It started off pretty small, with Dean creating the kind of kooky caricatures the Old Ones might get while visiting the state fair (see right). Before long, he'd expanded the idea into fun (and funny) multi-panel summaries of some of H.P. Lovecraft's better-known stories. It quickly became my favorite thing on the Internet, but it seems the series might be going on hiatus.
"This might be the last one of these I do for awhile; I’m going to focus all my drawing time on a big project that I hope goes somewhere," Dean announced yesterday on his Tumblr feed. "Wish me luck and I’ll update this page periodically, I promise."
I hope we see more of this stuff in the future. With luck, he'll get enough of these strips banked for a collected edition in the future. If not, let me offer a "thank you" to Dean for helping me waste time surfing the Internet at work in a quality fashion.
Below is a quick index to the multi-panel strips at "Underwhelming Lovecraft Monsters." If you like what you see, make sure to browse the rest of the Tumblr feed ... there's lots more that's not linked here.
(Note: If you want to see Dean's take on Barnabas Collins, click HERE.)
Herbert West: Re-Animator (all six chapters)
The Color Out of Space
The Picture in the House
What the Moon Brings
The Whisperer in the Darkness
The Music of Erich Zann
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
The Statement of Randolph Carter