We have unlocked the deep, terrible heart of evil lurking within the so-called “Piano Man”

Given Twitter’s recent obsession with turning old poems into memes, it should be no surprise that someone dug up some old H.P. Lovecraft verse and found a way to have fun with it. What should be surprising is that notorious keyboard smasher Billy Joel has somehow found his way into the conversation. It all started…

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What’s your favorite fictional religion?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Never forget c’thurkey, the octopus-stuffed turkey from hell

Crab legs are wonderful. Octopus is delicious, or at least its texture is fun. Turkey is fine, and it’s difficult to avoid this week. However, Thanksgiving is a time to pair seemingly nice things—such as extended family and alcohol—and marvel at the ensuing abominations. It was perhaps in this spirit that all of the…

Horror-nerd class is now in session as Miskatonic Institute opens in NYC

The Miskatonic Institute for Horror Studies—a.k.a. the horror fan’s Hogwart’s—first opened in Montreal in 2010, the brainchild of film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse (House Of Psychotic Women). In 2015, it expanded with a branch in London, helpfully strengthening the metaphor we were admittedly reaching for in…

Real-world and mythical terrors get equal billing in Lovecraft Country

Early on in Lovecraft Country, a story is told about a black man journeying alone in Jim Crow-era America. The man is stopped by a white police officer, who tells him he’s traveling through a “sundown country”: “If I’d caught you here after dark, it’d be my sworn duty to hang you from one of these trees.” He then…

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On second thought, Guillermo Del Toro would make a PG-13 version of At The Mountains Of Madness

As maybe the biggest monster lovers of their respective eras, Guillermo del Toro and H.P. Lovecraft are definitely Drift compatible. But like any Jaeger-style mind meld, the bonding of their brains—one living, the other long dead—could result in a lot of expensive mayhem. Three years ago, Universal pulled the plug on…