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Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom

(Howard Lovecraft #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  83 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father's warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange, frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger. Alone and scared, Howard befriends a hideous creature he names Spot who takes him to the castle of the king where he is captured and sentenced t ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Arcana Studio
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Dec 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Bruce Brown's Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom has a long reach, but stops just sort of grasping its potential. Renzo Podesta's artwork is beautiful, simultaneously cute and sinister, somewhere between Winsor McCay and Brom with a smidge of Ben Templesmith thrown in. In other words, the art was fabulous. I've got to hunt down more of Renzo Podesta's work.

The story itself, however, leaves a lot to be desired. In brief, Howard Lovecraft is given a mystic book by his institutionalized fathe
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, meh
Is your child bored?
Did his father get locked away in the asylum?
Does hanging out with tentacle monsters from the deep sound like fun?

Then do we have the thing for you. This Christmas we're offering the Black book, otherwise known as the mad Arab's Kitab al-Azif, that's the Necronomicon to you folks, for half price. You heard right! We're offering this one time only deal on the Book of the Dead for half off. Your kid will be summoning Great old ones in no time and if that's not enough he'll have
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, weird
I saw the movie adaptation before I read this, which is probably the second best order, the best order being to read this and skip the movie.

In both, HPL is a young lad who is scarred one Christmas Eve by seeing his father in an insane asylum. Told of a book he is to destroy, HPL is (in a general literary coincidence) later given that book as a gift to help him feel better. Upon reading it, he is sucked into...well, A Frozen Kingdom called (but nothing like the real HPL's) R'lyeh. Here he meets
Timothy Pitkin
I do like the alternate take on H.P. Lovecraft and how he came up with the idea of his creations. I love the idea of Lovecraft actually coming into contact with these creatures and also I love Spot. Also while some may not like the more comedic tones of this story I think it is done pretty well. They also do keep the creepy and eerie atmosphere with the artwork. As the artwork is not quite right given everyone thing a very Eldritch feel even the humans. I really need to find the rest of the seri ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book, solid retelling read to a second grader who loved it
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh. Not enough Lovecraft for a Lovecraft-inspired-comic. I wavered with this being a two-star not three.
Matt Siden
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Author Bruce Brown shows respect for his young audience from page one, choosing a quote from Edgar Allen Poe to set the tone for the novel and to let readers know he isn’t talking down to them. Podesta’s art also shows the same type of dark sophistication seen in some of the adult horror comics, while not being too graphic to scare off young readers. There is nothing they haven’t seen in the stylized worlds of a Harry Potter film, with the main character given a softer look I would describe as m ...more
A very good graphic novel, but even after reading it I'm not sure who the intended audience might have been. The protagonist is a very young Howard Lovecraft, and the story takes place at Christmas, 1894, when the real Lovecraft would have been only 4 1/2. The character in the story acts a bit older, though, and it matters.
The tale blends the real world, which wasn't all that nice, with the nightmarish world that would probably inspire Lovecraft's fiction...rather like Lewis Carroll having falle
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it
A neat story about HP Lovecraft teleporting himself to a frozen wasteland. the vocab is at a higher level, but the story is pretty good. the artists create a fully formed and believable world. [Edited]
Jeff Raymond
This is apparently pretty well-received, but I'll be honest - it did nothing for me, felt like it went nowhere special, and felt more like an attempt to jump in on the Lovecraftian renaissance we've been seeing over the last few years. I don't recommend.
Brian Fitzpatrick
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book that takes the world of H.P. Lovecraft and makes it not only kid-friendly but still a bit disturbing. Amazing art. Great writing.
Joseph Patchen
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this fun, fantastical adventure with a twisted surprise ending.

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Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Listen up, Spot. It's cute but slight.
Bruce Brown
I am the author of Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom. It is a all ages introduction to the works of HP Lovecraft.
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