A six year old boy, Howard Lovecraft, will soon stumble upon the legendary Necronomicon and be transported to a world inhabited by horrifying creatures.
We spoke with writer, Bruce Brown, about the upcoming title from Arcana Studios.
Can you give our readers a synopsis of Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom?
Bruce Brown: After visiting his father in Butler 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 to death.
The Big Bad Wolf: Who are the main characters?
Bruce Brown: Well, first and foremost, our lead character; six year old Howard Lovecraft. Since in real life, H.P. Lovecraft was a child prodigy, I felt that I could make him a more mature character than your usual six year old. Then there is Howard’s father, Winfield Lovecraft, who was driven insane by his contact with the Necronomicon, plays a pivotal role in setting this story in motion. Once Howard enters the Frozen Kingdom, the King, is a critical character in the story
and last but not least, Howard’s side kick; Spot is right by Howard’s side all throughout this adventure.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give us some information on Howard’s Cthulhu-like side-kick?
Bruce Brown: Howard befriends this hideous creature upon entering the Frozen Kingdom. Unable to pronounce his real name, Howard decides to call him Spot. Spot is Howard’s protector within the Frozen Kingdom, yet like most things within this story, Spot is not what he seems to be.
That factor aside, Howard and Spot are friends who seem to be constantly arguing with each other. I feel this is one of the more humorous aspects of the book, is their sarcastic banter with each other. Besides, it appealed to me to have in an all ages story a young boy
with a rather menacing guardian standing behind him; the more menacing the better!
The Big Bad Wolf: Does Howard have any powers himself, or does he carry the Necronomicon with him?
Bruce Brown: The Necronomicon is the catalyst to this story. Truly no one, including Howard himself,
is unaffected by their contact with it. In this story, the Necronomicon is like the proverbial monkey’s paw. Everyone wants it, but once you get your hands on it, it usually turns out for the worse. As far as Howard having any kind of powers, I would say only his intellect and the fearlessness of a that of a child, works in his favor.
The Big Bad Wolf: What types of monsters will we see in this book?
Bruce Brown: The Frozen Kingdom is littered with creatures from Lovecraft stories. Some are very obvious and some are more subtly hidden. If you’re a fan of Lovecraft,
I think you’ll read it and be thoroughly amused by this different take on Lovecraft’s characters.
The Big Bad Wolf: Is this an ongoing, or miniseries?
Bruce Brown: Howard Lovecraft will be released as a graphic novel by Arcana Studios. I think if there will
be any other Howard stories, it will depend on the sales of the book. But, I can say, I have already written the sequel just in case.
The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date?
Bruce Brown: The book is still in production, but should be finished by the end of March if all goes well. I would like to see a summer release date. But, in the end, it will be decided by the good folks at Arcana.
The Big Bad Wolf: How much is the book?
Bruce Brown: Originally, it was going to be $3.95 an issue, but now that it is coming out as a graphic novel,
I am not sure what the price is yet.
The Big Bad Wolf: Who’s the rest of the creative team on the book?
Bruce Brown: The art on the book is done by the amazing Renzo Podesta. I worked with Renzo on a short story for an Arcana horror anthology and I loved his art so much. I wanted to work with him on a project and this one was perfect for his style of art. The lettering has been done by the very talented Shawn DePasquale and Jason Hanley.
The Big Bad Wolf: When did you first discover H.P. Lovecraft’s work?
Bruce Brown: I co-wrote a script with Dwight L. MacPherson and it was a Lovecraftian story based on a short
story he wrote. Before we started, he had asked if I was a Lovecraft fan and I had to admit, I never read any of his work. So, before I could work on that script, I basically took a crash course on Lovecraft and his work and I was grateful I did! I not only found, his writing brilliant, but even more so, found the man himself fascinating.
The Big Bad Wolf: What stands out as your favorite story?
Bruce Brown: I would have to say, The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Call of Cthulhu would be my favorites. I also loved The Picture in the House.
The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen
Bruce Brown: There is a forum on Arcana’s site solely for Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom.
There you can find sneak previews of the book and all information concerning Howard.
Here is the link: http://www.arcanacomics.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=46.
Also, you can find out information on Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom from
The Official Myspace page of the book.
Here is the link: http://www.myspace.com/howardlovecraft
The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about Howard
Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom?
Bruce Brown: In closing, I would like to thank Comicmonsters.com and Rob Caprilozzi for giving me this chance to talk to you about this project that I am very excited about. I would also like to say that if you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, then this book is a unique opportunity to see H.P. Lovecraft and his work in a totally different light; an all ages book! If you have never read Lovecraft, then this book would be a fun place to start and maybe pique your interest into the greatest horror writer of modern times. And if Lovecraft doesn’t sway you at all, if you simply love a creepy all ages story, then this book is definitely worth a look!
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time, Bruce! Best of luck with the book.
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