The 2015 Lovecraftian-Inspired Gift Guide

The 2015 Lovecraft-Inspired Gift Guide

Last year I assembled a fun little list of Lovecraftian gift ideas for the holidays. It ended up being popular so I figured since the holiday season is upon us yet again I’d do it one more time! As before, if you’re a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos or have someone on your list who is, I figured it’d be helpful to put together a little gift guide linking to some of my favorite Lovecraftian merchandise from across the web.

Like before, I’ve organized the list by category and ordered them by price making it easy to browse. Have a favorite New Weird or mythos-themed item I left off? Leave a comment and let us know!


❅ Quick Jumps ❅

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[About the Art:] This year’s gift guide’s Featured Image comes from the artist Mark Helwig. Check out the full-color version on Deviant Art.


❅ BOOKS

Chapelwood by Cherie PriestChapelwood by Cherie Priest
$11.98 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $9.99 (eBook)
Last year I featured Maplecroft, the first in Cherie Priests New Mythos series, The Borden Dispatches. I’m pleased to say that book two is even better than the first. Borden finds herself assisting an old friend in the deep south investigating strange disappearances and an even stranger church.


Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs
$13.30 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $9.99 (eBook)
Part southern gothic and part Lovecraftian, John Hornor Jacobs debut novel from 2011 follows the story of muscle-for-hire Bull Ingram as he’s tasked with following the trail of the musician Ramblin’ John Hastur, who has been rumored to have sold his soul to the devil.


Red Litten WorldRed Litten World by K. M. Alexander
$15.00 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $4.61 (eBook)
In the third installment of my Bell Forging Cycle, Caravan Master cum Guardian Waldo Bell returns to the multileveled megalopolis of Lovat and finds himself thrust into a conflict that will lead him to the cities blood-soaked spires.


Cthulhu Fhtagn!Cthulhu Fhtagn! Anthology
$19.99 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $9.99 (eBook)
A fantastic anthology assembled by Ross Lockheart that happens to be one of the best Lovecraft-inspired collections to date. There’s a lot to love here. Cosmic horror tales from names like W. H. Pugmire, Laird Barron, Cameron Pierce, Wendy N. Wagner, Ann K. Schwader, and loads more.


The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft edited by Les Klinger
$27.78 + Free Shipping (Hardcover) $22.99 (eBook)
I’m keeping this on here from last year. This gorgeous coffee table book annotated by Les Klinger is now the definitive collection of Lovecraft’s best work. If you have a fan on your list or wanted to spend a little bit of time with Lovecraft’s works, this is the book to get.


Not finding a book you like? Check out last year’s list →


❆ MUSIC

 Azathoth by Cryo Chamber CollaborationAzathoth by Cryo Chamber Collaboration
$9.00 (Digital Download) $20.00 + Shipping (CD)
Once again the dark-ambient label Cryo Chamber has created another collaboration named after one of Lovecraft’s monsters. This set is themed around the Azathoth, the outer god, and the album has a tone of ancient otherworldliness drenched with vast echoes, terrifyingly wonderful.


The Curious Sea Shanties of Innsmouth, Mass.The Curious Sea Shanties of Innsmouth, Mass.
$15.00 (Digital Download or CD) + Shipping (CD)
What do the sailors of Innsmouth, Massachesues sing while out on their boats? You’d be surprised. In this collection, the Miskatonic Connolly Memorial Men’s Chorus explores the Innsmouth variants of classic shanties. The tunes might be familiar but the lyrics… the lyrics are very different.


Dark Adventure Radio TheaterDark Adventure Radio Theater
$12.00 (Single Downloads) – $200 (Full Collections) + Shipping
Dramatizations of H. P. Lovecraft’s words done radio-theater style. The quality is fantastic, and I highly encourage getting the CDs that include the props as well. Makes it all the more fun to follow along with the story.


Not finding the right music? Check out last year’s list →


❅ APPAREL

Bell Caravan Patch Now AvailableBell Caravans Patch
$5.00 + Shipping (Order by Dec. 11th for Christmas Delivery.)
This beautiful 3″ patch, designed by illustrator Sean Cumiskey, is the perfect way of declaring your loyalty to your beloved caravan master. Put it on your backpack, a tote, or display it on the sleeve of your jacket, just make sure the world knows who you roll with.


Cthulhu BandanaCthulhu Bandanna
$10.00 + Shipping
Bandanas are handy, but why not have one that is slightly different from the rest. Featuring an original border design that incorporates Cthulhu, Nightgaunts, The Hounds of Tindalos, and more! Available in black, green, red, teal, and hot pink.


Cthulhu Varsity JacketCthulhu Varsity Jacket
$90.00 + Shipping
When a tee shirt just isn’t enough and you need to take your love of the mythos to the next level. Features a wool body and leather sleeves with an embroidered HP on the chest and a large Cthulhu on the back.


Looking for something else? Check out last year’s selection →


❆ GAMES

The Last Door: Season 2 Collector EditionThe Last Door: Season 2 – Collector’s Edition
$7.99 (Digital Download) FREE (In-Browser)
I loved Season 1 of this old school adventure game and Season 2 was just as gripping. Heavily influenced by turn-of-the-century horror and the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, The Last Door: Season 2 places you at the center of a mysterious conspiracy of darkness and terror.


Sunless SeaThe Sunless Sea
$18.99 (Digital Download)
After playing and loving Failbetter Games’ browser game Fallen London, I immediately ran out and picked this up from Steam. One of the few games I have spent any time with this year. The tone and music are wonderful, the locations and exploration superb. What will you find the in vast oceans of the Unterzee?


Eldritch HorrorEldritch Horror
$43.64 + Free Shipping
In this cooperative board game (similar to Pandemic), you and your fellow investigators travel the globe in an attempt to thwart the plans of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones while trying to stay sane in the process.


None of these games sounding interesting? Here’s last year’s list →


❅ MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY

Miskatonic University StickerMiskatonic University Sticker
$3.50 + Shipping
With these handy stickers you can make anything in your home an official product of the Miskatonic University. Slap ’em on a notebook or a mug or a water bottle. It’s a handy (and cheap) was to show your pride in your school.


Miskatonic University Lapel PinMiskatonic University Alumni lapel pin
$10.00 + Shipping
An elegant little lapel pin features a purple logo of Miskatonic University. A nice subtle way to confuse your coworkers as well as show your alumni allegiance to the Ivy League school that never was. Ex Ignorantia Ad Sapientiam; Ex Luce Ad Tenebras.


http://store.cthulhulives.org/collections/apparel/products/miskatonic-antarctic-expedition-sweatshirtMiskatonic Antarctic Expedition Sweatshirt
$55.00 + Shipping
The “official” gear from Professor Lake’s ill-fated 1931 Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition. Features the logo of the MU Biology Dept. on the front and the Expedition logo on back. Comes in a combo ($72 + Shipping) with the sweatshirt, a radio play, and a personalized letter from Professor Dyer.


No Miskatonic related items you wanted? Here was last year’s list →


❅ Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! ❅
A terrifying Christmas to all!

A Lovecraft-Inspired Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us! If you’re a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos or have someone on your list, who is I figured it’d be helpful to put together a little gift guide linking to some of my favorite Lovecraftian merchandise from across the web.

I’ve organized the list by category and ordered them by price. So that should make it easy to browse. Have a favorite new weird or mythos-themed item I left off? Leave a comment and let us know!


BooksMusicApparelGamesMiskatonic


BOOKS:

The Witching ElmThe Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford
$.99 (Digital Pre-order)
I heard about C. M. Crawford’s debut novel recently and while it’s not specifically Lovecraftian it definitely seems like something a reader of mythos and new weird would enjoy. I mean: talking ravens, bone-wardens, and other worlds? Sounds great, sign me up.


The Atrocity Archives by Charles StrossThe Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
$7.99 + Free Shipping (Print) $7.60 (eBook)
Meet Bob Howard, a computer hacker who ends up working for the secret British organization: The Laundry. But this isn’t your typical super secret agency, instead of terrorism The Laundry that faces off against something much stranger.


Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches by Cherie PriestMaplecroft by Cherie Priest
$11.00 + Free Shipping (Print) $7.99 (eBook)
I picked this up on a whim after listening to an interview with Priest on the Seattle Geekly Podcast, and I loved it. Priest’s new-mythos tale spins a yarn about madness, fear, and the sea using the historical character Lizzie Borden as the protagonist. I look forward to more.


The Stars Were Right by K. M. AlexanderThe Stars Were Right by K. M. Alexander
$12.60 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $2.99 (eBook)
Have a Lovecraft fan on your list? Pick them up a copy of my first novel, The Stars Were Right. Let them join Caravan Master Waldo Bell as he goes on the run in the coastal megalopolis of Lovat on a quest to clear his name.


Old Broken Road by K. M. AlexanderOld Broken Road by K. M. Alexander
$12.50 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $5.99 (eBook)
My latest Lovecraft-influenced urban fantasy novel: Old Broken Road picks up a year after the events in the previous book and follows Wal and his friends as they travel down an abandoned road full of dark apparitions, bizarre monsters, and ancient evils.


The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft (Author), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Alan Moore (Introduction)The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft edited by Les Klinger
$25.50 + Free Shipping (Print) $19.24 (eBook)
This gorgeous coffee table book annotated by Les Klinger is now the definitive collection of Lovecraft’s best work. If you have a fan on your list or wanted to spend a little bit of time with Lovecraft’s works, this is the book to get.


MUSIC:

Cthulhu by Cryo Chamber Collaboration

Cthulhu by Cryo Chamber Collaboration
$7.00 (Digital Download) $15.00 + Shipping (CD)
If you’re into ambient music, I highly recommend this collaboration from the dark ambient label Cryo Chamber. Themed around Cthulhu this album is drenched in distant echoes and vast chambers that will put you in the mood for terror.


Reliquiae by Atrium CarceriReliquiae by Atrium Carceri
$7.00 (Digital Download)
This haunting album is the soundscape I’d turn on when writing Old Broken Road. Heavy with mood I found myself loving every minute of it. (It’s also my go-to soundtrack when my friends and I play Mansions of Madness.)


APPAREL:

Bell Caravan Patch Now AvailableBell Caravans Patch
$5.00 + Shipping (Order by Dec. 15th for Christmas Delivery.)
This beautiful 3″ patch, designed by illustrator Sean Cumiskey, is the perfect way of declaring your loyalty to your beloved caravan master. Put it on your backpack, a tote, or display it on the sleeve of your jacket, just make sure the world knows.


Cthulhu Ski MaskCthulhu Ski Mask
$60.00 + Shipping
Winter has settled into the mountains, and the ski resorts are opening. It’s good to protect one’s face while shredding the slopes. Terrify other skiers and snowboarders in a handcrafted ski mask made by the Mad Knitter in a disturbing shade of Cthulhu green.


GAMES:

The Last Door

The Last Door Collectors Edition
$9.99 (Digital Download) FREE (In-Browser)
I don’t play many video games these days, but I absolutely loved this old school adventure game. Heavily influenced by turn-of-the-century horror and the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, The Last Door, places you in the center of a dark mystery.


Mansions of MadnessMansions of Madness
$60.00 + Free Shipping
My wife can attest how obsessed I’ve become with this board game. It’s a blast. Investigators have to solve a mystery while the Keeper tries to kill them off. The perfect blend of Lovecraft and action adventure. A lot of fun.


MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY:

Miskatonic Combo

Miskatonic University Mug
$15.00 + Shipping
One of my favorite mugs in my house, with a beautifully designed Miskatonic University seal. It’s also nice and big and, therefore, holds extra coffee (the secret to my power.) Comes in white or nightgaunt black… naturally.


Miskatonic ComboMiskatonic University Combo Pack
$45.00 + Shipping
Get a Miskatonic U. t-shirt, Miskatonic stickers, the M.U. Course book, an M.U. Library card, a customized letter of acceptance, a customized student ID, the M.U. Mug (for those all night study sessions,) and a customized diploma!


Miskatonic University Class Ring

Miskatonic University Class Ring
$99.99 – $1,773.00 + Shipping
Need a classy engagement ring? Maybe you own everything else on this list and have some money to burn? Why not show some pride in the Ivy League school that never was and get a fancy 24k gold Miskatonic University class ring? Oh, you so fancy!


Gifting My Books for the 2021 Holidays

2020 was weird enough, and 2021 seems like a worthy successor. Here in the States, our Thanksgiving is tomorrow which usually means it’s time to do our duty as consumers and start thinking about holiday gifts. Once again I wanted to share a guide for gifting my books—and hey, I had a new book arrive this year! It’s a perfect time to give Gleam Upon the Waves or any of my other books as a gift. Plus, if you order a signed copy direct from me, it’ll come with an amazing swag set.

Much of this guide remains the same as previous years, but there are a few small differences. As always, I break it down into signed paperbacks, regular paperbacks, and how you can gift ebooks.


Want Signed or Personalized Books?

🖋 Want Signed/Personalized Books?

Order from my store where I sell and ship signed and personalized books. With recent mail slowdowns, the 2021 deadline to order is now December 8th, a Wednesday. Any orders beyond December 8th might not get to you in time. (I ship via media mail, and the estimate for that is anywhere from two to ten days but it seems to be taking longer these days.) As of 2020, I only ship domestically.

I sign everything from my shop, but if you want your books personalized, make sure to leave me a note in the “Notes or Instructions” field during checkout and let me know the recipient. That’s it! Just click the button below and start shopping.


Ordering Paperbacks From an Online Retailer

📦 Ordering Unsigned Paperbacks from an Online Retailer

Don’t care about signed books? The quickest way to get paperback copies delivered would be by ordering through any of the online retailers. The majority of them offer guaranteed delivery by Christmas. Often they ship for free. (Check the details of their site.) Links to purchase are below.


Giving eBooks as Gifts

📱Giving eBooks as Gifts

Did you know you can give eBooks as gifts? It’s true! There are options available on every platform except Kobo. So, if there is an eBook reader in your life, you can still send them into the Territories and save yourself a little money in the process. Details for each store below.


K. M. Alexander's Books on Amazon Kindle

Order for Kindle →

Instructions:
1. Select the book.
2. Click the “Give as Gift” button.


K. M. Alexander's Books on Barnes & Noble's Nook

Order for Nook →

Instructions:
1. Select the book.
2. Click the “Buy as Gift” button.


Order for iBooks →

Instructions:
1. Select the book.
2. Click “Gift this Book” in the drop-down.


Order for Google Play →

Instructions:
1. Select the book.
2. Click “Buy as Gift”


I hope that clarifies the gifting and ordering options for 2021. If you have any questions, you can always leave a comment, or you are welcome to reach out to me via email: hello@kmalexander.com. Thanks for your excitement in the Bell Forging Cycle and your interest in sharing Wal’s adventures with your friends and family. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Open Call for Unutterable Cosmic Horror Items

Every year since 2014, I have assembled a holiday gift guide filled with cosmic-horror goodies. It’s become one of my favorite annual projects. Our little corner of the horror world is full of talented creators, and I like to use the gift guide as a way to highlight some of the fabulous weird-fiction-related items I’ve discovered throughout the year. 2021 will be no different. (I’ll link to previous guides below so you can see what I’ve featured previously.)

That said, I am but one man, and there’s always cool stuff out there I missed. I could use your help. As I have for the last several years, I’m getting an early jump on assembling the guide. And it’s always worthwhile to do an open call and see what else lurks in the internet’s shadowed corners. This is that open call! Link me cool stuff! What have you found, dear reader? I want to know about it, and I’m sure others do too.

As always, the categories are:

  • Books (I generally have this covered)
  • Music
  • Apparel (no teeshirts—there’s a bajillion of them)
  • Games (no, I will not feature Bloodborne, it gets plenty of love already)
  • Housewares
  • Miskatonic University

You can leave a comment below (I approve all non-bot comments), tweet at me, or just drop me an email. Let me know what you’ve found that would be perfect for this year’s Gift Guide! Thanks in advance.


Previous Cosmic Horror Gift Guides

As promised, below are links to the guides from the last seven years. Some of the products were one-offs, are out of print, or just aren’t sold anymore. Don’t be shocked if you find some broken links. Especially in those earlier guide. It happens. Still, loads of cool stuff.

❄️ 20202019 – 2018 – 2017 – 2016 – 2015 – 2014 ❄️


The eighth annual 2021 Cosmic Horror Holiday Gift Guide arrives on Black Friday, the darkest and most vile winter holiday. So, be sure to return here to see this year’s thematic selection. Tell your friends! Share with your family! Shout it from the rooftops! It’s going to be a good one. 🦑

Open Call for Tenebrous Cosmic Horror Goodies

Open Call for Tenebrous Cosmic Horror Goodies

For the past five years, I’ve put together a highly-curated list of cosmic horror-related paraphernalia for the holiday season. It’s a collection of some of my favorite weird/new weird goodies that’d make perfect gifts for yourself or the cosmic horror fan in your life. I’m pleased to say this year will be the sixth! (I’ll link to past lists at the end of this post.)

I’m traveling over Thanksgiving, so I’m getting an early jump on assembling the guide. Like last year, I figured it’d be worthwhile to do an open call and see what else is lurking in the shadowed corners of the internet. Not everything submitted will get selected. But there’s always something cool out there that I completely missed. So, what have you found, dear reader? I want to know about it.

As before the categories are:

  • Books (I generally have this covered)
  • Music
  • Apparel (no teeshirts—there’s a bajillion of them, most are awful)
  • Games
  • Housewares
  • Miskatonic University

You can leave a comment below (I approve all non-bot comments) or just drop me an email and let me know what you’d like to see on this year’s Gift Guide!


Previous Cosmic Horror Gift Guides

As promised, below are links to the guides from the last five years. Just click on any of the links and start shopping!

❄️ 20182017 – 2016 – 2015 – 2014 ❄️


For those waiting, don’t fret too much longer, the 2019 Cosmic Horror Gift Guide launches on Black Friday! Be sure to check back to see this year’s selection. It’ll be a good one.


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My Ongoing Blog Series You Can Read Today

My Ongoing Blog Series You Can Read Today

There’s plenty of writers on the internet who user their blogging platform to dish out advice on writing or focus on the craft. While that is all well and good, I’ve intentionally chosen to do something a little different with my blog. For several years, among the book updates, pleas for reviews, and general news—I’ve been writing several reoccurring series about all manner of things. Fake swearing, my books, plants, riverboats, history, the list is large and full of interesting things.

In this post, I’ve collected all my ongoing series and have provided links so you can peruse the various categories—I even offer starting suggestions. So, if you’re looking for something a bit different than your standard author-blog content, consider starting with one of these…

Wild Territories

Frequency: When they’re ready
Category: Bell Forging Cycle lore
Current Number of posts:
Three
Start with: Faiths and Creeds of Lovat

It’s always fun to explore the backstory of a series. I love extending some of the lore and legend that surrounds my novels. I’m also a fan of PBS and Marty Stouffer’s Wild America. That all came together for Wild Territories, a series about the extended lore of my books. Currently, there’s only a handful of posts, but with Gleam Upon the Waves coming soon, I’ll have many more on the way.


Garden of Horrors

Frequency: Monthly/Bi-monthly
Category: The natural world is gross
Current Number of posts: Nine
Start with: The Clathrus Archeri

Nature is a wild and weird place, in this series, I take a look at the more unusual bits of the earth’s flora. Generally, it’s pretty gross, sometimes it’s disturbing, but it’s always fascinating to see what sort of bizarre adaptations exist. Sometimes that feeling of disgust can come from the most unexpected places.


Raunch Reviews

Frequency: Monthly
Category: Language
Current Number of posts: Sixteen
Start with: Mork & Mindy/Starsiege: Tribes

The English language is a stupid language. It evolves, steals, shifts and absorbs, and it never looks the same across centuries. Slang is often the driver of this drift. Raunch Reviews is a series about slang, particularly, profanity. Not real profanity, but speculative swearing. Authors often try to incorporate original, innovative forms of profanity into our own fantastical works as a way to expand the worlds we build. Sometimes we’re successful. Often we’re not.


Riverboats! Revolution! Magic!

Frequency: Occasional
Category: History
Current Number of posts: Ten
Start with: A Riverboat’s Menu

Researching history for my big ol’ project Coal Belly has given me insight into bits and bobs of history and the details surrounding riverboats—stuff I never learned in school. In these posts, I share my findings, focusing in on the people or technology that made these vessels so unique and sharing a plethora of photos from dusty old archives.


#NoBadMaps

Frequency: Monthly (for 2019, at least)
Category: Cartography/History
Current Number of posts: Nineteen
Start with: #NoBadMaps

This started as a project to help fantasy indie authors develop their own maps for their books and has grown into something much more. Now, eleven brush sets and several tutorials later #NoBadMaps has become something greater, and it’s exciting to see people using these in their work.


Visual Inspiration

Visual Inspiration

Frequency: Occasional
Category: Art
Current Number of posts: Eleven
Start with: Yuri Shwedoff

I’ve been a graphic designer for nearly two decades now; I’m drawn to visual mediums. Often, I come across an artist’s work, be it paintings, concept art, or digital drawings that enliven me creatively. In this series, I share the work of artists who’s work I have found inspiring, perhaps they’ll inspire you as well.


Watching History

Frequency: Occasional
Category: History
Current Number of posts: One
Start with: Watching History 1

When I was a kid, my favorite TV channel was the History Channel. But in recent year, the History Channel has eschewed history in favor of scripted and reality programming. It’s a bummer. Thankfully, the internet has stepped in. There are all sorts of amazing creatives who run YouTube channels with a focus on making history come alive. In here, I share my favorites.


Lovecraft-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

Lovecraft-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

Frequency: Yearly
Category: Cosmic Horror Gifts
Current Number of posts: Five
Start with: The 2019 Lovecraft-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

For the last six years, I’ve been assembling a highly-curated list of cosmic horror goodies that are perfect for yourself or the cosmic horror fan in your life. Books, Games, Music, Apparel, Housewares and a whole lot more! Loads of goodies worth checking out around the holidays or… at any time of the year, really.


I’m really proud of the work I’ve been doing. It’s been nice to work on blog posts in between writing sessions. Keeps me on my toes, lets me explore different concepts, and I think it makes my books better. Hopefully, you’ll find something entertaining or eye-opening among this list.

Have a question, comment, or want to drop me a line? Leave a comment below, or visit the Contact K. M. Alexander page for a list of handy ways you can reach out.


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