The Singing Zeitgeist

Herbert West–Reanimator: the Musical! On reflection, it doesn’t seem as weird as the Lord of the Rings musical which is actually running now.

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James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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4 Responses to The Singing Zeitgeist

  1. fpb says:

    Damn! I used to say (before he died) that Jack Kirby was the only person who turned in his grave while still alive. Now, HP Lovecraft has been dead long enough, but as for turning in his grave…. The only consolation is that he himself did not take what he called his “yog-sothothry” very seriously.

    • JE says:

      I seem to remember a cheapo movie of Reanimator in the 80s… a musical would seem like mercy by comparison, if I’m remembering it at all clearly (and I hope I’m not).

  2. davidcapeguy says:

    There was an “Evil Dead” musical running in Manhattan last fall that actually got some good reviews. The first three rows were covered in plastic and officially designated as a Splatter Zone.

    But I’m also plagued by the mental sound-image of somebody on stage trying to sing HPL’s poetry, set to music.

    While in town, see: “Fun Guy from Yuggoth! — the Musical”

    • JE says:

      “Fun Guy from Yuggoth! — the Musical”

      Book by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Weber, music by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Donny Osmond in the lead role, with Madonna playing Mrs. Yog-Sothoth. The hit single from the show, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn,” playing for months on Top 40 radio. It all seems so frighteningly plausible!

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