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Lovecraft is Missing

Larry Latham is a hardcore fan of H.P. Lovecraft's immortal tales of horror, who also happens to be a really good comic artist himself. So, naturally, he's combined his two loves together and given us a unique webcomic that's actually a graphic novel in the making. On the plus side, the artwork and coloring are outstanding, easily the equal of many published comics. On the minus side, the drawings are so detailed and complex that the comic is only updated once per week – though each update is a full-sized comic page of up to ten panels. The advantage of this being a webcomic is that Latham doesn't have to keep to the restrictions of published comic books. As a result, this thing has the potential to be a huge book: it's over fifty pages long (and the comic is over a year old), and the story is still in its beginnings. But despite the slow pace of the updates, the story has been moving at a pretty good clip. It's a tale of eldritch horrors from beyond, and Latham has paid tribute to Lovecraft by including the author himself as a character in the story…except that he's gone missing. Lovecraft ("Howard," as in "Howard Phillips Lovecraft") has suddenly disappeared from his home without a trace one evening, even as two people have come to see him – one to meet him, as he was a fan of his stories; the other investigating the theft or desecration of a series of rare pictures pilfered from a library book. And their investigations have put them on the trail of a mysterious cult of madmen…or things…who are obviously in the workings of a horrible plot involving beings right out of Lovecraft's tales themselves.

And yes, Great Cthulhu himself is there…though we've only seen the barest hints of it yet.

Latham does the story and art, though he has friends do the coloring.

Though the comic updates only once a week, Latham also runs a blog that he updates twice weekly, with detailed and very literate essays about whatever is on his mind – and that's usually horror, from pulp fiction horror to modern-day horror films.