Below is the portion of that interview:
Eight stories adapted from the works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the
father of modern horror – but a writer who was so much more than that!
Writer Brandon Barrows and artist Hugo Petrus dive into the depths and
far corners of the worlds created by H.P. Lovecraft, exploring his fantasies,
horrors and even… his humor?
MYTHOS: LOVECRAFT’S WORLDS adapts eight of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories—some well-known, like “Pickman’s Model”, some virtually unheard of by modern readers, like “Ibid” and “The White Ship”—to comics format. It’s a mixture of the horror, fantasy and humor stories and covers a good deal of Lovecraft’s career, from adolescence when he was finding his voice (“The Beast in the Cave”, written when he was fifteen) to when he really found his stride in his early to mid-thirties (pieces like the fairly-famous “Cool Air” and the aforementioned “Pickman’s Model”) to later in his career when he was mostly working on collaborations with lesser-known and hopeful writers from his circle of friends (“The Curse of Yig”, from an idea by Zealia Bishop). There’s a pretty wide range in the book both in terms of subject matter and Lovecraft’s maturity as a writer.
Because I’m a big fan of Lovecraft, because his writing has been very influential on my own prose (which I write a lot of, in addition to comics), and because he’s been enormously important in the history of both horror fiction and the development of fiction in the 20th century… but most people just pidgeon-hole him as “that Cthulhu guy” – especially comic readers, who often don’t seem to know anything else about him or his work. That’s not entirely their fault, of course – lots of people love Cthulhu and he/it appears in numerous comics because of that. But Lovecraft was a lot more than a single one of his creations, and he wrote a lot more than just horror.
Lovecraft did write a lot of horror, but he wrote as much, or perhaps even slightly more, fantasy (his “Dream Cycle” stories are fantastic, and MYTHOS includes three which are related to it: “The Cats of Ulthar”, “The Strange High House in the Mist” and “The White Ship”), science fiction, and even a few rare humor stories.
When choosing the stories for MYTHOS, I wanted to expand both comic readers’ horizons and their understanding of Lovecraft and his works, while entertaining them and sharing some of my own favorite pieces.