Page 3 of “The Strange High House in the Mist!” The next page will go up on Friday, July 10.

I’m indebted to Tim Kirk’s depiction of The Terrible Old Man from Meade and Penny Frierson’s 1970s fanzine “HPL.” I had this fanzine lying around the house (borrowed from my dad’s collection) from the time when I was about 12 years old, and when I look back at it, I can’t understate the importance that the underground-style artists therein — Herb Arnold, Denis Tiani, Mike Scott, Richard Corben, etc. — had on my visualization of Lovecraft. And my art style in general, in fact. I actually read “HPL” before I read any Lovecraft stories. Definitely check it out (along with pretty much any issue of “Nyctalops”, which I didn’t discover till later, and which really needs a Wikipedia entry) if you stumble across a copy at a horror bookstore somewhere.