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The 2019 Cosmic Horror Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Cosmic Horror Holiday Gift Guide

It’s Black Friday in the United States, the crawling chaos of American holidays, and the List of Lists is back for its sixth year! Once again, I’ve assembled a highly curated collection of Lovecraft-related items for your holiday season. Here you can find a plethora of paraphernalia for the weird-fiction fanatic, cosmic-horror connoisseur, or mythos maniac in your life. (And maybe a little something for yourself. You need gifts too.) As with previous years, I’ve worked to assemble a list of exceptional items for all ages and budgets.

The list is organized into six categories and ordered by price, making it easy to browse. Have a favorite new-weird, cosmic horror, or mythos-themed item I left off? Leave a comment at the bottom and let everyone know! Appreciate the work I put into this list? Share it with your friends! Happy shopping!

Note: Any Amazon products (mostly the books) were originally linked thru my affiliate program and I’ll receive a small cut. I’m traveling today, but will slowly be changing them to regular links as I have time.


❄️ QUICK LINKS ❄️

Books • Music • Apparel • Games
• Housewares • Miskatonic


❄️ BOOKS

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham JonesMapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
$7.98 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $2.99 (eBook)
Told from 12-year old Junior’s perspective, the story is one part family-struggle and one part ghost-story all woven with a heartfelt earnestness that’s easy to believe and hard to shake. It’s a book about childhood, about family, about heritage, about legacy, and the cost and ramification of all four.


The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by by Kij JohnsonThe Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
$10.30 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $2.99 (eBook)
Professor Vellitt Boe of at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College and her adopted cat, embark on an expansive journey across the Dreamland on the trail of a student who has gone missing after disappearing into the waking world with a lover. Along the way, she’ll encounter old friends as new troubles rumble from the Plateau of Leng.


Agents of Dreamland by by Caitlin R. KiernanAgents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan
$10.60 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $2.99 (eBook)
The mysterious agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow, Arizona. There he meets an unusual contact to exchange information about a bizarre event that happened a week earlier. An event for which neither has an explanation and its ramifications could have far-reaching consequences.


The Stars Were Right by K. M. Alexander
$14.00 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $2.99 (eBook)
With Book Four closing in, now is the perfect time to start reading my Bell Forging Cycle. Follow Waldo Bell as he is sent careening through the multi-level megalopolis of Lovat fighting to clear his name as a bloodthirsty killer stalks him. It’s mystery and monsters, chases and cults, and an ancient evil in a world that is similar but not quite like our own.


A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor JacobsA Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs
$17.99 + Free Shipping (Hardcover) $12.99 (eBook)
Two masterful novellas of cosmic horror in a single volume. Beautiful and haunting, lyrical and evocative, raw and emotional, Jacobs takes cosmic horror to new places exposing our oldest fear while remaining starkly human in the process. One of the best cosmic-horror books in recent memory and one that will haunt you well after you’ve put it aside.


The Grand Dark by Richard KadreyThe Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey
$19.50 + Free Shipping (Hardcover) $12.99 (eBook)
This standalone weird fiction novel takes us into the industrial post-war world of Lower Proszawa and its drug-filled and soot-drenched streets teeming with all manner of strange inhabitants. Here we meet a bike messenger named Largo who discovers that peace runs along a knife-edge and a new war always looms on the horizon.


The House on the Borderland First EditionThe House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
$400 + Free Shipping (Hardcover, 1946 First Edition)
“The true note of cosmic horror.” A treasure for any collector. A rare first edition published by Arkham House in 1946. Details from the seller: Black cloth lettered in gilt, fine with age-toned pages in head-chipped dust jacket, else Very Good with crease along top of front panel, dulled spine panel, toned and lightly soiled back panel.


Not finding a book you like? Check out the books featured on one of the previous guides.
2014’s Books2015’s Books • 2016’s Books2017’s Books2018’s Books


❄️ MUSIC & AUDIO

Black Stage of Night by Atrium Carceri & Cities Last BroadcastBlack Stage of Night by Atrium Carceri & Cities Last Broadcast
$7.00 (Digital Download) $19.00 (Compact Disc)
I’ve been enjoying the direction in these collaborative albums from some of the industry’s best ambient artists. Black Stage of Night might be the best. It’s firmly dark ambient, and the classic sounds are there, but in this record, the collaborators weave a cinematic layer throughout. It’s an enthralling listen. Lately, it’s become my go-to music when I write.


Eldritch by Markus JunnikkalaEldritch by Markus Junnikkala
€7.00 ($7.71 USD) (Digital Download)
Often Lovecraftian music is associated with metal, and while that’s not a bad thing, I found it refreshing to hear this dark orchestral approach from Finnish composer Markus Junnikkala. Ethereal and haunting, I found myself drawn to this album again and again.


Cosmicism by The Great Old OnesCosmicism by The Great Old Ones
$9.99 (Digital Download) €25.00 + Shipping ($27.50) (2x LP Green)
This French atmospheric black metal band uses the works of cosmic horror authors like Robert Chambers and H.P. Lovecraft as the basis for their lyrics and album themes. Not my style, but their skills are clearly impressive, the music engaging, and they get suggested yearly. If you’re a metal-head or shopping for one this holiday season, do yourself a favor and check ’em out.


An Abhorrent and Ancient SolsticeAn Abhorrent and Ancient Solstice by HPLHS
$12.00 (Digital Download)
I’ve featured the Arkham Carolers before, but this year they’ve put together a collection of 24 of their very best cosmic horror Christmas carols. I’ve always enjoyed a well-done parody, and the HPLS goes all out with this collection. Plus, it includes one of my favorites of theirs: A Brumalian Wish. Festive! Creepy! (Crestive?)


Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock OperaDreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera
$18.92 + Shipping (CD) $35.00 + Shipping (Vinyl)
Who doesn’t love rock operas? Everyone loves them! (Fact.) Thanks to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the holidays are the perfect time to give rock operas to friends and family or pick one up for yourself. Why not give one built around the Lovecraftian story The Dream in the Witch House. It’s marvelous for a holiday jam out session or a multidimensional trip with Auntie Mason.


Cadabra Records' H. P. Lovecraft's the Colour out of Space 2x Lp SetH. P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space 2x LP Set
$42.00 + Shipping (Vinyl)
Cadabra Records makes some of the finest vinyl recordings on the market today, and this 2x LP set featuring one of Lovecraft’s most beloved stories is read by the talented Andrew Leman, with a score by Chris Bozzone is no exception. Well worth a place in any vinyl-loving cosmic-horror fan’s collection. (Note: these are preorders, and the final pressing will ship in 4-6 weeks.)


Not finding any music or audio that interests you? Check out one of the previous guides.
2014’s Music • 2015’s Music • 2016’s Music2017’s Music2018’s Music


❄️ APPAREL


Cthulhu Mask Papercraft Template PDFCthulhu Mask Papercraft Template PDF
$4.00 (Digital Download)
I’ve always appreciated the simple geometrics of papercraft masks—reminds me of brutalist architecture. Plus with a little effort, you can make yourself a fun costume for next to nothing. This instant download PDF template will provide you the instructions to become the dreamer beneath the waves.


Bell Caravan Patch Now Available

Bell Caravans Patch
$5.00 + Shipping (Order by Dec. 10th 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, make sure the world knows who you roll with. [From the pages of the Bell Forging Cycle.]


King in Yellow PinThe King in Yellow Pin
$15.00 + Shipping
Stranger: I wear no pin.
Camilla: [terrified, aside to Cassilda] No pin? No pin!
Based on a woodcut by the incredibly talented Liv Rainey-Smith, this pin of the King in Yellow is rendered in bronze and stands at 1.5 inches. If you dig this, I highly recommend checking out Rainey-Smith’s woodcuts as well.


The Crate of Cthulhu Cult RingThe Crate of Cthulhu Cult Ring
$26.66 + Shipping
The Mysterious Package Company makes incredible products, and this ring from their Crate of Cthulhu experience (which would also make a great gift) is a fabulous piece. A strange ring bearing an equally strange symbol. It is believed that the followers of Cthulhu used this ring as a weapon to inject poison into those who come too close to the truth.


Cthulhu Short Sleeve Button-up ShirtCthulhu Short Sleeve Button-up Shirt
$55.00 + Shipping
When it’s time to put away the graphic tees and slip into something more fashionable, consider this 100% cotton shirt from Middle of Beyond. Covered in an all-over print featuring the ol’ dreamer popping up from the ocean to yell at a boat, this shirt makes the bold statement of a graphic-tee but with a touch of collared class.


Bell Caravans HoodieBell Caravans Hoodie
$55.00 + Shipping
Join the caravan with this classic zip hoodie with a warm fleece lining. The full Bell Caravans logo designed by Sean Cumiskey is on the back, while the small wheel-and-bell symbol resides on the front. Stay warm, look good, fight the Firsts. [From the pages of the Bell Forging Cycle.]


Ascension Island Aloha Shirt
$315.00 + Shipping
Here it is, folks. The Cthulhu rayon shirt you always wanted. Nine Lives Brand is producing an extremely limited run, and each shirt is made to order. So if you need an Aloha shirt to go with that Cthulhu tiki mug you bought last year, look no further. Also available in a long-sleeved version. Like this print? It’s also available as the lining of this $1250 Sashiko bomber coat.


Not finding any apparel you like? Check out apparel on one of the previous guides.
2014’s Apparel • 2015’s Apparel • 2016’s Apparel2017’s Apparel2018’s Apparel


❄️ GAMES


A Place for the UnwillingA Place for the Unwilling
$14.99 (Digital Download)
Time is running out. Shadows linger in the streets. The city will die in 21 days in this open-world branching narrative game from ALpixel Games. A fascinating game with a unique art style, intriguing premise, and enjoyable gameplay. A bit of Sunless Sea, Majora’s Mask, and a dash of Lovecraft. Time is ticking, how will you spend your final days in the city?


Gibbous - A Cthulhu AdventureGibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure
$19.99 (Digital Download)
Crazy cultists. Cthulhu. A talking cat. Gibbous takes you on an expansive, traditionally animated, hand-painted adventure. Play as three protagonists and explore a lushly rendered Lovecraft-inspired world, unraveling ancient conspiracies. A comedy cosmic horror adventure made in Transylvania! (I backed this on Kickstarted, and I can confirm it’s a lot of fun.)


Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video GameCall of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game
$24.50 + Free Shipping
Focus Interactive did a decent job with this charming retelling of classic Lovecraftian fiction. It’s an investigative game, with a few action elements that blend several of the mythos’ more popular stories to create a game that weaves a fascinating tale about cults and murder, art and madness, and serves up a few unnerving scenes in the process.


Call of Cthulhu: Starter SetCall of Cthulhu: Tabletop RPG Starter Set
$24.99 + Shipping
It’s the beloved cosmic-horror tabletop role-playing experience in a handy starter set. Using the new 7th Edition rules, you can lead you investigators on their next case as they seek to solve the unthinkable and face the mysteries from beyond. Inside you’ll find everything you need to start playing the granddaddy of tabletop horror.


Lovecraft LetterLovecraft Letter
$29.99 + Shipping

Set in the chaos following World War 1, this 20-minute card game built on the Love Letter system sends 2-6 players on the hunt for a missing family member who has discovered something ominous beneath the sands of Egypt. Will you help solve the mystery or aid in ushering the chaos that looms?


Dogmight Black Walnut Cthulhu Valhalla ScreenBlack Walnut Cthulhu Valhalla Screen
$486.00 + Shipping
These custom Dungeon Master screens are lovingly detailed and perfect for your next Call of Cthulhu session. An easy magnetic design, embedded magnets, plexiglass panels.  Combine it with handy accessories, and you’ll be game masterin’ in style. Feeling over Cthulhu’d—I understand—while sold out, they do take custom The Masks of Nyarlathotep orders.


Not finding a game you’d enjoy? Check out the games on one of the previous guides.
2014’s Games • 2015’s Games • 2016’s Games2017’s Games2018’s Games


❄️ HOUSEWARES


Cthulhu Xmas Gift Wrap PackCthulhu Xmas Gift Wrap Pack
$15.00 + Shipping
Why not deviate from the norm for your gifts this year. Wrap your presents in 18″x 24″ sheets of Lovecraftian wrapping paper designed by Daniel Gelon featuring the fantastic art of Heather Hudson. Want something a little more unusual than the standard Cthulhu flair? Hudson also sells Dreamland-themed Christmas cards, and delightful Krampus-themed holiday goodies.


Cthulhu OrnamentCthulhu Ornament
$20.00 + Shipping
I’m always wary of sharing Etsy products, not because the work isn’t incredible, but because during the Holiday pieces may disappear quickly. But if this wonderful Cthulhu ornament vanishes before you can nab it, there’s plenty of other beautiful works at Dellamorteco & Co.’s shop. It’s all fantastic work and worth checking it all out.


Cedric's Eatery 11oz. MugCedric’s Eatery 11oz. Mug
$16.00 + Shipping (Order by Dec. 10th for Christmas Delivery.)
It’s cold out, and you need a new mug. Why not pick one up from Lovat’s own Cedric’s Eatery located in the entresol between Levels Three and Four. An in-between place for in-between folks. Waldo Bell’s latest hangout. Fill your mug with 11 oz. of bad coffee, your favorite tea, or something stronger. [From the pages of the Bell Forging Cycle.]


Cthulhu Coin SetCthulhu Coin Set
$28.50 + Shipping
Props are a fun way to enliven any tabletop session or the holidays, so this set of 24 coins (ten copper pieces, eight silver pieces, and six gold pieces) is perfect for your next game or family get together. Bargain for souls or leftover turkey with your Aunt, or buy your nephew’s gift from him with handcrafted coinage. Capitalism doesn’t cease under the reign of the ancient ones.


H.P. Lovecraft - Limited Edition Bobblehead

H. P. Lovecraft Limited Edition Bobblehead
$34.95 + Shipping
It’s a well-known fact that everyone loves bobbleheads, even the deep ones! Limited to only 1500 units, this figuring from Rue Morgue Magazine of the father of cosmic horror in all his New England awkwardness stands at 7″ tall, is ready to wobble and bobble on your bookshelf, as he questions humanity’s place in the cosmos.


Calamityware Plate 7: TentaclesCalamityware: Tentacles
$42.00 + Shipping
Something has awoken. Commemorate its reign with these porcelain plates patterned after the elaborate chinoiserie pattern Willow. But, instead of featuring idyllic scenes these highlight various disasters from invasions of Lovecraftian-esque tentacles (featured) to historical sea monsters, vortexes, or zombie poodles. Not what you’re looking for? There’s more coming.


Adam Wallacavage, Chandelier I, 2017Chandelier I
$3500.00 + Shipping
Philadelphia artist Adam Wallacavage creates stunning tentacle-covered chandeliers and lamps in clay and resin. If you’re looking for a nontraditional piece for your home that’ll keep guests talking for generations, you can’t really find anything better. If this beautiful chandelier is a bit out of your budget, Wallacavage also creates unusual candlestick holders.


Not finding a houseware item you like?
Check out the housewares from one of the previous guides.
2016’s Housewares • 2017’s Housewares2018’s Housewares


❄️ MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY


Miskatonic University Silver Key Society pin

Miskatonic University Silver Key Society pin
$17.99 + Shipping
Formed by Henry Armitage in 1929 after the events in rural Dunwich, this pin marks the membership into Miskatonic’s oldest invite-only society. Will you join and learn the mysteries of the order, including the meaning of “751”? Pin measures 1″ across and is dual-plated in silver and gold.


Miskatonic University PennantMiskatonic University Pennant
$25.00 + Free Shipping
What’s the collegiate experience without some collegiate gear? Here we have a classic 9″ x 27″ university pennant to either hang on your wall displaying your boundless love for your alma mater’s sporting teams or to wave at all the intermural sporting events as you sing the fight song and cheer on varsity. Go Miska!


Miskatonic University CufflinksMiskatonic University Cufflinks
$99.00 + Shipping
2019 marks the ninetieth class reunion for the class of ’29! So you’ll want to be sure to look your best so you can impress your fellow centenarian schoolmates. These cufflinks will be perfect. The cufflinks are sterling silver with an antiqued finish and measure 18.2 mm in diameter and 1.5 mm thick.


The Miskatonic PapersThe Miskatonic Papers
$535.00 + Shipping
This limited-edition experimental art book/prop set from Angel Bomb studios is something to behold. Composed of 50 printed pieces, including letters, telegrams, drawings, newspaper clippings, a broadside, burned tatters of found stationery, and a journal that was written by hand and printed by letterpress. An incredible gift for the mythos fan in your life.


Not finding any Miskatonic stuff you like?
Check out the Miskatonic University items from one of the previous guides.
2014’s Miskatonic U. • 2015’s Miskatonic U. • 2016’s Miskatonic U.
2017’s Miskatonic U.2018’s Miskatonic U.


❄️ Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! ❄️

So that wraps up the Sixth Annual List of Lists. Big thank you to the wonderful folks who read this blog, and the gibbering weirdos over at r/Lovecraftr/Cthulhu, and r/WeirdLit who helped me pad out this list. Y’all rule. If I didn’t get to your submission, fret not, there are many more holidays ahead. I appreciate the help.

Do you have a book, game, album, or other weird fiction-related items I should feature in 2020’s Cosmic Horror Holiday Gift Guide? Leave a comment below with links to your favorite goodies for others to see or send me an email as a submission for next year!


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Gifting My Books for the 2018 Holidays

Gifting My Books for the 2019 Holidays

It’s been a bit of an odd year, and strangely, Thanksgiving is tomorrow. And somehow I’m in Hawaii for the holiday? (I’m not complaining, mind.) Despite the 80º weather outside once again, the holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to answer questions about how you can acquire my books for yourself, friends, or family. Much of this remains the same as last year, but there are a few small differences. As always, I break it down into signed paperbacks, regular paperbacks, and gifting ebooks.


Want Signed or Personalized Books?

🖋 Want Signed/Personalized Books?

Order from my store where I sell and ship signed and personalized books. The 2019 deadline to order is December 11th, which is a Wednesday. Any orders beyond December 11th might not get to you in time. (I ship via media mail, and the estimate for that is anywhere from two to ten days.) Remember, this is for US residents only. Shipping internationally is much more complex, and I cannot guarantee Christmas arrival. (Want to work out a different shipping method? Contact me and we can talk.)

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. That’s it! Just click the button below and start shopping.

Order from My Store →

[Note: Due to my personal travel schedule. Order placed between November 27th and December 4th will ship December 6th.]


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 their details.) Links to purchase are below.

AmazonBarnes & Noble


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.

Order for Kindle →K. M. Alexander's Books on Amazon Kindle

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

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

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

Order for iBooks →K. M. Alexander's Books on Apple's iBooks

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

K. M. Alexander's Books on Google PlayOrder for Google Play →

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


I hope that clarifies the gifting and ordering options for 2019. 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 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.


Dead Drop: Missives from the desk of K. M. AlexanderWant to stay in touch with me? Sign up for Dead Drop, my rare and elusive newsletter. Subscribers get news, previews, and notices on my books before anyone else delivered directly to their inbox. I work hard to make sure it’s not spammy and full of interesting and relevant information.  SIGN UP TODAY →

The 2018 Lovecraft-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

The 2018 Lovecraft-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

The List of Lists is back for its 5th year and it’s bigger than ever! Once again I’ve assembled a highly curated collection of Lovecraft-related items for your holiday season. Here you can find a plethora of paraphernalia for the weird-fiction fanatic, cosmic-horror connoisseur, or mythos maniac in your life. (And maybe a little something for yourself. You need gifts too.) As with previous years, I’ve worked to assemble a list of great items for all ages and budgets.

As 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 at the bottom and let everyone know! Appreciate the work I put into this list? Please share it with your friends! Happy shopping!


❄️ QUICK LINKS ❄️

Books • Music • Apparel • Games • Housewares • Miskatonic


❄️ BOOKS

The Sea Dreams it is the Sky by John Hornor JacobsThe Sea Dreams it is the Sky by John Hornor Jacobs
$3.99 (eBook)
A new cosmic horror novella written by one of the most talented new mythos voices working today. A young professor finds herself meeting a mysterious poet known only as “The Eye.” Her relationship leads to an ancient and profane grimoire and a pull home that cannot be ignored. (Also look into John’s fantastic and wonderfully weird Incorruptibles series.)


A Song for QuietA Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw
$11.99 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $3.99 (eBook)
Returning to the world of the haunted John Persons from her debut novella Hammer on the Bone (Featured in 2017’s Gift Guide) Khaw introduces us to rambling bluesman Deacon James who’s horn calls up far more than he bargained in this gritty cosmic horror novella.


The Stars Were Right by K. M. Alexander
$14.00 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $2.51 (eBook)
With Book Four on the way, now is the perfect time to start reading my Bell Forging Cycle. Follow Waldo Bell as he is sent careening through the multi-level megalopolis of Lovat fighting to clear his name as he’s stalked by a bloodthirsty killer. It’s mystery and monsters, chases and cults, and an ancient evil in a world that is similar but not quite like our own.


Sip by Brian Allen CarrSip by Brian Allen Carr
$15.00 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $9.99 (eBook)
This poetic and wildly bizarre post-apocalyptic novel hooked me from the beginning. A story of violence and addiction set in a world where people can drink (and then begin to crave) shadows. Wildly creative, gritty as hell, raw, unapologetic, and wonderfully written—Sip is a must-read for weird fiction fans that like their weird on the darker side.


Beneath by Kristi DeMeester Beneath by Kristi DeMeester
$16.99 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $6.99 (eBook)
Set in rural Appalachia, Beneath follows Cora Mayburn, a journalist, assigned to cover a snake-handling cult. Struggling against her own history, Cora soon discovers there is much more going on behind the fundamentalist sect. Something darker, something that lies… beneath. (Signed paperback & ebook bundle available directly from Word Horde.)


Deep Roots by Ruthanna EmrysDeep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys
$20.19 + Free Shipping (Hardcover) $13.99 (eBook)
The second novel of the Innsmouth Legacy Series (the first of which was featured in 2017’s Holiday Gift Guide) follows Aphra Marsh as she seeks to reclaim the village of Innsmouth—her homeland—from the hands of greedy developers. This is much more than a struggle over land, people begin to go missing and Marsh must unravel the mystery before losing everything.


The Searching Dead by Ramsey CampbellThe Searching Dead by Ramsey Campbell
$30.13 + Free Shipping (Hardcover)
The first novel of The Three Births of Daoloth, the first cosmic horror series from Ramsey Campbell, arguably one of the greatest modern horror writers of our time. Dominic Sheldrake is a student in ’50s Liverpool who’s field trip to France revels much more than he expected and exposed him to secrets much darker and deeper than he could begin to realize.


Not finding a book you like? Check out the books featured on one of the previous guides.
2014’s Books2015’s Books • 2016’s Books2017’s Books


❄️ MUSIC & AUDIO

Yog​-​Sothoth by Cryo ChamberYog-Sothoth by Cryo Chamber
$9.00 (Digital Download) $19.00 + Shipping (CD)
The latest in their Lovecraftian dark ambient soundscapes, the crew of Cryo Chamber creates an album of surrealist dread that takes us across the eons and is fitting for the outer god of time. (If you really want to full experience I highly recommend the full Lovecraft Bundle as a set they’re damn near perfect. This is music I like to write to.)


The Music of Erich Zann by Forma TadreThe Music of Erich Zann by Forma Tadre
€9.00 ($10.00 USD) (Digital Download)
I found myself pleasantly surprised by this album—and I’m not generally into EDM. A mix of dark ambient and German electronic with a touch of industrial The Music of Erich Zann takes the 1925 story into some interesting places. If you’re a Lovecraft-loving EDM fan then you’ll be right at home with Forma Tadre’s labor of love.


Black Goat Of The Woods by Black Mountain TransmitterBlack Goat Of The Woods by Black Mountain Transmitter
£8.99 ($12.00 USD) + Shipping (CD) £4.00 ($5.00 USD) (Digital Download)
This hard-to-find ode to the lore of Shub Niggurath has been recently re-released. A forgotten and distorted ambient soundtrack to a horror movie you’ve never seen and one you might not want to. Atmospheric and haunting it’s the perfect companion to a gaming session or a late night read.


An Even Scarier SolsticeAn Even Scarier Solstice
$20.00 + Shipping (CD)
The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society is known for quality audio productions (among other things) and this incredible follow-up to their A Very Scary Solstice album continues to inject cosmic horror into songs styled after classic Christmas music. The perfect soundtrack for those yule nights before the fire with a cup of mulled wine—also for creeping out the family.


Not finding any music or audio that interests you? Check out one of the previous guides.
2014’s Music • 2015’s Music • 2016’s Music2017’s Music


❄️ APPAREL


Bell Caravan Patch Now Available

Bell Caravans Patch
$5.00 + Shipping (Order by Dec. 10th 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. [From the pages of the Bell Forging Cycle.]


The Call of Cthulhu ShirtThe Call of Cthulhu Tee
€20.00 ($26.00 USD) + Shipping (Order Early)
I don’t feature a lot of T-shirts on here because most Lovecraftian-themed shirts come across as a bit… uh, silly. More comedic in tone than anything cosmic. But this shirt from Credo quia Absurdum is different, like most of their work, it draws off ancient esoterica to create stunning designs that feel more darkly authentic than cheesy.


Deep One BroochDeep One Brooch
$25.00 (Silver) + Shipping (Order Early)
Ignore Zadok Allen’s warnings, that man’s just an ol’ drunk. No one pays attention to him anymore. This small resin brooch with silver leaf was apparently worn by members of Innsmouth’s elite Esoteric Order of Dagon. Each item—and there are a limited few—comes in its own specimen box. Worthy of any Innsmouth collector.


Octopus Tentacle Ring inspired by 'Call of Cthulhu'

Octopus Tentacle Ring
$35.92 USD (Sterling Silver) + Shipping
This charming little ring from Serebra Jewelry is delightfully detailed and evokes the reaching tentacles of Cthulhu himself. The ring is made from .925 Sterling silver and adjusts to fit fingers from size 4-14. Consider pairing this with the tentacle ear cuffs as well. After all, a Cthulhu devotee might as well double down on their devotion.


Cthulhu CufflinksCthulhu Cufflinks
$36.00 (Golden Brass) $66.00 (Sterling Silver)
You’re a person of taste and refinement. Culture. Perhaps you’re a bit fancier than your average cultist (or this humble author) and you need to wear fancy shirts that require cufflinks. Well, you can go wrong with these lovely little monstrosities. Stylized images of Cthulhu that remain as terrifying as they are tasteful.


Bell Caravans HoodieBell Caravans Hoodie
$55.00 + Shipping
Join the caravan with this classic zip hoodie with a warm fleece lining. The full Bell Caravans logo designed by Sean Cumiskey is on the back, while the small wheel-and-bell symbol resides on the front. Stay warm, look good, fight the Firsts. [From the pages of the Bell Forging Cycle.]


Large Elder Goddess Tentacle HornsLarge Elder Goddess Tentacle Horns
$225.00 + Shipping
Looking for the perfect piece to take your Pan + Cthulhu cosplay to the next level? (The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young was Cthulhu’s grandmother after all.) Consider these tentacle “horns” which come in a variety of incredible colors or customized to your liking. Do these look too large? Fret not, they also come in a smaller size for more subdued dreaming.


Not finding any apparel you like? Check out apparel on one of the previous guides.
2014’s Apparel • 2015’s Apparel • 2016’s Apparel2017’s Apparel


❄️ GAMES


The Shrouded IsleThe Shrouded Isle
$9.99 (Digital Download)
In this management sim from Kitfox Games, you play the high priest of an island cult working to fulfill the orders of Chernobog. To do this you must bring about the apocalypse, choosing servants to sacrifice. Each game is procedurally generated yet a surprisingly engaging foray into the dark world of the island’s inhabitants. Complex and addictive.


Cultist SimulatorCultist Simulator
$19.99 (Digital Download)
I featured Cultist Simulator last year when it was in alpha, and I’m leaving it on here this year because it has launched and it is amazing. Beginnings have to start somewhere, Alexis Kennedy—director and writer of Sunless Sea (Featured in the 2015 Gift Guide)—explores the rise of a Lovecraft-esque cult in a strange little narrative card game.


The Doom That Came To Atlantic CityThe Doom that Came to Atlantic City
$75.00 + Shipping (Price may vary depending on availability)
Here’s a twist on a Lovecraftian board game. In this, you play as one of the Lovecraft’s great old-ones and you’ve recently been awakened by one of your mischievous cults and called back to… Atlantic City? But your not alone, you’re competing with your fellow elder-things and trying to crush houses and hotels, shatter realities, call down doom.


Cthulhu: Death May DieCthulhu: Death May Die
$100 and up + Shipping
The ritual is already happening and it’s up to you and your team of investigators to stop the madness and maybe shoot an elder god in the face. Featuring beautiful figures, engaging gameplay, and loads of scenarios. There’s a lot to unpack and Death My Die looks to be more than just a game, it’s a lifestyle.


CARCOSA: Rise of the CultCARCOSA: Rise of the Cult
$249.99 (Three Shipments)
Not a games as much as experiences, the Mysterious Package Company tells engaging and customizable stories through the mail. They’re like an interactive alternative reality game. This latest production explores the mystery surrounding a secret society honoring the sinister Yellow King. It’s up to you to decide what is true and what is a fabrication.


Not finding a game you’d enjoy? Check out the games on one of the previous guides.
2014’s Games • 2015’s Games • 2016’s Games2017’s Games


❄️ HOUSEWARES


Cree-PeeCree-Pee Lovecraftian Portfolio
$8.50 + Shipping (Single) $15.00 + Shipping (Three Pack)
A humorous riff on the classic Pee-Chee folders from yesteryear replaces the sporting life with the esoteric investigatory life. The sort that includes monsters and cults and running from monsters and cults. Also research, always research. Pay close attention to the interior flaps as well, you’ll find a lot of handy information within.


King in Yellow Christmas Cards

King in Yellow Christmas Cards
$12.00 + Shipping
I’ve long been a fan of Heather Hudson’s illustrations, and her Lovecraftian Christmas Cards are the perfect way to add a little cosmic horror to the holiday season. There’s more than just the King in Yellow, she also has several sets based on the Dreamlands stories and a more general Lovecraftiana set. Also available as gift wrap.


Cedric's Eatery 11oz. MugCedric’s Eatery 11oz. Mug
$16.00 + Shipping (Order by Dec. 10th for Christmas Delivery.)
It’s cold out and you need a new mug. Why not pick one up from Lovat’s own Cedric’s Eatery located in the entresol between Levels Three and Four. An in-between place for in-between folks. Waldo Bell’s latest hangout. Fill your mug with 11 oz. of bad coffee, your favorite tea, or something stronger. [From the pages of the Bell Forging Cycle.]


Carafe of Cthulhu Designer Series Tiki Mug
$28.00 + Shipping
Cthulhu goes kitsch! Designed by William Stout, this fancy (and canon) tiki mug is perfect for your favorite tropical-themed adult beverage—or anything really. After all, we know the true translation of “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” happens to be “In his house at R’lyeh, chill Cthulhu sips mai tais.”


Lovecraftian R'lyeh CoinLovecraftian R’lyeh Coin
$42.27 + Shipping
I’m a sucker for props—especially well-designed props—and I found these R’lyehian coins to be fantastic little objects. Made to order, these double-sided coins come in their own little box and feature the countenance of the great old one on the obverse and strange markings (Aklo perhaps? Gotta be.) on the reverse.


Lord Cthulhu Laser Engraving
$125.00 + Shipping (Order early)
Sometimes you’re looking for something more than just your typical print to hang on your wall. This engraved panel is different enough to stand out. Burned into maple, this limited edition beautiful laser etched engraving features the visage of the high priest of R’lyeh himself.


Nyarlathotep Statuette

Nyarlathotep Statuette
$290 + Shipping (Ships in 2019)
Paul Komoda has made a name for himself designing the maddening creatures from Lovecraft’s mythos. (He did the designs for the figures in The Doom that Came to Atlantic City.) Here he captures the Crawling Chaos showing his true form in all his terrible glory. (I particularly like the stack of books he’s standing on.)


Not finding a houseware item you like?
Check out the housewares from one of the previous guides.
2016’s Housewares  2017’s Housewares


❄️ MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY

Miskatonic U PatchMiskatonic University Patch
$7.50 + Shipping (Order Early)
There’s something retro in the styling of this 3-inch Miskatonic U Patch that makes it stand out from the myriad of other Lovecraft-related ephemera. The color and lettering look like something taken directly from the 20s, so it fits its era splendidly. Plus, it’d look great on your book bag.


Miskatonic Varsity Pins Vol. IIMiskatonic Varsity Pins Vol. II
$10.00 + Shipping (Each) $65.00 + Shipping (All Eight)
The HPLHS has released another set of beautifully designed enameled pins for students of Miskatonic University. (Check out the first set here.) Perfect for your letterman jacket and a great way to show other alumni your club participation and sporting achievements.


The Antarctica FragmentThe Antarctica Fragment
$65.00 + Shipping (Order Early)
This limited edition collector’s item is direct from the University’s Special Collections Department and taken from the Antarctica Expedition. It depicts a bizarre otherworldly scene in relief. The object comes premounted in its own velvet lined box complete with a collections tag. There’s only a handful left, so get those orders in early!


The Angell BoxThe Angell Box
$1,000 + Shipping (Order Early)
For the serious collector or the most dedicated game master. HPLHS has put together this highly detailed real-life version of the box of occult papers and artifacts left behind by Professor George Gammell Angell in the Lovecraft’s story The Call of Cthulhu. Each box is assembled by hand and takes a few weeks to prepare so order early.


Not finding any Miskatonic stuff you like?
Check out the Miskatonic University items from one of the previous guides.
2014’s Miskatonic • 2015’s Miskatonic • 2016’s Miskatonic2017’s Miskatonic


❄️ Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! ❄️

So that wraps up the 5th annual List of Lists. Big thank you to the wonderful folks who read this blog, and the gibbering weirdos over at r/Lovecraftr/Cthulhu, and r/WeirdLit who helped me pad out this list. Y’all rule. If I didn’t get to your submission, fret not, there are many more holidays ahead. I appreciate the help.

Do you have a book, game, album, or other Lovecraftian items I should feature in 2019’s Lovecraft-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide? Leave a comment below or send me an email!


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Gifting My Books for the 2018 Holidays

Gifting My Books for the 2018 Holidays

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Once again, the holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to answer questions about how you can acquire my books. Much of this remains the same as last year, but there are a few small differences. As always I break it down into signed paperbacks, regular paperbacks, and gifting ebooks.


Want Signed or Personalized Books?

🖋 Want Signed/Personalized Books?

Order from my store where I sell and ship signed and personalized books. The 2018 deadline to order is December 10th, which is a Monday. Any orders beyond December 10th probably won’t get to you in time. Remember, this is for US residents only. Shipping internationally is a bit different, and I cannot guarantee Christmas arrival.

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. That’s it! Just click the button below, and start shopping.

Order from My Store →


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 their details.) Links to purchase are below.

AmazonBarnes & Noble


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.

Order for Kindle →K. M. Alexander's Books on Amazon Kindle

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

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

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

Order for iBooks →K. M. Alexander's Books on Apple's iBooks

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

K. M. Alexander's Books on Google PlayOrder for Google Play →

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


I hope that clarifies the gifting and ordering options for 2018. 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!

A Call for Gibbering Lovecraftian Items

A Call for Gibbering Lovecraftian Items

It’s weird to admit it, but the holidays are just around the corner. For the past four years, I have put together a highly-curated list of Lovecraft-related paraphernalia for the holiday season! Items I’ve discovered throughout the year that would be the perfect gift for yourself or the cosmic-horror fan in your life. I’m pleased to say this year will be the 5th! (I’ll link to past lists at the end of this post.)

While I’m nearly done with this years list, I figured it’d be worthwhile to do an open call and see what else is lurking in the corners of the internet. Not everything submitted will get selected this year. But there’s always something cool out there that I completely missed. What have you found, dear reader? I want to know about it.

The categories are: Books (I generally have this covered), Music, Apparel (no teeshirts—there’s a bajillion of them, and most are awful), Games, Housewares, Miskatonic. 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 years Lovecraftian Gift Guide!


Previous Lovecraftian Gift Guides

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

❄️ 2017 – 2016 – 2015 – 2014 ❄️


For those waiting don’t fret too much longer, the 2018 Lovecraftian Gift Guide launches in a few short weeks! Be sure to check back to see this years selection. It’s a good one.


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