In 1853, and English church warden named John Mason Neale managed to get his hands on a sixteenth-century Swedish collection of medieval Latin songs called Piae Cantione. He and his partner decided to tinker with the music and write some new lyrics. Their efforts resulted in a catchy little ditty celebrating Christian charity for the holiday season: "Good King Wenceslas." True to the spirit of Christmas, they took an old tradition and made something new. The fruits of their labors have been enjoyed by millions world-wide. Like Christmas itself, many carols are simply repackaged versions of earlier works.
In that true holiday spirit, members of the HPLHS have always enjoyed combining music, holiday cheer, and nihilistic cosmic terror. Now we joyfully bring a selection of these Mythos holiday songs to you. Two CDs full of terrific performances are accompanied by sing-along songbooks, complete with sheet music, and featuring extensive footnotes which reveal the strange but true stories behind favorite holiday tunes and bizarre tidbits of Lovecraftian lore. There's even an all-new holiday song with lyrics by H. P. Lovecraft himself!
"Seldom has a collection of music brought such pleasure to me. I haven't stopped giggling and smiling since the disc started playing" -- Warren from South Pasadena
"Now when I go shopping this holiday, a grin crosses my face when the carols come over the speakers because I'm singing along in my head with the HPLHS versions instead of the traditional ones. Makes the holidays just a little more fun." --Dawn from Seattle"You guys have done the impossible. You've made 'An Even Scarier Solstice' better than 'A Very Scary Solstice'!" -Julie K.
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The NEW & IMPROVED Song Books
The 71-page songbook for A Very Scary Solstice includes a preface by the esteemed Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi, who reveals HPL's personal thoughts about the holidays and seasonal poetry written by HPL himself.
The 73-page songbook for An Even Scarier Solstice features a preface by Mythos author Ramsey Campbell. As a special treat, our composer Troy Sterling Nies set Lovecraft's holiday poem, "A Brumalian Wish" to music, creating what we think is the world's first non-parodic Lovecraftian Christmas carol.
AN UNBEARABLY SCARY SOLSTICE Love holiday music but don't want any actual CDs? Can't wait for awesome songbooks to arrive in the mail? You're in luck! We've selected 25 of the numbers from our two Solstice carol collections and made them available as a download-only product. Click the image at left for the details! An Innsmouth Kind of Solstice - Ogham Waite Live at the Gilman House
AN UNBEARABLY SCARY SOLSTICE
Love holiday music but don't want any actual CDs? Can't wait for awesome songbooks to arrive in the mail? You're in luck! We've selected 25 of the numbers from our two Solstice carol collections and made them available as a download-only product. Click the image at left for the details!
An Innsmouth Kind of Solstice - Ogham Waite Live at the Gilman House
Unauthorized use of these materials may result in you being possessed by the Great Race of Yith - don't risk it. Artwork by Darrell Tutchton