Holiday Cheer and Lovecraftian Horror Combined!

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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.

Click here to download a free MP3 of BLUE SOLSTICE and hear for yourself!

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The CDs
Both CDs feature ensembles of talented professional singers. Thrill to the magnificent sounds of the Dagon Tabernacle Choir. Marvel at the exsquisite harmonies of the Arkham Carolers. Tap your tentacles along with the Dunwich Children's Chorale. All numbers are professionally produced and recorded with the same maniacal care that made
A Shoggoth on the Roof such a disturbing achievement in musical theatre. From beatific choirs to maniacal mariachis, there's something for everyone in the first-ever CD of Lovecraftian Solstice Carols. An Even Scarier Solstice delves into the musical styles of country, gospel, and things we cannot and must not describe.

The NEW & IMPROVED Song Books
The HPLHS published its first collection of holiday songs in 1988. Now we've expanded the old collection to a full forty-eight numbers, and published them in two new and improved volumes. In addition to providing the lyrics in an easy sing-along format, we've extensively annotated the songs with fascinating and entertaining facts and legends. Learn the strange but true stories behind favorite holiday carols and relish bizarre tidbits of Lovecraftian holiday ephemera. The new books are perfect bound with glossy covers in a nice 6x9 format. They also include sheet music for selected numbers so you can sing along in four-part harmony!

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.

Reviews
Read what others are saying about our Solstice albums or listen to our radio interviews.

AN UNBEARABLY SCARY SOLSTICE
We offer both CDs and songbooks in a special holiday package, complete with an exclusive custom-made Solstice Tentacle stocking,
big enough to hold the books, CDs, and a number of other goodies. Our tentacles are hand made from custom-printed fabric.

AN ABHORRENT AND ANCIENT 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!

Songs and samples from
A Very Scary Solstice
Great Old Ones Are Coming to Town
The Carol of the Olde Ones
Freddy the Red Brained Mi-Go
Oh Cthulhu!
Do You Fear What I Fear?
Awake Ye Scary Great Old Ones
I'm Dreaming of a Dead City
Cthulhu Lives
Tentacles
It's the Most Horrible Time of the Year
Dance the Cultists
Demon Sultan Azathoth
Es Y'Golonac
Have Yourself a Scary Little Solstice
Here Comes Yog-Sothoth
He'll Be Back for Solstice
I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog Sothoth
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fish-Men
Little Rare Books Room
Mi-Go We Have Heard on High
Mythos of a King
Oh Come All Ye Olde Ones
The Shoggoth Song
Silent Night, Blasphemous Night
Away in a Madhouse
Songs and samples from
An Even Scarier Solstice
All I Want for Solstice is My Sanity
Blue Solstice (whole song - FREE)
A Brumalian Wish
The Cultist Song
A Cyclopean Tomb (down in deep R'lyeh)
Death May Die
Death to the World
The Deep One Song (Solstice in R'lyeh)
Eerie Dreary Solstice
The Festival
Go, Summon Up the Dead Ones
Harley Got Devoured by the Undead
Hail Great Old Ones
It's Mi-Go!
Look! Professor Angell Brings
Mountains of Madness
Slay Ride
Unholy Night
We Three Friends of HPL Are
We Wish You a Scary Solstice
What Thing Is This?
The World in Terror and Madness Lies
The Worst Hotel
Download the Sheet Music
Many of our Solstice carols are presented in full choral arrangements. The truly insane among you are welcome to download the sheet music to the hideously complex harmonies if you and your friends want to sing along in full choir mode. All sheet music is in Adobe Acrobat PDF. Click the titles below to download.
Death to the World
Look! Professor Angell Brings
Unholy Night
We Three Friends of HPL Are
The Carol of the Olde Ones
Oh Cthulhu!
Awake Ye Scary Great Olde Ones
Dance the Cultists
Demon Sultan Azathoth
We Wish You a Scary Solstice
A Brumalian Wish
I'm Dreaming of a Dead City

An Innsmouth Kind of Solstice - Ogham Waite Live at the Gilman House


As a special holiday treat, please enjoy this very special rendition of a beloved Solstice carol as sung by Ogham Waite!

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