The bilingual catalog of the exhibition Life is painful and breeds disappointment, Massacr, vol. 1: Lovecraft deals with the influence of the key personality of the modern horror by H. P. Lovecraft in contemporary art and is the first attempt to map this subject in the Czech environment. Serious and growing interest in his work has been reflected in recent publications that he has also devoted himself to in film or literary. In the years 2010 – 2013 Puls publishes his collected writings, he also paid much attention to Lovecraft as well as magazines Živel No. 37 from 2013 or A2, No. 6 from 2015. His name was first published in the Lupiči mrtvol (1970) anthology. The lovecraft was then dealt with by such distinguished personalities as Josef Škvorecký or František Jungwirth. Later on, however, Lovecraft’s work could not be released. The genre of horror was perceived as a bourgeois bankruptcy by communist ideology. This in practice meant that horror books were not released (except for minor exceptions), just as film horrors did not get too often into film distribution. A certain change occurred only during the 1980s with the onset of the video. Primitively horrid (mostly one-man) horror was one of the most popular film copies that were then privately wandering through the entire country.
In addition to artworks on the topic, the publication also contains theoretical texts about H. P. Lovecraft and his references in art, philosophy, literature and film (Otto M. Urban, Tomáš Hříbek, Ivan Adamovič, Martin Jiroušek).
Exhibiting Artists: Josef Bolf, Jakub Gajdošík, Stanislav Karoli, Eva Maceková, Martin Mulač, Martin Salajka, Richard Stipl, Marek Škubal, František Štorm, Jan Vytiska
Curator: Otto M. Urban
Graphic Design: Petr Krejzek, ReDesign
Production of exhibition and catalogue: Blanka Čermáková
Coproduction: Galerie města Plzně
Number of pages: 186