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How best to celebrate the birthday of “weird” author and all-around master of the macabre H.P. Lovecraft, who was born this day in 1890? What about with the news that writer Joshua Chaplinsky has dramatically remodeled, and retitled, Lovecraft’s Frankenstein-ian tale, Herbert West – Reanimator. Its new name? Kanye West – Reanimator.

“It started out as an experiment, where every time the name Herbert and/or West came up, I replaced it with Kanye,” explains Chaplinsky, writing on the litreactor website. “Then, I went through and changed certain details of the story to reflect Kanye’s biography. Finally, I discovered what the piece was really about, and began turning it into a bizarre mix of Lovecraftian horror and hip-hop history. It puts a whole new spin on both the Kanye persona and Lovecraft’s original story.

In it, Kanye attempts to reanimate a moribund hip-hop scene, only to come to the conclusion that his music is so powerful, it should be used to reanimate the dead. And who better to reanimate than those two legendary titans gone before their time—Biggie and Tupac? Hilarity and carnage ensue.”

Kanye West – Reanimator is now available to buy in paperback. You can see the book’s cover—which features art by Dyer Wilk and was designed by Matthew Revert—above.

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