Fhtagn Font Friday 1

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn*

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (headquartered, naturally, at www.cthulhulives.org) sells more than 50 fonts from the age of Lovecraft for a mere $20, here. The HPLHS has revived many of them from vintage sources, including the 1923 American Type Founder’s specimen book and the Mergenthaler Linotype catalog from the mid-1930s. Be the creepiest kid on your block and give your work that indefinable madness-bound feel. NOTE: These fonts are for your own personal entertainment purposes, not for commercial work. (See also my post Fhtagn Font Friday 2: a Cthulhuian alphabet.)

*A fictional occult phrase from H. P. Lovecraft‘s The Call of Cthulhu, said to mean, “In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”



HPLHS-Lovecraft Cursive is a replica of H. P. Lovecraft’s own handwriting, scanned from his letters to Willis Conover. The font includes HPL’s signature.



HPLHS-Lovecraft Block is a replica of H. P. Lovecraft’s own block-lettered handwriting, scanned from his letters to Willis Conover.



HPLHS-Autograph Lanier is a replica of the handwriting of Sidney Lanier, a 19th century American poet



HPLHS-TextSerif is an adaptation of the Linotype font Antique No. 1, also very similar to Bookman.



HPLHS-TextSerif Oblique is also based on Antique No. 1.



HPLHS-OldStyle1 is a font revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-OldStyle Italic is a font revived from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-OldStyle Small Caps is a font revived from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-Bulfinch is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Colwell is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book. A great vintage 1920s look.



HPLHS-Colwell Italic is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Cromwell is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-National Oldstyle is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Post Monotone is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Atlas Italic is a replica of hand-drawn type found on vintage maps.



HPLHS-Italic is a replica of hand-drawn type from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Victoria is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Manuscript Caps is a font of ornate hand-drawn medieval capital letters meant to be printed in two colors.
HPLHS-Blackletter is an irregular hand-drawn textura font based on the lettering of French heraldic engraver Charles Demengeot. It is appropriate for old occult tomes where you want a written-by-insane-monks kind of feeling. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-Tome Pi is a font of medieval letters, astrological and alchemical symbols, and occult illustrations and diagrams, scanned from various vintage sources. Great for making old books.



HPLHS-WW2Blackletter is based on actual German documents from the late 1930s. There are two versions: one with ornate descenders and one without. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-TypoScript is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-TypoGothic is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Copperplate Roman is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Gothic520 is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Times Gothic is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Telegram is a detailed replica of the type used on real Western Union telegrams in the 1920s and ’30s. Available FREE.



HPLHS-Persnickety is an adaptation of the art deco display font Bernhard Modern.



HPLHS-Roman Engraved is a replica of hand-drawn letters from a 1904 sign-painter’s manual. It has very rough edges.



HPLHS-Mercantile is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Mercantile Oblique is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Mercantile Card is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Headline Modified is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Headline One is a replica of real newspaper headline type. It has softly rounded corners like old lead type. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-Headline Two is a roughened adaptation of the Linotype font Erbar, as used in newspapers in the 1920s and ’30s. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-SlabSerifis a condensed wood type alphabet. It’s appropriate for subheads in newspapers, wanted posters, and the like. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-ExtraExtra is a replica of wood type used for headlines in old newspapers. The upper and lower case are really two different fonts.



HPLHS-Extra is a replica of wood type used for headlines in old newspapers.



HPLHS-Forsythe is digitized from vintage advertisements.



HPLHS-MetroThin is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s.



HPLHS-MetroLight is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s.



HPLHS-MetroMedium is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s. Often used for newspaper picture captions.



HPLHS-MetroMedium Italic is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s.



HPLHS-MetroBlack is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s.



HPLHS-Policy Gothic is a replica of rough sans serif type found on an old insurance policy. Available in Macintosh PostScript format only.



HPLHS-Black Gothic is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Gothic Compressed is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Black Condensed is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Black Oblique is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Electro Gothic is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.

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