OK, sorry for being away, no excuse. I heard it. It was all of like 4 minutes at most concerning Lovecraft. Curran claimed some "Lovecraft elite" had targeted him, sent him a trojan, screwed up his computer. I can just see S T Joshi leading an attack by Anonymous against Curran. Not.
OK, his ideas about Lovecraft are pretty basic and uninformed. Just like Peter Levenda's when he wrote Simon's Necronomicon. Just like mine for most of my adult life, probably. We're all learning. Unfortunately it's in Curran's nature to sell books while he's still on the learning curve. He's written a hell of a lot of books, mostly about vampires and werewolves and so on. Hopefully he'll pursue his interest in Lovecraft and come up with something better in the future. I hate to say that, not having read his book, but just by hearing him speak about HPL it's pretty obvious he doesn't have a great deal of insight. I might get his book just to see how wrong he got it, idk yet. I'd like to keep an open mind and welcome as broad a Lovecraft constituency as possible. Crwod-sourcing Lovecraft scholarship is the way to go. As far as the "Lovecraft elite" goes, I'm sure Bob has had some negative experience that leads him to that conclusion, but really, when you consider the creme-de-la-creme elite of our little merry band of fans--Joshi, Pugmyre, Price et al.--there's nothing really elitist about any of them, if you send them an email they answer, if you invite them on for an interview they make the time.
I want to put Bob Curran into that same category as Peter Levenda, not serious scholarship, not particularly interesting, but meriting attention in the future if their inspiration and imagination lead to something a bit more intriguing. I want to leave that possibility open for them, because both seem to be decent writers and researchers in other areas.