Monday, August 5, 2013

Do the Great Old Ones tweet?

After getting bored of the Lutzes (I had been reading The Amityville Horror II), I turned my attention to H.P. Lovecraft. Don't think less of me, but I don't read enough Lovecraft or at least, I don't read him often enough. Last night, I got through a few short stories, including "Dagon" and "Nyarlthotep" and will conclude this session in a few days with At the Mountains of Madness. I took a break to watch Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, one of the better HPL documentaries out there. Any movie that has Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub and Ramsey Campbell giving their time to it is worth the watch. Then add John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, Stuart Gordon, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and HPL scholar S.T. Joshi and you have yourself a movie worth referencing. Best of all, I found it on YouTube.

Lovecraft is one of the few writers who truly have cult status. (And actual cults devoted to the mythology he created, although there are people who take WAY too seriously. Me, I don't understand why you would want to worship a set of deities bent on destroying all humankind. To each their own, I guess.)

Oddly enough, Chthulu also has a wide variety of merchandise. Dolls such as the one seen here, Chthulu fish (a parody of the Jesus fish), hats, T-shirts, role playing games, ski masks, and gear for the fictional Arkham Asylum (loving co-opted into the Batman mythology) and Miskatonic University can be yours if you so desire. You can even get a (fake) diploma from Miskatonic U. via the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Just don't put it on your resume.

This is all leading me to two things: one awesome and informational and the other awesome and highly entertaining.

The first is that thanks to a great crowd-sourcing campaign and the efforts of Jovanka Vuckovic and Bryan Moore, a bronze bust of Lovecraft is going to be placed (soon!) in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. I followed the progress of the Kickstarter campaign with awe. People love Lovecraft and want him recognized as the master of American horror that he was. The bronze will be placed at the Athenaeum Library--which opened before the American Revolution!--and should draw even more fans to Providence. Check out the Facebook page linked above to relive the project's development and follow it's progress.

The other thing this foray back into HPL's oeuvre reminded me of is the hilarious video podcast "Calls for Chthulu." The Chthulu in question should look familiar. Brand Gamblin started the YouTube show in 2006 and kept it alive for four years. A quick look at the page shows posts in January 2009 and March 2013. But Chthulu lives on and you can watch many of the episodes on the site and more via YouTube.

As for me, I need to get back to work. I'll let you know how my HPL reading goes. I may try to pick up some more or even venture into the world of Chthulu Mythos writings by other authors. I have 51 days until I begin my master's degree program, so there is time for more pleasure reading. 

Catch you all later.

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