Monday, May 18, 2015

A Different Take on Cthulhu Worlds


There are people who believe that the world that HP Lovecraft created and nurtured is unchangeable, solid not fluid, and obedient only to the word of its initial creative talent, HP Lovecraft.  I love HP Lovecraft, and think his work and legacy is a genius one.  But I do not mistake that for being anything that is set in stone. The reason for that is, he himself invited many others to co-create the world and ideas, and mythos that surrounded his work.  This is actually, when you think of it, exactly as a mythos should be.  A worldview or set of beliefs or ideas from one mind is not really a mythos, it is creation that has a body and form, but also a beginning and end, and obeys just one mind.  The concept of a mythos is enormous, it says, when coming into contact with a powerful idea, or a great thinker, the mythos will adapt to include that.  It doesn't matter who said it, or within reason what was said, so long as it works within the legitimate understanding of the mythos. 

HP Lovecraft ---  "Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous. Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species — if separate species we be — for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world."

 "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family"


Today I am bringing you a look at the books of Brian Lumley that concern his work in the universe of Cthulhu, and HP Lovecraft's side universe, the Dream Lands.  He is not the same author as Lovecraft, he is neither better, nor worse, in my view, just much different.  I like his work a lot, and I believe he respects HPL, so, I do encourage you to read him, and to seek out the books shown below.

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