Cthulhu: Dark Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural Movies (Gothic Dreams), an Illustrated Hardcover by Gordon Kerr with Foreword from John Harlacher (Weird Tales!)
“H.P.Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos touches those sensitive to the boundary of our reality, the Quantisphere and where it brushes up against the fury and the hunger of the Outer Chaos.”
I had a phone call from my friend and fellow Cthulhu-Nut! on Friday. A chap called Chris Halliday, who incidentally has just achieved funding for a kickstarter project: Pulp Fantastic RPG, 1930s adventure where secret societies battle for control of history. I could hear a manic grin in his voice as he told he’d just purchased a new hardback book on Cthulhu, crammed with illustrations and a write-up on how H.P.Lovecraft’s chief denizen has influenced artists, writers and movie-makers alike. Chris then went on to say, “… and I was reading through a section about modern-day authors who have helped to expand the Cthulhu Mythos and came across your name! I nearly spat out my coffee.”
Wow. Weird. Random. Exciting. Pleasing.
Thank you Mr Kerr!
About the Book:
Beneath the waves stirs a malevolent, giant kraken-like monster – the terrifying creation of master of horror H.P. Lovecraft. First brought to life as part of his short story ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, published in the magazine Weird Tales, and later featuring in several of Lovecraft’s works, Cthulhu is an iconic figure that has inspired imagination and terrified generations. It’s name has come to define the whole mythos built up around Lovecraft’s strange worlds and pantheon of monsters, inspiring many writers to this day. In this exciting new book, punchy text describes how fantasy art, literature, movies and even games have been influenced by the terrifying Cthulhu, accompanied by powerfully atmospheric artworks.
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing; New edition (14 April 2014)
Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 21.2 x 2 cm
Gordon Kerr (author) first met the tentacle-faced one back in the late sixties when R’lyeh erupted through the floorboards of his bedroom in Scotland during one of its brief moments in the sun. Or rather, he thought it did, but it was just a nightmare after reading a book of H.P. Lovecraft stories. He’s been having nightmares again writing this book and re-visiting some scary moments from his teenage years. When he’s not writing about extra-dimensional beings and hiding beneath the blankets, he scribbles books on a variety of subjects, from art to travel and history to humour.
John Harlacher (Foreword) is the publisher and creative director of Weird Tales magazine, the world’s oldest magazine of dark and strange fantasy. Founded in 1923, Weird Tales introduced the world to writers like H.P. Lovecraft (Cthulhu), and Robert E. Howard (Conan the Barbarian), and artists like Margaret Brundage (The queen of gothic fetishism). He also makes theatre and film in NYC.
My Mention (yay!)
If you’re interested in reading some of my work there’s a bunch of short stories you can grab via PDF now, or a number of novels, listed below:
Free Short Stories by David J Rodger with a Cthulhu Mythos Flavour
Joseph Flavell <> Carbon Copy
Novels by David J Rodger with a Cthulhu Mythos flavour
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