I’ve had this image in my collection for quite a while now. My speculation is it was Cthulhu’s dreams he sent that kept me from publishing it. Perhaps he is simply not quite comfortable in his new found role as a gentleman of leissure, yet.
I guess that’s undertsandable. After being a cosmic horror for
vigintillions of years
( Quote from Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu)
It takes a while to adapt to a new lifestyle. In any case, I think the Great Old One looks quite dapper and relaxed in this fairly recent portrait:
Now I shall draw some eldritch runes, open a gate or two and see if I can get a similar shot of Nyarlathotep. After all, he has got a thousand masks, there shoud be a genlemanly one among them.
Good job I regularly check out what my good friend Captain Serenus is doing over at Clockworker (see sidebar for link). Otherwise I would have probably failed to mention this excellent sitcom The Ward on my blog. Since the Cthulhu Mythos is the second main theme of this blog, it would have been quite disgraceful of me to do so. Fortunately, I now mentioned it and provided the first part of the video.
A word of advice: Knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos opens the door to quite a few jokes in the pilot but you can also enjoy it without, obviously.
It has been a while now since I posted something Cthulhu Mythos related. This is an almost unbearable situation. Fortunately, this post concerns the Mythos, this makes the situation more bearable.
Back in the early 1990’s when I read H.P. Lovecraft for the first time (I was in my late teens then) I also came across an example of Cthulhu Mythos/Steampunk crossover fiction. It was by a German author, Wolfgang Hohlbein, and it was then and still is, one of the worst examples of second-hand-ideas fiction. Hohlbein is one of Germany’s most popular authors, I cannot say I am a fan. I think he just mauled the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Jules Verne in his work… Amongst other things, Captain Nemo went to hunt Cthulhu and/or Dagon… Oh well…
But the idea of a crossover between Steampunk and the Cthulhu Mythos is not that far fetched at all. Just a few ideas that come to my mind without much brooding:
The Great Race of Yith is always good for some mischief, especially in connection with a time machine.
Ætheral travelers may encounter dimensional shamblers.
Journey to the Center of the Earth: Cthonians and K’n-yan anyone?
Space Exploration could lead to a number of different encounters
Opium dens and the Dreamlands
Explorers in Southeast Asia have an unpleasant encounter with the Cho-Cho
I guess I could come up with some more…
And there is always the possibility of weird science gone awry come to think of it… If you choose not to be that puristic, I think Deep Ones and Mi-Go do not need to be hostile after all.
And speaking of Steampunk and Cthulhu, here is one execellent piece of artwork by Travis Lewis:
It is a real shame, I do not have enough time to bring all my ideas to paper, both for an RPG adventure and/or a short story. Well, fatherhood needs a lot of time and obviously gets priority!
But then again, I shall very soon start working at a new place. On the downside, communting will take a little longer now, o the upside, I will very likely have a place to sit now in both directions and can get some work done on the train.
While actually not looking for fashion, I came across a company by the name of The Affair which trades in t-shirts. But to say they trade in t-shirts and leave it at that would be like saying Terry Pratchett writes nice books or H.P. Lovecraft was a horror writer of some note. In other words, it would be a massive understatement. The Affair’s tag-line is fashioned by literature and they are true to that one.
The reason I found them was because I was looking for cool Mythos related things on the ætherweb. You see, I used to have the Miskantonic University Lapel-Pin (the one Chaosium sold a few years back) but I seem to have misplaced or lost it. Sadly, it seems to be out of production.
Anyway, so I came across The Affair. As, I said, they trade in t-shirts, but what wonderful t-shirts these are… They really are perfect amalgams between fashion and classic sci-fi/horror literature.
The one I found first was this one, inspired by Lovecraft’s The Shadow over Innsmouth:
But then I did some more browsing and was most pleasanty surprised by this one:
A real shame time in the northern hemisphere is heading towards winter now. Oh well, there might still be a few warmer days in store for us, who knows.
And those two shirts won’t go off, they may sell out but I got mine. So, I am looking foreward to wearing them in spring!
Quite a fascinating, puzzle-based game with beautiful graphics, my wife instantly fell in love with it. So, saunter over and check it out! Beside the game, there are goodies for download and also check out the screenshots!
If he would still be with us today, H.P. Lovecraft, Master of the Macabre, Pulp-Icon, my favourite author and responsible for part of my son’s name, would celebrate his 120th birthday today.
So, let’s take a moment to skip through the pages of the many versions of the Necronomicon available today, take out one of his novels or listen to the most excellent H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast (Traveler Approved!™).
Mr. Lovecraft, You are not forgotten, You lie dreaming just like the Gods You created and the Cult is growing!
Today at 08:44 (CET) exactly, I have begun my greatest and most epic journey yet:
I hope I will be able to bring my son up to be a gentleman and a renaissance man. There are so many things spinning in my mind right now, all these little ideas, plans, different plans and in the end, it will all be done one day at a time anyway.
Friday the 13th… What a day to be born to parents who are Steampunk and Goth and to a father who is rather deep into the Cthulhu Mythos…
Well, maybe this is the start of a new category on this blog: Steampunk fatherhood… Actually, come to think of it, gloves, goggles and a good breathing-mask are excellent accessories when trying to change nappies…
The following photo appeared on the Ætherweb quite a while ago. Rumor has i it was first twittered by Neil Gaiman. Could be… I guess he has ways to access the darker corners of the cosmos.
In any case, I guess this, errh.. Cthulele? proves that the dancers and players at Azathoth’s court have actually learned new skills. Now they are not only piping, they can also use chordophones:
So, I guess we should all catch ourselves a Shantak, take a ride to the center of the universe and get down and party like there is no tomorrow (which is most likely going to be the case, judging from Azathoth’s temperament and the singular hungers and thirsts of his courtiers, larvae and of course, everybody’s favourite incarnation of chaos and confusion: Nyarlathotep).
Today I want to point your inquisitive eyes on another fine blog. It shares many common themes with mine, only the focus is shifted.
On The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog you find Steampunk and Dieselpunk with a side-dish of Cthulhu Mythos Goodness, at The Miskatonic Archive, you find great resources about Lovecraft , the Cthulhu Mythos with considerable Steampunk for variety.
The Blog and the whole website are beautifully in tune with the feel of Lovecrafts work and also looks rather pulp on first glance (i.i. the flickerging The Miskatonic Archive headline), which is only natural, Lovecraft was active during the Golden Age of Pulp after all.
Both The Miskatonic Archive and my blog share a appreciation of the art of Myke Amend, which is rather unsurprising, given the brilliance of his work, and both take the Cthulhu Mythos with quite some humor.
The entirety of The Miskatonic Archive is rather extensive, with a variety of media, starting at the Blog and continuing via original fiction to videos to art. Myke Amend is not the only featured artist, you’ll see.
So please, do as Cthulhu did when he was chasing the Alert. Slide greasily over to The Miskatonic Archive and revel in the horror and steampunkness that will come crawling into your brain right through your eyes.
A Cthulhu Steampunk crossover by Chaosium! And it has been out for quite some time now and I missed it up until five minutes ago!
How could this have happened? I guess it could only have been because Great Cthulhu dominates my dreams and interferes with my perception. Hang on, but this does not make snse since Queensguard actually serves the purposes of the Mythos. Well, since it is Cthulhu-related, it does not have to make sense!
So, the setting is in the world of (you guessed it) Queensguard and the adventure is set in the Kingdom of America. Sounds rather weird already. Chaosium provides a more detailed description on the product page and I guess I will donload it in a few minute and give it a read.
I also wonder what unique ideas the people at Chaosium have come up with.I have so far encountered Steampunk involving elves and fairies (which I do not like, I am too heavily grounded in history for that), the usual Weird West and pseudo 19th century stuff, so I am looking forward to a glance into this book. Although the monograph has been out a while and there will be some reviews, i shall not read them, it could tarnish my own oppinion or pre-tilt it.