It is time to add another random shoggoth to this blog, because fhtagn!
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It is an honoured tradition on this blog to commemorate the birthday of the Master of the Macabre, H. P. Lovecraft, on this day every year.
Today in 1890, Howard Philips Lovecraft was born in in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life.
To celebrate, I present a reading of one of my favourite tales, The Shadow Over Innsmouth:
There is a proverb, possibly American in origin (I never came across it in the UK anyway) and I first heard it on an early season of The Simpsons: „God does not close a door without opening a window.“
This proverb needs some adaption in the case of my situation but is still applicable. The adaption goes something like this:
Hastur does not close door without Cthulhu taking off the roof.
Let me elaborate:
If you follow my bog, you should be aware I recently changed carrers. I have gone bak into teaching after working online for the past 10 years.
Getting there was a bit of a struggle (teaching in Germany has a lot of bureucratic hurdles). For a while it even looked like that, although I had all the qualifications, I would not be able to start because the combination of my qualifications only made me eligible for a probationary teaching position wich was out of the question because the pay would have been about a third of what was getting at my last online job and thus by far not enough to support a family.
And then Cthulhu came and ripped the roof off.
I saw an ad for a teaching position online on a dedicated website and applied. Two days later (and about four weeks before the date the official interviews would begin, according to the ad), I got an email inquiering if I could com in for an interview straight away. That was odd, but a happy surprize. I happened to have a few days off at the time so I could come in, of course.
The interview went very well and the headmaster of this school was apparently so impressed with me (for whatever reason) that he made a few phone calls, pulled a few strings and managed to get a special permit for me, so I could start in a better position straight away.
So, for the past three weeks (coming up four) I have been working as a teacher again. Although two of my classes are rather tough, I have not been so happy at work ever since my days working in an assistant data research position at university (that was in 2005, go figure).
Also: The teaching experience now is vastly different from what I experienced in Bavaria. The teachers are more friiendly by several magnitudes, they are more supportive and the kids are great as well.
So far, things are starting to look brighter and during the summer holidys I will have some real time to do some serious writing. A win all around.
Praise be to Cthulhu!
Oh ye Great Old Ones! My most venerable friend Matthias (who is also one of the pillars of Austrian Steampunk) just submitted a project to Lego Ideas that deserves a big Iäh!
Yes, you heard that correctly! If this project takes off, it will be even easier to corrupt your spawn and turn them into loyal followers of Great Cthulhu. It would also look magnificent on your mantelpiece, I can imagine.
Here are some images to convince you to lend your support (more are on the project’s page):
Also: Supporting this will not cost you a penny! All you have to do is vote! Come on, what are you waiting for? You can sign up and lend your support straight away!
Every cult evolves over time. Teachings are dropped, others are incorporated. Just look at the different manuscripts of the Bible that are available (and extant).
The Cthulhu Cult is no different. Currently, there are two main branches extant on the internet and beyond: The purist who continue spreading cosmic, unrelenting horror and the other ones. The other ones have taken it upon themselves to show a lighter, cuter side of the Mythos. They are responsible for the Plushies, the wonderful The Unspeakable Vault (of Doom) and other such manifestations.
Along the same vein comes the wonderful Cthulhu Mythos picture book The Things That Should Not Squee, by Peter Andrews and published by Lunar Press Publishing.
As the name suggests, it presents a number of depictions of Cthulhu Mythos entities that are likely to go „Squee“ but should not. Peter Andrews is clearly not only a very gifted artist, but also shows a deep knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos, since the book includes some more obscure creatures and deities such as Lloigor and Rhan-Tegoth (who is one of my favourites).
The hobbies, general behaviours and moods Peter depicts are worth several chuckles and laughs and the ideas behind them can only come from a mind that has been thoroughly twisted.
Such as this one, a Dhole going to the car wash:
Or the Colour Out of Space enjoying some modern art:
A truely delightful piece of Cthulhu Mythos art and something every fan should have in their library. The only downside: It is woefully short. Only 32 illustrations are contained in the booklet.
Still, it is well worth eight out of ten screaming phobias.
All artwork in this article © Luna Press Publishing, all rights reserved. Used with kind permission.
Have you ever wondered, what it would look like if Great Cthulhu gives something the thumbs up? Or have you ever been in desperate need of an image depicting Great Cthulhu giving something the thumbs up?
Well, thanks to the insane Talent of Xanathon you have to wonder no more and your search is over.
Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on „Cthulhu Approves“:
The images is CC-BY, you are free to use it as long as you give a link to Xanathon.com (see above) or the Xanathon Facebook Page. But as long as you do either, feel free to spread the image, the word and the madness. Iäh everybody!
Well, USA, today you have a choice:
You can either vote for an insanely qualified woman who has served your nation in one capacity or another for years and years, has weathered any storm the batshit crazy party has thrown at it, who has also VERY close ties to Wallstreet and only won the nomination because the game was rigged against Bernie Sanders…
Or you can vote for the avatar of every single bad stereotype the rest of the world has of white US citizens.
I suggest: Vote Cthulhu, at least you know, what kind of apocalypse you get…