Back in 2005 I was doing research for my final thesis of my anthropology studies. The thesis concerned the works of H.P. Lovecraft and their impact on modern pop culture. In the course of the research I came across the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and a particular short film by the name of, you gessed it, Nyarlathotep, which had received an award at the festival a few years earlier.
I could nopt get hold of this movie for a long time, although it obviously kindled my interest since Nyarlathotep is my favourite Outer God, and I forgot about it for some time. But just as the etherial winds between the stars blow in mysterious ways, so luck and chance would have it that I came across it on Youtube recently and I now have the pleasure of sharing it with you, enjoy!
Nyarlathotep is perhaps the most interesting of the Lovecraftian Deities. He is arguably the only one who had a developed persona in Lovecrafts own lifetime and the one most involved in human affairs while at the same time being one of the most, perhaps the most, alien and incomprehensible of the Outer Gods Pantheon.
Nyarlathotep is one of my favourite entities of the Mythos and, due to his extra-dimensionlity, has made cameos in several RPG campaigns I ran over the years.
Since Nyarlathotep is a rather complex and alien entity, getting what it (or he, or she) is all about, is a bit of a complex task. Luckily, Mr H. Reviews has started a series of videos explaining entities of the Cthulhu Mythos and he has done a splendid job explaining Nyarlathotep to the non-cultist:
Praise Great Cthulhu for the Æthernet. Coming to think of it, computer-related technology is the domain of the tick-tock man, himself an avatar of Nyarlathotep. So let us praise Nyarlathotep for the internet:
. . . go out among men and find the ways thereof, that He in the Gulf may know. To Nyarlathotep, Mighty Messenger, must all things be told. And He shall put on the semblance of men, the waxen mask and the robe that hides, and come down from the world of Seven Suns to mock. . . .
But back on topic: I was unable to watch the complete end of Atlantis‘ final mission due to time-difference and the fact I was at work. I cought a few glimpses at the BBC stream, though. Now I am delighted to find the final video of the mission on NASA’s Youtube channel, just as I expected and I am happy to be able to share it with you:
„A ship like no other, its place in history secured.“
„Mission complete, Huston, after serving the world for over 30 years.“
I guess most of you wish just like I do that there should be a successor now, a second generation Space Shuttle. Let us hope there will be a budget for it in the future and let us hope NASA gets a slice of the military budget.
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.
Already a while back, there was a thread on the Brassgoggles Forum, where we discussed Steampunk Music, music we would like to see, that is, hear, in a Steampunk context and the music we were listening to in general.
In this thread, a few participants, including myself, agreed, that Steampunk was missing a band with a sound like Iron Maiden,i.e. British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM, that is).
I am under the impression that Heavy Metal per se is relatively well-liked by Steampunks. If you look at the parent-subcultures, this only appears natural.
The reason this popped into my mind is that Iron Maiden released their new album, The Final Frontier, on Friday the 13th 2010, the birthday of my son.
So I thought: Hang on, one of my favourite bands is releasing a new album on my son’s birthday… I’ve got to get my hands on it! One day I will show it to him and say: „This is the album of your birthday.“
My first Iron Maiden album was Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (yes, I am that old…), and it remains my favourite, even after listening to The Final Frontier. None the less, The Final Frontier is an excellent album and the bonus material (of course I downloaded the Deluxe Vesion) is splendid! My curren favourite song is The Alchemist. I have not have time to listen too deeply into it, I have other concerns right now…
But I might post a complete review of it on a later date.
Anyway, Friday the 13th 2010 was definietly a good day in more than one way!
I leae you with an album cover that now reminds me very much of a vision of Nepren-Ka and Nyarlathotep…