In the 1920s and 30s, New England based writer H. P. Lovecraft was writing short stories of weird fiction, combining strong sci-fi elements with horror elements to really create the basis for most modern forms of horror. He passed in 1937 at the age of 47. Two of his friends, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, formed a publishing company called Arkham House in order to put HPL's works into print and keep them there. Other authors writing in the "Cthulhu Mythos" also became involved, continuing and developing the mythology that HPL had started. Eventually HPL's works inspired movies, radio plays, comic books, plush toys, computer games, websites, an award-winning role-playing game, and countless stories written in imitation and homage.
One of HPL's great concepts was of an alien entity he referred to as "Great Cthulhu". He referred to this creature as being a monstrous bat-winged humanoid figure with huge claws on its hands and feet and an octopus-like head with many tenacles. This being had come from the stars long before mankind was born and ruled over earth at the head of a sect of nasty alien critters called "The Great Old Ones." For some reason, Cthulhu is now sleeping/dead, deep in a vault in the sunken city of R'lyeh somewhere in the South Seas. From time to time, however, he is able to exert his will over psychically sensitive human beings, and there are cults that worship him, waiting until the "Stars Are Right". When that happens, R'lyeh will rise, Cthulhu will waken and emerge, and it'll pretty much be over for humanity.
Have I mentioned that HPL had a terrible aversion to seafood? Are you surprised?
My own personal contact with HPL's works began in 1984 or so. I was at a gaming convention in Amherst, MA, and someone sitting next to me had a very peculiar looking boxed game entitled Call of Cthulhu. He told me a little about it, and I thought it sounded interesting, so I sought out a copy over the next few months. As a result of my interest in the game, I discovered a few volumes of his work in my hometown public library. Luckily for me, HPL's works came back into print in paperback almost immediately thereafter, and I was able to get copies of a lot of his works through this medium. After locating the Avenue Victor Hugo bookstore in Boston, MA, I was able to buy the copies I still own today, which are lovely hardcover copies from Arkham House.
Over the years I've attended a film festival of amateur HPL films, run a fan group called M.A.C.A.B.R.E, played the role-playing game innumerable times, worked on my own HPL stories, read his biographies, visited his grave in Providence, RI, and generally kept him as one of my "gods of fiction" to borrow one of his own terms. In other words, I'm a pretty dyed-in-the-wool HPL fanatic.
Recently, a news story really peaked my interest. It describes a sound that's been recorded underwater by sound equipment over 3000 miles apart which has been nicknamed "The Bloop". As an HPL fancier, I was rather taken with this Lovecraftian notion, and I mentioned it to my own circle of friends. One of them quipped, "Cthulhu is talking in his sleep." The more I pondered over this, the more appealing it became, and I began to search online and off for various news stories about the Bloop, as well as for other Lovecraftian thematic elements that seemed to be leaking into the news. I was having a lot of fun with this project, when a thought occurred to me...
Why hog all the fun?
So, with this concept in my mind, I decided to put together a website which explores the various ways in which HPL's works bisect, or seem to bisect, real life. I envisioned a place where HPL fans could come to get some news, trade some anecdotes about their own Lovecraftian experiences, and generally have a little fun. The result is the website you're reading right now, and, hopefully, it will be an enjoyable experience for all involved.
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This website was developed and is maintained by Andrew "Aethan" French. Further development was aided and abetted by Mike "Bazil" Nichols of Biovore.com, but the site is still maintained by Andy. Any complaints, compliments, or comments should be sent to him.