This article was printed in Night Land No. 6, in Japanese translation.
Since the potential for connectivity the internet provides has begun to be realized, Cthulhu mythos fans have been living in a golden age. More small presses have published intriguing collections, the amount of free online fiction available has skyrocketed and fans are able to keep tabs on and communicate directly with their favorite authors with a facility that beggars my ability to describe it; in fact, I think in some ways it is easy to get jaded about the burgeoning popularity of my favorite genre of fiction. However, the economic downturn of 2008-2009 has had ripples unavoidable even if you live in R'lyeh. Small presses come and go with distressing regularity. The following is a partial list of businesses that I used to depend on for regular publications have all either tanked or had to do some serious downsizing: Lindisfarne Press, Mythos Books, Elder Signs Press, Arkham House and Golden Gryphon Press. So all is good, but all is bleak, right?