6号: "Crowdsourcing Cthulhu," by Matt Carpenter

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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?

5号: "Lovecraftian Art" by Matt Carpenter

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This article was printed in Night Land No. 5, in Japanese translation.


Lovecraft's prose is quite vivid, creating monstrous daydreams that can actually become nightmares. These vivid descriptions have been inspiring artists ever since the original publication of the works. If you are a fan of Lovecraftian imagery, the internet has made it easy to find striking works by myriad artists at the click of a mouse. Just type Cthulhu into your favorite image search engine and you can see millions of pictures in media ranging from plushies to sculpture to balloons.

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This article was printed in Night Land No. 4, in Japanese translation.


The explosion of popularity of all things Cthulhu and Lovecraft has to be an accepted fact of American geek culture. Why this might be is a subject for debate. Personally I suspect it has to do with the popularity of role playing games, particularly Call of Cthulhu, and the rapid expansion of the internet allowing thousands of isolated fans to make a larger community. HPL famously wrote, "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." For better or worse, Cthulhu is no longer an unknown quantity. Many cartoons, stories, comics, one liners and jokes use humor to defuse the terror Cthulhu represents, the insignificance of flyspeck humanity to an unknowably vast amoral universe. What might HPL have thought about all this? This link probably has it right.

3号: "The World of HPL Comics" by Matt Carpenter

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This article was printed in Night Land No. 3, in Japanese translation.


My column for this issue will address a topic that, frankly, I don't understand. Many talented authors and enthusiastic, if less talented, fans over the years have written Conan stories of their own over the years. Some of these are quite good. Seldom, however, do we see a story about Robert E. Howard swinging a sword in the Hyborian age. I can't begin to count the novels set in the Land of Oz, allowing Dorothy and her friends to have even more adventures. Never have I seen L. Frank Baum knocking around the Emerald City. Innumerable stories and movies chronicle the further adventures of Sherlock Holmes, in eras Victorian to modern. Rarely is Arthur Conan Doyle sleuthing in London. Why then, is there such a fascination with HP Lovecraft as a character in his own stories?? Does this not spoil the world building? If HPL is writing the awful truth disguised as fiction, does that not interfere with our willing suspension of disbelief as we immerse ourselves in the Cthulhu mythos? The popularity of HPL as a character for stories has grown to the point that it is its own subgenre. I cannot begin to catalogue all the fiction but what I can do is demonstrate this through the medium of comic books. Then maybe someone out there can explain the allure to me!

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This article was printed in Night Land No. 2, in Japanese translation.


In the English language media much attention has been given to the impending demise of book publication as we know it, attributed to the rise of the internet and electronic publication. Perhaps this is true for popular mainstream genres, but the ease of communication via the internet, readily accessible publishing software and print-on-demand technology has allowed small groups of Lovecraftians to find each other more easily and has fostered an explosion of specialty presses. An assiduous collector has to constantly be on the look out in many forums to try to keep up!

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This article was printed in Night Land No. 1, in Japanese translation.


When Edward asked me to write an article about what's new in English language Cthulhu mythos publishing for 2010, for a moment I looked around and thought, 'Who? Me?" My only qualification is that I have been reading Lovecraftian fiction since the early 1970s. In fact there are some striking trends in this genre that are keeping me flummoxed. Thanks to the web of connectivity that is the internet, allowing like minded fans to congregate in hyperspace, and the profusion of small specialty presses as more lumbering publishers are outmaneuvered, there is an absolute profusion of Cthulhu mythos material that defies comprehension. In fact the sheer number of people at least superficially familiar with HPL and his creations is astonishing. It's like I was standing in an empty theater only a few years ago and now I can't find a seat. It would be a daunting task to summarize what's happened in 2011, so I'll satisfy myself by describing some of the better finds this year.