If you’re looking for a decent primer on H.P. Lovecraft’s work and the Cthulhu mythos in general, this video from TedEd and author Silvia Moreno-García is a solid start. It’s surface level—but an easy entry into the world of cosmic horror and not a bad way to spend five minutes.
If you enjoyed that and now want a deeper dive into the man and the mythos—tragedy and all. I highly recommend checking out Frank H. Woodward’s 2008 documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown. It’s fantastic and quite a bit longer. Plus it features a ton of interviews from a variety of authors and artists working in the subgenre.
I’d personally love to see a fresh take on the documentary going into 2020. While Fear isn’t that old—just over ten years—so many more amazing and talented creators have spent time in cosmic horror and added so much over the last decade. Today, the genre as a whole is stronger than it’s ever been and I think their take on the lore and legends would be most welcome.
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I posted over the weekend about the mysterious monument to Azathoth showing up outside the Paseo Grill in Oklahoma City. Well, it seems the creators have been found and io9 has an interview with the two of them including some great pics of the monument’s creation. My favorite response was in answer to the question: What’s been your favorite part of this whole thing?
David: …Also the idea that “several strong men could not have put it there.” It was two weak-ass dudes amped up on adrenaline. And you know, physics. Gravity…
A fitting conclusion to the mystery. The rest of the interview is great, you should check it out.
Something strange popped up outside the Paseo Grill in Oklahoma City on August 23rd: a monument to Azathoth. It’s large and so heavy three “strong men” could hardly make it budge. A plaque adorns its face reading:
In the Year of Our Lord 2012 Creer Pipi claimed this land for Azathoth.
Time will tell what Azathoth’s interest in the Paseo Grill’s “casual, yet sophisticated dining experience” really means for the citizens of Oklahoma. Clearly the police know what is up, and refuse to move the monument and incur Azathoth’s wrath. It has been left to the Paseo Grill to figure out what to do with the object. You can read the full story at New York Daily News.
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