Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Art Project

Many of you probably aren't aware of this, but I'm a huge fan of H. P. Lovecraft's horror stories. His "Cthulhu Mythos" (not his term) is wonderfully alien, and Lovecraft has managed to create a ghastly world apart from our own without relying on traditional or cliched means. For fans of the macabre genre, Silicon Knight's excellent Eternal Darkness is a gaming homage to Lovecraft's work. The ill-fated Call of Cthulhu, while hard to find, manages to remain true to the source material (although creature designs are fairly standard). The fantastic comic "Hellboy" also aludes to Lovecraft's stories at every turn.

But enough about that. I've been putting this off for awhile, but I think I might start a new art project, focusing on the various beasts and horrors of Lovecraft's black universe. I'll start big--with Cthulhu himself. So you might not see too many of my dinosaurs in the next few weeks. But that's okay, because hopefully my Lovecraftian beasties will haunt your nightmares instead!


Julia said...

We have a copy of Call of Cthulhu for X-Box (not X-Box 360 but if you have a hard drive for the latter you'll be able to play it). If that's any use to you, we can send it to you. We sold the X-Box (it had been a gift with Paul's mobile phone contract and he just never played it).

Paul thoroughly approves of your project - he's a big fan of all things Cthulian. In fact the novel he's working on at the moment tips its hat towards the Cthulhu Mythos.

Billy (A Liberal Disabled Vet) said...

Back when I was young and seriously nerdy (now I'm only mildly nerdy) I played Dungeons and Dragons (the old version with only 6-sided die). Other games we enjoyed were Villains and Vigilantes (you too can be a superhero) and, believe it or not, a role playing game called Call of Cthulhu. We loved that game. However, some of the holy rollers decided it meant we were worshipping the devil and almost got us kicked out of school for playing it in study hall.

Luckily, today people are much more tolerant ;)