You may have heard of our short film “The Crawling Chaos,” but the title probably won’t mean much to you without knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos. Let’s start with the guy that invented the Cthulhu Mythos – H.P. Lovecraft. Around the 1920’s Lovecraft was writing a prolific amount of short stories, and pretty much invented the idea of “weird fiction” or cosmic horror. His stories all exist within a shared fictional universe, where mankind is inconsequential and ancient beings from the depths of space (or even other dimensions) walk over us like ants. Within Lovecraft’s writing, stories are told in the third person, usually by academics investigating or finding themselves caught in something supernatural. As they discover some part of what lurks beyond human knowledge, they often begin to lose their sanity, and ultimately realize the insignificance of our little planet in the vastness of the cosmos. Great Old One’s are ancient, deity-like beings that are typically locked out of our universe and looking for a way back in – or in the case of his most famous Great Old One, Cthulhu, sleeping death like beneath the ocean in his city of R’yleh, waiting until the stars are right and he can return. If you haven’t heard of Cthulhu, where have you been? He even ran for president! He’s all over pop-culture, as is Lovecraft’s other famous creation, The Necronomicon – The Book of the Dead. This fictional text was invented by Lovecraft for use in his stories, and is commonly referenced, along with other fictional texts, by different characters who come across them. Don’t be fooled into thinking the mass marketed and poorly written “Necronomicon” you can buy on Amazon has anything to do with Lovecraft, it’s just around to cash in on his invention and take advantage of the naive.
There are many other examples of Lovecraft seeping into modern horror and sci-fi – everywhere you look you can find his influence. He had a circle of writer friends that also wrote within his shared universe, such as Clark Ashton Smith and Robert E Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian) who also added their own strange beings and deities, growing the Mythos ever further. That’s enough about that though, you can go read wikipedia or pick up some of Lovecraft’s books for yourself if you want to know more. The next post will focus on who The Crawling Chaos is, and where it fits in with Lovecraft’s Mythos, because hey, that’s why you’re here right?