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Does Canon Matter? Part 6 – H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

February 7, 2018 Leave a comment

Cthulhu for PresidentI have returned to continue rambling about canon! In this episode I talk about the Cthulhu Mythos and stumle over several nigh-unpronounceable names for entities whose merest concepts could drive an ordinary human mad. I also discuss how the nature of the Mythos makes it extremely difficult – perhaps even impossible – to nail down exactly what counts and what doesn’t.

NOTE: As it turns out, the publishing company Arkham House might not be quite as dead as I may have made it sound in this episode. The Wikipedia article on them seems to indicate they’ve had recent financial trouble, but have been working to combat that. Nevertheless, as far as I can tell it appears as though folks are currently able to publish Mythos-related materials right and left without necessarily being challenged. I would still advise authors to research the status of anything they plan to make use of as best they can before they do so.

Here are a couple of links with further writings about the confusion surrounding the copyright situation:

The H.P. Lovecraft Wiki
Chris J. Karr

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