Panelists John D. Haefele, Don Herron, Rick Lai, Tom Krabacher (moderator), and Nathan Vernon Madison explore the inspirations and origins of the Cthulhu Mythos as opposed to the Lovecraft’s Mythos and the Mythos of his contemporaries, as well as the controversies and personalities involved with these ideas over the years.
From PulpFest.com: http://www.pulpfest.com/2015/07/the-call-of-cthulhu-and-the-lovecraft-mythos
“Take a werewolf story, for instance — who ever wrote a story from the point of view of the wolf, and sympathising strongly with the devil to whom he has sold himself?” – H.P. Lovecraft in a letter to Edwin Baird, November 1923. This letter would later appear in Weird Tales, where a young writer named H. Warner Munn would read it and be inspired.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Werewolf of Ponkert by H. Warner Munn. It’s a werewolf story that Munn wrote after being inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s comment.
The Werewolf of Ponkert was first published in July 1925 issue of Weird Tales. It was the cover story that month. The story is the first entry in Munn’s Tales of the Werewolf Clan series. The Werewolf of Ponkert takes place in north eastern Hungary, during the mid to late 15th Century.
It has been recently collected by Altus Press in the collection, “Tales of the Werewolf Clan”. This collects all of Munn’s werewolf clan tales and includes a new introduction by his grandson, John Munn. It’s available in both a hardcover and trade paperback from the Altus Press website.
In this episode I will be discussing a modern Cthulhu Mythos Round Robin tale, “The Eldritch Force”. It was recently published in the February 2014 issue of the Lovecraft e-zine. It is written by Pete Rawlik, Glynn Owen Barrass, Brian M. Sammons, Bruce L. Priddy, Robert M. Price, Rick Lai and David Conyers. The Lovecraft e-Zine, published by Mike Davis does a great job of releasing quality Lovecraftian fiction and making it available in multiple formats, this issue is no different. I’ll include links in the show notes where you can read or listen to “The Eldritch Force”. You can read the story for free on the Lovecraft E-Zine website and also download the audiobook edition of the issue that contains the story. If you wish you can purchase the issue in Kindle, Nook or Print format.
The Eldritch Force is a mash up of Pulp style heroes and the Cthulhu Mythos, It also acts a sequel to the original Cthulhu Mythos Round Robin, “The Challenge From Beyond.” It is set in Post World War II occupied Berlin and beneath Auschwitz. Some great pulp elements are present: underground tunnels, secret experiments and monsters to name just a few.
Read the Eldritch Force in the February 2014 issue of the Lovecraft EZine:
In this episode I will be discussing “The Festival” by H.P. Lovecraft. I would like to thank the Lovecraft eZine guys for bringing it to my attention on their recent video chat. The Festival appeared in the January 1925 issue of Weird Tales. The story is set during Christmas time or more appropriately, the Yuletide. The Festival is one of the first Cthulhu Mythos stories. An audio reading of the story in its entirety is included.
Lovecraft’s visit to Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1922 is said to have inspired the story. The tale seems to be set in the early 1920’s and features a nameless narrator returning to Kingsport, Massachusetts, the home of his ancestors. He is in town to take part in his people’s ancient festival.