Friday, October 24, 2014

SEX & YE CTHULHU MYTHOS



Bobby Derie's Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos has at last been publish'd by Hippocampus Press www.hippocampuspress.com  It is fantastic.  Contents:
Introduction
1. Sex and Lovecraft
Lovecraft and Love
Views on Sex
Views on Love and Relationships
Views on Eroticism and Pornography
The Shadow of Syphilis
Views on Gender and Homosexuality
Views on Miscegenation
Mr.s H. P. Lovecraft
2. Sex and the Lovecraft Mythos
Precursors and Influences
"The Great God Pan" (1890)
"Novel of the Black Seal" (1895)
"The White People" (1904)
Analyses
"Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family" (1920)
"The Outsider" (1921)
"The Lurking Fear" (1922)
"The Rats in the Walls" (1923)
"The Unnamable" (1923)
"The Horror at Red Hook" (1925)
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1926-27)
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1927)
"The Dunwich Horror" (1928)
"The Shadow over Innsmouth" (1931)
"The Dreams in the Witch House" (1932)
"The Thing on the Doorstep" (1933)
"Supernatural Horror in Literature" (1927; revised 1933)
Collaborations
"Poetry and the Gods" (with Anna Helen Crofts) (1920)
"Ashes" (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.) (1924)
"The Loved Dead" (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.) (1924)
"The Last Test" (with Adolphe de Castro) (1927)
"The Curse of Yig" (with Zelia Bishop) (1928)
"The Mound" (with Zelia Bishop) (1929-30)
"Medusa's Coil" (with Zelia Bishop) (1930)
"The Man of Stone" (with Hazel Heald) (1932)
"The Horror in the Burying-Ground" (with Hazel Heald) (1933-35)
Themes and Parallels
Sexual Symbolism in Lovecraft
Weird Sex
The Lure of the Forbidden
Forbidden Knowledge, Personal Transformation
Miscegenation and Mis-generation
The Role of Women
   The Unseen Mothers
   The Wise Woman
   The Anti-Gothic Heroine
   Lovecraft's Slatterns
   Rape in the Lovecraft Mythos
   Searching for Shub-Niggurath
Asexual Aliens
Homosexual Interpretation

3. Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos
New Developments
   Family Trees of the Gods
   Naming the Unnamable
   The Necronomicon as Pornography
   Body Horror
         Pregnancy
         The Tentacle as Sexual Symbol
   Alien Heats
   Parody
Lovecraft as a Sexual Character
Gender, Sexuality, and Mythos Writers
Key Works and Authors
   Robert E. Howard
   Clark Ashton Smith
   Robert Bloch
   August Derleth
   Ramsey Campbell
   Richard A Lupoff
   Peter H. Cannon
   Brian McNaughton
   Robert M. Price
   W. H. Pugmire
   Caitlin R. Kiernan
   Edward Lee
   Alan Moore
   Cthulhu Sex Magazine (1998-20070
   Eldritch Blue: Love & Sex in the Cthlhu Mythos (2004)
   Cthulhurotica (2010)
   Whispers in Darkness: Lovecraftian Erotica (2011)
   Other Authors and Works of Note
   Sex and Mythos Poetry
   Mythos Ebook Erotica

4.  Beyond Cthulhurotica
Sex and the Lovecraftian Occult
   Background
   Kenneth Grant
   Michael Bertiaux
   Simon
   Phil Hine
   Donald Tyson
   Aesnath Mason
Sex and the Mythos in Art
Sex and the Mythos in Comics
Sex and the Mythos in Japanese Manga and Animie
Sex and the Mythos Cinema
The Mythos and Rule 34
   Discussion
   Fanfiction
   Fanart
   Webcomics
Afterword
Works Cited
Suggested Further Reading

As ye can see, this is an exhaustive treatment of the subject, and utterly fascinating.  As a study of Lovecraft's fiction, the book is intelligent and original.  I never thought any book or critic cou'd make me question my firm doubt that Lovecraft was queer, but this book brings up some fascinating ideas, and I was even impress'd with a section by Stan Sargent that takes up almost an entire page -- an idea that I once found absurd concerning Wilbur Whateley as representing HPL's bury'd homosexuality.  I am extremely pleas'd with the section concerning my own Lovecraftian fiction, and I confess that this book has me thinking new thoughts about approaching more sexual motifs and themes in future work.  The book is a fantastic study, by one who not only admires Lovecraft's writing but has study'd the Works with keen foresight and lack of prejudice.  Fucking awesome.  There is but one inexcusable error in the book, on page 171, where we find "Edgar Allen Poe."  Ahem.




2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fascinating collection. I must pick up a copy of this as well as the new Lovecraft Annual (congratulations on the cover colour by the way).

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