Located at the ends of the Earth, Antarctica has always had this special allure for the intrepid explorer. A vast, foreboding and desolate continent with a harsh and unforgiving climate, this place has captured the imagination of many an adventurer. None more so than H.P. Lovecraft when he created the epic that is “At the Mountains of Madness”. This recounting of an ill fated Miskatonic University expedition to the South Pole and its tense and scary encounter with forces far, far beyond the realms of human understanding blew me away when I first read it. Lost civilizations, ancient aliens, hints of bioengineering and dormant horrors in the wilds of Antarctica made for a wonderfully evocative and enthralling story.
The Shoggoth Conspiracy by David Conyers is the first collected omnibus of Harrison Peel's adventures set in a Lovecraftian universe. Contained herein you will find 11 superlative stories and novellas chronicling the adventures of our eponymous hero as he battles against human and not so human adversaries under the auspices of the mysterious Code 89 initiative.
World War Cthulhu is the first publication in Dark Regions Press weird fiction line. Edited by Brian Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass, this is an eclectic collection of 22 short stories covering the many manifest...
On the surface, the genres of Cyberpunk and Cthulhu Mythos would appear to be at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Cyberpunk, amongst other things, deals with the negative impact of technology on humanity and society. It appears to me to be a very internal battle that Cyberpunk describes, namely that of the human soul battling against the encroaching cold embrace of technology. H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos by comparison, chronicles humanity’s struggle to deal with terrifying and unfathomably cosmic forces far beyond our comprehension. As much as this description sets those poles apart, the two genres have much more in common than one would have been led to believe.
Okay, take a planet in the far future, populate it with hundreds of alien species including humans, throw in lots of cyberpunk tech, sprinkle in some Raymond Chandler type goons, and have lurking Lovecraftian monsters in the background for a bit more flavouring, and what you get has a name: Punktown. Punktown is a highly imaginative and enthralling setting by talented dark fiction author, Jeffrey Thomas, and Red Cells is the latest book in this series.