Friday, March 11, 2011
And now for something completely different...
I've been meaning to read some H.P. Lovecraft for years. A couple weeks back, I finally went down to the library and picked up a book of short stories. It's phenomenal. Basically, everything I was hoping for and more. On a side note, it's interesting to read and see how much of the material was re-tasked for "Night Gallery", the phenomenally campy Rod Serling horror show with amazing character acting and special effects that rival any middle school play. One of the stories, "The Call of Cthulu", is the tale of a massive demon who I guess lives under the sea (with Sebastian and Ariel, though I imagine they're don't interact often).
Cthulu is an oft-visualized character. I think part of it has to do with the fascination with the story itself and part has to do with Lovecraft's literary descriptions which usually describe monsters as "Too horrible to imagine" or "You'd go mad if I told you". I think this is kind of clever and simultaneously a bit of a cop out. It lets your imagination fill in the blanks which works well only if you have a good imagination. It also lets the author off the hook for filling in physical details.
So I thought I'd take a whack at it. It's an interesting challenge to try to bring something new to well-trodden ground. Subject matter-wise, it isn't often I'm asked to do something like this and I enjoyed the brief tangent. It will likely remain a sketch forever, though, since I don't really have the time to finish it.
Unless someone wants to commission me to do so.
Which you could.
You know...if you wanted to.