Dec 1 2009 4:30pm

December Belongs to Cthulhu on Tor.com

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn...

In deference to the Great Old Ones, Tor.com has devoted this December to everyone’s favorite cosmic tentacled thing-that-cannot-be-described from Vhoorl. All month long we’ll be posting articles, stories, and comics relating to the Lovecraft Mythos, and we’ve invited scholars, editors, and fans of the snuggly beast to contribute. We’re thrilled to welcome as bloggers Ellen Datlow, Stephen H. Segal, Seamus Cooper, and others on Tor.com for this very special occasion (along with our regular lineup, natch).

We’ll also be hosting a heap of writhing, sliming giveaways, for your Cthulhumas pleasure. So stay tuned, and remember, kids:

That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And with strange aeons even death may die.

Blog Posts:

12/1: “December Belongs to Cthulhu on Tor.com” by Management Services

12/1: “An Introduction to H.P. Lovecraft” by Stephen H. Segal

12/1: “A Cthulhu Christmas, some gift suggestions—part one” by Ellen Datlow

12/1: “Announcing Discounted Books on the Tor Store for Cthulhu Month!” by Pablo Defendini

12/2: “12 Days of Lovecraft” by Seamus Cooper

12/2: “Tor.com wishes you a Merry Cthulhumas!” by Scott Brundage

12/2: “Cthulhu Christmas Cards!” by Irene Gallo

12/3: “H. P. Lovecraft, Founding Father of SF Fandom” by Patrick Nielsen Hayden

12/3: “Show us your tentacles: A Lovecraft art meme” by Irene Gallo

12/4: “Why We Still Write Lovecraft Pastiche” by Elizabeth Bear

12/4: “It’s The Most Horrible Time of the Year! Solstice Music Review” by Mur Lafferty

12/8: “Lovecraft Fresh: ‘The Alchemist’ and ‘The Outsider’” by S.J. Chambers

12/8: “At the Mondays of Madness via the Cthulhu art jam thread” by Irene Gallo

12/8: “12 Days of Lovecraft: ‘The Call of Cthulhu’” by Seamus Cooper

12/9: “12 Days of Lovecraft: ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’” by Seamus Cooper

12/10: “12 Days of Lovecraft: ‘The Dunwich Horror’” by Seamus Cooper

12/10: “Cthulhu in a jar” by Jason Henninger

12/11: “The eldritch roots of Victorian squeampunk” by Patrick Nielsen Hayden

12/14: “Look at What Wilson Did!” by Bennett Lovett-Graff

12/14: “At the Mondays of Madness via the Cthulhu art jam thread” by Irene Gallo

12/15: “12 Days of Lovecraft: ‘The Colour Out of Space’” by Seamus Cooper

H. P. Lovecraft Collected Essays

12/15: “A Cthulhu Christmas, some gift suggestions—part two” by Ellen Datlow

12/16: “12 Days of Lovecraft: ‘The Thing on the Doorstep’” by Seamus Cooper

12/16: “Why Lovecraft Works” by Bennett Lovett-Graff

12/17: “12 Days of Lovecraft: ‘The Haunter of the Dark’” by Seamus Cooper

12/17: “Sucker Love: Celebrating the naughty tentacle” by Amanda Gannon

12/18: “Lovecraft Fresh: ‘The Hound’” by S.J. Chambers

12/21: “Spreading the Love: An Interview with Innsmouth Free Press” by S.J. Chambers

12/21: “At the Mondays of Madness via the Cthulhu art jam thread” by Irene Gallo

12/21: “H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast” by Pablo Defendini

12/22: “12 Days of Lovecraft: ’The Shadow Out of Time’” by Seamus Cooper

12/22: “A Cthulhu Christmas, some gift suggestions—part three” by Ellen Datlow

12/23: “12 Days of Lovecraft: ‘The Dreams in the Witch House’” by Seamus Cooper

12/23: “The Lovecraftian Art of Miss Monster” by GD Falksen

12/24: “12 Days of Lovecraft: The Music of Erich Zann” by Seamus Cooper

Lovecraft, Marc Simonetti

12/25: “Cthulhu Month Wallpaper: Marc Simonetti’s R’lyeh” by Irene Gallo

12/27: “Grendel’s Den and the Photography of the Unnamable” by GD Falksen

Amiee Stewart, Lovecraft

12/28: “At the Mondays of Madness via the Cthulhu art jam thread” by Irene Gallo

12/28: “H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast, Part Two” by Pablo Defendini

12/29: “12 Days of Lovecraft: “From Beyond”” by Seamus Cooper

12/30: “12 Days of Lovecraft: “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath”” by Seamus Cooper

12/30: “Lovecraft Fresh: “The Color Out of Space” and “The Call of Cthulhu”” by S.J. Chambers

12/30: “Ann VanderMeer’s Fried Cthulhu” by Stephen H. Segal

12/31: “Backing Into Lovecraft” by Jonathan Howard

12/31: “Ken Hite on Lovecraft and Everything” by Bruce Baugh

01/03: “The Sweet Scent of Lurking Fear: Elizabeth Barrial, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and H.P. Lovecraft” by J. Melusine Royal


Original Fiction:

12/4: “I Speak Fluent Giraffe: Nyarlathotep, I’m Breaking Up with You” by Jason Henninger

12/7: “I Speak Fluent Giraffe: The Other Other Gods” by Jason Henninger

12/11: “I Speak Fluent Giraffe: At the Libs of Madness” by Jason Henninger

12/14: “I Speak Fluent Giraffe: Rudolph, the Pink-Skinned Deep One” by Jason Henninger

12/16: “The Tempest Wakens” by Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon

12/18: “I Speak Fluent Giraffe: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Night-Gaunt” by Jason Henninger

12/21: “I Speak Fluent Giraffe: The Accursed Waning Ossuary” by Jason Henninger

12/22: “Overtime” by Charles Stross

12/24: “Notes From an Emergency Meeting of the Institute for the Study of Cephalopod Progress” by Jesse Bullington, Matthew Dyer, Felix Gliman and Matt Staggs

I, Cthulhu

12/28: “I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)?” by Neil Gaiman

12/29: “I’m Glad I Waited, by a Sacrificial Virgin” by Reina Hardy

12/31: “Farewell Performance” by Nick Mamatas



12/25: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 1” by Torie Atkinson

12/26: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 2” by Torie Atkinson

12/27: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 3” by Torie Atkinson

12/28: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 4” by Torie Atkinson

12/29: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 5” by Torie Atkinson

12/30: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 6” by Torie Atkinson

12/31: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 7” by Torie Atkinson

01/01: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 8” by Torie Atkinson

01/02: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 9” by Torie Atkinson

01/03: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 10” by Torie Atkinson

01/04: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 11” by Torie Atkinson

01/05: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: Day 12” by Torie Atkinson

01/05: “12 Days of Cthulhumas: FTHAGN!” by Torie Atkinson


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Richard Fife
2. R.Fife
Woot. I offer forth this, please don't melt my brain!

Carol of the old ones
Jonah Feldman
4. relogical
Oh, it's on. Steampunk is going down. Cthulhu fhtagn!
Herb Schaltegger
5. LameLefty
I must admit that my proto-geek cred is in a shambles. I have never read a single Lovecraft story, ever. I am ashamed.
6. bittermelon
Sigh. I was so hoping for something *less* hackneyed than steampunk month...

Maybe I'll just cancel my RSS subscription for a while.
j p
9. sps49
A youtube link from RFife? I smell an Old One....
Richard Fife
10. R.Fife
It's actually safe, amazingly enough, and amazingly funny.
11. Nick Mamatas
I have the feeling I'm going to hate/love this month.

Well, I'm sure I'll be at least half-right.
j p
12. sps49
Okay fine. :)

Next on the playlist is I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth.
alessandro montagner
13. black_swan
Possibly a good reason to catch on Lovecraft, after all.
Let's see what happens...
15. Oskar Shapley
As the distinguished professor J. M. Keynes of Miskatonic University infamously noted, in the long term we are all Cthulhu's nourishment.
chris lackey
16. clackey
I'm so excited about Cthulhu December! Brilliant! You know Lovecraft wrote a LOT of Christmas/Yuletide/Solstice poems, right?

Wanna really dive into Lovecraft? Check out the H.P.Lovecraft Literary Podcast! Each episode tackles an HPL story and we really get into it!

It's been described as the "This American Life" and "Radiolab" of Lovecraftian literature. And not by me! Well... I guess it has just now.

You can find it at iTunes or hit www.hppodcraft.com
Irene Gallo
17. Irene
clackey - thanks for the link. Listening now - you guys are great! I'm a Lovecraft newbie and you're making the learning curve particularly enjoyable.
Fluff the Plush Cthulhu
18. fluffcthulhu
I am pleased that you have chosen to honour Me in this fashion. You might be eaten slightly earlier.
19. Anton P. Nym
(With apologies to Burl Ives.)

Have a squamous, rugose solstice;
That's best this time of year.
You don't know the tales of woe
Within this volume here.

Have a squamous, rugose solstice;
And when you're walking down the street,
Avert your gaze from those displays
Of Elder Signs discreet.

Cthulhu f'tagn!
We are all His meat!
This, your fate, awaits for you
As it awaits for me.

Have a squamous, rugose solstice;
That's best this time of year.
Oh, by Abdel have a not-so-subtle
Breakdown, this year!

-- Steve
Scott Brundage
20. ScottBrundage
As long as we are posting Cthulhu songs. This one is sung to the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town:

He sleeps in his house
He'll feed on your mind
An octopus mouth
Old-er than mankind
Cthulhu asleep in his house
Cthulhu asleep in his house
Cthulhu asleep in his house

That is not dead which
can eternal lie.
With strange aeons
even death may not die
Cthulhu asleep in his house
Cthulhu asleep in his house
Cthulhu asleep in his house
Eirin Saeves
21. Eirin

The link to the second article:

12/1: “A Cthulhu Christmas, some gift suggestions—part one” by Ellen Datlow

directs to:

12/1: “An Introduction to H.P. Lovecraft” by Stephen H. Segal


Now I must go through all the work of hunting up the Datlow post myself. *Sigh* Woe is me.
26. JOhn McClaughry
Washington AP 1/18/11:

The Hubble Space Telescope got its first peek at a
mysterious giant green blob in outer space and found that it's strangely
The blob is the size of our own galaxy and it is
650 million lgiht years away....
"Now it looks like a dancing frog in the sky
because it's green" . She says she can even see
what passes for arms and eyes...


Will you be ready when Cthulhu comes?

"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl

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