Monday, October 29, 2012

Monstrous Monday Blogfest

Today is the Monstrous Monday Blogfest, hosted by Tim Brannan.

My favorite monster actually ties in very well with my blog’s theme, because it’s the result of one author’s attention to detail, world building, and quality writing.

My favorite monster is Cthulhu, along with all of the other creations from the mind of author H. P. Lovecraft.

Back in the 20’s and 30’s, Lovecraft wrote over a hundred short stories and a few novelettes. He was the master world builder, creating new realms in our world, the Dreamlands, and in our past and future. Most were tied together by a common thread - the Mythos. This was a major undertaking, especially during Lovecraft’s time. But between the worlds, the Mythos, the unique monsters, and vivid imagery, the author created stories that were creepy and frightening on a whole new level.

Lovecraft’s books have inspired others for decades. August Derleth has continued Lovecraft’s work, producing more tales of terror and compiling the master’s works into numerous volumes. A RPG game was created, Call of Cthulhu. (Yes, I was the Keeper when we played.) Countless bad movies have been made and Lovecraft’s work has inspired artists. Cthulhu appears on t-shirts and slippers - even as stuffed toys. (I have one of those, too!)

My thanks to the master of horror for creating the Mythos and Cthulhu!

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What is your favorite monster?

53 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

I haven't read those - but what an awesome legacy! There are a lot of fabulous monsters out there :)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I haven't read the books...but what a monster! Anything that lives in the ocean is just doubly-scary to me.

Ciara said...

I've not heard of these books. I love a good monster tale, though.

Laura Marcella said...

Ooo, very cool monster! This is a fun bloghop. I'm not sure I have a favorite monster. Hmm, I'll have to think about it! I always though it'd be cool to be friends with dragons, though, like Princess Cimorene is in The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede.

Nicki Elson said...

Aww, even a little stuffed Cthulhu. I know enough about Lovecraft to know I should stay away from his stories or risk nightmares...forever!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Jemi, Elizabeth, and Ciara, you need to pick up a Lovecraft book. He's the true master of horror.

Laura, ever since reading Anne McCaffrey's books, I've always wanted my own dragon.

shelly said...

Looks like I'm part of the I-didn't-read-that-book club.

Anyway, I love monsters. Always have.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Melissa Bradley said...

Lovecraft is a true master. What scary, fascinating worlds he created. My favorite monster is the werewolf. I love the idea of the full moon and the beast. I also blame Lon Chaney, Jr. and The Wolfman. :)

Talli Roland said...

An interesting choice of monster, L Diane! What a great idea for a blogfest.

Sherry Ellis said...

I haven't read those. I personally like Sully from Monsters Inc.!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lovecraft wrote some creepy stuff.

Yolanda Renee said...

Another new monster to meet! Thank you for introducing me.

Steven said...

Anyone who hasn't picked up a work of Lovecraft's is truly missing out. Great choice!

Donna Shields said...

I haven't read it, but I have been educated by my 12 year old about the monster.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Cthulhu was indeed formidable.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I seriously love H.P. Lovecraft - I really wish I'd thought to post on this one. Excellent monster choice.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Shelly, you need to read some of his work.

Steven, yes they are.

SL, I wish they'd make a decent Lovecraft film.

Southpaw said...

Great pick. I don't really know what my favorite monster is. I'd have to categorize them my era or something. The stare my favorite in each section. :)

Nancy Thompson said...

I don't have the imagination to create a monster like that and I'm too squeamish to read about them. Too many childhood nightmares!

Timothy Brannan said...

Very, very cool. Of course I love H.P. Lovecraft. It's a shame I don't talk about him more on my own blog really.

The books were great (still are) and I loved playing Call of Cthulhu.

Thank you so much for participating in my little bloghop. I really appreciate that.

Tim

michelle said...

Monsters are not for me. I'm one of those who hides her face during scary movie scenes...

Gwen Gardner said...

I don't remember reading any of Lovecraft's stories, but I definitely recognize the monster. So terribly creepy, and yet I totally want to tug on those tentacles:)

Christine Rains said...

Excellent choice! I have my own stuffed Cthulhu which my son has taken for his own. I posted a Lovecraft monster today too. :)

T. Drecker said...

I'm definitely going to have to sit down and read some of Lovecraft's stories. Great monster choice!

garrisonjames said...

IA! Great choice...

M Pax said...

A very awesome pick. Lovecraft was a master indeed.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Great pick of a monster with a connection to one of the masters.

baygirl32 said...

Never heard of him before - looks kind of like a squid

Jai Joshi said...

Cthulu is rather entertaining, I understand your fascination! Lovecraft did so well creating him that even people who haven't read his works recognise the monster.

Jai

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That's one creepy monster. I much prefer the stuffy version. :D

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Nancy, I love horror films, but I only like a few horror authors. I'd have a blast creating creatures like that.

Thanks for hosting, Tim. Been years since I played Call of Cthulhu, but it was fun.

Gwen, the stuffed one is cute!

Baygirl, he does kinda.

Jai, that is true.

Emily R. King said...

The Cthulhu? That is one creepy monster. Thanks for sharing. I hadn't heard of it before now.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I'm not really a big fan of monsters. They give me nightmares. Haven't read any of these books, might add a couple to my TBR. If I had to choose a monster it would be a werewolf. I guess because I like animals.

Jeremy Bates said...

Coolness. I know of this but have never read any. Weird, right?

Thanks for stopping by my page.

Cheers!

Denise Covey said...

Thanks L Diane. I've heard of these, but I'm not so much into horror. Thanks for your whale comment on my blog.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Am I the only one who prefers Cookie Monster? Okay, so I'm a wimp. I can't help it.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Everyone needs to read at least one Lovecraft story!

Laura Eno said...

What I want to know is...how do you pronounce that name?!

I love Anne McCaffrey's dragons too. :)

Hart Johnson said...

Oh cthulu is probably my favorite monster, too! I love Lovecraft's imagination and the mythos he created. His writing style leaves something to be desired, but I think that is part of his era and the fact no one else had done what he was doing, so there really weren't role models for it. He was the primary influence, though, of my FAVORITE, Peter Straub.

Jo said...

Not into monsters. Had heard of Cthulu tho. I want dragons and not monster dragons either.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I don't think I've read any of Lovecraft's works, but he sounds like an amazing author.

Susan Roebuck said...

Wow! What a bloghop! Where was I when the signing up was being done? Oh well. Do you know, I've never read anything by HP Lovecraft but I'll have to remedy that fast. I honestly can't think of a nice monster - I keep thinking of Shrek, but I don't think he's one...

The Golden Eagle said...

Interesting choice!

I still have yet to read anything by H.P. Lovecraft. He's definitely on my list, though.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Laura, it's pronounced - kə-THOO-loo.

Hart, he can be a challenge to read, but I think it was a style of the time.

Susan, the ones in Monsters Inc. were nice.

Jo said...

Shrek is definitely a monster as were the ones in Monsters Inc. All nice friendly monsters though.

Susan Oloier said...

Those books are totally new to me. What a great blogfest! I first heard of it earlier today at Alex's blog. I know, I'm a little behind.

Tara Tyler said...

how does one pronounce that? seen it before but never knew the origin! must check out his writings! thanks!

Stephen Tremp said...

Wow! November had to set the record for Blogfests! My favorite monster? I think I have to hand it to the Dementors of the Harry Potter series.

Stephen Tremp said...

Wow! November had to set the record for Blogfests! My favorite monster? I think I have to hand it to the Dementors of the Harry Potter series.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Tara, it's pronounced - kə-THOO-loo.

Karen Lange said...

I learned something new today, thank you! Hope your week is going well. :)

klahanie said...

Ah yes, a bit of Lovecraft's books. Hadn't thought about that author in ages.

My favourite 'monster' is Ogopogo. Okay, Ogopogo is actually the cutest darned lake creature, ever!

Gary

Arlee Bird said...

I have never read any of Lovecraft's work though I know about his influence. I am familiar with the music of the 60's psychedelic group H.P. Lovecraft who were inspired by the author's works.

Lee
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