The Cthulhu Mythos, pt. 1: “The Events at Poroth Farm”

As a card-carrying horror geek, I’m a big H.P. Lovecraft fan. “The Call of Cthulhu” is a masterpiece, and “The Color out of Space” is one of the creepiest literary works I’ve ever read.

But surprisingly enough, I’m a total newcomer to the expanded Cthulhu Mythos. This is an untenable situation. The governments of like, three imaginary countries have postponed their upcoming elections in order to lobby for UN sanctions against my further reading of anything else.

So I went ahead and snagged an eBook copy of a bunch of Cthulhu Mythos tales (for $0.99, you can’t go wrong). I’ve only read a couple of the stories so far, but these authors are really committed to maintaining a uniquely Lovecraftian feel.

I thought I would post some brief reviews of my favorite tales from the Mythos as I read them. The first non-Lovecraft story in the book is T.E.D. Klein‘s “The Events at Poroth Farm,” and it is a doozy. It’s very similar in feeling to “The Color out of Space,” and it combines that weird sense of otherworldly dread with a parasitic creature that is half Alien and half The Exorcist. In other words, it’s really good.

I don’t see the tale as fitting in with the larger Cthulhu narrative, but it does explicitly reference Lovecraft’s writing at one point (the protagonist, an English professor, is working his way through a massive collection of gothic literature). Regardless of whether the Old Ones are actually present in Klein’s universe or not, this is a seriously great story that stands on its own as a super-creepy horror tale. Highly recommended.