Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Terror in the South Seas

When we think of H. P. Lovecraft, we typically think of brooding New England villages whose inbred inhabitants rarely leave the township and who may well have ancestors who aren't entirely human. But the power of ancient eldritch entities can hardly be confined to one small corner of the insignificant little blue-green marble that is our terrestrial sphere.

In Historical Lovecraft: Tales of Horror Through Time, Y, W. Purnomosidhi gives us "Pralaya: The Disaster," a story of the eruption of Mount Merapi and of a conquering emperor. With a little forewarning a saving remnant is able to flee, but it's darkly hinted that the gods they left behind were in fact beings from beyond the stars, entities that feed upon human fear and pain.

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