If you have arrived here, you probably already share my interest in early 20th century horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Welcome! I hope that you find something useful and edifying, and come back again soon. Your comments and suggestions are always appreciated.
I have been interested in this literature from a very young age, when I discovered books that my parents soon had to place on higher shelves, out of my reach. For a short time I was content with wonderful books like Alfred Hitchcock’s anthologies for children—Ghostly Gallery, Haunted Houseful, and best of all Monster Museum. But when I was able to reach the higher shelves I began delving into darker works by H.P. Lovecraft and his colleagues and contemporaries.
I am still there.
It has been almost a century since Lovecraft died, but his influence remains pervasive. He and his contemporaries wrote horror, science fiction and fantasy during a period of enormous social and technological change—in some respects, a time not so different from our own.
We rely on horror writers like Lovecraft and his colleagues to document both our personal and collective cultural nightmares, so that we may revisit them, and study them, and come to a greater understanding of ourselves. Perhaps in so doing we will avoid catastrophe.
Visitors who have read some of the articles in The R’lyeh Tribune will notice that I offer a unique perspective on horror, science fiction and fantasy—unusual for these days, at least. I have allowed my generally Calvinist world view to inform my discussions of this literature, and for this I make no apology. Horror and religion are two halves of the same coin, rolling together to that doom we all share, whether we seek the possibility of salvation or not.
I offer The R’lyeh Tribune as my small contribution to the labor of many others who appreciate the work of H.P. Lovecraft and that of his contemporaries in weird fiction.
“Our wisdom, if it is to be thought genuine, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.”—John Calvin, The Institutes of Christian Religion