After the death of his great-uncle, Francis Wayland Thurston delves into the late Profesor Angell's effects...
I was sorting through
all his research one day,
when I found a monstrosity
made out of clay.
Spurred on by his curiosity, Francis learns of many terrible things. The artist who came to his uncle for help. A raid in the Louisiana swamps, led by Inspector Legrasse. The sailor Gustaf Johansen. And, perhaps most importantly, the horrible fate of the Emma.
The most merciful thing
in the world, I believe,
is humanity's failure
to fully conceive
of the cosmical horrors
we've yet to reveal,
and which up until now
I have tried to conceal
This 102-page adaption of H.P. Lovecraft's classic story was written and illustrated by R.J. Ivankovic.
Q&A for H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers
Q. How different is this from H.P. Lovecraft's 1928 original story?
A. This is Lovecraft's original 1928 story rewritten in anapestic tetrameter and with entirely original art.
Q. Is this book suitable for 'beginning readers'?
A. This book could certainly be read to a 6 or 7 year old - they will enjoy the cadence. Capable 8 or 9 year olds should be able to read the story themselves. A great way to introduce your kids to the Mythos - or your nieces and nephews: be that beloved, exceedingly strange relative!
Q. What is anapestic tetrameter?
A: Anapestic tetrameter is a poetic rhythm often used in children's stories. Each line consists of four units of rhythm, known as 'feet'. Each foot has two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable. A well-known example is the beginning line of Clement Clarke Moore's poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" (aka "A Visit from St. Nicholas"): "Twas the night beforeChristmas, when all thro' the house / not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."
Q. Is this book copying Dr Seuss?
A. H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers is not a reskinning of a Dr. Seuss story, nor does it use any Dr Seuss characters, storylines or images. It contains entirely original art, and the storyline comes directly from H.P. Lovecraft. Of course R.J. Ivankovic was influenced by Theodor Geisel's amazing artwork (his use of non-Euclidian geometry was visually second to nobody!) But we acknowledge the influence of Shel Silverstein, Jules Feiffer, Maurice Sendak, and every other sanity-damaging children's book illustrator of our youth, and also Clement Clarke Moore for his popularization of anapestic tetrameter.
Q. Aren't there some problematic racial aspersions in H.P. Lovecraft's original 1928 story?
A. In this version, H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu cultists do not belong to any identifiable race - they are depicted as funky malicious-looking humanoids with ponytails atop their heads.
Released: 12 September 2017