the Cthulhu Mythos:
In the 1920s, a pulp author named Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft wrote a number of stories with the same theme: the Earth had once been inhabited by extraterrestrial beings with extraordinary powers. These beings could move through space and rule or destroy planets once, but then the universe changed--the stars were no longer right. These demigods became imprisoned, some on earth and others across the universe. But one day, the stars will once again be right, and they will break free from their bonds and spread across the universe again.
The most famous of these beings is named Cthulhu. It slumbers in the Pacific today, trapped in the sunken city of R'lyeh until the cycles of the universe, and its hidden cult around the world, can bring it back. Lovecraft introduced Cthulhu in "The Call of Cthulhu." Beyond his writing, Lovecraft mentored a number of other authors of the time; this "Lovecraft Circle" wrote a great many stories about Mighty Cthulhu and other extraterrestrial deities... the Cthulhu Mythos was born. Their fiction crosses boundaries of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. The saga they relate is one of truly cosmic scope, transcending even good and evil. Read a few stories and you'll be hooked...
I first discovered the Mythos when I was 13. After I read some Mythos stories by Robert E. Howard, it was almost a year before I was able to lay my hands on anything by H.P. Lovecraft. I gradually built up my library with anything I could find.
The Internet is a huge boon to Mythos fans trying to find more Mythos fiction. I started this site (at a different address) in 1996 to provide reviews but, most importantly, an index to in-print Mythos books. In 2002 I relaunched this site, streamlined and updated, to continue this mission.
02/2002: This site will keep its address but change servers in the near future. Page names will change at that time, so please bookmark or link to this page instead of others on the site.