Is it me, or is the Cthulhu Mythos something of a no-woman zone?

I’ve been working through the Cthulhu Mythos Mega Pack 

(if you have a Kindle download this now now now, it’s only 37p and, despite what I’m about to say, I bloody love it)

and it would appear that

  • meddling in things we ought not to wot of,
  • getting spooked by rats that, it turns out, are never rats,
  • calling up what cannot be put down,
  • mutating into fish monsters,
  • or generally just having to cope with a whole lot of tentacles,

is strictly a male affair. You can be a female in this mythos…but don’t expect to be allowed to actually narrate the story, have any real impact on it, or entertain much chance of surviving it. At least not in this selection.

I shouldn’t be too surprised, considering quite a few of the stories in this collection are ‘classics’ written by H.P. Lovecraft himself, as well as Clark Ashton Smith and Robert E. Howard. The stories written more towards the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st don’t have so much of an excuse, but pulp writing has always been very much a male province, in theory if not in actuality.

Still, I’m curious as to whether there have been any female writers inspired by the Cthulhu mythos, and what works they’ve produced.

(Goes on the hunt for the elusive female, amid the tentacles and the fish things.

No, the female Deep Ones don’t count.)

Anonymous 2011: aka Who The Hell Wrote This ****?

In honour of Shakespeare’s probable birthday – and date of death; yes, Shakespeare supposedly died on his birthday, that must have spoiled the party, ho ho, bet you never heard that joke before – I’ve decided to make up a list of my favorites when it comes to his works, both plays and films based on his plays.

However, before we get to that, I felt the need to briefly address a certain film I was recently reminded of:



Anonymous, a film released in 2011, directed by Roland Emerich and starring Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave, is based upon the

Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship.

Aka the simple theory that Shakespeare did not, in fact, write the plays for which he is so famous.

Then who did write the plays? Why, none other than Edward da Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford!

And that’s where it stops being simple; at least as far as this film is concerned.  Continue reading “Anonymous 2011: aka Who The Hell Wrote This ****?”