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.)