Sunday, February 07, 2016
Lovecraftian Thing A Day No.38: Illuminatus!
The Illuminatus! trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson isn't something that tends to register on lists of Cthulhu mythos fiction, despite the fact that this countercultural classic not only includes mention of Cthulhu and the Great Old Ones (the 'Lloigor') as part of a complex conspiratorial melange, but Lovecraft himself makes an appearance whilst Yog Sothoth has a not insignificant role to play in the denouement of the trilogy. I'm also convinced that Charles Stross' use of Yog Sothoth in his novelette A Colder War was inspired by Shea and Anton Wilson's horrific treatment of that entity as 'The Eater of Souls' in the Illuminatus! books.