Monday, March 21, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing A Day No.81: Other Nations

Today's item has a little bit of a mystery surrounding it, and it is something of an oddity in my collection (I'm not sure how well known this is in Lovecraft circles). Apparently Other Nations was scheduled to be published by Chaosium under the author's actual name (Tani Jantsang) as part of their Mythos fiction line. The book never appeared, but was eventually published in this POD edition under the pseudononymous authorship of T & P Marsh. As I understand it, Tani Jantsang was and is involved in the contemporary Satanist scene, and may have had some association with Anton LaVey's The Church of Satan. I can't help wondering if Chaosium, learning about this, may have decided not to publish: given the fact that they were then and are now primarily an rpg company, they may have understandably wanted to avoid any association with Satanism (and of course as a consequence of the 'Satanic Panic' of the 80s and 90s, rpgs have had a very troubled history of [erroneously] assumed association with the occult). It's been years since I read Other Nations, and all I recall about it is that it was a very odd book.

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