Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Lovecraftian Thing A Day No.89: The Inhabitant of the Lake & Less Welcome Tenants
Of all the modern contributors to the Cthulhu Mythos, Ramsey Cambell is without doubt one of my favourites, Many of his Mythos tales merge a sense of urban alienation and neurosis with gritty social realism, which give his spin on the Mythos a very contemporary feel. Campbell's first book, presented here (and which I had signed by him at NecronomiCon 2015!) was published by Arkham House in 1964, when Campbell was only 18 years of age. Bearing that in mind, many of the tales in The Inhabitant of the Lake do lack a maturity of style; but even so, I think that many of them still pass muster. The stories also set out Campbell's UK-based Brichester and Severn Valley locales which has now become an established part of the Cthulhu Mythos, and which are also some of my favourite Lovecraftian settings.