Friday, June 17, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.169: The Scroll of Thoth

Many years ago I found a copy of Richard L. Tierney's almost legendary Cthulhu Mythos novel The Winds of Zarr for a ridiculously cheap price in a London bookshop. For some foolish reason I decided not to buy it - a decision I have long come to regret. Not so my purchase of The Scroll of Thoth, collecting together twelve of Tierney's (otherwise difficult-to-obtain) tales of Simon of Gitta (better known as Simon Magus), merging historical fiction, the Cthulhu Mythos, and early Gnosticism in a melange of weird horror and sword-and-sorcery. These may not be to every Lovecraftian's taste, as they do resonate with something of a Derlethian tone; nonetheless, this volume is worth seeking out if you are looking for a unique take on the Mythos. To this day, I don't believe that Tierney's Simon of Gitta tales have been reprinted outside of this collection - although his novel The Drums of Chaos set within the same universe is still available.

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