Sunday, August 07, 2016

Lovecaftian Thing a Day No.220: Dark Young of Shub Niggurath miniature

Not quite the commentary on Lovecaftian miniatures I thought this would be (it is getting late, and I am rather tired); instead I offer an example of my own minature painting work by way of this Dark Young of Shub Niggurath miniature from the RAFM Call of Cthulhu miniatures line. The Dark Young isn't, however, a 'canonical' Lovecraftian beast outside of its infered existence in Lovecraft's own work, where it (yet again) comes to signify Lovecraft's racialised bigotry re: his ideas about 'miscegenation'. In fact, as a Lovecraftian entity, the so-called 'Dark Young' pretty much owes its existence to the Call of Chulhu Rpg rulebook, which in turn takes its inspiration for the beast from Robert Bloch's classic 1951 tale 'Notebook Found in a Deserted House'. And here it is made fairly explicit that said rampaging entity is actually a shoggoth.

Regardless, parts of 1999's The Blair Witch Project do bear a resemblance to Bloch's tale; however, despite it's very Lovecraftian atmosphere, I don't think anyone has yet managed to establish with any certainty literal (rather than thematic) continuities between the Blair Witch mythology and that of the Cthulhu Mythos.

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