Sunday, October 30, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.304: Dead But Dreaming - The Great Old Ones of Lovecraftian Legend Reinterpreted as Atlantean Kings

Tracy Twyman's economically titled Dead But Dreaming: The Great Old Ones of Lovecraftian Legend Reinterpreted as Atlantean Kiings seems to boil down to a weird conglomeration of Ickean paranoia and The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail in claiming that the 'global elite' are in fact the transdimensional spawn of Cthulhu, who exists in a state of suspended animation beneath Rennes-le-Chateau. Granted, I'm massively over-simplifying things, but outside of Walter Bosley's peculiar integration of Lovecraftian tropes into the current conspiratorial milieu, this is one of the stranger entries into the wotld of Lovecraftian paranormalist conspiracism I have encountered. I do, however, admire the way that Twyman attempts to legitimise the fiction that is the Cthulhu Mythos as 'reality' by cross-referencing it in relation to the equally fictive Atlantis. That said, this marshalling of a fiction that is, to some extent, accepted as a relative 'fact' (due to the traction it has gained in popular culture) in order to establish an equally fictive claim as 'real' is not an atypical ploy found in paranormalist literature. If nothing else, Twyman's work further examplifies of the manner in which the Cthulhu Mythos has increasingly become established as a legitimate trope in contemporary paranormalist and conspiracist discourse.

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