Background

This page being a small description of various concepts and terms referred to by the Lair of the Mythos Haiku. Any links on this page that lead to external sources deemed more adequate to help further satiate the readers queries will be explicitly marked as such.

Let it be known that the producer of the Lair of the Mythos Haiku has no financial affiliations with any of the entities or groups referred to below, only the shared desire to see that the works of H.P. Lovecraft flourish and inspire others.

Glossary

Arkham

A fictitious town in Miskatonic Valley located near Boston, Massachusetts. It was created by H.P. Lovecraft and has been used by Lovecraft and others, both in Mythos and non-Mythos related fiction. The towns name provided inspiration for August Derleth when naming the printing company Arkham House. Batman fans may be interested to know that DC Comics also used the name for the Arkham Sanitarium, which imprisoned many of the Dark Knights most famous foes.

Arkham House

The publishing company founded by August Derleth. Originally started as a method of distributing H.P Lovecrafts little known literary accomplishments. However, Arkham House soon started printing works by other authors who contributed to the Mythos, including Derleth himself. The company is still in existence today, and continues to print both Lovecrafts and other authors works. Alas, they have yet to make an appearance on the Internet, and thus a link cannot be provided. However, their address is:
Arkham House Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 546
Sauk City, WI 53583

(The) Call of Cthulhu

Both a short story by H.P. Lovecraft and a RolePlaying Game produced by Chaosium, Inc. The short story centered around an investigation of a worldwide cult which worshipped a horrific entity known as Cthulhu, and is considered by many to be Lovecrafts most famous tale.
The RolePlaying Game is based upon the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and others, and has received many awards.

Chaosium Inc.

A California based company that is responsible for the RolePlaying Game known as Call of Cthulhu, as well as the collectable card playing game Mythos. They have been producing quality games since 1975. Please visit their website at http://www.chaosium.com.

Cthulhu

A fictitious creature that is believed to be both dead, yet only sleeping below the Earths Pacific Ocean. Here is a description from the entities creator:
It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopuslike head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence... --H.P. Lovecraft

Visit this wonderful image gallery if you require visual confirmation of Lovecrafts description: http://www.eerie.fr/~alquier/HPL/gallery_cth.html

The Cthulhu Mythos

A phrase originally coined by August Derleth to describe the universe, and various entities that inhabit said universe, as created by H.P. Lovecraft and others (including Derleth himself). The term has fallen out of favor amongst current Lovecraftian scholars, and has been shortened to Mythos.

August Derleth

The man most responsible for assuring that H.P. Lovecraft did not sink into total obscurity as an author. A protegé of Lovecrafts and founder of Arkham House publishers. Derleth also coined the descriptive phrase Cthulhu Mythos. Derleth wrote many stories associated with the Mythos, and even tried to organize various aspects of Lovecrafts works into a coherent structure. This organizational attempt, however, has met with serious displeasure among Lovecraftian scholars. Derleth also did much in the way of ghostwriting in Lovecrafts name, based upon ideas and fragments of storylines that were Lovecrafts. Perhaps someday there will arise a Derlethian or Lovecraftian scholar who will be able to make a determination of how much of these works are truly attributable to Lovecraft, and document such.

H.P. Lovecraft

The man, the myth, the legend. Creator of some of the 20th centuries best horror, even though he received very little acknowledgement during his lifetime. Without whose existence, you would not be reading this webpage. There is too much that could be said about this person, especially for this BRIEF glossary. To that end, if you are curious at all about Lovecraft, you must visit the H.P. Lovecraft Archive at: http://www.hplovecraft.com. This site is perhaps the most comprehensive Internet Website that can be encountered, with respects to Lovecraft.

Miskatonic

Fictitious valley and university found near Boston, Massachussetts. Originally created by H.P. Lovecraft and used in many Mythos and non-Mythos stories by Lovecraft and others. The Valley holds the fictional town of Arkham. The University is located inside the town of Arkham. Miskatonic University also holds a copy of the dreaded Necronomicon.

Mythku

A Haiku based off of the life of H.P. Lovecraft, or the Mythos writings of Lovecraft, August Derleth and others. If you are reading this glossary, and have not heard of a Mythku, then you have followed a link that was taken out of context. Please inform the maintainer of the referring webpage that they should change the link to that of the homepage for The Lair of the Mythos Haiku at http://www.inzenity.org/mythku.

Mythos

The term for the body of work created and inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and others. The original term Cthulhu Mythos has been recently shunned by Lovecraftian scholars, since the body of work is greater than a mere collection of stories about Lovecrafts horrific entity known as Cthulhu.
Chaosium, Inc. also produces a collectable card game by this name, which is based upon the Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and other authors.
For a more detailed explanation of many elements of the Mythos, please visit this excellent website: http://users.deltanet.com/~lumiere/mythos/mythos.htm.

The Necronomicon

A fictional tome created by H.P. Lovecraft. A copy resides in the library of Miskatonic University, which is located in Arkham, Massachusetts. Even though the tome is fictitious, many believe of it's REAL existence. This belief has not been helped by an actual printing of a book with the same title, that reputedly informs its reader how to summon various demonic entities. For proof of widespread popularity of the books name, please follow this link: http://av.yahoo.com/bin/query?p=necronomicon&hc=1&hs=14.
Also, there is a convention that is held in honor of Lovecraft, it is named after the famous tome. To find out more please visit this webpage: http://www.necropress.com/necronomicon/index.shtml.


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