Jason Colavito Parodies Lovecraft And Ancient Aliens In ‘Cthulhu in World Mythology’

CiWMYou may already know Jason Colavito for his book The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture, a skeptical look at the influence of the Cthulhu mythos on the development of ancient alien theories. (“…as some ancient alien theorists believe.” – Seriously. Take a shot every time they say that on the series. You’ll be stone drunk in 20 minutes.)

Via Suvudu:

Jason Colavito’s Cthulhu in World Mythology is a what-if work of speculative history that proposes that H.P. Lovecraft’s ancient god Cthulhu is real, and that humanity has worshiped him since the dawn of time.

Colavito discussed the surprising inspiration behind his book and the intersection between real-world mythology and Lovecraft’s mythos.

Get Cthulhu in World Mythology from Atomic Overmind Press: The eBook will be available late January and the print edition in February.

Tell me about Cthulhu in World Mythology. What’s it all about?

Cthulhu in World Mythology is an exciting literary adventure through world mythology from a decidedly Lovecraftian perspective. The book begins with the “what-if” premise: What if Cthulhu were real? Using this as a starting point, the book takes readers around the world to see how the Old Ones influence myths and legends around the world.

How seriously should we take this thing? Is this tongue in cheek?

That’s a great question! The book is written in the form of a scholarly textbook in the character of a professorial Mythos investigator, and all of the myths and legends in the book are completely genuine—even the one about the South Seas worship of an immortal, resurrecting octopus who brings madness and death from his undersea temple. However, the book itself is completely fictitious. The legends are true, but the interpretation is fictional.

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  • InfvoCuernos

    I think that when people try to make Lovecraftian ideas into “good and evil” they are really more of an “August Derleth” ideas. If any of these “ancient alien scholars” thinks that there was any motive that the human mind could even comprehend, much less ascribe to benevolence, then they are firmly in the “August Derleth” camp.

    One Question-If you do believe that Cthulhu or the Great Old Ones created mankind, then doesn’t that make you a creationist?

  • Adam’s Shadow

    I read “The Cult of Alien Gods” a few years ago, and although I enjoyed the topic and the author’s skeptical outlook, I found his thesis and the book itself pretty poor. First of all, there were a ton of spelling and grammar errors, and secondly (and most importantly), he seemed to contradict his central idea that Lovecraft was almost directly responsible for “ancient astronaut” ideas when he discussed Blavatsky and Theosophy in the first few chapters; HPB, regardless of what you think of her, seemed to have a lot more influence regarding the idea of “alien gods” than Lovecraft did, at least when it came to pop culture.

    • Matt Staggs

      I think you’re right. The connection is tenuous at best . I’m still excited about “Cthulhu in World Mythology”, though.

  • Matt Staggs

    “Soft and doughy professional parasite” is kind of weird coming from a guy who was lambasting other commenters for name calling just a few months back. http://disinfo.com/2013/03/ted-backs-down-people-power-wins-against-censorship/#comment-837560063