H.P. Lovecraft/Fanfic Recs
These are recommendations made by Tropers for H.P. Lovecraft works and the Cthulhu Mythos, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be Zapped (wiki). Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.
The Call of Cutethulu by Piccolo Sky
- Recommended by Specialist 290
- Synopsis: An interesting humorous take on the Cthulhu mythos.
- Comments: I've never read any of Lovecraft's stuff myself, but I enjoyed this story immensely.
- Recommended by D Mint
- Synopsis: It's an AU that fuses Evangelion with the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Instead of battling Angels, the Children fight the Old Gods for the future of humanity.
- Comments: While it is still sadly unfinished, John Biles and Rod M.'s Children of an Elder God is a must-read.
- User:Looney Toons: Note that an "incomplete" John Biles fic is almost never a Dead Fic. Biles works on many projects simultaneously, and chapters for any of them may appear unexpectedly.
- Lightice: As mentioned in the Evangelion section, the quality of this initially wonderful fic falls steadily as it goes on. Do yourself a favour and skip the two final chapters, to avoid spoiling the wonderful experience for good.
- User:Looney Toons: As of August 2010, Children is complete.
- Recommended by Looney Toons
- Synopsis: Sic Semper Morituri by Daniel Jess Wilson is another take on the fusion of Neon Genesis Evangelion and H.P. Lovecraft, but from a different angle and with Time Travel and a few extra crossover elements leavening the mix.
- Comments: Incomplete but far from abandoned. (Does anyone have a guide or flow-chart for this? It's almost incomprehensible)
- It's really not that convoluted—it's just that it's long. Fortunately, it's interesting and innovative enough that once the story got into its stride, this troper was hooked.
The Insects from Shaggy; or, The Last Testament of Daphne Pickman by John Biles (crossover)
- Recommended by Heart Burn Kid
- Synopsis: Scooby Doo reinterpreted in the style of the Cthulhu mythos. 'Nuff said.
- Recommended by Khym Chanur
- Synopsis: An alternate history which asks "What would the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union have been like if it had been set in the Cthulhu Mythos world, with both sides stock-piling Eldritch Abominations and meddling with Things Man Was Not Meant to Know?"
- Recommended by Lavanya Six
- Synopsis: An alternate history Sherlock Holmes story where the Great Old Ones rose up and conquered humanity centuries ago.
- Comments: Won the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.
The Great Old Pumpkin by John Aegard
- Recommended by Silver, Nabi
- Synopsis: Linus van Pelt of Peanuts fame catalogs his mission to find the Great Old Pumpkin and the horrific results.
- Comments: Though not set explicitly in the Cthulhu Mythos, the story mimics H.P. Lovecraft's style and cosmology exactly, which I think merits it a spot in here.
Ow, My Sanity by Adam J. Thaxton
- Recommended by K9Thefirst1
- Synopsis: It's Ah! My Goddess meets the Cthulhu Mythos as David Andrew Barlett of Glowbury MA, an Unlucky Everydude of epic purportions accidentally walks in on a summoning ceremony for a Servant for Eldritch Abomination Azaborath, who grants the desires of those who summon it. After killing everyone there (as is the wont of an Abomination), said servant comes to David, and he mentally wishes for someone "to give a crap about me for once." As anyone familiar with Ah! My Goddess knows, this counts as a wish, and a pact is made. Ow My Sanity: Puttin' the Love back in Lovecraft.
- Comments: A web-comic that thus far has managed to avoid Schedule Slip, though it's a bit early to tell thus far how long that will last. David seems like a fine analogue thus far for Keiichi in a Lovecraftian work: Whereas Keiichi just has rotton luck, David's family (aside from his sister, maybe) pretty much ignored him. Thus far, this seems like it'll be more of a Lovecraft Lite work since David didn't turn insane upon seeing *mnlwejioajdflka*'s (or Nancy Alhazred) real form. It'll be interesting to see which end of the scale this gravitates to, or if it'll fit right in the middle, as well as how an Eldritch Abomination learns both about that weird Human thing called "Giving a Crap" and how to Become A Real Human Girl.
- Update: The webcomic is no longer being updated.
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.
- Thank goodness.