Friday, 14 May 2010

Tales of the Cthulhu Quarter

Tales Of The… is an online weekly blog-style anthology incorporating all types of creative media. Hosted at www.talesofthe.com, its aim is to provide a platform for Northern Irish creators to showcase film, artwork, prose, audio and just about any other type of creative endeavour you can think of. A new piece is published every Sunday and the intention is to create exciting fiction, without being tied to any particular genre.

At the moment Tales Of The… revolves around everything HP Lovecraft and Cthulhu, but for the most part creators and collaborators have free reign to create and share whatever they want.

"That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die."

Tales of the... Cthulhu Quarter, chronicles the arrival of H.P. Lovecraft’s tentacled god Cthulhu in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Events were kicked off by a short film prologue, detailing one man’s unrestful night that may have been brought about by the coming of a cosmic force… The film features the acting talents of Mal Coney, with special appearances from Andrew Croskery, Aimee Durkin, Louise Higgins, Walter D’Goon and Stephen Downey. It was written and directed by Stephen Downey in his directorial debut, with which he had a LOT of help from Jim McMorrow (who handled the editing) and Andrew Croskery.

Tales of the Cthulhu Quarter: Part 1 – Chorus to Cthulhu, is a 16 page comic by James Byrne that takes us a little further into the madness that unfolds as the ultimate Elder One makes its way ever closer to the city. Part 2 of Cthulhu’s emergence in Belfast, depicts Cthulthu’s effect on the mind, in Craig Smith’s vivid poem The Deep Slumber.


The madness continues in a podcast drama written by Reggie Chamberlain King, with Andrew Croskery, who also provided the accompanying illustration, starring in the title role as Creep. Also featuring appearances from Malachy Costello, James Downey, and Reggie himself, Creep’s Last Tape – A Horspeil, charts Cthulhu’s continuing call across Belfast…

Tales of the Cthulhu Quarter anthology is rounded off with a fantastic painting courtesy of David Withers and a little background info with two short essays on Lovecraft and Gothic horror, by myself and the delectable Brenda Croskery Longlands, respectively. Tales Of The Cthulhu Quarter’s fitting epilogue is a beautiful serenade to Cthulhu. The great beast has taken over Belfast, and warped the minds and souls of many. One such man takes his love for the tentacled monster to new heights and writes a luscious, and often ludicrous, love-song to his new master.

“Tentacles on Show” was written by Andrew Croskery and performed and arranged by The Party Band. The faux CD cover was illustrated by Stephen Downey…

For the love of Cthulhu, download it here! Your very soul and sanity might depend on it…

2 comments:

Celestial Elf said...

Thought you might like my Cthulhu machinima film
The Highlander; Cthulhu Enigma
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdzezmqtHy4
Ia Ia Cthulhu Fhtagn!

James Gracey said...

Thanks for the link! I will check it out. And Ia Ia Cthulhu Fhtagn, to you too!:oD