|This happens in every single game of Arkham Horror. Just assholes shooting guns at things that are supposed to be nigh invulnerable...and winning.|
Case in point: A friend of mine was in a bookstore, which is surprising enough in this day and age, and overheard a young man commenting loudly to his female companion that the bookstore was in error because they put the Lovecraft works in Science Fiction rather than Horror where it belongs.
Oh really. Is that what you think, sparky? Well the fact is that Lovecraft wrote Science Fiction. Or Weird Science Fantasy, if you prefer. I have a list of reasons why this is but let me break them down to these:
1) The bulk of his work features entities from beyond the stars.
2) It is not in the least bit scary.
3) We weren't calling it Science Fiction when he was writing, but honestly, it is.
4) Okay, it's not all Sci-Fi, but the roots are mostly Sci-Fi.
5) Science Fiction and Horror have always been evil twins anyway. Where you see the one, the other is usually nearby, probably waiting to kill you. And wear your skin as a hat.
That wouldn't even bother me. What bothers me is how much geeks like Cthulhu. To the point that they act like the thing is their best friend. He's become some sort of guard dog and badge of geek honor all rolled into one. On the least offensive side this is a debasement of the source and on the worst side it is the sort of thing people do to show how "unique" they are with overtones of shock and offense. Like when people pretend to be Satanists to annoy Christians who are not strong in their own beliefs. It is douchy. Stop it.
|That's METAL that is.|
|I know these are on somebody's Christmas list somewhere.|
I think he'd think what you are thinking, "Hey, that guy is fisting Cthulhu". He would not be happy about that.
Personally I put old Squid-Face in the same group as Freddy Kruger for his pop-culture appeal. I don't understand a human mind that enjoys misusing the monster. Hey, I get it, we love our monsters, but they still need to be monsters and if not monsters in the traditional sense, as least still monstrous, dig? I love The Munsters and would certainly hang out with Herman and his family, so maybe I am off-base with this Cthulhu pop-culture hatred.
I think much of this is aimed at gaming anyway. When you play a game where a being beyond space and time shows up and you shoot it to death with a tommy gun I think the whole thing has gone horribly wrong. When we make the Frankenstein Monster into a friendly thing at least it was not designed from the beginning as an unfeeling cosmic horror (again with that word...it's not scary). We were meant to feel a sense of pity for the monster from the start.
|This is the thing that ushers in man's destruction on this planet? Yeah, probably.|