Sunday, June 10, 2012
Tales From the Crypt
I'd been meaning to pick up Crypt of Cthulhu issue #69 for a while, as it was a special Lin Carter themed issue and I collect Carter's work and things related to him. However this issue usually went for more than I was willing to pay for it at Ebay, so I bided my time and waited for someone to post one at a more reasonable price. Last week someone did and I picked up what looks like a new copy at a very good price. I'm glad I did, as the booklet contained several stories by Carter that I hadn't read, mostly in the Cthulhu mythos, as one would expect. It also has a very nice essay by Carter called Nameless Gods and Entities, which is a listing of Robert E. Howard's contributions to Lovecraft's mythos and the stories in which they appeared. While Carter often gets a bad rap as a writer, most fantasy aficionados agree that he was an excellent editor and compiler, and that quality shows through in the Howard essay. Anyway, Carter is one of those interests of mine which waxes and wanes. He's made a strong showing in the last few weeks with the publication of the Thongor collection (my copy should arrive next week) and with the fortunate finding of this issue of Crypt of Cthulhu. On an interesting note, if you look closely at the cover I've posted you'll see that the illustration is by Bruce Timm, now famous as the designer for many animated cartoons such as Batman, Superman, and Justice League.