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Mention of elemental forces of Good and Evil implies that such concepts are mere puppets that exist to serve the will of Hastur. Probably not Derleth’s intention, but a delicious idea, as is the way the mention of elemental forces of Good and Evil implies that such concepts are mere puppets that exist to serve the will of Hastur (that probably wasn’t Derleth’s intention, but it’s a fun notion).
If you really want to read his stuff I could just give you my copies, I certainly don't want them any more.
That makes sense. Looking at it that way, there's something perversely noble in trying to keep alive the legacy of someone you didn't particularly care for.
Lovecraft didn’t especially mind the term “Cthulhu Mythos”, but he vetoed Derleth’s original suggestion, “The Mythology of Hastur”, for the very simple reason that Hastur didn’t feature in any of Lovecraft’s stories beyond some very occasional name-dropping. Derleth, conversely, had used Hastur very prominently in his own Mythos writings (most prominently in The Return of Hastur), so pushing that tag for the overall body of work by various hands kind of feels like a self-aggrandising move on the part of Derleth.
Derleth described this as “posthumous collaboration”, and as well as this being impossible - at best, you can have “posthumous completion” of an unfinished tale - the end result contains far too much Derleth and far too little Lovecraft
at least by spoiling an otherwise good story with racism Derleth can claim to have written a truly Lovecraftian tale.
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