Comments on Arthur B's Alan Moore's Yuggoth Pastiches

Here's that overview of Alan Moore's recent Cthulhu Mythos stuff you wanted. Mild content warning: Moore likes to use rape for shock value, there's extensive discussion of that here.

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Raymond H at 11:07 on 2018-06-18
2 Questions, one silly and one serious.

1) Is Neonomicon where that meme of the Deep One ejaculating from a human woman's handjob comes from, and if so, could you please give me context? Because I was seriously lost after I first saw that image.

2) Considering how weird and out-there Aztec religion is compared to a lot of its contemporaries, I've always found a potential Lovecraftian bent to Aztec mythology fascinating, which is one of the reasons I'm so enamored by R. H. Barlow. However, I'm interested to know if you have any particular works, either by him or by other authors, with that bent that you'd recommend.
Arthur B at 11:55 on 2018-06-18
1) It is.

The context: the Dagon cultists have locked the woman in with the Deep One, with the expectation that the Deep One will rape her a whole bunch because that largely seems to be what their deal is about. The woman gives the Deep One a handjob to keep it docile.

It's extremely silly even in context.

2) William Burroughs might perhaps be your dude. Look to the Nova Trilogy (The Soft Machine, The Ticket That Exploded, Nova Express), though since all those derive from the same word hoard that yielded Naked Lunch some find it's worth reading that to ease into the rest of the trilogy.

Oh, and the short film Ah Pook Is Here touches on some of that.
Raymond H at 12:47 on 2018-06-18
1) ...
I don't know if I want to read Neonomicon anymore. Like, you mentioned the awkward rape moment, and this just...sort of tipped it over the edge...

2) Squee, I say. Much appreciated.
Arthur B at 13:22 on 2018-06-18
If you have read The Courtyard and The Shadow Over Innsmouth I really don't think you need to read Neonomicon. The first part regurgitates the remains of The Courtyard, and the latter part awkwardly grafts a not-very-good modern-day sequel onto the first part.
Ichneumon at 04:00 on 2018-06-19
On the subject of Burroughs, I really need to get back to Cities of the Red Night when I get the chance. A fascinating book, intoxicating in its perversity and strangeness.
Raymond H at 12:19 on 2018-06-19
Okay. I actually really love Innsmouth. It's one of my favorite Lovecraft stories, as it's one of the few ones by him that actually scared me (also, after reading David Kalakaua postulate on a possible sunken, ancient, South Polynesian civilization, the idea of ancient Polynesian sailors fighting Deep Ones strikes me as freaking awesome, even if Lovecraft intended for me to think the Polynesians themselves were creepy and foreign, or at the very least that the Deep Ones were an insurmountable army that no mortal man could vanquish, although I don't think he ever knew about Kamehameha).
Robinson L at 22:30 on 2018-09-05
Like fellow comic book occultist Grant Morrison, Moore hails from an era of comics writing in which being dreadfully clever was prized above telling a satisfying story. Maybe it’s just that I’ve grown to the point where my priorities have changed, but these days I’m inclined to say “Why not try for both?” - with a preference that, if one can’t have both, one goes for the satisfying story over the smug cleverness.

Excellently, articulated, Arthur. A storytelling philosophy many authors and creators of fiction would do well to take to heart.

The live action Legion television series - based on a somewhat obscure X-Men character - comes to mind as a recent example of a work which managed both very well for its first season, but began sliding into prioritizing cleverness over telling a satisfying story at times in its second season. (Though the second season contains other flaws which are arguably even greater - still a good show overall, but the second season has more and bigger problems than the first.)
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