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Making a Cthulhu-based web-series is not all shoggoths and rainbows

DespairI've been working on this web-series since November 2010. What is it? Who's in it? Where can I watch it? What's it... uh... called? All excellent questions. Hold your horses...

Let me tell you how this whole thing came about. I wanted to make something based in the Cthulhu mythos ever since I played my first round of the Call of Cthulhu RPG about 20 years ago. Thoroughly creeped out after each adventure, I'd track down any Lovecraft story I could find to remind myself that they were just stories. Amorphous blobs of floating jelly with dozens of eyes and a haunting wail didn't really exist! Right? Didn't help. I loved it.

I sort of lost track of Cthulhu and those wacky Elder Gods once I left college. It made for nice icebreakers with friends but I hadn't read any of the stories since high school. Then late last year I started working on an idea for a web-series about a down on his luck guy who hunted monsters. Rolling the idea around in my head - and yeah, that does sound like a fun premise - I couldn't figure out how to make it work. I remembered Lovecraft and his twisted imaginary abominations and suddenly things started to gel.

The bulk of the writing on the series is being handled by the esteemed Faye Hoerauf. Many of you (6?) blog followers know Faye as part of the writing/directing team of our short zombie-comedy "Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day" which is STILL playing in festivals around the world. She's taken my initial idea and expanded and informed the world allowing it to become something personal and convincing. To be sure, our Cthulhu series is a distinct departure from the comedy bits we've produced in the past (and will continue to produce in the future). This is also a project that I'm already extremely proud of and can't wait to share with you!

Over the next few weeks I'll be dropping tidbits about the production, ways you can help and when it'll be available for all to see. We're aiming for September, keep your fingers crossed! There's a lot going on here and I just wanna say thanks for your continued support and I think you're gonna love this show.

Posted by Dom

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  1. Have you ever seen the Seattle-produced “Cthulhu”? Opinions? thoughts?

  2. Hey Dennis. I have seen it and I know you’re in it (and you were great)! I found the movie overall, however, lost its bearing and wasn’t quite sure what it wanted to be – a thriller, a comment on homosexuality, a horror movie, etc. I’ve wanted to see a modernized adaptation of the Cthulhu mythos for a long time and felt that “Cthulhu” was not that film, and I don’t think it was ever meant to be. Cthulhu was an obvious MacGuffin to the issues the main character was going through. I actually have a couple posts about it earlier in this blog, mostly about the preferential treatment they got from The Stranger, which was more about The Stranger’s practices than Grant & Dan’s production.

  3. I’d love to hear more about this Lovecraftian series.

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