Luke Skywalker Vs. Cthulhu
The following was submitted by Chuck Z.:
The following is a reply from Davide Mana:
Time for a bit of trivia I picked up by hanging out with Star Wars fanatics. "Splinter" was effectively published in the inmmediate aftermath of "Star Wars", and has been considered by purists to be highly apocryphal. Unless they expurgated the text for a reissue now that the SW franchise is heating up again, the book should contain some pretty definite reference about the fact that Luke and Leia were.... ehm, pretty intimate. Highly apocryphal indeed.
>Anywho, Luke and Leia are searching for a Force
>artifact with Darth Vader hot on their trail. They find said Force crystal
>nestled before a huge statue of none other than Cthulhu. The natives call
>him something else but the description fits him to a tee: octopoid head;
>wings; crouched, bloated body; long talons; etc; etc.
I got out my ancient Italian version (great cover artwork) and browsed andb_yes_!bBig C. is there all right.
Chuck, you injected a little bit of interest in the Star Wars Universe. Now I'll have to design a crossover game....
>So I was wondering,
>besides F. Paul Wilson's Advasary series, Brian Lumley's Necroscope books,
>and Robert E. Howard's Conan series, where have any of you fine people
>encountered Mythos refrences in a predominantly non-Mythos story.
Fritz Leiber uses quite a bit of Mythos "feeling" in "Our lady of darkness", in which Clark Ashton Smith appears as a background character. Leiber did write a lot of what could be called "borderline" Mythos fiction, that is, Lovecraftian stories without the name-dropping bit. Some of the earlier efforts by Michael Moorcock - in the Elric series, e.g. - feature long dead gods and other critters that look a lot like Mythos second-choice nasties. I'm not sure about how much Moorcock picked up from HPL and how much came courtesy of Bob Howard, tho'.
A separate case can be made for the martian stories written by C.L. Moore - the old god Pharol is a Great Old One having a day off, and many of the things that Northwest Smith encounters on his advenures are Mythos-worthy. Same can be said for the first martian novels by Leigh Bracket - and here we come full circle, as Bracket did write the screenplay for "The Empire Strikes Back", while A.D. Foster (that started out in fiction with a Mythso pastiche, IIRC) wrote the "Star Wars" novelization. Both Bracket and Moore add to a Burroughs derived backdrop a good mix of pulp science fiction and Weird-Tales-style elements.
And I guess some others will spring to my mind as soon as I post this message.
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