And a very merry Walpurgisnacht to all our readers!
Which gives a perfect opportunity to launch Rogue Planet Press’ new Cthulhu Mythos fanzine, Lovecraftiana, available now in its May Eve edition from www.lulu.com. Lovecraftiana is to be a quarterly publication, with issues coming out April 30th, July 31st, October 31st, and January 31st. Submissions for future editions (stories, articles, poetry or artwork on Cthulhu Mythos / Lovecraftian themes) can be sent to editor@schlock.co.uk
This week we extend a warm welcome to Gregory KH Bryant, who returns in triumph with the first episode of Illara, a story of interplanetary rogue Carter Ward whose previous story, The Ice Rush, appeared in Warlords of the Asteroid Belt (Rogue Planet Press, 2015). That’s followed by a new story from Gary Murphy, in which an elderly professor and two students investigate a mysterious object discovered during an archaeological dig. In Steve Laker’s latest offering, a hacker hacks into a real life war game, controlling a drone, while Ian Fletcher introduces us to a couple in a camper van exploring an old forest in which reality and fantasy becomes indistinguishable. Rouzzle Peaks is out of control in Douglas Ogurek’s The Prafts and the Hywisps, written in the grand old tradition of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.
HG Wells leaves the Stone Age and takes us instead to The Days to Come (the vast and intricate London of the twenty second century, to be precise) where our hero Morris seeks the cure for love. Robert E Howard’s back, this time with the Faring Town story of the Sea Curse. Meanwhile, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, the Nautilus passes through the Straits of Bab-el-mandeb. And while it’s Walpurgisnacht in the real world, in the Witch Wood it’s Lammas Eve, and that can only mean one thing for David Semphill...
—Gavin Chappell

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Swords against Cthulhu II: Hyperborean Nights

In the eldritch writings of Ec’h-Pi-El we learn that the land of Lomar, first chronicled by that aeons-dead author, lay contiguous in time and space to Ancient Hyperborea, sinister kingdom of the North described in the story-cycles of the prophet Klarkash-Ton. Twin lands beyond the Arctic Circle, home to a cyclopean civilisation long ground to dust by the advancing glaciers, they flourished in blasphemously, inconceivably ancient days when Atlantis and Lemuria and Hyboria were but a dream…
Within the jungles of immemorial Commoriom the cult of Tsathoggua rear temples to that bat-like furry toad god from another planet. Tsathoggua was first worshipped by the subterranean Voormis that lurk beneath the peak of Mount Voormithadreth in the Eiglophian Mountains, whence nobles from the city of Uzuldaroum hunt the last remaining dinosaurs. The Voormis themselves displaced the cannibalistic Gnophkehs, who lived in the land of Polarion until the people of Zobna moved south in retreat from the ice sheets to settle in the land of Lomar. Here the descendants of the Zobnarians dwell around many-templed Olathoë until the coming of the squat, yellowish Inutos. And amidst all this conflict, over all the lands of Lomar and Hyperborea hangs the apocalyptic threat prophesied by the White Sybil of Polarion: the inevitable descent of the polar ice that, in these latter ages, conceals the ruins of both civilisations from the eyes of all but the most deranged occultists.
Against this background of savage tribes and more savage gods dwell sorcerers, warriors, rogues and thieves, whose adventures will be chronicled by the spiritual heirs of Ec’h-Pi-El and Klarkash-Ton in Rogue Planet Press’ new anthology, Swords against Cthulhu II: Hyperborean Nights. Thrilling tales of sword and sorcery (up to 6,000 wds) set in Lovecraft’s Lomar and Clark Ashton Smith’s Hyperborea will be welcome in this sequel to the popular Swords against Cthulhu. Send all submissions to editor@schlock.co.uk

Clark Ashton Smith’s stories are available to read at: http://www.eldritchdark.com/
HP Lovecraft can be read online at: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/fiction/

—Gavin Chappell.

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