SHAKESPEARE VS CTHULHU Needs You!

Written by Ed Fortune Thursday, 14 January 2016

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Ever thought that English Literature would be a touch more fun with a spot of Eldritch horror? The year 2016 commemorates four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare, and the UK has a great many celebrations and creative projects planned to honour one of the key figures in English culture. Which probably explains why Jonathan Green and Snow Books have decided to pit Shakespeare and his works against the greatest horror dreamt by man; Cthulhu himself.

The anthology promises to work from a single premise: imagine if Shakespeare had discovered Cthulhu rather than American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. How would Elizabethan audiences have responded to the existential terror? Would The Tempest be improved if Prospero’s book of power was Necronomicon, with Caliban as a Deep One? What truly drove King Lear? Was it the secrets of the mythos? Would Antony and Cleopatra use dark magic in order to avoid defeat?

Green has assembled a team of top authors who are no strangers to pulp and horror fiction. Names include James Lovegrove, Adrian Tchaikovsky, John Reppion, Andrew Lane, Graham McNeill, Ian Edginton, C L Werner, Josh Reynolds, Michael Carroll, Pat Kelleher, Jonathan Oliver, Adrian Chamberlin and Guy Haley.

The project is currently being crowdfunded and has been picked as one of Kickstarter’s ‘loved projects’. The book looks like amazing fun and you can join the fight by supporting the campaign here.

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