File 770 has temporarily become a Bussard ramscoop of Lovecraftian news because, whatever people may say about the author, everyone in Hollywood has a project he’s inspired.
Case in point: the Kickstarter for Miskatonic West: a Web Series Based on the Writings of H.P. Lovecraft.
In the world of HP Lovecraft; the creaking of a door, a shadow passing in your periphery or a bizarre siting at sea could mean any number of things, natural or supernatural. The massive sea god, Dagon, may have really existed in a primordial age. Whole civilizations of alien beings may have coursed across the Earth hundreds of millions of years ago. The ability to reanimate the dead may actually be possible. Lovecraft wrote about these possibilities at the turn of the 20th century. They thought he was a fiction writer. He wasn’t. Everything he wrote about exists, and now Lovecraft’s distinguished Miskatonic University has a Southern California location.
Reinterpreting Lovecraft as a science writer, instead of a science fiction writer, has worked very well for Charles Stross — why not for them?
Here’s a brief description of the series promised if this crew can raise $12,000.
Miskatonic West follows the exploits of Sousaku Kaos, the head of Miskatonic’s biology department, and his band of intrepid students as they pull the curtain back on a world of monsters, magic and mystery inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Helping the LAPD with “cases of interest,” Kaos and his students must uncover a plot to awaken Dagon, the ancient ocean god, by the Esoteric Cult of Dagon, before it and an army of deep ones invade the West Coast.
To date $2,335 has been pledged. This Kickstarter runs until November 3.