It’s the Most Terrifying Time of the Year

Over at Tor. com, ’tis the season for alien horror: December brings a full month of H.P. Lovecraft features under the rubric of “Cthulhumas.”

And why not? When you find yourself facing down the seething crowds in the mall on a Saturday afternoon in mid-December, with those dogs barking “Jingle Bells” over the P.A. and a knowledge that it’s going to take you another 45 minutes just to navigate out of the parking lot…well, then, the confrontation with fungoid horrors from beyond the edge of space can seem soothing by comparison.

Things get off to a particularly good start with Stephen H. Segal’s essay on Lovecraft as the original science fiction nerd — “Geek Prime. Fanboy Alpha.”

-BILL TIPPER

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