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26th Mar '13 7:28:16 AM Frank75
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August Derleth, (1909 1971) American writer of historical fiction, science fiction and detective stories, and AscendedFanboy of Creator/HPLovecraft as well as Creator/ArthurConanDoyle. Derleth is mainly credited with founding Arkham House, which published many of Lovecraft's stories in book form, (something Lovecraft himself had dreamed of, although it never really succeed in his lifetime) and popularizing the CthulhuMythos.

But Derleth is also a very controversial figure when it comes to his handling of Lovecraft's works and literary memory. Many Lovecraft fans acknowledges that he probably saved Lovecraft's universe and the Cthulhu Mythos from fading into obscurity. But just as many have accused him of RunningTheAsylum following the years of Lovecraft's death, and claims that he at best misunderstood the themes in Lovecraft's stories, and at worst that [[CanonDefilement he has perverted them and damaged the general public's understanding of them]].

Most of this conflict probably stems from the great difference in the two men's faith. Where Lovecraft was an atheist and quite the NietzscheWannabe, Derleth was a very religious Christian. Where Lovecraft's universe was indifferent, unsafe and directly hostile at times and, above everything, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality beyond human comprehension]], [[HumansAreSpecial humans were special]] and deeply involved in the eternal struggle between [[BlackAndWhiteMorality good and evil]] in Derleth's.

Another very controversial and contested change Derleth promoted to the Cthulhu Mythos, was a system where each of the Elder Gods were attached to an elemental force. This led to some debate, as for example, Cthulhu, who in Derleth's system was associated with water, when water, in ''Call of Cthulhu'', was described as the one of the only things that could weaken his powers and force him into hibernation. Others have pointed out that the categorization has made sense, conisdering Cthulhu's octopoid appearnce, and his aquatic servitors. Also, ''The Dunwhich Horror'' mentions that Cthulhu is trapped because of being sealed inside his tower, not because of water itself. More troublesome is why Azathoth would be considered an Earth elemental.

For examples of the specific tropes used in his Lovecraftian stories, see the article for his novel ''TheTrailOfCthulhu''.

Derleth also created the ''SolarPons'' stories based around a CaptainErsatz of SherlockHolmes. Some of them make reference to Derleth's Lovecraftian writings. Along with these, Derleth also is known for his ''Sac Prairie Saga'', a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew.
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August Derleth, (1909 1971) American writer of historical fiction, science fiction and detective stories, and AscendedFanboy of Creator/HPLovecraft as well as Creator/ArthurConanDoyle. Derleth is mainly credited with founding Arkham House, which published many of Lovecraft's stories in book form, (something Lovecraft himself had dreamed of, although it never really succeed in his lifetime) and popularizing the CthulhuMythos.

But Derleth is also a very controversial figure when it comes to his handling of Lovecraft's works and literary memory. Many Lovecraft fans acknowledges that he probably saved Lovecraft's universe and the Cthulhu Mythos from fading into obscurity. But just as many have accused him of RunningTheAsylum following the years of Lovecraft's death, and claims that he at best misunderstood the themes in Lovecraft's stories, and at worst that [[CanonDefilement he has perverted them and damaged the general public's understanding of them]].

Most of this conflict probably stems from the great difference in the two men's faith. Where Lovecraft was an atheist and quite the NietzscheWannabe, Derleth was a very religious Christian. Where Lovecraft's universe was indifferent, unsafe and directly hostile at times and, above everything, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality beyond human comprehension]], [[HumansAreSpecial humans were special]] and deeply involved in the eternal struggle between [[BlackAndWhiteMorality good and evil]] in Derleth's.

Another very controversial and contested change Derleth promoted to the Cthulhu Mythos, was a system where each of the Elder Gods were attached to an elemental force. This led to some debate, as for example, Cthulhu, who in Derleth's system was associated with water, when water, in ''Call of Cthulhu'', was described as the one of the only things that could weaken his powers and force him into hibernation. Others have pointed out that the categorization has made sense, conisdering Cthulhu's octopoid appearnce, and his aquatic servitors. Also, ''The Dunwhich Horror'' mentions that Cthulhu is trapped because of being sealed inside his tower, not because of water itself. More troublesome is why Azathoth would be considered an Earth elemental.

For examples of the specific tropes used in his Lovecraftian stories, see the article for his novel ''TheTrailOfCthulhu''.

Derleth also created the ''SolarPons'' stories based around a CaptainErsatz of SherlockHolmes. Some of them make reference to Derleth's Lovecraftian writings. Along with these, Derleth also is known for his ''Sac Prairie Saga'', a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew.
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11th Jun '12 11:54:04 PM TootyTheFeeble
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Another very controversial and contested change Derleth promoted to the Cthulhu Mythos, was a system where each of the Elder Gods were attached to an elemental force. This led to some debate, as for example, Cthulhu, who in Derleth's system was associated with water, when water, in ''Call of Cthulhu'', was described as the one of the only things that could weaken his powers and force him into hibernation. Other have pointed out that the categorization has made sense, conisdering Cthulhu's octopoid appearnce, and his aquatic servitors. Also, ''The Dunwhich Horror'' mentions that Cthulhu is trapped because of being sealed inside his tower, not because of water itself. More troublesome is why Azathoth would be considered an Earth elemental.

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Another very controversial and contested change Derleth promoted to the Cthulhu Mythos, was a system where each of the Elder Gods were attached to an elemental force. This led to some debate, as for example, Cthulhu, who in Derleth's system was associated with water, when water, in ''Call of Cthulhu'', was described as the one of the only things that could weaken his powers and force him into hibernation. Other Others have pointed out that the categorization has made sense, conisdering Cthulhu's octopoid appearnce, and his aquatic servitors. Also, ''The Dunwhich Horror'' mentions that Cthulhu is trapped because of being sealed inside his tower, not because of water itself. More troublesome is why Azathoth would be considered an Earth elemental.
22nd May '12 9:30:55 PM Eruanne
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August Derleth, (1909 1971) American writer of historical fiction, science fiction and detective stories, and AscendedFanboy of HPLovecraft as well as Creator/ArthurConanDoyle. Derleth is mainly credited with founding Arkham House, which published many of Lovecraft's stories in book form, (something Lovecraft himself had dreamed of, although it never really succeed in his lifetime) and popularizing the CthulhuMythos.

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August Derleth, (1909 1971) American writer of historical fiction, science fiction and detective stories, and AscendedFanboy of HPLovecraft Creator/HPLovecraft as well as Creator/ArthurConanDoyle. Derleth is mainly credited with founding Arkham House, which published many of Lovecraft's stories in book form, (something Lovecraft himself had dreamed of, although it never really succeed in his lifetime) and popularizing the CthulhuMythos.
19th May '12 1:50:41 PM darkapothem2000
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August Derleth, (1909 1971) American writer of historical fiction, science fiction and detective stories, and AscendedFanboy of HPLovecraft as well as ArthurConanDoyle. Derleth is mainly credited with founding Arkham House, which published many of Lovecraft's stories in book form, (something Lovecraft himself had dreamed of, although it never really succeed in his lifetime) and popularizing the CthulhuMythos.

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August Derleth, (1909 1971) American writer of historical fiction, science fiction and detective stories, and AscendedFanboy of HPLovecraft as well as ArthurConanDoyle.Creator/ArthurConanDoyle. Derleth is mainly credited with founding Arkham House, which published many of Lovecraft's stories in book form, (something Lovecraft himself had dreamed of, although it never really succeed in his lifetime) and popularizing the CthulhuMythos.
26th Apr '12 7:40:00 AM odadune
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Derleth also created the ''SolarPons'' stories based around a CaptainErsatz of SherlockHolmes. Some of them make reference to Derleth's Lovecraftian writings. Along with these, Derleth also is known for his regional historical fiction called the ''Sac Prairie Saga'', a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew.

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Derleth also created the ''SolarPons'' stories based around a CaptainErsatz of SherlockHolmes. Some of them make reference to Derleth's Lovecraftian writings. Along with these, Derleth also is known for his regional historical fiction called the ''Sac Prairie Saga'', a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew.
28th Mar '12 9:10:28 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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August Derleth, (1909 1971) American writer of historical fiction, science fiction and detective stories, and AscendedFanboy of [=~H.P. Lovecraft~=] as well as ArthurConanDoyle. Derleth is mainly credited with founding Arkham House, which published many of Lovecraft's stories in book form, (something Lovecraft himself had dreamed of, although it never really succeed in his lifetime) and popularizing the CthulhuMythos.

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August Derleth, (1909 1971) American writer of historical fiction, science fiction and detective stories, and AscendedFanboy of [=~H.P. Lovecraft~=] HPLovecraft as well as ArthurConanDoyle. Derleth is mainly credited with founding Arkham House, which published many of Lovecraft's stories in book form, (something Lovecraft himself had dreamed of, although it never really succeed in his lifetime) and popularizing the CthulhuMythos.
4th Dec '11 3:31:49 AM memememememe
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But Derleth is also a very controversial figure when it comes to his handling of Lovecraft's works and literary memory. Many Lovecraft fans acknowledges that he probably saved Lovecraft's universe and the Cthulhu Mythos from fading into obscurity. But just as many have accused him of RunningTheAsylum following the years of Lovecraft's death, and claims that he at best misunderstood the themes in Lovecraft's stories, and at worst that he has perverted them and damaged the general public's understanding of them.

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But Derleth is also a very controversial figure when it comes to his handling of Lovecraft's works and literary memory. Many Lovecraft fans acknowledges that he probably saved Lovecraft's universe and the Cthulhu Mythos from fading into obscurity. But just as many have accused him of RunningTheAsylum following the years of Lovecraft's death, and claims that he at best misunderstood the themes in Lovecraft's stories, and at worst that [[CanonDefilement he has perverted them and damaged the general public's understanding of them.
them]].
25th Feb '11 6:57:40 PM Gatomon41
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Another very controversial and contested change Derleth brought to the Cthulhu Mythos, was a system where each of the Elder Gods were attached to an elemental force. This led to some continuity errors, as for example, Cthulhu, who in Derleth's system was associated with water, when water, in ''Call of Cthulhu'', was described as the one of the only things that could weaken his powers and force him into hibernation.

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Another very controversial and contested change Derleth brought promoted to the Cthulhu Mythos, was a system where each of the Elder Gods were attached to an elemental force. This led to some continuity errors, debate, as for example, Cthulhu, who in Derleth's system was associated with water, when water, in ''Call of Cthulhu'', was described as the one of the only things that could weaken his powers and force him into hibernation.
hibernation. Other have pointed out that the categorization has made sense, conisdering Cthulhu's octopoid appearnce, and his aquatic servitors. Also, ''The Dunwhich Horror'' mentions that Cthulhu is trapped because of being sealed inside his tower, not because of water itself. More troublesome is why Azathoth would be considered an Earth elemental.



Derleth also created the ''SolarPons'' stories based around a CaptainErsatz of SherlockHolmes. Some of them make reference to Derleth's Lovecraftian writings.

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Derleth also created the ''SolarPons'' stories based around a CaptainErsatz of SherlockHolmes. Some of them make reference to Derleth's Lovecraftian writings. Along with these, Derleth also is known for his regional historical fiction called the ''Sac Prairie Saga'', a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew.
15th Jan '11 3:51:15 PM Utritum
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Derleth also created the ''SolarPons'' stories based around a CaptainErsatz of SherlockHolmes. Some of them make reference to Derleth's Lovecraftian writings.

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Derleth also created the ''SolarPons'' stories based around a CaptainErsatz of SherlockHolmes. Some of them make reference to Derleth's Lovecraftian writings.writings.
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8th Jan '11 1:40:57 PM theweirdwarrior
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For examples of the specific tropes he brought into Lovecraft's universe, see the article for his novel ''TheTrailOfCthulhu''.

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For examples of the specific tropes he brought into Lovecraft's universe, used in his Lovecraftian stories, see the article for his novel ''TheTrailOfCthulhu''.
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