Brian Lumley (born 2 December 1937) is an English horror fiction writer.
He added to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos
cycle of stories, including several tales featuring the character Titus Crow
. Others pastiched Lovecraft's Dream Cycle and featured the characters David Hero and Eldin the Wanderer. Another series, The Primal Land
, is set in prehistoric Theem'hdra. The Primal
tales are closer to Clark Ashton Smith
's Hyperborea tales, with a good dose of Robert E. Howard
's Conan the Barbarian
. Lumley once explained the difference between his Cthulhu Mythos characters and Lovecraft's: "My guys fight back. Also, they like to have a laugh along the way."
Later works included the Necroscope
series of novels, which produced spin-off series such as the Vampire World Trilogy, The Lost Years
parts 1 and 2, and the E-Branch trilogy. The central protagonist of the earlier Necroscope novels appears in the anthology Harry Keogh and Other Weird Heroes
. The Necroscope saga is closed with the novel The Touch
Tropes in his works:
- Author Avatar: Often accused of having one.
- Campbell Country: Lumley created a Lovecraft Country of his own in NE England, complete with a satellite colony of Deep Ones.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Perhaps one of the few cases in fiction where a well-regarded author has his heroes curb-stomp the Great Old Ones.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: "The House of Cthulhu" focuses on some barbarians who go to R'lyeh. Their leader dismisses the legend of a star-spawned abomination as a myth to scare away the weak, and believes the "tomb" to hold vast treasures. He's wrong.
- Giant Enemy Crab: One of the bizarre inhabitants of the Lovecraft-pastiche Dreamlands novels is a giant pillbug referred to as "the Running Thing". It's friendly to humans, and is a subterranean predator of various deep-dwelling nasties up to and including dholes.
- Giant Flyer: The night-gaunts in the Hero of Dreams series. Yep, they've switched sides since Lovecraft's day.
- Good Witch Versus Bad Witch: His take on the works of H.P. Lovecraft gives Cthulhu a twin brother who is good. This is universally disregarded.
- Our Vampires Are Different: His went on to inspire White Wolf's Tzimisce.