Innsmouth Free Press, your source for news for the Innsmouth / Arkham area, was on hand for the Cthulhurotica launch party* on Halloween night, and had this to say about the event:
“Innsmouth, MA – The Pickman Art Galley was lit up last night in an eerie, green glow to herald the arrival ofCthulhurotica, the debut title from independent publisher Dagan Books. In attendance were several cast members of Heir of Dracula, but the most surprising – and photographed – guest was millionaire and head of Cerulean Skies, Alex Visser, who popped by to get an autographed copy of Cthulhurotica.
“It’s a unique concept,” Visser said, as he posed next to two “brides” of Cthulhu, who were dressed in what could be described as very creative mermaid costumes.The glistening scales running down the back of them looked absolutely realistic.
Cthulhurotica combines the work of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft with the sensual. Aside from the fiction offerings, it provides the reader with a look at original art and non-fiction essays inspired by Lovecraft’s Mythos.
Lovecraft is a well-known name around Innsmouth: he used it as the location of one his stories. “Oh, I think we’ve all read some Lovecraft story at one point or another, but this seems quite different. It’s fun! I mean, it seems like there were a lot of suppressed desires in Lovecraft’s tales,” said Pickman art gallery curator Victoria Carr.
Other guests agreed. Enthusiastic teaching assistant Molly Kelly said, with a wink, “Cthulhu can’t spend all that time dreaming, can he? Something else most be going on”.
Guests sipped crimson martinis, called “ritual offerings”, and munched on sushi and crackers shaped like little people. A gigantic squid-cake, complete with a marzipan “victim” in its grasp, completed the ensemble.
Outside the gallery – with his trusty sign reading “Flee the Abominations” next to him – was local resident Caleb McHenry.
“Well, someone has to intervene. This has gone on far enough. There’s cultists running around town and now this? Cthulhurotica? The name itself makes me shiver!”
The staff of Dagan Books, sadly, could not attend, but deeply wish that we could have been there.
*of course, this was a fictional party in a fictional art gallery celebrating the book’s connection to the fictional town of Innsmouth, MA, but wouldn’t you have been there if you could?