I was asked recently, “How can I call my series Lovecraftian, when the world is seemingly humor based?”
I admit, it was a good question, and although I know the answer, I never brought it up with anyone other than my brother Travis.
Here’s the f’real deal.
The original Lovecraftian world is dead serious. As well it should be. Folks don’t often get out alive or sane. And that’s kind of a problem.
A group of mages who were tasked to prevent Mythos type uprisings realized that the very nature of them tended to completely ruin a normal person’s life with just a glance. Sure they were usually fine themselves, but that’s what they’re trained for, but not the average guy.
What to do.
So they took it upon themselves to change the world in a very literal way. They molded pop culture, and guided technology to essentially jade the masses against what would make your 20’s era gumshoes lose their nuts. All the super HD horror movies, apps, television and other new and exciting things have gradually been desensitizing people against the reality-warping sanity-shredding nonsense from other universes.
Think about it. How many people do you know that would LOVE to see a zombie apocalypse? (raises hand)
The humor is a defense against the impossibleness of the Mythos.
But there’s more to the defense than that, but it’s a secret!