What do Cthulu and little children have in common?
Other than nothing.
Hit the jump to find out!
Created with the purpose of being an all ages introduction to the works of HP Lovecraft, Howard Lovecraft does a formidable job of tackling the subject matter and making it clear enough for children to understand. The problem is it might also horrify several children… Comes with the territory I suppose, but still, Howard Lovecraft may not be suitable for some children. What I can say with confidence is that the art rules.
Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom oozes with style and takes quite a few liberties with the source material, while keeping the spirit of Lovecraft’s works alive. *Slow clap*. This shouldnt be possible. The idea of altering Lovecraft’s work could be seen as blasphemy by some, but it really does work out okay.
So here’s the story rundown. Howard shows up at a mental hospital with his mother to visit his now crazy father. Why was his father crazy? Well, he has this book that he wants Howard to destroy. “Swear to me you’ll destroy it!!“, he practically screams at Howard before the orderlies say, “Bad crazy person!! Back!! Back to your cage!!“. So what does he do when his mother gives him the book, a final gift from his father? Well he reads it of course.
And then in true 80’s glory he is sucked into the book through a magic swirly book portal and lands in a frozen wasteland.
He meets what basically looks like a mini-Cthulu, quickly decides that mini-Cthulu is his pet dog, and then is hijacked by a bunch of bad ass looking ninja warriors. He goes before the king and the king is a kid too!! This kid is like, “You are the chosen one!! Blah blah blah” and sends Howard on a quest to slay a beast. Then it gets really cool and really scary, but I’m not gonna spoil it for you. Go read it. It’s pretty cool.
So what I really have to say is that if your kid is 7 or under, please use discretion if you intend on them reading this, but it is based on HP Lovecraft, so you should be familiar that his works are not about happiness and sunshine. If your kid is 8 or older, then this should be a great introduction to the canon and won’t give them nightmares.
Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom is written and created by Bruce Brown, so look out for more of his works to come.