Thursday, August 29, 2013
Shakespeare v Lovecraft
Shakespeare v Lovecraft:
A Horror Comedy Mash-Up featuring Shakespeare's Characters and Lovecraft's Creatures
By D R O'Brien
Published by D R O'Brien, January 2013
No words of mine can do justice to this remarkably clever pastiche/parody mix of characters from H P Lovecraft's wonderful horror stories and Shakespeare's plays.
This is not a combination which would have sprung to my mind, but it works brilliantly well and I spent a considerable amount of time laughing immoderately. Based largely on The Tempest, it contains many of the most notable characters from Shakespeare's plays, including Henry V, Sir Thomas More, Romeo & Juliet, Caliban and Lady Macbeth. Add to the mix the rise of Dagon and Cthulhu, and you have a very satisfying read indeed.
I really don't want to spoil the plot of this short but very satisfying story, but I simply have to say that
Lady Macbeth confronting Cthulhu is a clash of the titans and I was surprised at just who managed to wrest control over the dread Elder God in the end.
Great fun, and I hope there will be a sequel in due course......