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That's Why It's Hotter Under the Water

By Curtis C. Chen
Jun 14, 2019 · 324 words · 2 minutes

Photo by Gary Sandoz via Unsplash.

From the author: Yeah we in luck here, down in the muck here!


As you know, reader, the works of H.P. Lovecraft (sometimes referred to collectively as "the Cthulhu Mythos") are compelling but hugely problematic. That's why I love it when 21st-century writers play with those ideas but recontextualize them in a more modern way, like Caroline M. Yoachim with "The Little Mermaid of Innsmouth" (don't miss the musical number) and Ruthanna Emrys with her Innsmouth Legacy novels Winter Tide and Deep Roots (and prequel story "The Litany of Earth").

And she is a friend of mine, but I have an abiding love for Rhiannon Rasmussen's "As You Were, Aggie," which is a mashup of Lovecraftian monsters and P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. It might not sound like it would work, but it does, and her take is utterly delightful.

Anyway, just like every science fiction writer has a Mars story, every fantasy writer has some kind of Cthulhu-esque cosmic-horror piece in their oeuvre. "Making Waves" was mine, originally published in Cohesion Press' anthology SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror, now reprinted here on Curious Fictions!

You may recognize Cohesion Press' SNAFU anthologies (there have been several at this point) from the end credits of the Netflix series Love Death + Robots, which was recently renewed for a second season. Several of those shorts were adapted from SNAFU stories, so there is a slim chance that...

Nah, who am I kidding? There's pretty much no chance anyone will want to adapt this particular piece for any visual medium. Explaining an alternate history of WWII is too complicated for a short film, and attempting to depict eldritch horrors beyond human understanding on screen is always going to fail, no matter how much CGI magic you throw at the problem.

On the other hand, if Pixar wanted to talk about doing something... we could talk. (They won't. It's fine.)


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Curtis C. Chen

Curtis writes mostly science fiction and fantasy. MOSTLY.