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Cthulhu Metal
  • A unique and essential guide for
    Metal lovers and Lovecraft fans
  • Numerous interviews and
    fascinating illustrations of
    groups’ visual identities
  • A dive into the most famous
    and inspiring stories
S├ębastien Baert
Cthulhu Metal
Type
Non-Fiction
Word count
130 000 words
All rights available

The influence of H.P. Lovecraft on Metal music

The early 20th-century American author Howard Philip Lovecraft forever changed the history of fantasy narrative. His dark, troubling stories, and the mythology that he created have fascinated and inspired many writers, filmmakers, artists and video game creators.

Metal music quickly found in his work the foundations of its mystical quest and regularly drew on his stories for inspiration. An influence that takes many forms: allusions or direct quotes in song lyrics, sound design aimed at evoking (or summoning?) the Great Old Ones, or visual references on album covers.

Rich in references that are all carefully explained, the book reveals when and how musicians first became interested in Lovrecraft’s oeuvre, before immersing the reader in the stories that provided the most inspiration. A handy index lets the reader quickly find their favourite groups.

  • A unique and essential guide for
    Metal lovers and Lovecraft fans
  • Numerous interviews and
    fascinating illustrations of
    groups’ visual identities
  • A dive into the most famous
    and inspiring stories

About the author

S├ębastien Baert
Sébastien Baert est né à Calais en 1969. Il a travaillé douze ans dans la presse metal : neuf ans pour Hard-Rock Magazine, dont il a été rédacteur en chef, et trois ans pour Hard N’Heavy. Père de deux enfants et traducteur littéraire...