Welcome to Cthulhu Rising: The HP Lovecraft Society of Dallas. This group was created to bring together devotees of the literary works and legacy of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. It doesn't matter if you’re a lifelong fan or have only recently discovered his works; the only requirement is that you have a genuine interest in reading and discussing his writings, as well as the works of authors he has influenced.
PURPOSE & AGENDA
I prefer that you to think of this as both a social group and a study group. The focus will be on reading and discussing his works of fiction (which we will do in chronological order), and watching film adaptations of the stories.
The group will meet once a month. Between meetings we will read anywhere between one to four stories, depending on their length, and then discuss them at the following meeting.
Discussions should focus on:
The evolution of his writing style
Thematic and stylistic influences
Character and plot development
The entertainment value of the work itself
Periodically, we will also include:
Lovecraft's poetry, essays, and letters
Critiques and essays about him or his writings
Works by authors who have been influenced by him or have continued his legacy
Works that influenced Lovecraft's ideas, style, or content
But here is where I need your help! I am by no means an expert on Lovecraft (I am here to learn, too); there is simply too much information out there to be aware of it all, so the input and reading suggestions of members is critical to expanding our Lovecraftian knowledge.
MEMBERSHIP & ATTENDANCE
This group is open to everyone 18 years of age or older.
If you join the group you are not required to attend the meetings. However, if you RSVP yes to a meetup I ask that you please show up or change your RSVP to no so that we know not to expect you. I would like to see you attend as often as you can, because this group cannot be successful without the genuine interest and contributions of people like you who are willing to share their thoughts and insights with others.
I want this group to be successful! I want it to be fun. I want it to be educational. And I want it to be something you look forward to.
I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.
— Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers