When Cthulhu Met Atlach-Nacha
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When Cthulhu Met Atlach-Nacha

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He's an academic; she's an artist.

He worships Cthulhu, the slumbering behemoth; she worships Atlach-Nacha, the spider goddess of dreams.

Their interfaith marriage is challenging enough before the gods themselves arise and do battle. Can this couple hold their relationship together during the end of times?

Through the use of both horror and domestic comedy, When Cthulhu Met...more
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Published May 9th 2011 by Sucker Punch Press
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Sep 25, 2013 Marvin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovecraft fans with a sense of humor
Inter-faith marriages are a bitch.

Trust me on this. My first marriage was inter-faith. I'm not saying which faiths but I assure you it did not involve Cthulhu. Nonetheless, there was much blasphemy and the gnashing of teeth, usually coming from my mother-in-law.

When Cthulhu Met Atlach-Nacha is a one-act play concerning relational conflict after the rise of the Ancient Ones. We are talking socially relevant stuff here. Just because Cthuhlu and Company slept through the Mayan apocalypse doesn't me...more
I have no idea what to say about this one.
It was fun, quirky, weird and unique.
This play tells the story of Cuthbert and Ashton, who tell the tale of their romance. What makes their relationship challenging is this that they are devotees of different 'religions'. Cuthbert is a devotee of Cthulhu and Ashton worships the spider goddess of dreams, Atlach-Nacha.

Their story concentrates on how they met and an important event brought about by each worshipping their 'god'. There's not much horror in this story and whatever tension is created is lessened by the use of humour throu...more
James Everington
Well this is a hard one to review. There's very little to compare *this* to - certainly there's a lot of authors who use Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos as a background for there own stories; but there aren't many who'd so to write a relationship comedy. And probably only Alan Ryker who'd decide to do so in the form of a play...

Given that, there's much to be said - if the idea of a Cthulhu mythos relationship comedy floats your boat (and it does mine) then all you need to know is that Ryker nails it...more
Tiffany Robbins
I read a lovely little script by Alan Ryker in the park this afternoon called When Cthulhu Met Atlach-Naya. I don't read many scripts so this was a little out of my comfort zone, but the title pulled me.

I really enjoyed the couple's banter about the two gods and religion. I felt kindred reaction to them, and their love despite religious differences. The premise was fun and quirky. I felt the casual atmosphere while the couple tells of the outrageous events surrounding the end of the world was ge...more
May 30, 2013 Jack rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I would like to repeat what other reviewers have said in that this is a tough one to review because there is so little like it. Another reviewer mentioned that he didn't think it needed to be a play, that it would have worked as a novella. I don't agree. Part of what makes this story so interesting is that it takes high and low concept storytelling and combines them, confining them within a single setting. Without that confinement, there would be a risk of the high-concept (the ensuing apocalyps...more
I like Alan Ryker but this wasn't for me. Maybe it was because this is the script for a play. There are some interesting ideas but due to the structure I never felt involved. I would like to read this re-worked as straight prose.
Morphs from light-hearted comedy to pluck-the-heartstrings drama, with lots of geeky Lovecraftian asides thrown in. However, I think it would have worked better as a short story or novella than as a play. The stage directions, while humorous and succinct in creating visual imagery, still created a sense of distance between the reader and the characters, robbing the narrative of immediacy. Even so, it was an enjoyable read, and took me back to my days of plunging into the Cthulhu Mythos with both...more
Adam Smith
This play provides an interesting take on the Cthulhu mythos as two characters who support different Old Ones relate their relationship to the awaiting audience. The humorous way in which it is presented makes the story very engaging, even without an intimate knowledge of Lovecraftian lore. The twist at the end was completely unexpected and very well done.

If this play was ever to be produced for the stage I would definitely love to see it.

Very well written.
This was, as most experimental theatre pieces tend to be, pretty weird. A love story unveiled during a cosmic horror style apocalypse. Kudos for originality and it was nice to actually read a horror themed play for a change, but it needed something...something extra, something that would maybe make it be more identifiably humorous or dramatic. Definitely an interesting short play, quick read, about half an hour. Makes one wonder how it would play onstage.
Egg Head
I really liked this book. I was kind of unsure at first because I have a hard time following plays. The story was different that's for sure but in a very good way. The ending though was what really made it for me. that final piece to the puzzle. Anyways it's free and a really good book!
What a fun read. A real treat for Lovecraft fans as well as theater-goers. Ryker balances the conventions of a two-person stage-bound narrative with the scope of the "Mythos." Would love to see staged. RECOMMENDED
Bill Tucker
Funny at times, but really rather sad.
Shéa MacLeod
Completely bizarre. Totally weird. Oddly alluring. Strangely funny.

I have no other words. Honest. Because I have never. In my life. Read anything so weird and yet so entertaining.
Mandy Swenson
I loved this play. It was entertaining and sprinkled freely with dread and doom.
James Tuck
Awesome. Quirky, delicious fun.
A quick amusing read. Nice ending.
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