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The Scroll of Thoth: Simon Magus and the Great Old Ones: Twelve Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

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Richard Tierney is known for his weird poetry, his heroic fantasy in the tradition of Robert E. Howard, and a critical essay in which he emphasizes the role of August Derleth in elaborating the Cthulhu Mythos. He has a sophisticated take on how to write fiction based on the H. P. Lovecraft Mythos, tapping into Lovecraft's Gnostic tendencies as well as his cosmic nihilism. ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Chaosium
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John
Chaosium collection of Tierney's Simon Magus stories. These stories are terrific and Price is in his element as he clearly knows quite a bit about Gnosticism and Bible Age Rome. These are Howard-style swords and sorcery written by a better writer. Tierney makes ton of callbacks to Howard stories accepting his Hyboria and Atlantis time lines and using them to add depth and continuity to his own work. For example, many of the stories take place in Egypt and many of the ancient mysteries arise from ...more
Periklis
From the two "Simon of Gitta" stories I've read (presented in the S.A.D. series), I'm expecting Tierney's Sword-and-Sorcery anti-hero pitted against dark gods, while hunting ancient relics.

So far, Robert M. Price's introduction is not only informative on the Simon Magus stories' significance within the Cthulhu Mythos, restoring "Lovecraft's fearful nihilism". It also offers a scholarly, Gnostic, interpretation of the persons and events surrounding the "esoteric legend".

As a side note, Tierney wa
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Paul Oberlin
This was the most enjoyable of the Chaosium books I've read. Robert M. Price does a great job explaining the background of the stories, which tie together the Cthulhu Mythos, Robert E. Howard's alternate history from Conan, and Gnosticism. Can't recommend this one enough.
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