The Fall of Titans
The past several months have seen the passing of some beloved and illustrious figures in the Lovecraft community. We wanted to take a moment to celebrate our fallen friends and their varied contributions to the world we all cherish.
In October of 2018, Greg passed away in the sweat lodge of his home in Arcata, California. Greg is best known for being the founder of the game company Chaosium and the creator of the gaming world of Glorantha. His creations have been recognized with countless awards in the gaming industry and more importantly, countless players who enjoyed his creations. While we’d been in touch with Greg via email for many years, he submitted one of our favorite (and briefest) reviews of our Angell Box: “this is so f***ing cool!”. We had the pleasure and good fortune to be able to chat with him in person last summer at Gen Con. He was a lovely man, brimming with positivity and enthusiasm. While he created a world which will live on after him, he will be sorely missed by those who knew him.
Larry DiTillio with his wife Marjory Goldman
Larry was best known in the Lovecraftian community for writing (with Lynn Willis) the famed Call of Cthulhu™ campaign Masks of Nyarlathotep. By the time Larry wrote it back in 1985, he was already well established as a screenwriter. He wrote for Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its spin-off She-Ra: Princess of Power. He was also an executive story editor for the television series Babylon 5. While we had admired Larry’s work since playing Masks of Nyarlathotep back in the '80s, we had the chance to meet him and his wife Marjory late last year. The DiTillios graciously donated Larry’s substantial collection of Call of Cthulhu™ gaming books to the HPLHS library. With Chaosium’s recent release of a 5th edition of the Masks campaign, RPG gamers will continue to enjoy his creation for many years to come.
We also mourn the recent passing of Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire. As an author, Wilum is among the most significant writers contributing to modern Lovecraft-inspired fiction. His tales of the Sesqua Valley and other mythos-inspired stories have appeared in numerous anthologies of horror fiction. Wilum has long been a friend of the Society and was among our earliest members to join back in the 1980s. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Society and went out of his way to encourage authors working in the realm of weird tales. We would often have the opportunity to visit with him at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR. While some may have found his fashion tastes out of the ordinary, anyone who took the time to get to know Wilum would find a kind, gentle, and thoughtful artist lurking behind his avant garde outfits.