Our Member of the Month for January, 2021 is Nicholas Corkigian, of Ontario, Canada.
Nicholas says: My very first exposure to the Cthulhu Mythos was back in 1980 with the original Deities and Demigods AD&D manual. The descriptions and artwork caught my attention and imagination, and I sought out those referenced Lovecraft tomes. I bought all of the Ballantine editions, and read through them one after the other. I started noticing ads in Dragon Magazine. First, that Indiana Jones guy for Grenadier miniatures, and then eventually the Chaosium ads for their Call of Cthulhu game. I found a copy of the second edition of the game, and have been hooked on Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos ever since.
I attended the occasional gaming conventions. As comic conventions became more mainstream, I dabbled in cosplay. Steampunk and Doctor Who were my favourites to do. I realized, however, that I got more enjoyment out of gaming, especially LARPs where I can still dress up. Of course, my favourite LARPs are Cthulhu-themed.
Up until recently, I was only a casual visitor to the HPLHS web site. Then I discovered DART audios. And then of course the props. I really like the props. Last year, I thought my lack of membership needed to be remedied.
As a child of media, the Call has wormed its way into all aspects of my life: books, comics, games, movies, clothing, props. With some subtle influence, some of my son’s earliest words have been ‘Cthulhu fhtagn’. Corruption, they say, starts at home. It's not easy having a malevolent shapeless monster like that hanging over your head, but there it is!”