Do you, or a loved one, like your humor squamous and tentacled? Are you the proud owner of a pair of plush Cthulhu bedroom slippers? Do all those cute Little Golden Books about religion make you wish there were a Little Golden Book of Cthulhu? If so, Baby’s First Mythos is the book for you!
Baby’s First Mythos is written in the style of children’s alphabet and counting books. You’ll learn your ABCs from Azathoth to Zarnak. Each letter stands for a character, creature, or place in the H.P. Lovecraft mythos and features a verse by C.J. Henderson and intricate black-and-white artwork by his daughter Erica Henderson. The same treatment is then given to the numbers.
The poetry scans oddly in places. I’m usually bothered by this, but it seemed to fit here. It reminded me of Nanny Ashtoreth’s rendition of “This Little Piggy” in Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, which also doesn’t scan properly but is still hilarious. The warped scansion seems to highlight the fact that the subject matter is, well, a little warped for nursery rhymes.
Obviously, Baby’s First Mythos is — despite the name — more a book for grown-ups. The children’s-book style means it’s not a long or complicated read, but it’s immensely entertaining if you have a twisted (maybe even non-Euclidean!) sense of humor. It would also make a good gift if you have a friend who’s a Lovecraft fan.