Graphic Novel Review – Where’s My Shoggoth? by Ian Thomas & Adam Bolton (2012)

Where’s my Shoggoth?
by Ian Thomas & Adam Bolton
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Archaia Entertainment

Where's My Shoggoth

I mentioned a while back that I have recently (within the past year or so) gotten deeply into H.P. Lovecraft’s work. I have read many of his short stories and I have to admit: the man was a dark genius. The mythoi he created are staggering, even today. So when I saw that Archaia Entertainment had a book titled WHERE’S MY SHOGGOTH?, I knew I had to get a copy. I am so glad I did because this book is excellent, a fun and entertaining look into Lovecraft’s worlds.

If you’re not familiar with WHERE’S MY SHOGGOTH?, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Archaia Entertainment website:

Your tentacled friend has gone missing. What can you do? Go looking for him, of course!

Travel from the deepest cellars to the highest spires of a sprawling mansion. Search the grounds from the forest to the lake. On the way you’ll meet monsters and demigods, aliens and Old Ones, and all manner of creatures from the Cthulhu mythos. Surely something, somewhere, has seen your shoggoth?

An affectionate homage to the works of H P Lovecraft, beautifully illustrated by Adam Bolton, with rhymes by Ian Thomas. For mythos dabblers and shoggoth owners of all ages.

If you’re not familiar with a shoggoth, they are creatures mentioned in Lovecraft’s novella, AT THE MOUNTAIN OF MADNESS. Lovecraft describes them as massive amoeba-like creatures that look like they are made out of tar. They have multiple eyes “floating” on the surface and are described as “protoplasmic”, lacking any default body shape and instead being able to form limbs and organs at will. An average shoggoth measures fifteen feet across when in sphere-mode, though the story mentions several that are even bigger.

Regardless of whether or not you have children, EVERYBODY needs to own a copy of this book. I mention the children aspect because this book is rated ‘E’ for Everyone, which means its safe for people of all ages. But it’s not actually a children’s book; though it is safe for kids to read, the illustrated depictions of Lovecraft’s creatures and beings are vivid and amazing to behold. Kids will like them for their colors and detail, but every horror fan will be pleased as well for the same reasons!

The story of WHERE’S MY SHOGGOTH? is cute, which slightly contrasts nicely with the some of the horrendous creatures encountered in the story. This is a major part of the book’s appeal. I love how this cute little kid so innocently looks for his shoggoth…only to run into some of the most powerful and mighty creatures in the universe.

WHERE’S MY SHOGGOTH? is written very well and the illustrations are beautiful. I highly recommend this book to everyone: parents, kids, and even horror fans. As an added treat, I’m including the book’s official trailer below (if you didn’t know that books have trailers, where have you been for the past several years?). Definitely give this book a look for sure.

MSB

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