Found on the Net: Kraken

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

krakenCthulhu’s errant cousin, the Kraken, has been sighted around London. If found, please send him back to 777 Strange Aeons Street, R’lyeh, c/o Great Old One.

Do you have any idea what we’re talking about? Kraken! Not as in “a kraken”, but the novel by China Miéville, which began hitting bookshelves June 29. The author has defined the novel as “a dark comedy about a squid-worshiping cult and the end of the world” (ummm, sounds familiar). He’s also said the book is inspired by his love of squids and that a giant squid at the Natural History Museum spawned some of the ideas in his latest book.

“I like them because they’re so different to us. They don’t have the same body forms or psychology. They’re like real aliens but live just a few miles off shore,” Meville told Metro.
He went on to speak about evil cults (our ears are ringing) and explained that “the idea of the malevolent cult is a classic idea in fiction. There are also ideas about real religions in the book, but I didn’t want to be rude about the faithful.” Very sensible, Mr. Miéville. Cthulhu sends his love and kisses.