So as you may know, Cthulhu joined our team a few months ago to pose for our official laurels. At the time, some idiot (me), thought it might be fun to make him/her/it a programmer as well. Well, since then, I’ve been trying to get ahold of him to watch his films, but have heard he was having trouble watching vimeo links. He resurfaced from the bottom of the ocean a few days ago and I met him for lunch on 6th street. Here is a transcript of our conversation, mostly one sided.
Cthulhu, what interests you about SciFi?
[Stomps talon-like arm up and down on table, breaking table, grabs nearby Waitress, and eats her.]
You’ve been asked to oversee the inaugural Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival this year, what will your duties include?
[Stands, flaps tiny wings on his back and sweeps his tentacles across the broken table, tossing everything to the floor.]
So you’ll be making programming decisions?
[Raises both arms in the air, through the roof, then back down.]
You’re referring to this year’s Official Selection laurels which feature your endorsement of a particular film?
[Cthulhu reaches over to a nearby table and pulls a small child from its family, ingesting it into his mouth while the child screams.]
The films or the taste of children? Wait, never mind. Do you find science fiction and horror to be interconnected?
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”
Oh, ah, that’s a great answer. Would you care to elaborate on what you mean by the Dark Age?
“Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.”
Yes, of course. So this December, when Other Worlds Austin makes its debut at the Galaxy Theatre –-
[Cthulhu rises, and slithers out of the restaurant, leaving me with the bill.]
I do notice, however, burnt into wooden bench where he had just sat, a series of runes for which I have no translation:
I hope one day to find the answer to what Cthulhu allowed my mortal eyes to see. Until then, I will keep sending him films to watch on his 168” waterproof television.
On a related note, I can’t wait to share with you some of the great films we are finding, but it’s still to early. But be sure to follow us on Twitter @OtherWorldsAustin so you will be the first to know when we announce the films.