November 22, 2011
by Ross E. Lockhart
Note: We’ve just extended the 24 Hour #FeedCthulhu Feed the Hungry Twitter Challenge until midnight Thanksgiving.
“My really favourite meal is the regular old New England turkey dinner, with highly seasoned dressing, cranberry sauce, onions, etc., and mince pie for dessert.”
—H. P. Lovecraft, in a letter to Robert E. Howard, November 1932
Hi, my name is Ross E. Lockhart, and I’m the editor of The Book of Cthulhu, an anthology collecting twenty-seven tales of cosmic horror inspired by the writer H. P. Lovecraft. Many consider Lovecraft to be one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. Literary movements from supernatural horror to magical realism to cosmicism to Bizarro have been influenced by Lovecraft’s body of work and his grandest creation… the Cthulhu Mythos.
H. P. Lovecraft died in 1937 at the age of 46. His decline and early death can be blamed, in part, on poverty and malnutrition.
Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a holiday where we celebrate our national prosperity and providence. But people in the United States still go hungry. And hunger sucks. So I have a challenge for you. You have twenty-four hours to make a difference. The clock starts at 12:01 am Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, and runs until 11:59 pm PST Thanksgiving night.
During that twenty-four hour period, twenty-four randomly selected people who make a food or monetary donation—no matter how small—to a food charity—this can be a local food bank, church, temple, coven, a bin outside your grocery store, or national hunger relief organization—doesn’t matter, so long as they’re feeding people—those twenty four people will each get a free e-book of The Book of Cthulhu via e-mail (ePub format). If you were planning to make a food donation anyway, that’s great. If you’ve never done it before, even better. All you have to do to enter is make a donation, then Tweet the following:
I fed Cthulhu [your donation] to [organization] #FeedCthulhu @lossrockhart
Don’t forget to include the hashtag (#FeedCthulhu) and my Twitter handle (@lossrockhart) so that I can see the post.
I’ll choose and contact the winners through Twitter on Thanksgiving Day, and arrange to e-mail you your e-book copies of The Book of Cthulhu.
But there’s more. For three randomly selected entrants I will also send a signed, personalized copy of The Book of Cthulhu anywhere in the United States. This can be for you, or this can be a gift for a friend, it’s just my way of saying thanks for making a difference.
#FeedCthulhu and Feed the Hungry this Thanksgiving. And thanks.