Titus Crow

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name = Titus Crow


caption = Cover shot of "The Compleat Crow"
Artist George Underwood
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species = Human
gender = Male
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born = 2 December 1916
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occupation = Occult Investigator
Psychic Sleuth
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residence = "Blowne House"
Leonard's-Walk Heath
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creator =Brian Lumley.

Titus Crow is the main character in the eponymous series of horror fiction books by Brian Lumley. The books are based on H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.

Description

In a departure from many Cthulhu Mythos stories, Lumley's characters are not helpless victims of unimaginable forces which can drive humans mad by merely manifesting themselves. Instead, Titus Crow, his friend Henri-Laurent de Marigny, and other Lumley characters confront Cthulhu's minions in a series of increasingly large-scale encounters, in which humans, although outmatched, try to fight back. In a letter to the journal "Crypt of Cthulhu", Lumley wrote:

:I have trouble relating to people who faint at the hint of a bad smell. A meep or glibber doesn't cut it with me. (I love meeps and glibbers, don't get me wrong, but "I" go looking for what made them!) That's the main difference between my stories...and HPL's. My guys fight back. Also, they like to have a laugh along the way. [Brian Lumley, "Mail-Call of Cthulhu", "Black Forbidden Things", p. 194.]

Crow has been known to survive any number of encounters with monsters, although he may not always be able to defeat the creatures. For instance, he may fall unconscious upon running into a monster that kills anything that moves.

He is described as a man who spends most of his money on commodities and keeps the rest of it in the bank. He owns different Cthulhu Mythos objects, including the Clock of Dreams, a coffin-shaped clock once owned by Randolph Carter, which is in fact a time-space machine.

Inspiration

In an interview with Lumley, Robert M. Price suggests various possible models for Crow, including Doctor Who, Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan, August Derleth's Dr. Laban Shrewsbury, William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki and Seabury Quinn's Jules de Grandin. Lumley doesn't acknowledge any of these as conscious inspirations, saying that Crow's time-clock (which derives from Lovecraft's "Through the Gates of the Silver Key") long predates Who; that he's never read Peake's "Gormenghast" and that the similarity of names is coincidental; and that he "was never too keen on" Derleth's Shrewsbury. He does admit, however, to having "always had a soft spot" for Bram Stoker's Abraham Van Helsing. [ ["An Interview with Brian Lumley"] , by Robert M. Price, "Nightscapes" No. 5.]

Bibliography

Novels

*"The Burrowers Beneath" (1974, ISBN 0-312-86867-7)
*"The Transition of Titus Crow" (1975, ISBN 0-312-86299-7)
*"The Clock of Dreams" (1978, ISBN 0-312-86868-5)
*"Spawn of the Winds" (1978, ISBN 0-515-04571-3)
*"In the Moons of Borea" (1979, ISBN 0-312-86866-9)
*"Elysia" (1989, ISBN 0-932445-32-2), in which the characters of the Titus Crow series meet characters from Lumley's two other series, "Dreamlands" and "Primal Land", for a grand confrontation with the Dark Forces.

hort Stories

Collected in "The Compleat Crow" (1987 Hodder and Stoughton). (ISBN 0-340-69544-7)
*"Inception" (1987)
*"Lord of the Worms" (originally published in Weirdbook 17, 1983)
*"The Caller of the Black" (originally published in "The Caller of the Black", 1971 Arkham House)
*"The Viking's Stone" (originally published in "The Horror at Oakdeene & Others", 1977 Arkham House)
*"The Mirror of Nitocris" (originally published in "The Caller of the Black", 1971 Arkham House)
*"An Item of Supporting Evidence" (originally published in "Arkham Collector", Winter 1970)
*"Billy's Oak" (originally published in "Arkham Collector", Winter 1970)
*"Darghud's Doll" (originally published in "The Horror at Oakdeene & Others", 1977 Arkham House)
*"De Marigny's Clock" (originally published in "The Caller of the Black", 1971 Arkham House)
*"Name and Number" (originally published in "Kadath", July 1982)
*"The Black Recalled" (1983, originally published in "World Fantasy Convention 1983: Sixty Years of Weird Tales")

References

External links

* [http://www.brianlumley.com/books/cthulhu/ Brian Lumley's Cthulhu Mythos books] - Cthulhu Mythos page at Brian Lumley's official Web site.

* [http://www.quintadimension.com/article176.html Titus Crow, o el regreso a los Mitos de Cthulhu ...] - Spanish article about Titus Crow.


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