I found out that the lovely ladies of Vaginal Fantasy Hangout, including Felicia Day, decided to read Cthulhurotica together. Felicia Day! Icon of girl geekery.
So, I worked up my nerve to actually look at the forum discussion and see what they thought! I found lots of comments about my story which re-imagined some Greek myths and history into a Lovecraftian love story, called “Between a Rock and an Elder Goddess.”
Sept 1: Julie: “Out of the stories that I read, I liked the one with Circe the best. That one was actually interesting and dare I say – fun.”
Sept 3: Brianna lists the stories that she liked best as “Descent of The Wayward Sister, The Assistant from Innsmouth, Dreamland on Mars, Transfigured Night, The C-Word, and Between a Rock and an Elder Goddess”
Sept 3: Michelle: “Between a Rock and an Elder Goddess was so good!”
Sept 5: Megan: “I’m really enjoying the anthology so far, more than I thought I would. So far, the stories that have really stuck with me are: Infernal Attractors, Between a Rock and an Elder Goddess, The Fishwives of Sean Brolly, Flash Frame, Transfigured Night, and Amid Disquieting Dreams.”
Sept 12: Candy: “Between a Rock and an Elder Goddess was probably my favorite as well. It felt the most complete out of all of them.”
Sept 23: Melissa lists her favorites including “Between a Rock and an Elder Goddess- Loved the layered storytelling and Circe’s box of “costumes””
Sept 25: Ramona: “The Elder Goddess story was strangely sweet, in my opinion, though forming that opinion weirded me out for a moment.”
On the Sept 25th Vaginal Fantasy Hangout #9 Broadcast: ~23:00 minutes in
Kiala Kazabee: “I liked … I really liked the one.. the one with all the Greek mythos in it.”
Felicia Day: “Oh yeah.”
Kiala Kazabee: “With [Anaximander] and Scylla. And she had all the hairy mouths.
Felicia Day: That was Between a Rock and the Elder Goddess, right? The one with Scylla. I agree. I liked that one a lot.”
Kiala: “Yeah, I really liked that one.”
So, I went fishing out on the net (see what I did there, tentacle-fans?) and found a few more references.
The review of Cthulhurotica on Innsmouth Free Press references “an ancient figure of Greek myth engaging in a subtle seduction of a scholar chasing her legend in Mae Empson’s “Between a Rock and an Elder Goddess” and the authors notes that its “my personal favourite of the collection – hey, I’m a sucker for Greek Myth”
And I found a conversation on DeviantArt about a really cool picture of a siren. And in the comments, one of the folks says: “Have you read ‘Cthulhurotica?’ It’s a short story collection that (tastefully) combines eroticism with the creatures and themes of the H.P. Lovecraft Mythos. Most of it’s pretty good, but I think you’d be especially interested in the story ‘Between a Rock and an Elder Goddess’ by Mae Empson.”