Cumbrian Cthulhu’s First Donation To LDSAMRA!


Our first donation has officially been given to our charity ‘Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue!’
From production to promotion, sales to donation, we have finally completed our first of many laps!
Below you will find the details of the donation day, brief project history, photographs by Alan Cleaver and link to a video of the event.

Thank you to all of our CC contributors, promoters and customers.

Donation Day

LDSAMRA kindly agreed to Cumbrian Cthulhu creator Andrew McGuigan’s request to take a photograph holding up a big silly cheque.

The handover and photographs took place at 10:30 am on Saturday 24th August at the Keswick MRC centre down by the lake.
This donation was the profits from the first two books, from November 2012 to April 2013. Sale profits since April 2013 will now build up for next year’s donation.

Photographs by Alan Cleaver

Present on the day were Karen and Stephen of Keswick MRC, the McGuigan clan: Jennifer, Stephen, Suzanne and Andrew, Allan Mitchell and Bryony Parrish.

We were given a guided tour of the Keswick Mountain Rescue Centre where we got to see the training facilities, meeting room, the high tech call out and monitoring systems and the wide range of equipment packed into each rescue vehicle.

We were privileged to meet Mike Nixon MBE, the only active MRC member to receive a 60 year certificate.  Mike thanked us for our cheque and wished us great success with our future publishing.

Andrew was pleased as well to finally meet Alan Cleaver, who has long been a supporter and promoter of Cumbrian Cthulhu both online and in newspaper print!

 Cumbrian Cthulhu in Times & Star, by Alan Cleaver

Alan joined us on the day to photograph and report later on the cheque handover.
All in all the day was an enjoyable success and we look forward to future yearly cheque presentations!

Here is the link to the video, many thanks to Stephen McGuigan!

A Brief Project History

The Cumbrian Cthulhu project was started in 2009 when Andrew McGuigan wrote the first Cumbrian Cthulhu story ‘The chamber in the Hillside,’ a tale about invaders from the sea seeking to unearth a monstrous creature from beneath the Senhouse Roman site.

After being joined online by other writers and our illustrator Andy Paciorek, the Cumbrian Cthulhu team collected stories to self publish our first two illustrated anthologies in November 2012.

Cumbrian Cthulhu Volumes One and Two

Our Youtube advert, thank you Alex Goth and Andy Paciorek

In the spirit of the project, we decided all book sale profits should be donated to a Cumbrian charity. LDSAMRA was chosen as a very worthy recipient.

Books were initially sold on our publishing site and then later on and other online retailers.
As the creator of Cumbrian Cthulhu, Andrew McGuigan ordered boxes of books which were sold to relatives and work colleagues in order to squeeze every extra penny profit by keeping costs low, utilising bulk orders combined with occasional discount codes.

Early word of mouth, Facebook friends and the relatives of contributors have made up the majority of sales so far. Members of the CC project took to email, Facebook and Twitter to inform both Cumbrians and Lovecraft fans of the books.

We hope that news of the donation will further increase awareness and encourage new sales!

Illustrations by Andy Paciorek

The Future of Cumbrian Cthulhu!

What makes Cumbrain Cthulhu different to a one day charity event is that the books will always be on sale. The aim of the project is to build up a collection of books under its banner so that even in years to come they can be stumbled upon, creating new charitable revenue which will always be donated to LDSAMRA.

In the next two years we will have completed and published all of our currently planned books: Four volumes of paperback short stories, a hardback version featuring all stories together, a collection of Lovecraft’s own stories for those new to his work, a book of Cumbrian Cthulhu roleplaying adventures and finally a coffee table style book featuring the full colour art and history of the Cumbrian Cthulhu Project.
We also have a new merchandise shop where you can buys shirts, mugs and art prints featuring Cumbrian Cthulhu artwork from our books and also designs unique to our souvenirs.

Lamb Attack by Tony Clark, now on CC merchandise!

Cumbrian Cthulhu Flag Shirt

In October this year we will be releasing Volume Three of our short stories and also the H.P. Lovecraft anthology.

These will be on sale through LULU.COM, available from Halloween.

At Cumbrian Cthulhu, we always welcome new writers and artists! 

Currently we are having a big push to increase awareness of our ‘Cumbrian Cthulhu Cover Art Competition,’ where artists can win the chance to have their work featured as the cover of our hardback book, as well as a full biography in our Art & History book.

Thank you once again to the whole Cumbrian Cthulhu team, our promoters and customers. We hope to donate more and more over the next few years as word spreads and readership grows!

Please contact me with any questions!
Andrew McGuigan


The Great Cumbrian Cthulhu Cover Art Competition!

CC Cover Art Facebook Group and Gallery

The Great Cumbrian Cthulhu Cover Art Competition!
Win the chance to have YOUR art on the cover of Cumbrian Cthulhu!

Cumbrian Cthulhu is a fully illustrated collection of short horror stories set in the Cumbrian region and based on H.P. Lovecraft’s legendary Cthulhu Mythos.

We will be publishing a total of four paperback anthologies, followed by a deluxe hardback edition containing all stories together, entitled ‘The Complete Cumbrian Cthulhu.’ Alongside this we will be publishing ‘Cumbrian Cthulhu Art & History,’ a full colour coffee table style book containing all our CC art in large detail, with a full history of the project and those involved.

Our contributors very kindly give their work and time for free, so that all profits from the CC books can be donated to Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue (LDSAMRA.) It is in our interest to raise awareness and promote book sales whenever we can. One of the CC project’s main aims has always been to encourage and publish new writers and artists.

With this in mind we would like to announce a new competition open to all fantasy and horror artists!

We are looking for the best full colour artwork inspired by the stories or themes of Cumbrian Cthulhu.
Any medium is acceptable, from scanned in drawings and paintings to digitally altered photographs. You may enter any or all categories as many times as you wish and all entries will be proudly displayed on our Facebook page.

CC Cover Art Facebook Group and Gallery
*Several selected finalists will have their submissions and a brief biography published in the ‘Cumbrian Cthulhu Art & History’ book.

*One winner will have their submission featured as the cover art for ‘The Complete Cumbrian Cthulhu,’ and will have their own (non CC) artwork and full biography featured in the ‘Cumbrian Cthulhu Art & History’ book.

Some (but not all!) of the categories below indicate which Cumbrian Cthulhu book the relevant descriptive text can be found. As stated earlier, it is always our intention to encourage sales as the profits benefit the Cumbrian Mountain Rescue Teams.
The first two books can be bought either on Amazon, or ideally from LULU.COM (Where our profit and therefore donation is greater.)


Pickman's Cumbrian Model-
A Lakeland vista being captured by a painter, but the painter has captured something more interesting as well…
A creature from a lake? A famous Cumbrian site turned Lovecraftian? Completely open ended.

The House of Dark Lanterns- CC book 1
The ancient lantern itself and the unearthly shadows it casts.

The Elusive Valley- CC book 2
Alfred's view up to the altered Wasdale Head. (Consider crystal rocks, thrashing lake, alien colours, bizzarre stars and planets, mountains of madness above horizon, the two gates, creatures in undergrowth.)

The Cumbrian Cthulhu flag-
An Occult relic. The Cumbrian flag with flowers replaced by Elder stars and tentacles in the waters. Show the flag and its design in any way you wish, completely open ended.

Ashness Bloody Bridge- CC book 1
One of the final photos taken before the photographers death.
(The Classic Bridge shot. The winter sunset, the creature emerging .)

The Occultus Carvetii- CC book 2
Upon a rock shelf sits the open ancient book, showing evil runes, illustrations of the Elusive Valley map, portal gates and jade key. (The Moresby Swan, The Elusive Vallley)

Caasand- CC book 1,2
The ragged traveler- Administering cures from his potion belt to the dying of Shonderhowe village (The Fell Faith), sharing sandwiches with the young Alfred (The Elusive Valley), or a pose of your own creation.

Cumbrian Cthulhu-
An epic masterwork in a Lakeland Lovecraft theme. Completely open ended.

CC Cover Art Facebook Group and Gallery 


*All submission artwork should be sent as attachments to the email address below. Any questions not already answered to the same email please.

*The final deadline for competition submissions will be 1st June 2014.

*Members of the existing Cumbrian Cthulhu team will serve as competition Judges.

Cumbrian Cthulhu prides itself on being a relaxed and friendly project. We look forward to seeing your entries and we hope you enjoy creating them and joining our team!