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Ambuehl Blackwood Brennan Comtois Derleth etc...; The Ithaqua Cycle The Wind-Walker of the Icy Wastes

SKU: Ambuehl James; et al AB-283 $49.95
The Ithaqua Cycle: The Wind-Walker of the Icy Wastes (Call of Cthulhu Fiction) by James Ambuehl Algernon Blackwood Joseph Payne Brennan Pierre Comtois August Derleth Ii Diezel George C. George Allen England Gordon Linzner Brian Lumley Randy Medoff Stephen Mark Rainey Scott H. Urban Robert M. Price G. Warlock Vance published by Chaosium in 1998. Octavo. 256 pages. Fine condition. Stated: ''First Edition.'' Original publisher's wrappers. Ithaqua (the Wind-Walker or the Wendigo) is a fictional character in the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. The titular creature debuted in August Derleth's short story ''Ithaqua'' which was based on Algernon Blackwood's tale ''The Wendigo''. Ithaqua in the Mythos: Ithaqua is one of the Great Old Ones and appears as a horrifying giant with a roughly human shape and glowing red eyes. He has been reported from as far north as the Arctic to the Sub-Arctic where Native Americans first encountered him. He is believed to prowl the Arctic waste hunting down unwary travelers and slaying them gruesomely. He is believed to have inspired the Native American legend of the Wendigo and possibly the Yeti. Ithaqua's cult is small but he is greatly feared in the far north. Fearful denizens of Siberia and Alaska often leave sacrifices for Ithaqua''not as worship but as appeasement. Those who join his cult will gain the ability to be completely unaffected by cold. He often uses Shantaks a dragon-like ''lesser race'' as servitors. A race of subhuman cannibals the Gnophkehs also worshiped him along with Rhan-Tegoth and Aphoom-Zhah. Ithaqua figures prominently in Brian Lumley's Lovecraft-based Titus Crow series ruling the ice-world of Borea. In Lumley's works Ithaqua periodically treads the winds of space between Earth and Borea bringing helpless victims back to Borea to worship him among its snowy wastes. He frequently attempts to reproduce with humanoid females hoping to create offspring which can surpass his own limitations imposed by the Elder Gods and so help free the rest of the Great Old Ones. It is suggested that Ithaqua has the ulterior motive of desiring offspring to assuage his bitter loneliness as he is the only one of his kind. None of his surviving offspring to date has accommodated him all turning against him at some point.