I’ve always thought that H.P. Lovecraft’s classic, “The Shadow over Innsmouth,” is best when understood from the perspective of the high-functioning members of the Marsh family. As a survival horror, Innsmouth is not too original. As a tragedy of a family in decline, it’s first rate.
Now comes “Cthulhu,” a modern retelling of Shadow, from the perspective of the Marsh family, set in the Pacific Northwest. Fascinatingly, the homosexual subpolot appears not only to be well interwoven, but adds another layer of symbolism to the Innsmouth cycle.
“Family is family. We’ll take you back.”