'Mythos' is a word that you will see a lot around here in slightly different contexts - so what exactly do we mean by it? Well, in its broadest sense, it means the shared elements of a set of interrelated stories. So, everything in this wiki is part of the same Mythos – except, perhaps they are not...
There are four main Mythoi (the accepted plural term) referenced in this wiki, the first three all broadly encompassing the same things, and the fourth effectively incorporating some of them in a wider Mythos.
- The Yellow Mythos is the term most likely to be used synonymously with the two below, especially the former; it refers to all the fiction flowing from the stories by Robert W. Chambers, emphasising the role of The King in Yellow and the use of the colour yellow and its associated meanings.
- The Carcosa Mythos refers to all the fiction flowing from the original stories by Ambrose Bierce then Chambers, emphasising this by making Carcosa the core element. This especially separates the continuity from that of Hastur, unlike the folllowing interpretation:
- The Hastur Mythos refers to a distinct modern interpretation (or reinterpretation) of the earlier Mythoi, where the King is regarded as an aspect or avatar of Hastur as a Great Old One, which has its basis in the following:
- The Cthulhu Mythos refers to the fiction flowing from the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and those stories, such as those of Chambers, that have been co-opted into the cycle. It treats the elements in a rather different way to the other Mythoi and it is frequently debated as to whether the different approaches are compatible. It also incorporates other sub-mythoi, such as the Severn Valley Mythos.
Each of these four Mythoi approaches the same concepts in different ways, although there is often overlap between the different approaches and not all authors see themselves as writing within a single framework, prefering to borrow from more than one approach or crafting their own unique take on it.
To further muddy the waters, you will also see references to 'Non-Mythos Fiction' in this Wiki. This comes in two sorts. Most non-Mythos fiction consists of stories and poems that have a similarity to those of the Mythos, for example because they feature mysterious beings similar to the King in Yellow or have a similar mood or theme. Some, however, consists of non-Mythos appearances of The King In Yellow, perhaps where the Play is mentioned in passing or the book is referenced.
In addition, other Mythoi (which may or may not be fully formed and are, sometimes, yoked to the Yellow Mythos) exist, including:
- A potential 'Black Mythos' linked to the Black Man avatar of Nyarlathotep, his other darkness-loving avatars and, potentially, the Migo.
- A potential 'Red Mythos' linked to such figures as the Crimson King and Erlik.
- The Black and Red Mythos created by DJ Tyrer and influenced in part by the Yellow Mythos, although not connected to it.
The article on Colourful beings details various figures with the potential to be linked to colour-themed mythoi.