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PostSubject: H.P. Lovecraft   Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:55 pm

Are there any other H.P. Lovecraft nuts out there? I've collected his works and old first pressings of the Arkham House works for a number of years.

I just find it completely fantastic that he was able to develop his own mythos, entire universe and have the propensity to claim that all other religions were a misinterpretation of HIS religion. Hell, I even have a tattoo of the Necronomicon Sigil. Twisted Evil cyclops

It amazes me that even by today's standard his writings are considered more than out there. Let alone back when his works were being published he was viewed as the Black Plague of science fiction/wierd tales/horror.

Ia Ia Cthulhu Fhtagn!

"That is not dead which can eternal lie; yet with strange aeons, even Death may die."
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:59 pm

I adore Lovecraft. He's a bit of a southern New England icon. I live nearish to Moodus, CT, home of the "Moodus Noises" that inspired some of his Old Ones mythology.

Funny you have an HPL tat--my tattoo parlour is called Lovecraft! Itis decorated with lots of Victorian studies of squids and creepy-looking plants.

If you can find it (it was a small-press deal,) there's a parody novelette called Scream for Jeeves, which imagines a Jeeves and Wooster adventure with the Old Ones. It's spot-on.

(Blake did the whole "all mythologies are imperfect shadows of mine" first, but of course, he was quite mad from inhaling etching chemicals for years.)
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:27 pm

Since I have a pipe named after one of Lovecraft's characters, I have become a big fan. My pipe, Curwen, came from "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward." Now, I read Lovecraft. Strange that I had overlooked him, previously.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:40 pm

I too "adore" Lovecraft.
I read everything I could get my hands on back in my late teens, and have continued to be entranced by his work.
"The Festival" is one of my favorite short stories.

On a side note, I always thought it was cool that there was a record label back in the 60's called Dunwich.

As well the band named H.P. Lovecraft
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:30 am

Iím also a Lovecraft aficionado. My favorite novel is The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. I can read it over and over again and it still keeps stunning me.

If you are interested in Lovecraft as a person, I can really recommend the biography by S.T. Joshi: H.P. Lovecraft: A Life (Necronomicon Press).
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:41 am

His early period stuff is dull, the middle period somewhat generic, but the last 15 years of his life he wrote some great stories. He did have an annoying habit of falling in love with a word and then using it to death within a story (cyclopean comes to mind); his social ineptitude shows through in his hollow characters, and I don't think we can install him with the giants of English Literature.

However, his craft at creating dread, doom and hysteria are unparalleled. History will remember Stephen King when American Horror comes up, but between these two pop culture icons Lovecraft's work was much more signigicant and influential. Pimples, warts and all, he's one of my favorite writers too.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:26 pm

Lovecraft is one of my favorites. I finally had a chance to watch the documentary "Lovecraft, Fear Of The Unknown". Good overall documentary. I have thought about a Lovecraft inspired tattoo. He had his faults and yes he would latch on to a word beat it till it was dead. But the worlds he created and the tones or moods he could set are still admired and copied to this day. The man continues to inspire.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:35 pm

And now you can download all of Lovecraft (or practically) into your Kindle or Nook. He was inducted at last in the Library of America editions, with a volume of his short stories, edited by Peter Straub (one of the interviewees in the documentary Fear of the Unknown). Many of the mainstream writers who snubbed Lovecraft as a writer have never made it to one of the LoA series. Late-blooming justice.

On the light side, go to YouTube and search for The Adventures of Li'l Cthulhu and Hey There Cthulhu - The Photomontage Video.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:22 pm

Here's my Necronomicon sigil Twisted Evil




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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:05 pm

I watched the Lovectaft: Fear of the Unknown last night. I have never read him but I will now thanks to this thread! Idea
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:24 pm

Anthony, sweet ink! I don't suppose your dogtags specified that you wanted Cthulu Cult clergy? Twisted Evil

This is my boy in his Baby Cthulu bib (and an appropriate jumper). If only he slept as soundly as Cthulu...

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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:44 pm

Hey, cute kid Doc!! Congrats again! cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:41 pm

MisterE wrote:
I watched the Lovectaft: Fear of the Unknown last night. I have never read him but I will now thanks to this thread! Idea

MisterE, if you can wade past his writing style which can be best described as, er, old fashioned, frequently convoluted and with a penchant for purple prose, you'll acquire this taste. Play past all that and you will get to the heart of Lovecraft. I guess the best story to start with is The Call of Cthulhu.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:47 pm

Stuart Gordon did three pretty decent Lovecraft adaptations. From Beyond, ReAnimator and Dagon. Dagon is arguably the best, and is kind of a mix of Dagon and Shadow Over Innsmouth.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:43 pm

babysinister wrote:
MisterE wrote:
I watched the Lovectaft: Fear of the Unknown last night. I have never read him but I will now thanks to this thread! Idea

MisterE, if you can wade past his writing style which can be best described as, er, old fashioned, frequently convoluted and with a penchant for purple prose, you'll acquire this taste. Play past all that and you will get to the heart of Lovecraft. I guess the best story to start with is The Call of Cthulhu.

All of the above is true!
Lovecraft exists in an antiquated world of even older dreams and fears.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:56 am

Anthony, that is one sweet tat! I have found several different Lovecraft designs that I thought would work out, but I just haven't found "the one yet". By the way, for anyone wanting to know. I DVR'd the "Fear of The Unknown" documentary on the "Chiller" channel. So if you have the channel, you might run a search and see if they are showing it again. I also think Netflix has it.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:32 pm

Doc Manhattan wrote:
Anthony, sweet ink! I don't suppose your dogtags specified that you wanted Cthulu Cult clergy? Twisted Evil

This is my boy in his Baby Cthulu bib (and an appropriate jumper). If only he slept as soundly as Cthulu...


FUNNY STORY: I actually DO have "Non-Euclidean" on my dogtags. It was a bitch and a half trying to get them to approve it. I had to petition to the chaplain and mortuary affairs because they didn't have the proper funeral rites in case I died in combat. So I got a lawyer to notarize a letter calling for the procedure of my burial as follows sans legal terms:

For my body to be wrapped in fresh kelp and seaweed atop a green raft engraved with various described occult symbols, a stone statue of Cthulhu at my head, and a statue of Shub Niggurath between my loins. To be lit on fire (viking funeral style) and sent off to sea in the approximate direction of R'lyeh while all attendants at the funeral are wearing black hooded robes sashed with sea foam green rope belts, no other clothing underneath.

I'll have to dig up my tags and post pics for proof Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:43 am

His prose may be a little purple but I put him up there with Poe as a great of the horror lit scene.

I just purchased the commemorative editions Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:09 pm

Anthony wrote:
FUNNY STORY: I actually DO have "Non-Euclidean" on my dogtags. It was a bitch and a half trying to get them to approve it. I had to petition to the chaplain and mortuary affairs because they didn't have the proper funeral rites in case I died in combat. So I got a lawyer to notarize a letter calling for the procedure of my burial as follows sans legal terms:

For my body to be wrapped in fresh kelp and seaweed atop a green raft engraved with various described occult symbols, a stone statue of Cthulhu at my head, and a statue of Shub Niggurath between my loins. To be lit on fire (viking funeral style) and sent off to sea in the approximate direction of R'lyeh while all attendants at the funeral are wearing black hooded robes sashed with sea foam green rope belts, no other clothing underneath.

I'll have to dig up my tags and post pics for proof Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
That is so, so excellent. Obviously I wish you a long, happy life, but that would be quite the sight to see. As would the Military Chaplain's face when he unsealed that letter.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:01 pm

I've never learnt about Lovecraft before, and I've never sought him out. But once I finish with Jane Austen's novels, I would suppose that a good transition would be provided by him.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:55 am

alfredo_buscatti wrote:
I've never learnt about Lovecraft before, and I've never sought him out. But once I finish with Jane Austen's novels, I would suppose that a good transition would be provided by him.

Pride and Prejudice and Tentacles affraid
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:19 am

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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:35 am

Gumball wrote:
alfredo_buscatti wrote:
I've never learnt about Lovecraft before, and I've never sought him out. But once I finish with Jane Austen's novels, I would suppose that a good transition would be provided by him.

Pride and Prejudice and Tentacles affraid

lol!
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:16 am

Harlock999 wrote:
babysinister wrote:
MisterE wrote:
I watched the Lovectaft: Fear of the Unknown last night. I have never read him but I will now thanks to this thread! Idea

MisterE, if you can wade past his writing style which can be best described as, er, old fashioned, frequently convoluted and with a penchant for purple prose, you'll acquire this taste. Play past all that and you will get to the heart of Lovecraft. I guess the best story to start with is The Call of Cthulhu.

All of the above is true!
Lovecraft exists in an antiquated world of even older dreams and fears.

Your reply reminds me of something that C.G. Jung wrote about writing that (supposedly) comes from the unconscious, that it tends to be convoluted and portentous like that, laden with racial memory.
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PostSubject: Re: H.P. Lovecraft   Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:32 am

babysinister wrote:
Harlock999 wrote:
babysinister wrote:
MisterE wrote:
I watched the Lovectaft: Fear of the Unknown last night. I have never read him but I will now thanks to this thread! Idea

MisterE, if you can wade past his writing style which can be best described as, er, old fashioned, frequently convoluted and with a penchant for purple prose, you'll acquire this taste. Play past all that and you will get to the heart of Lovecraft. I guess the best story to start with is The Call of Cthulhu.

All of the above is true!
Lovecraft exists in an antiquated world of even older dreams and fears.

Your reply reminds me of something that C.G. Jung wrote about writing that (supposedly) comes from the unconscious, that it tends to be convoluted and portentous like that, laden with racial memory.

"The nethermost caverns...are not for the fathoming of eyes that see; for their marvels are strange and terrific. Cursed the ground where dead thoughts live new and oddly bodied, and evil the mind that is held by no head. Wisely did Ibn Schacabao say, that happy is the tomb where no wizard hath lain, and happy the town at night whose wizards are all ashes. For it is of old rumour that the soul of the devil-bought hastes not from his charnel clay, but fats and instructs the very worm that gnaws; till out of corruption horrid life springs, and the dull scavengers of earth wax crafty to vex it and swell monstrous to plague it. Great holes secretly are digged where earth's pores ought to suffice, and things have learnt to walk that ought to crawl." Howard Phillips Lovecraft

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