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(Slate)   Notes scribbled on the back of an envelope are a charming and tactile throwback to a simpler age--unless they're the macabre, horrific doodles pouring from the tortured mind of H.P. Lovecraft   (slate.com) divider line 81
    More: Scary, H.P. Lovecraft, Mountains of Madness, novellas, John D. Rockefeller  
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2013-08-30 02:03:35 PM

That guy on the bike: csb:
my great uncle was telling me about a literary convention he went to in Providence in the 70's where he met a young author named Stephan King and some movie director named George Romero.  Well they were talking about Lovecraft and my great uncle goes "you want to go to his grave?" and they all went there and read some of his short stories.
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Wow. A rare csb that is actually a cs.
 
2013-08-30 02:04:36 PM
One blatant juxtaposition in HPL's writings alway perplexes me, in relation to his characters.  He would have a character who:

a)  Has no qualms whatsoever to enter an abondoned, evil place....house, cemetary, mausoleum, ancient ruins, etc...and more often than not, at night!

but, they will:

b) Upon discovery of evidence of an ancient race that predates man, this person will faint dead away from this revelation!

"..and he succumbed to merciful oblivion"
 
2013-08-30 02:05:07 PM

Grungehamster: SithLord: Did he include notes of his creative work being merged with the YA teen romance novel?  That right there is the sign of insanity.

I have it on good authority that  Awoken by Serra Elinsen is going to be amazing. I have some friends who have already pre-ordered the book, and I'm considering getting it myself.


I look forward to borrowing it from the library, purchasing liquor, and basically jaegerbombing my way through it at some point in the near future.  It can't be worse than Navy Seals 666.
 
2013-08-30 02:05:47 PM
Link in the article goes to the actual story, all on one page.  Pretty sweet way to pass the time...
 
2013-08-30 02:14:21 PM

ristst: One blatant juxtaposition in HPL's writings alway perplexes me, in relation to his characters.  He would have a character who:

a)  Has no qualms whatsoever to enter an abondoned, evil place....house, cemetary, mausoleum, ancient ruins, etc...and more often than not, at night!

but, they will:

b) Upon discovery of evidence of an ancient race that predates man, this person will faint dead away from this revelation!

"..and he succumbed to merciful oblivion"


knows the feeling:

www.est.hu
 
2013-08-30 02:15:20 PM

That guy on the bike: csb:
my great uncle was telling me about a literary convention he went to in Providence in the 70's where he met a young author named Stephan King and some movie director named George Romero.  Well they were talking about Lovecraft and my great uncle goes "you want to go to his grave?" and they all went there and read some of his short stories.
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CSB Of The Week!
 
2013-08-30 02:16:17 PM

someonelse: That guy on the bike: csb:
my great uncle was telling me about a literary convention he went to in Providence in the 70's where he met a young author named Stephan King and some movie director named George Romero.  Well they were talking about Lovecraft and my great uncle goes "you want to go to his grave?" and they all went there and read some of his short stories.
end csb

Wow. A rare csb that is actually a cs.


23FPB23: CSB Of The Week!


agreed
 
2013-08-30 02:18:12 PM
Aight.  It's settled.  Going to the exhibit before it's closed.

Hope to maintain my sanity.  Or at least be eaten first.  Or perhaps find out something worse...


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-30 02:18:26 PM

someonelse: Wow. A rare csb that is actually a cs.


Oh I've got one, bro.  And it's in relation to:

Treygreen13: That's the sort of thing you see a guy on the train writing and move to a different car.

In '87 I was living in DC, and my folks came to visit.  My dad and I took the Metro one afternoon, and during one stop an elderly dude got on, and sat in front of me.  He was about 70 with a cane, dressed in a gold lame' outfit of HOTPANTS and a jacket, with fishnet stockings and white go-go boots.  He had on John Lennon sunglasses, about 20lbs of cheap costume jewelry, and a little Swedish fedora with a long feather.

After a couple minutes he pulls out a pencil and pad and starts writing....and hell frikkin' YEAH, I wanted to see what he was writing....so I leaned up and peered over his shoulder.  The pad read:

"Everyone, somewhere, at some time, will have to suck a dick."

My dad asked "what did it say, son?"  All I could say was, "you don't wanna know, dad"

/end CSB
 
2013-08-30 02:21:43 PM
Spindle:
I have to give Lovecraft props for coming up with some kind of alien being that looks completely non-Earthlike.


CAN IMAGINE AMAZING ALIEN CREATURES[hplovecraft.jpg]
CAN'T IMAGINE THAT BLACKS ARE HUMAN TOO

The human mind is a complicated thing...
 
2013-08-30 02:22:34 PM

ristst: bill4935: Okay, so what's a word that means focused on the past, on the culture, manners and architecture of days gone by? Lovecraft didn't like progressive big cities, he loved the ancient houses and gabled roofs of his own Providence. What's a word for a guy who liked using the word "shew"?

You are correct....I addressed my mistake a couple posts down.

/damnation, I love discussing HPL


One of my favorites was the story where a guy get's his mind transferred into an alien.  He freaks out a bit at first because of how weird it is, then they let him read about the universe in their library.

My favorite part is when he discovered that just before their original planet was destroyed, they mind jumped into their current hosts...resulting in the host's minds being destroyed along with that planet.

/Sucks to be you, dudes.
 
2013-08-30 02:23:18 PM

BafflerMeal: Aight.  It's settled.  Going to the exhibit before it's closed.

Hope to maintain my sanity.  Or at least be eaten first.  Or perhaps find out something worse...


[3.bp.blogspot.com image 227x320]


That poor bastard. Chased by dinosaurs, possessed by evil by a black hole, now this...
 
2013-08-30 02:24:33 PM

born_yesterday: ristst: bill4935: Okay, so what's a word that means focused on the past, on the culture, manners and architecture of days gone by? Lovecraft didn't like progressive big cities, he loved the ancient houses and gabled roofs of his own Providence. What's a word for a guy who liked using the word "shew"?

You are correct....I addressed my mistake a couple posts down.

/damnation, I love discussing HPL

One of my favorites was the story where a guy get's his mind transferred into an alien.  He freaks out a bit at first because of how weird it is, then they let him read about the universe in their library.

My favorite part is when he discovered that just before their original planet was destroyed, they mind jumped into their current hosts...resulting in the host's minds being destroyed along with that planet.

/Sucks to be you, dudes.


"Shadow out of Time"

Decent fan film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7jp1CT1h6c
 
2013-08-30 02:26:52 PM

born_yesterday: ristst: bill4935: Okay, so what's a word that means focused on the past, on the culture, manners and architecture of days gone by? Lovecraft didn't like progressive big cities, he loved the ancient houses and gabled roofs of his own Providence. What's a word for a guy who liked using the word "shew"?

You are correct....I addressed my mistake a couple posts down.

/damnation, I love discussing HPL

One of my favorites was the story where a guy get's his mind transferred into an alien.  He freaks out a bit at first because of how weird it is, then they let him read about the universe in their library.

My favorite part is when he discovered that just before their original planet was destroyed, they mind jumped into their current hosts...resulting in the host's minds being destroyed along with that planet.

/Sucks to be you, dudes.


The Shadow Out of Time...one of my favorites and one of his best.  Wasn't it was some kind of insectizoid race they transferred their minds into?  Or they were going to transfer to those creatures at some point...could be wrong....time to read it again.

Great story.
 
2013-08-30 02:28:49 PM

BafflerMeal: "Shadow out of Time"


Did I say farkers are *fast*...?  Scooped again...

/shakestinyfistAGAIN.jpg
 
2013-08-30 02:33:40 PM
ristst:
Wasn't it was some kind of insectizoid race they transferred their minds into? Or they were going to transfer to those creatures at some point...could be wrong....time to read it again.

From Wikipedia:

Because the Great Race traveled to the future as well as the past, they foresaw their own destruction by the flying polyps. Before the fateful day, the Great Race transferred their best minds forward through time into the bodies of the "beetle folk" (the Coleopterous race), Earth's dominant species after humankind. One of the factors involved may have been the fact that the flying polyps are completely gone by this point in time.
 
2013-08-30 02:34:44 PM
He was terrifyingly racist.
 
2013-08-30 02:37:11 PM

NathanAllen: He was terrifyingly racist.


Not much more than his contemporaries.  But yes, he was.
 
2013-08-30 02:42:28 PM
A friend turned me on to Stross's Laundry Files novels, which make extensive use of various parts of the Lovecraftian mythos. So after finishing the last Laundry book, I decided I should go read the original source material.

Eeesh. I'm glad to find that I'm not the only one who didn't like Lovecraft's own work. I had to force myself to get completely through the big compendium of his work. Thank the elder gods I bought it used for a few bucks, because I really would have been ticked at spending retail for a book I absolutely hated.

I still love Charles Stross's Laundry files novels, though. Eagerly awaiting his next installment....
 
2013-08-30 02:47:27 PM

ristst: In '87 I was living in DC, and my folks came to visit.  My dad and I took the Metro one afternoon, and during one stop an elderly dude got on, and sat in front of me.  He was about 70 with a cane, dressed in a gold lame' outfit of HOTPANTS and a jacket, with fishnet stockings and white go-go boots.  He had on John Lennon sunglasses, about 20lbs of cheap costume jewelry, and a little Swedish fedora with a long feather.

After a couple minutes he pulls out a pencil and pad and starts writing....and hell frikkin' YEAH, I wanted to see what he was writing....so I leaned up and peered over his shoulder.  The pad read:


I was expecting it to say "I LOVE GOOOOOOLD"
www.simplebeauty101.com
 
2013-08-30 03:06:08 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Lovecraft/Cthulhu trifecta now in play.


Guess I might as well poke my head into this thread too.
 
2013-08-30 03:42:55 PM

BafflerMeal: My two favorite modern takes on his work.  (I don't care for most)

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm

&

[img3.douban.com image 288x459]


My favorite take isn't technically a story:
catalog.chaosium.com
/cold hot
//if you play RPGs, I highly recommend this
 
2013-08-30 07:03:14 PM
If you like that eldritch, Lovecraftian thing but done much better, read some Laird Barron.
 
2013-08-30 07:15:14 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: BafflerMeal: My two favorite modern takes on his work.  (I don't care for most)

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm

&

[img3.douban.com image 288x459]

My favorite take isn't technically a story:
[catalog.chaosium.com image 464x600]
/cold hot
//if you play RPGs, I highly recommend this


Just don't fall in love with your PC's because you'll be creating a new one really, really soon.

/'winning' in that RPG means "my PC didn't get eaten by an eldrich horror, he's just catatonic or incurably insane"
 
2013-08-30 08:01:26 PM

Bendal: Tyrone Slothrop: BafflerMeal: My two favorite modern takes on his work.  (I don't care for most)

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm

&

[img3.douban.com image 288x459]

My favorite take isn't technically a story:
[catalog.chaosium.com image 464x600]
/cold hot
//if you play RPGs, I highly recommend this

Just don't fall in love with your PC's because you'll be creating a new one really, really soon.

/'winning' in that RPG means "my PC didn't get eaten by an eldrich horror, he's just catatonic or incurably insane"


In the game I ran, half the players survived, which is damn good.

/My Masks of Nyarlathotep game, on the other hand...
 
2013-08-30 09:48:33 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Bendal: Tyrone Slothrop: BafflerMeal: My two favorite modern takes on his work.  (I don't care for most)

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm

&

[img3.douban.com image 288x459]

My favorite take isn't technically a story:
[catalog.chaosium.com image 464x600]
/cold hot
//if you play RPGs, I highly recommend this

Just don't fall in love with your PC's because you'll be creating a new one really, really soon.

/'winning' in that RPG means "my PC didn't get eaten by an eldrich horror, he's just catatonic or incurably insane"

In the game I ran, half the players survived, which is damn good.

/My Masks of Nyarlathotep game, on the other hand...


Isn't Masks of Nyarlathotep infamous for its high body count?
 
2013-08-30 09:49:23 PM

ristst: I don't entirely agree here. HPL had a few side ventures, one being an editor of sorts to other writers. He was extremely erudite and was a skilled wordsmith, and as such many others enlisted him in this respect.


Yeah, but the guy did not write natural dialogue. In a few of his books, the apocalyptic diaries ended with 'they're coming in, now, aaaaargh,' which is sort of something we've moved past as a culture. I hope.

On the other hand, the concept space the guy worked in was amazing: "We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far."

I've often thought his work was about the death throes of the mindset of nearly-perfect science. Scientists in that era were genuinely of the believe they were almost at the perfect solution for the universe, and then Dirac and his quantum physics comes along and pisses in the pool and suddenly science gets a shiat-ton more confusing.
 
2013-08-30 09:58:28 PM

SithLord: Did he include notes of his creative work being merged with the YA teen romance novel?  That right there is the sign of insanity.


I guess this is relevant:

http://trenchescomic.com/comic/post/catatonic
 
2013-08-30 10:10:58 PM
You fool, Warren is DEAD!

/God I really loved that line when I read so long ago...
 
2013-08-30 10:13:59 PM

The Incredible Sexual Egg: Tyrone Slothrop: Bendal: Tyrone Slothrop: BafflerMeal: My two favorite modern takes on his work.  (I don't care for most)

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm

&

[img3.douban.com image 288x459]

My favorite take isn't technically a story:
[catalog.chaosium.com image 464x600]
/cold hot
//if you play RPGs, I highly recommend this

Just don't fall in love with your PC's because you'll be creating a new one really, really soon.

/'winning' in that RPG means "my PC didn't get eaten by an eldrich horror, he's just catatonic or incurably insane"

In the game I ran, half the players survived, which is damn good.

/My Masks of Nyarlathotep game, on the other hand...

Isn't Masks of Nyarlathotep infamous for its high body count?


This one did bad things to some of my players minds

ecx.images-amazon.com

The Jennykins, oh god, the Jennykins . . .
 
2013-08-31 06:59:55 PM

Grungehamster: SithLord: Did he include notes of his creative work being merged with the YA teen romance novel?  That right there is the sign of insanity.

I have it on good authority that  Awoken by Serra Elinsen is going to be amazing. I have some friends who have already pre-ordered the book, and I'm considering getting it myself.


I'll buy it if only to support more lovecraft-like movies that might come out. In the mouth of maddness and event horision are two of my favorite movies.
 
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