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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 24
    More: Scary, H.P. Lovecraft, Mountains of Madness, novellas, John D. Rockefeller  
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2013-08-30 12:41:05 PM
3 votes:

Spindle: I have to give Lovecraft props for coming up with some kind of alien being that looks completely non-Earthlike.  Every other creature, with some kind of body structure (not blobs) is generally some bipedal/quadrapedal beast with a head and possibly a tail.  These things are truly alien, and in the story it even goes into details of how the creatures themselves evolved over the millions of years they existed on the planet before they died out.


His monsters are based on deep sea animals he would find washed up on the beach. Even the drawing in the link looks like a comb jelly mixed with a squid and a couple different things.
2013-08-30 02:21:43 PM
2 votes:
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 01:19:27 PM
2 votes:

bill4935: Tortured?

More like effete, archaic and slightly racist.


effete-  Conflicting evidence on this one.  Sickly as a child, father commited when HPL was 3yrs old, lived isolationist lifestyle in early adulthood with only contact being his mother.  Was married, and I believe his wife referred to him as a "adequately excellent lover"..although influence from female relatives was negative towards his marriage, and continued to influence him throughout his short life.  Some say he was homosexual, but not corroborated.

archaic-Have to disagree on this one.  Lovecraft's work contained themes that were highly advanced for the time they were produced.

slightly racist- no argument here, although he was a product of his era.  Contemporaries such as Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith were similar in their views...the attitudes at that time were what they were, and they were widespread.
2013-08-30 12:55:06 PM
2 votes:
Tortured?

More like effete, archaic and slightly racist.

/huge fan of Cthulhu Mythos
//willing to accept the unpleasant personal history and mindset of its creator
///Now Mary Shelley, there's a tortured creator of long-popular horror characters for you!
2013-08-30 10:10:58 PM
1 votes:
You fool, Warren is DEAD!

/God I really loved that line when I read so long ago...
2013-08-30 09:49:23 PM
1 votes:

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 09:48:33 PM
1 votes:

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:
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/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 08:01:26 PM
1 votes:

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 07:15:14 PM
1 votes:

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 02:33:40 PM
1 votes:
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 02:22:34 PM
1 votes:

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 02:18:12 PM
1 votes:
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...


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2013-08-30 01:51:17 PM
1 votes:
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
2013-08-30 01:45:11 PM
1 votes:

upload.wikimedia.org


bill4935: What's a word for a guy who liked using the word "shew"?

rillllly big shew, rillly big shew.......rilly big shew tonight, rilly big shewww....


/obscure?
2013-08-30 01:37:52 PM
1 votes:

Grungehamster: He's actually a fairly lousy writer by most accounts. He has a bad habit of reusing a couple dozen obscure adjectives in his stories (the only one I know he doesn't reuse is "squamous") and there isn't really a good rhythm to his prose. Not to mention he wrote stories that end with the narrator dying and writing out his death a la the Castle of Aargh! from Monty Python, which doesn't have the chilling effect intended.

No, he wasn't a good writer, but he was amazing at coming up with ideas radically outside the norm for his time. And it's not just the Old Ones and Elder Gods: The Colour Out of Space was written at a time when an alien invasion in a pulp book seemed to always be by creatures roughly human-sized.


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.

This entry from Wiki references his style and the critical reception he endured, and note the bolded words:

Lovecraft's style has often been criticized by unsympathetic critics, yet scholars such as S. T. Joshi have shown that Lovecraft consciously utilized a variety of literary devices to form a unique style of his own - these include conscious archaism, prose-poetic techniques combined with essay-form techniques, alliteration, anaphora, crescendo, transferred epithet, metaphor, symbolism and colloquialism.

Being a fantasy/horror writer during that era wasn't easy...a lot of critics despised his work as well as others such as C.A. Smith, saying that only deeply disturbed (or deviant) minds could produce such writings.
2013-08-30 01:36:59 PM
1 votes:
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
2013-08-30 01:09:20 PM
1 votes:
Arkanaut

On second thought, Lovecraft probably doesn't know what a vagina looks like.

He was married for a time, so he probably did.

Bill4935

Tortured?

More like effete, archaic and slightly racist.


He actually was a pretty tortured guy. Depression and constant nightmares will do that to a person. Probably had Asperger Syndrome too.

Dying a slow, painful death from intestinal cancer isn't a nice way to go either.
2013-08-30 12:58:27 PM
1 votes:

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.
2013-08-30 12:47:10 PM
1 votes:
i1136.photobucket.com
2013-08-30 12:44:59 PM
1 votes:

rickythepenguin: Does anyone remember some kind of syndicated "from the mind of HP Lovecraft" show that used to air after the late saturday night movie, in my neck of the woods, on an independent channel?  it was a blonde chick wearing a black teddy, trying to escape some unseen force inher house.  it used to show up every other week and, newsflash, a hot blonde in a sexy lace outfit had my attention.  it wasn't a movie per se, it was like a 20 or 30 minute thing to fill time.

i kinda recall the bumpers being "now back to ___, from the mind of HP lovecraft".  weird.  haven't thought about that in year.s


I cannot recall the name, but it was run on late night WGN from time to time if that helps anyone here identify

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


I remember riding the Metro into DT Chicago for a cleaning job I once had. There was always this homeless guy who would be scribbling crazy shiat in a notebook and literally everyone would avoid him. I never did, I always loved to engage the guy because it was like watching a Lovecraft novel come to life. My coworker even teased me relentless about but the way I figure it is....what if the guy is right?

Better to be well informed first right?
2013-08-30 12:34:50 PM
1 votes:
I have to give Lovecraft props for coming up with some kind of alien being that looks completely non-Earthlike.  Every other creature, with some kind of body structure (not blobs) is generally some bipedal/quadrapedal beast with a head and possibly a tail.  These things are truly alien, and in the story it even goes into details of how the creatures themselves evolved over the millions of years they existed on the planet before they died out.

/story is a tough read at first, way too much attention to detail, specifically geological details
2013-08-30 12:30:49 PM
1 votes:

Arkanaut: Is that a space vagina?


Damnation farkers are *fast*.

shakestinyfist.jpg
2013-08-30 12:29:29 PM
1 votes:
Drawings are strangely vagina-like.

Beyond the Mons Pubis of Madness
2013-08-30 12:25:47 PM
1 votes:
Is that a space vagina?
 
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