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2002-01-21 12:23:35 AM  
Bling bling!
2002-01-21 12:24:57 AM  
What what?
2002-01-21 12:25:43 AM  
must... have... photoshop...

2002-01-21 12:27:04 AM  
Read the biography.No wonder he wrote such strange stuff.
2002-01-21 12:27:32 AM  
I'm interested in what the whole 'Cthulhu' thing is

how readable is this? Will I still care when I sober up?
2002-01-21 12:28:36 AM  
Hm. I think I'll submit that 'Cthulhu for President' webpage I found a few months ago.

"Cthulhu for President! Why choose a lesser evil?"
2002-01-21 12:28:37 AM  
My pineal gland is just hummimg in excitement.
2002-01-21 12:28:55 AM  
I tried reading Lovecraft; it was exceptionally boring. Every story was the same damn thing. Horror? Hardly. It was a bunch of anti-climactic endings and unpronouncable "dead and sleeping gods." I mean, seriously, who here wants to repeatedly pronounce Nyarlathotep?
2002-01-21 12:34:41 AM  
Big Dave-Cthulhu is one of Lovecraft's most famous characters.The really good stories by him are(in my opinion):
The Call of Cthulhu
The Colour Out of Space
Herbert West: Reanimator
The Temple
Pickman's Model
The Rats in the Walls
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
You can read them all at the link.Most are somewhat short,so don't let length scare you off.
"But don't take my word for it!"
2002-01-21 12:36:47 AM  
alright I will give it a go...
2002-01-21 12:39:39 AM  
I dub these comments as belonging to The Thread Which Must Not Be Named
2002-01-21 12:50:31 AM  
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2002-01-21 01:00:52 AM  
Lovecraft's work is pretty heavy,I used to read his stuff when I had insomnia.It's the best paperback nytol around,but man I had some really farked up dreams afterward.
2002-01-21 01:08:59 AM  
Praise Cthulhu!
2002-01-21 01:21:35 AM  
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
2002-01-21 01:21:51 AM  
Geddysciple:I mean, seriously, who here wants to repeatedly pronounce Nyarlathotep?

Someone who wants to summon him perhaps?

On a personal note, I've been reading HPL for years, and love his work!

"Ia Ia Shub-Niggurath!"
2002-01-21 01:24:50 AM  
I'm suprised this page didn't add any of Derleth's stories. I've often seen The Derleth Mythos in the old 50% section at your local Barnes and Noble, and it includes many shorter stories that can get you in the old Cthulhu mood.

On another note, one of the most farking scariest short stories I've ever read was a Stephen King homage to Lovecraft found in Nightmares and Dreamscapes, called Crouch Lane.
2002-01-21 01:32:38 AM  
Bow to the cthulhu
2002-01-21 01:34:31 AM  
Cthulhu is basically a monster that eats entire worlds.He looks like a green guy with dragon wings and an octopus for a head,and has been turned into a pop-culture icon by the comic-store/internet portion of modern society :)
2002-01-21 01:46:07 AM  
Clive Barkers Undying was suposedly based on H.P. Lovecraft influence.
2002-01-21 02:17:06 AM  
Gremmy: Good call, as was the John Carpenter flick In the Mouth of Madness.
2002-01-21 03:34:42 AM  
Anyone get the impression that HP Lovecraft is a cat person?
2002-01-21 04:03:23 AM  
I kinda like some of the impersonators. Pickman's Modem was one of the first ones I read, and it kinda sucked me into the rest. Gotta love beings so mind shatteringly horribly that just the sight of them drives one insane.
2002-01-21 04:37:06 AM  
Everbody Sing!!!
to the tune of Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Pardon me boy -
Is this the lair of Great Cthulu?
In the city of slime,
Where it is night all the time.

Bob Hope never went
Along the road to Great Cthulu
And Triple-A has no maps,
And all the Tcho-tchos lay traps.

You'll see an ancient sunken city where the angles are wrong.
You'll see the fourth dimension if you're there very long.
Come to the conventacle.
Bring along your pentacle;
Otherwise you'll be dragged off by a tentacle.

A mountian's in the middle, with a house on the peak:
A gnashin' and a thrashin' and a clackn' of beak.
Your soul you will be lackin'
When you see that mighty kraken.
Oo oo! Great Cthulu's starting to speak.

So come on aboard,
Along the road to Great Cthulhu.
Wen-di-gos and dholes
Will make Big Macs of our souls.

Under the sea,
Down in the ancient city of R'lyeh
In the lair of Great Cthulu,
They'll suck your soul away!

(Great Cthulu, Great Cthulu -
Suck your soul!-
Great Cthulu, Great Cthulu)
In the lair of Great Cthulu,
They'll suck your soul away.
2002-01-21 05:27:52 AM  
Bionicjoe-Very nice.Did you write that yourself?
2002-01-21 07:34:09 AM  
Well I've finished The Call of Cthulhu, and I rather liked it. The writing style is certainly not for everyone - to me it seems a combination of JRR Tolkien and The Onion's Herman T Zweibel.The plot was interesting as far as it went, but I got the feeling that things which should have remained secret were told in too much detail and thing that remained secret would have made the story more interesting had they been made plain.
Also, perhaps it's just Holywood conditioning, but I rather like my secret cults to be connected to every-day conventions, like the government or Gerber babyfood, instead of lurking in jungles exclusivly.

In any case the story did give me a few chills and the language was a rare treat. Also I finally know what the whole Cthulhu thing is about (I had been wondering since seeing the charicter on Penny Arcade).
I give it a 6.5, and shall read at least another story. Thanks for the link.
2002-01-21 07:47:21 AM  
As much as I liked some of HPL's stories I have to agree with Geddysciple. He can be very boring when he wrote something longer than 100 pages.

I liked his short stories. The prose and narrative style he uses is really archaic, but the way he hints at stuff at the beginning and then builds up slowly was cool.

The problem, for me, always came in when he tried to stretch this past a short stories length. He would start to drone on and get repetative and it would become just tiresome. In "The Mountains of Madness" he must have said that doug-saw-something-that-I-didn't-see-but-he-would-never-tell-me-what-h​e-saw... and it drove him MAD! Line 100 times. And it was only spooky maybe the first 3.
2002-01-21 07:53:06 AM  
Ia Ia Shub-Niggurath! Goat of a Thousand Young! Aiiiieee Aieeee!

Who knows how much damage Lovecraft's space fungi poetry has done to my young mind.
2002-01-21 08:42:29 AM  
Best Lovecraft story: The Dunwich Horror.
Worst Lovecraft inspired movie: The Dunwich Horror

Praise Cthulhu...I mean Allah
2002-01-21 08:44:23 AM  
Providence representing!
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2002-01-21 08:53:59 AM  
HPL kicks ass on so many levels...don't forget that he wrote most of this stuff in the '20s and early '30s. The protagonists in most of his stories end up insane or dead or both. That's just cool.

I really dug:
1)The Shadow Over Innsmouth
2)The Dunwich Horror
3)The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
4)The Lurking Fear
5)The Thing on the Doorstep

I've reread most of the stories in the "Cthulhu mythos" at least a half dozen times since the seventh grade.
2002-01-21 10:55:24 AM  
It was really bad ass to hear the Dunwich Horror as a radio play, does anyone know where to get any other radio plays on the web like that?
2002-01-21 11:18:59 AM  
Lovecraft rules. Loads of stuff about people with "sensitive" minds cracking after exposure to the inexplicable. He also had a knack for not describing something, but providing a few hints as to what it might look like ("The Colour Out Of Space" is my favorite example of that). I think that sort of descriptive subtlety is why the movies based on his works sucked so bad. Well, that and the $20 budget that each one got.

At the same time, I really disliked the stuff where Lovecraft got carried away with descriptives. I still haven't finished any of the Randolph Carter stories, because they put me right to sleep. Hell, I'm not even sure if Randolph Carter is the name of the character - the guy who runs around on grand quests in his sleep.
2002-01-21 11:47:54 AM  
Yeah, the Dreamquest stuff is pretty bogus, as is his poetry.
2002-01-21 01:10:42 PM  
Clatu verata nic* *cough cough cough* there I said it
2002-01-21 01:36:25 PM  
Re-Animator was a good movie, like the other H.P. Lovecraft movies with Jeffery Combs (the 'mad scientist' in Re-Animator); even though most of them are like B-movies.
2002-01-21 01:41:19 PM  
Negotium pemrambulans in tenebris!
2002-01-21 03:08:20 PM  
HPL is one of the best writters that ever put pen to paper.
I've read all of his works... and am twisted for doing so. ;)

Having all his works on tap online... Sweet!
2002-01-22 12:34:11 AM  
"01-21-02 01:00:52 AM JimJones
Lovecraft's work is pretty heavy,I used to read his stuff when I had insomnia.It's the best paperback nytol around,but man I had some really farked up dreams afterward."

HPL...ah yes. Now I remember why I refuse to own a home with a basement!
2002-01-22 01:41:07 AM  
When we were playing the role playing game "The Call of Cthulhu" I had a character who was a private detective. You know, the old-fashoned, Maltese Falcon, hard-boiled type. He had the special ability "ignore", which worked pretty well for a while. If he saw anything too horrible, he would suddenly loose any interest in perceiving it. Of course he ended badly, as all characters do in this game. He fell off the edge of the ancient pile while gibbering nonsensically and firing at random with his .45 automatic.
Good clean fun, really.
2002-01-22 02:14:29 AM  
Hey, late thanks to whoever posted this article.
2002-01-22 06:43:25 AM  
Fools! Now that you have read these posts straight from the FARKRONOMICON your soul will be forever trapped in the HTML of Madness. HA HA HA!
2002-01-23 11:50:11 AM  
The Curse
Directed by David Keith
Cast: Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, Malcolm Danare, Cooper Huckabee, and John Schneider
Based on The Colour Out of Space

"Possibly the most disturbing of the Lovecraft adaptations (and not just because of Wil Wheton). The Curse is gloriously low budget. It's grimy film quality and cheesy effects only make the movie creepier. Based on the tale The Colour Out of Space it concerns a strange meteorite that lands on some back woods New England dirt farm and contaminates the family water supply. Soon Mom is rotting in the attic and Dad's gone all homicidal. Chaos ensues. Enjoy!"
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