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#1 Bagel of Death

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 06:15 AM

Who else is a huge fan of his work?

Lovecraft's stories of eldritch horror and the Old Gods have a niche all their drippingly awful own in horror literature. I can't think of any particular author who wrote/writes like him and few have ever come close. He's certainly the master of the particular type of horror tale he created.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 06:54 AM

The only thing I know about this guy is that he created Cthulhu... :mellow:
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Posted 08 August 2011 - 12:57 PM

I've never heard of him, what has he written?

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 11:52 PM

The only thing I know about this guy is that he created Cthulhu... :mellow:


Funny you mentioned this ( :lol: ), a lot of people (particularly fans of his work) heard rumors that Lovecraft actually believed in Cthulhu; he even had "nightmares" about it hence he wrote them down.

However, he was very aware that he was writing fiction. He even had a sense of humor about how outlandish the world he imagined was. If only certain of his readers could also figure out that he wrote fiction and stop claiming to have read/seen the "Real" Necronomicon.

I've never heard of him, what has he written?


Where to start, Jade? :P

I always recommend these 3 books for beginners:

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories

That's like 1300+ pages of Lovecraft. And the print's real small, too. It's a great way have almost all of Lovecraft's mature work, including the three novels. If you just want a little, any of these volumes will do you.

For those entirely unfamiliar with Lovecraft, this collection serves the additional purpose of explaining why one should read this enigmatic author. Put simply, Lovecraft's merit lies as much in the ideas behind his stories as their actual execution. In fact there are many who argue (with some merit) that Lovecraft wasn't much of an author. He routinely uses far too many words to make his point, an error compounded by his tendency to repeat himself, and many of his plot lines border on self satire.

Nonetheless, he is revered because he reshaped the face of modern horror/fantasy. He removes man from the focal point of all previous storytelling, and finds horror in our insignificance. He creates a mythology (perhaps best personified in Cthulhu) in which beings both vastly older and infinitely more powerful than humans have lived and fought over untold eons. It is their complete indifference and capriciousness the mankind that inspires horror.

/end rant

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