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Subj: Re: Any H.P. Lovecraft fans among us?
Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 at 12:57:53 pm EST (Viewed 584 times)
Reply Subj: Any H.P. Lovecraft fans among us?
Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 at 06:36:19 am EST (Viewed 784 times)

    I'm one. He created the cosmic horror sub-genre, his first story having been published in 1923. I enjoy his elevated use of the language, his sophisticated sensibilities, his uncompromising aesthetic, and his mastery of mood. If you're overdosing on Christmas right now, Lovecraft is the antidote. Here's an article I was recently reading and found interesting.

I enjoy him, but honestly do not think he is a good writer exactly. His ideas are good, but otherwise so-so. The comic based on his works called Fall of Cthulhu does quite well of making some logic of the muddy cosmology.

Really, in most of his stories it does not involved much cosmic horror. Such things are mentioned at times and there are exceptions, but most of it focuses on some random person with a dark lineage or heirloom that ends up falling through the rabbit hole. Basically, not a good place to be at all. In his mythos, the cosmic gods are things that largely do not know that humanity exists, or are at least fairly indifferent or malevolent towards life in general.

Cthulhu, oddly enough, is not really even in the top groupings of power there. He is described as a priest various times.

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