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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Tue May 17, 2022 at 03:47:57 pm EDT (Viewed 60 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Tue May 17, 2022 at 02:46:58 pm EDT (Viewed 59 times)



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        That's cool that you played D&D. I never managed to find a group where I was. At one point, like 20 years ago, I tried to get a group together, but I wasn't successful.



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      Still play sometimes. I love playing it. Heck, I like reading some of the original manuals for prior additions. The material on classic Planescape and Ravenloft in particular is pretty great IMO.



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    I've never read a D&D manual but I've read White Wolf manuals. I loved those.


I enjoyed those as well. Played alot of Vampire, Werewolf and Mage in my day. Started to falter a bit when they started Requiem, Forsaken and Awakening but still liked them. The manuals were more dry without the meta plot elements.

Played some Scion and Aberrant as well, but not as well versed.


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      I just finished a novel/novella called Shattered Sea's. It is sort of an Aliens meets Lovecraft. A group of marines goes to an undersea base because they stopped hearing back and it turns out they dug too deep. It is inspired by a board game called Deep Madness that is quite good as well.



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    I love the cross-pollination between games and books - and movies too.



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    I'm a kaiju fan, and your brief description of Shattered Seas made me imagine the marines disturbing the slumber of a kaiju. All of a sudden I realize the influence Lovecraft may have had on Japan, culminating in the creation of kaiju films.


I am a fan of those as well. It very well could be. Although in some respects fear of the depths is something that probably goes back as far as humans first going into the water and the fact that there are scary things there.



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      Some others I could think of is the Troop. Not great but science turned tape worms into killers. One could argue about how sci-fi that is I guess. The other ones that spring to mind that fit the bill better would be the Luminous Dead and Ship of Fools.



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    I enjoy science horror, where science takes the place of the supernatural. This goes all the way back to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Over the 200 years since that book was published, plenty of other science horror stories were written. Aliens is a great modern example on the silver screen. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of this sort of thing as technology advances.


I agree, although I like supernatural horror alot too.


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      Among my favorite of such films though would be the two silent films by the HP Lovecraft society called Call of Cthulhu and Whisperer in Darkness.



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    I love the Call of Cthulhu silent film. I saw it years ago and praise it to anyone who will listen. I see it's now available on Amazon Prime! Anyone who hasn't seen it yet should make time to rectify that egregious error. I am among those who count this movie as, hands down, the best Lovecraft film adaptation ever produced.


It is, I wish the ending covered more of the ending to the book, but it is fitting all the same and it is pretty much all there. A great work.


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      In addition to the Thing by John Carpenter...



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    One of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. After watching it, I was so unsettled that I found I was afraid to be alone outside in the dark.


I think it is one of the better horror films made and covers cosmic horror and the themes well I think.

They do a great job showing on screen images that one would imagine as indescribable in a Lovecraft story. As a big dog lover the kennel scene was always a bit hard for me but I also have trouble looking away from it.






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