Saturday, October 31, 2009


“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and this admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form.” —H.P.Lovecraft


Jazzbumpa said...

I pretty much agree with Lovie on this.

I've read a few of his stories. They really don't grab me. Lots of people get caught up in the Cthulhu mythos. Alas, to me it's more or less: WTF?

JzB the Philistine trombonist

J said...

hey JzB.

The people who take HPL too seriously (as in .....cthulhu actually exists) tend to be a bit scary. But as metaphor the Cthulhu mythos does not lack for resonance, though not-so-PC. Lovecraftian prose, like Poe's writing, also has a certain splendor--not as dime-store-ish as some snobs think.

The stories of The Tomb continue to entertain me---a remarkable vision, even if odd , unsettling, bizarre, etc. Or peruse like The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath....strange, haunted beauty.

Happy Helloween

J, the sober par-tay pooper

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