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H. P. Lovecraft (1 Viewer)

Vos

Senior Member
I suppose he would be concidered "classic literature". Writing in the 1920s and influenceing an entire genre. Man, did this guy know how to create atmosphere or what? I have only read a few of his short storys and poems, but...wow. My faveroit story by him so far is Imprisened With The Pharos with Harry Hudini (sp?). I haven't read any of the so called "Cthulhu Mythos" . What does everyone think of him.

Sorry about the poor quality of this post, I'm in a hurry and I got side tracted.
 
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horror_fan90

He is great, but he takes a little getting used to in my opinion. A first time reader is probably going to get extremely bored quick of his extremely large amounts of descriptive prose.
 

The Thing

Senior Member
As has been mentioned before Lofecraft's work can be a bit heavy on description. I've only read 'At the Mountains of Madness', and from what I remember there's very little, if any, dialogue.

Good story though.
 

Vos

Senior Member
I love how decriptive he was, it's part of what makes his stories have good atmosphere. Amittedly though, there are people who would find this boring.

H.P Lovecrafts poem Despair is the best poem I've ever read. I know it by heart because I choose it for a poetry reading in lit class. Haha I was one of two who got 10/10, the other went to someone who read a poem by Poe.
 

Eve

Senior Member
I was trying to find some of his poems on the net, so I could post them here (copy & paste). But I could not find any. I have his whole collection of writings in a book, but they are long, and I'm feeling too lazy today to write anything long.
 

Vos

Senior Member
Hopefully there is no legal issue here. :D


Despair
H. P. Lovecraft




O'er the midnight moorlands crying,
Thro' the cypress forests sighing,
In the night-wind madly flying,
Hellish forms with streaming hair;
In the barren branches creaking,
By the stagnant swamp-pools speaking,
Past the shore-cliffs ever shrieking,
Damn'd demons of despair.

Once, I think I half remember,
Ere the grey skies of November
Quench'd my youth's aspiring ember,
Liv'd there such a thing as bliss;
Skies that now are dark were beaming,
Bold and azure, splendid seeming
Till I learn'd it all was dreaming --
Deadly drowsiness of Dis.

But the stream of Time, swift flowing,
Brings the torment of half-knowing --
Dimly rushing, blindly going
Past the never-trodden lea;
And the voyager, repining,
Sees the wicked death-fires shining,
Hears the wicked petrel's whining
As he helpless drifts to sea.

Evil wings in ether beating;
Vultures at the spirit eating;
Things unseen forever fleeting
Black against the leering sky.
Ghastly shades of bygone gladness,
Clawing fiends of future sadness,
Mingle in a cloud of madness
Ever on the soul to lie.

Thus the living, lone and sobbing,
In the throes of anguish throbbing,
With the loathsome Furies robbing
Night and noon of peace and rest.
But beyond the groans and grating
Of abhorrent Life, is waiting
Sweet Oblivion, culminating
All the years of fruitless quest.
 

Eve

Senior Member
I believe Lovecraft studied the accult especially the Necronomicon, and that inspired his writings.
 

Sir_Satoshi

Senior Member
I headed out to th' local library to see if I could fine anythin' by this Lovecraft guy.

Nothin', unfortunately. I'm still tryin' t' find some of his stuff, but it's hard around here. Hard t' believe, too, since I've heard so much about him.

Mhm...

How do you pronounce Cthulhu anyway?
 

LensmanZ313

Senior Member
The books in the Cthulhu Mythos are fictional. Yes, you can buy some of those books in the Occult/New Age section at any major bookstore--but they are hoaxes.

Lovecraft. He was a great writer, along with the other Mythos writers, especially Robert E. Howard, Robert Block and Clark Ashton Smith. Lovecraft was something of a racist and anti-Semitic--unfortunately, many people were back in that time.

But, damn, the man could write!
 

Eve

Senior Member
There is a lot on the net on Lovecraft. The only thing I could not find are his poems on the net. I found a website that said it had his poems, but I could not get in the website for some reason.

A book that talks about him a lot is "The R'Lyeth Text" by Robert Turner. This book also has Hidden Leaves From The Necronomicon.
 

Sir_Satoshi

Senior Member
Yeah, m'friend Casey was tellin' me about that. That book... The... Grimoire, or something, was made into a real book by someone...
 

Eve

Senior Member
LensmanZ313 said:
The books in the Cthulhu Mythos are fictional. Yes, you can buy some of those books in the Occult/New Age section at any major bookstore--but they are hoaxes.

Lovecraft. He was a great writer, along with the other Mythos writers, especially Robert E. Howard, Robert Block and Clark Ashton Smith. Lovecraft was something of a racist and anti-Semitic--unfortunately, many people were back in that time.

But, damn, the man could write!


This is something interesting that is written in the book by Robert Turner:

"Through dreams such as Lovecraft's, contact is established with ancient sources of wisdom forbidden to man. Perhaps his premature death at the age of 47 was precipitated by the fear of what would happen to humanity if certain gates were opened. He knew the secret calls and knew also that one day they would be used again."

The writer of the present commentary would not of course agree that Kenneth Grant was on the right track in his assumptions that Lovecraft's 'revelations' regarding the Necronomicon and Mythos entities were purely based on contacts established through dreams. Readers of our earlier work on the Necronomicon will recall our contention that the young Lovecraft was directly influenced by a manuscript which passed to him from his father. The content of this manuscript in turn inspired the Mythos tales, and gave rise to the astonishing series of dreams which long haunted the writer.

Magical books referred to by novelist are often assumed to be fictitious, purely on the basis that they are included in a work of fiction. If Lovecraft had written serious works on magic instead of horror stories, occultists would have been moved to investigate the implications of the Necronomicon earlier and perhaps been able to trace the book on which his unusual concepts were based.
 

Eve

Senior Member
LOL, maybe I did. LOL This happens to me once in a while. I would like to find out why. Many complain about this in computer forums in the hopes of getting some answers. Oh well.
 
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