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Old Aug 26, 2006, 11:39 PM   #1
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Any one read H.P. Lovecraft?

I just started the mountains of madness. So far it reads like stereo instructions. But I really like the subject matter. Any one else read this guy? do all his book read like this?
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Old Aug 27, 2006, 06:34 AM   #2
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Re: Any one read H.P. Lovecraft?

Yes, they do. His works are very ... prosaic. If that's the right word. But somehow he makes it work. I had a collection of his stories that was a prize possession, re-read over and over. Gave it to a friend, thinking I'd be able to replace it easily - suddenly all copies shot up in price. Not pleased I've not looked for it in ages , though, might have to give it another go ...

Pick up Dagon and other tales. And NEVER watch the film, whatever you do. Not even when drunk.
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Old Aug 27, 2006, 10:27 AM   #3
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Re: Any one read H.P. Lovecraft?

I love Lovecraft, he is perhaps my favourite horror writer. I remember reading Omnibus I by candle-light and it was the coolest thing ever. I love his use of adjectives, he can create a really unsettling atmosphere really well. There was a good quote in Stephen King's Danse Macabre about his prose, something like, "He always sounded deadly serious about the things he described", and I think that's true. The narration is like reading the writings of a wide-eyed man with a shock of white hair, driven almost to insanity after experiencing the impossibly monstrous horrors he's now telling us about.

I think I like "Pickman's Model" best. Or "Dreams In A Witch-House" but I don't read that one as much because it's more of a novella.
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Old Aug 27, 2006, 12:53 PM   #4
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Re: Any one read H.P. Lovecraft?

Stephen King also said in his book On Writing that, although Lovecraft's prose is good, the man could not write dialogue to save his life (he said as well that Lovecraft seems to have known that because he avoids diaologue in his writing). I think he also said that Lovecraft was a bit of an isolationist, but maintained correspondance relationships with people like Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian. Stephen King said that he thought Lovecraft probably would have been right at home communicating in internet chat rooms.

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Old Aug 27, 2006, 04:04 PM   #5
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Re: Any one read H.P. Lovecraft?

he was ignored in his lifetime by all but a few die-hard fans (one of whome was a writer who responded to one of his stories with a sequel of his own, and I think it was Robert Bloch, but don't quote me) but the popularity of his work soared after his death. A similar situation to Robert E. Howard, actually, unless I'm mistaken.
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Old Sep 5, 2006, 03:46 PM   #6
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Re: Any one read H.P. Lovecraft?

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I love his use of adjectives, he can create a really unsettling atmosphere really well... The narration is like reading the writings of a wide-eyed man with a shock of white hair, driven almost to insanity after experiencing the impossibly monstrous horrors he's now telling us about.

My sentiment exactly... only much better worded than when I said the same thing to a friend of mine (who's never read Lovecraft) when he asked me why I like Lovecraft's works so much.

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he was ignored in his lifetime by all but a few die-hard fans (one of whome was a writer who responded to one of his stories with a sequel of his own, and I think it was Robert Bloch, but don't quote me) but the popularity of his work soared after his death. A similar situation to Robert E. Howard, actually, unless I'm mistaken.

It was Robert Bloch. I'm currently reading "Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos," which contains works by Lovecraft and some of his friends as well as later writers who drew inspiration from Lovecraft. Lovecraft wrote a short story called The Haunter of the Dark (1937), and Bloch wrote a sequel called The Shadow From the Steeple (1950).
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Old Sep 5, 2006, 04:04 PM   #7
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Re: Any one read H.P. Lovecraft?

Ah - I knew it was something to do with a tower or steeple

That does it, I want to get my hands on my old Lovecraft books ... to a dusty old second-hand bookshop tucked away on a forgotten backstreet!
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