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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:44 AM

HP Lovecraft: The man who haunted horror fans

Fans have been marking the death of horror writer HP Lovecraft 75 years ago. Unrecognised in his own lifetime, he has gone on to influence figures as diverse as Stephen King and Alan Moore, explains British horror writer Ramsey Campbell.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft brought the 20th Century horror story up to date, out of Victorian occultism into the realm of contemporary science without losing its sense of mystery.

His earliest stories have their roots in the Gothic novel and in the short fiction of Edgar Allan Poe.

Dagon, from 1917, is typical Lovecraft. The narrator is cast ashore on an island raised by an underwater earthquake and glimpses a giant survivor of the race which built a monolith there - froglike and fishlike, yet "damnably human".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17472580

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Reply HP Lovecraft: The man who haunted horror fans (Original post)
dipsydoodle Mar 2012 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2012 #1
Ilsa Mar 2012 #2
frylock Mar 2012 #10
mulsh Mar 2012 #3
kestrel91316 Mar 2012 #4
dipsydoodle Mar 2012 #5
n2doc Mar 2012 #6
Alcibiades Mar 2012 #7
aka-chmeee Mar 2012 #8
bayareaboy Mar 2012 #9
Still Blue in PDX Mar 2012 #11

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:50 AM

1. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:32 AM

2. I have a book, a collection of

Love craft's works. I'm looking forward to reading it!

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:49 PM

10. i have several collections of his stories..

was lucky enough to find them in a box in the garage during a recent move. i'm really looking forward to going through these again as well!

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:15 AM

3. my 7th grade teacher, a nun, slipped a couple of Lovecraft stories into our

reading assignments. When my parents, both teachers, found out they were mighty impressed with her.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:23 AM

4. I am a HUGE Lovecraft fan!!

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:24 AM

5. First one I read I came across by complete chance

It was August 1963 and I'd driven up to the Edinburgh Festival with my then girlfriend - later wife. I found it in on a shelf the hotel while she was out on the Nth shopping trip. I found it so different it became compulsive reading until I'd finished reading it. All that I recall of the book's name was it had Cthulhu in the title. After that I rounded up all of his books I could find.

I've never been impressed with any of the film interpretations.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:31 AM

6. Read all of his books I could get my hands on when I was 10-12

His imagination was incredible, and I really enjoyed the way he would weave different parts of his uber-story into each smaller story.

King in particular has occasionally channeled HPL very well. But I don't think anyone will ever be able to capture HPL's works on film, the imagination is much more scary than any visualization.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:47 AM

7. I love Lovecraft

Been a fan of brobdignagian proportions ever since I was ten or so.

One this this author misses is Lovecraft's horror at "miscegenation." He is always referring to various "mongrels" and "tainted blood" in his works.

Nonetheless, deservedly called a great writer today.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:03 PM

8. Love Lovecraft...Just finished huge compilation of his work

William Hope Hodgson was a contemporary who may have had an even stranger imagination.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:43 PM

9. I read Mr. Lovecraft when I was in my early 20s ... ...


Now I am 64 and had a stroke a few years ago, so I don't read quite as much anymore. As a Horror author, to me Lovecraft was so much better than the rest. Maybe it's time to pay some some attention again to Mr Lovecraft.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:39 PM

11. My mom was a fan and his were some of the first books I read.

I didn't know exactly what many of the words meant, but I understood enough to be wonderfully creeped out!

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