Readers of Science Fiction and Fantasy are very often also readers of the fiction of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. They are also likely well aware therefore of the range and depth of his influence on a whole host of fiction that came after. 'Arkham Asylum' in the Batman comics is reported to be named after the Arkham of Lovecraft's fiction. British comic writers Alan Moore and Grant Morrison have drawn not just inspiration but also Gods and monster from the Lovecraft universe. Lovecraft was a correspondent of Robert E. Howard and Fritz Leiber and Stephen King has cited him as an influence.
So what are your thoughts? Just why is the fiction left ot us from H.P. Lovecraft so compelling to so many?
His stories seem to have no limits. They're so different that they set him apart.
The language, the old world, specific words. The narrator fighting off madness as he relates the tale, growing ever nearer to total insanity. “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
― H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
The fighting to retain one's sanity, while the whole time inching forward towards the abyss, pulled by what we'll never know - that is what makes HP Lovecraft so compelling.
His type of characters do not interest me for a number of reasons. Suffice to say that reading about things I've seen and or lived with, I have no desire to indulge in literary mental masochism.
Thank you, RT
I think there's a place in literature for horror and things that go BUMP in the Night. It's not mental masochism - it's a strengthening of the psyche - as experienced through the Kachina in the Southwest, or other monsters worldwide. Wherever humanity goes, they take their demons with them - and their gods - perhaps because demons and gods are both inside of each of us. I love a good scary story, occasionally.
Michele, maybe for you.
I deal with real monsters. A few of my stories do explore the realm of horror. Experiment 1919 is one. I have a few others that have not been published here. they are usually catalyzed by some thing in the real world that I want to address.
All in all I'll leave the horror to others.
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