First of all, I’d like to say how saddened I am by the shootings in Denver. I know that we all are. I don’t understand what motivates someone to kill others.
I sometimes feel that being a Lovecraft fan is one of my ways to deal with the horrors of the real world. I am weary of humanity. Lovecraft was, too… and I feel that kinship. As Michel Houellebecq writes in H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life:
Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to write new realistic novels. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don’t care to know any more. Humanity, such as it is, inspires only an attenuated curiosity in us…
Now, here is Howard Phillips Lovecraft: “I am so beastly tired of mankind…”
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937). We need a supreme antidote against all forms of realism.
Those who love life do not read… No matter what might be said, access to the artistic universe is more or less entirely the preserve of those who are a little fed up with the world.
As for Lovecraft, he was more than a little fed up….
My thoughts are with the victims and their families.
On to something happier. Here is some news I’ve been saving for The Dark Knight Rises opening day: Did you know there is a comic mini-series where Batman battles Lovecraftian monsters?
Oh, yeah. You guys might not know this, but I’m really into Lovecraft. I’m also a huge Batman fan. Both of them together? Heaven. (Not for the characters, of course.)
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham is from DC Comics’ Elseworlds series. This 3-part story is set in the 1920s. As the story opens, Bruce Wayne and pals (Dick, Jason, Tim, and Alfred) are in Antarctica searching for survivors from the “Cobblepot Expedition”. They discover a frozen ship, with almost everyone dead. Everyone, that is, except for Professor Cobblepot and another survivor, who have both gone crazy and are muttering things like “I am chosen by Him to be His messenger to the world” and “Hark, the lurker is on the threshold, and behold a shadow out of time.”
I won’t spoil the story, but suffice to say that it was written by Mike Mignola, he of Hellboy fame. The Doom That Came to Gotham scores high on mood and gets a lot right, but it’s not perfect. It’s a bit more Derleth than Lovecraft, but still… Batman and the mythos? Sold. All in all, it’s a pretty good graphic novel.
It also appears to be a good investment. Originally $7.95, book 1 is currently for sale at Amazon for $15.47 (used) and $19.95 (new). Book 2 is available for $12.37 (used) and $13.89 (new). Book 3 is available for $21.00 (used) and $22.95 (new). And they are in short supply.
If you’re a fan of Batman and Lovecraft, I think you’ll really enjoy The Doom That Came to Gotham. I did.
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