Author Paul Tremblay recently posted Lovecraft’s notes for his novella At the Mountains of Madness on Instagram. A bit of Google searching led me to this article at Slate from 2013, which you can read for more details.
Below is a large version of HPL’s notes. Enjoy!
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I could have used this years ago when I first put pencil to paper to figure out exactly how the Old Ones whom I call Q’n qnx took me a little while but I finally got it looking much like how Lovecraft has them drawn here. “Vegetable, radiates, monstrosities…but they were men!”
If those things could be men then so could everyone else not white and born in New England. Sounds promising. Why I like SiFi in that it is hard to be a racist, though some still are, if you deal with actual different races or species of being. We still haven’t fixed our own self predation yet. Maybe one day…
Thanx to all of you for furnishing us that image. “At The Mountains of Madness” was on of the first bits of Lovecraft I read, along with “Whisperer In the Darkness”.
A Lovecraft brainstorm that became the core of “At the Mountains of Madness”, How awesome, because if you write at all, you know the creative buzz that seized Lovecraft as he jotted all this down.
Gotta luv all the crossing out he did, makes me feel better about my own writing process. Some of my pages look like storm-blasted pictographs instead of English 🙂
“Storm-blasted pictographs!” Brilliant, S. Smith. Can you imagine how some of his correspondents must have felt when they saw book-sized missives in his crabbed handwriting landing with a gigantic bloody thump through their letter-boxes — if they could even fit in, that is.
Still, to get a letter from HPL — I think I would have suffered the pain…
I guess all writers are the same. I have dozens of pages that look pretty similar to this one. And a couple of envelopes too. 🙂
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