What does Creepypasta have to do with Lovecraftian or weird fiction? Many of the attributes that make “The Russian Sleep Experiment” or “Candle Cove” so unsettling can be easily compared to the classic weird fiction of Lovecraft and his peers.
In this series of articles, I will be taking a look at some modern mainstream novels that were either directly influenced by H.P. Lovecraft’s work, or at least echo his themes. While the bulk of Lovecraft’s output consisted of short stories, this column will focus primarily on novels. But let’s begin with a short one: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman.
Over the last few years, an interesting development has arisen in the world of Lovecraft collecting: plush Cthulhus. It began, as all invasions do, slowly…
I’m sure you can call to mind dozens of times within horror fiction the protagonist reacting “with dawning realization”. Padgett has managed to capture that feeling and evoke it in such a way that you the reader, not one of the characters within a fictional story, experiences this dawning realization.
Imagine, if you can, a time when no one knew who H. P. Lovecraft was. That’s the way life was back in the 1970s. No one I knew had ever heard of Lovecraft and, if you said “Cthulhu” to someone, their most likely response would be, “Did you just sneeze?”
I would like to share some thoughts about why Lovecraft’s writings have endured while other weird fiction writers of that era – with the exception of equally pioneering authors, such as Robert E. Howard – languished in anonymity.
On a recent Lovecraft eZine podcast, I raised the issue of Lovecraftian influences in Doctor Who novels. With that in mind, here are two of them.
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“To evoke a demon is a sordid, dangerous affair. Call loudly over the dense cathode with offers of bleating lambs, and sometimes a fiend scratches back against your tar-paper reality.”
Decades before “Forbidden Planet’”s theatrical run, Howard Phillips Lovecraft broke new imaginative grounds in “At the Mountains of Madness” (1931). Set in Antarctica, remote as the surface of the Moon in HPL’s day, he rewrote the deep history of the Earth in terms that disturbed our already crumbling anthropomorphic view of our prominence in the universe. There, he traced the irrational history of the primal world, often shrouded in religious myths and shamanic legends, in rational terms.
“BLACK JANUARY unites the best tradition of thrillers and cosmic horror. Wynne expands upon Lovecraftian mythology with style.” — Laird Barron
While there are obviously more than five Lovecraftian / cosmic horror novels that I’ve enjoyed reading, I chose these books because I liked them so much that I’ve read each of them at least twice.
The 38th issue of The Lovecraft eZine is now available, and it features fiction by Pete Rawlik, Douglas Wynne, Michael Griffin, and others!