THE NIGHT OCEAN is a brave, protean, generous imaginative work. It kept me guessing right up to a perfectly poetic ending that I couldn’t help grinning at.
Levenda keeps one eye fixed on the fact that while we are dealing with a story that grapples with the outbreak of mass hysteria among poets, artists and dreamers, this was a story that was placed within a pulp magazine and this also invokes its own requirements and traditions be brought to bear.
In this essay, I would first like briefly to touch on how Lovecraft and Tolkien’s rigorous adherence to their literary sensibilities shaped later cultural expressions of myth and the macabre. Second, I would like to sample evidence of whether Lovecraft influenced elements of Tolkien’s grand tales.
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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.”