I was feeling somewhat inspired today and decided to talk about overused tropes in horror fiction in my first solo podcast. Couple of things before (if, even) you listen, my apologies for the not-so-great sound quality and apologies if I speak a bit too fast in places…I was feeling a bit nervous. Listen to six […]
The Dunwich Horror was written by H P Lovecraft in August 1928 and is considered one of the core tales in his Cthulhu mythos. There are several significant literary influences on the tale. The central premise – the sexual union of a ‘god’ or monster with a human woman – is taken directly from Arthur […]
Today i am still telling the Cthulhu Mythos. Nyarlathotep is a character in the works of H. P. Lovecraft and other writers. The character is commonly known in association with its role as a malign deity in the Lovecraft Mythos fictional universe, where it is known as the Crawling Chaos. First appearing in Lovecraft’s 1920 prose […]
Different people have different opinions on how involved Lovecraft was in the creation of the Cthulhu Mythos. Some people say he purposely and skillfully created one of the world’s first shared universes, others think he was just to polite to tell people not to use his ideas. The truth is probably somewhere between the two extremes. He differently did encourage his inner circle to use some of his creatures and forbidden tomes in their writings, but how open he was to this whole Mythos concept isn’t clear.
We are also dealing with two different concepts, The Cthulhu Mythos and Lvecratian tropes. The CM has become the shared universe that has been developed from HPL’s original writings. It is built on cosmic entities and ancient books, that were created or inspired by Lovecraft. LT’s are the concepts that Lovecraft espoused, cosmicism, the bleak New England landscape, the amorality of the universe…
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There will be an increase in H.P. Lovecraft post here at DCotU. Why? You might ask. Ratings. After about two and half years of posting blogs I get 12-20 a day hits by search engines. And 6-10 are for the post, Is the Cthulhu Mythos real? And about 3-6 hits on other Lovecraft posts. So it makes sense that the blog will become more Lovecraft-centric.
Now that doesn’t mean that I will be dropping other type of posts and stop writing about other subjects. If I have to be pigeon holed, well there are worst subjects to be associated with. I do not claim to be the Lovecraft scholar that S.T. Joshi, Robert M. Price or Sandy Peterson are, but among my peers it is pretty much assumed that I am Cthulhu Mythos expert in the group. I have also done much research on the subject and have much to…
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This is a follow up on several different posts, I have written about H.P. Lovecraft. It was triggered by Blogger Bear’s post, Check your sources. I want to thank him because since I don’t usually frequent right wing conspiracy blogs (unless they are talking about UFOs then I am all over that), I probably wouldn’t have known about it if it wasn’t for him.
He was referencing the concretive Blog The New Jovian Thunderbolt.
The NJT talks about a raid in 1928 of a Massachusetts port town by the US government. How jackbooted federals attacked the city and unconscionably held the townsfolk prisoners. The of course compare it to actions of the modern government in Waco. The thing is that the raid was fictitious. As phony as the Nerconomicon itself.
The raid took place in the short story The Shadow Over Innsmouth, has the government attacking a colony…
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You know there are times where you crave the monsters and deities of The Cthulhu Mythos but you just don‘t want the blackness and utter horror that is inherent in the genre, what do you do? Well now you can find mythos stories with less or none of that despair that abounds in cosmic horror.
The overriding theme of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos is that you are helpless in a universe full of super-powerful entities that normally don’t care about you, but have no problem destroying you as an afterthought, if you get in their way. It can get kind of…dark. Cthulhu Lite a more humorous and upbeat subgenre of cosmic horror. A lot of HPL purists, often bemoan CL, as heresy, that it’s the antitheses of the writings of the Old Man from Providence. And though it might be opposite of his writings, Lovecraft did have a sense…
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Cosmicism is the literary philosophy developed by H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft used the principles below as the foundation of his universe:
- There is no recognizable divine presence, such as a god, in the universe
- Humans are particularly insignificant in the larger scheme of intergalactic existence
- The majority of undiscerning humanity are creatures with the relative significance of insects and plants, when compared to the universe.
- The universe is so ancient that near everything is insignificant. Even the stars.
- Often times characters come to the realization that they are powerless to change anything.
Following these principals, and with a little creativity, you too can create some cosmic horror!
For Lovecraftian inspiration you can find Lovecrafts complete works on Amazon.
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