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January 26, 2005

The Eldritch Influence

"There is an ineffible rightness about Lovecraft. There is an ineffable rightness about the mythos that he came up with and what was later codified and described as the Cthulhu mythos. And I always think it is interesting is that he isn't the one that was codifying it. There's people who came after him who said "Well, no you have to understand this is what Nyarlathotep was and this is what Cthulhu was and first you get the Old Ones and then you get the starfish-headed barrel things" and stuff like that. And he really... he didn't do that. He simply gave you a vision of an impossibly inhospitable universe in which we are screwed." - Neil Gaimen

Lovecraft afficianados should purchase a copy of The Eldritch Influence immediately. This is a contemporary classic of the documentary art, worth the price not only for its insight into Lovecraft's life and character but for interviews with Neil Gaimen, Ramsey Campbell and Lovecraft scholar, S.T. Joshi.

May not all mankind be a mistake--an abnormal growth--a disease in the system of Nature--an excrescence on the body of infinite progression like a wart on the human hand? Might not the total destruction of humanity, as well as of all animate creation, be a positive boon to Nature as a whole?
- H.P. Lovecraft

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 26, 2005 09:51 AM

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