Thursday, May 6, 2010

Love for Lovecraft

Possibly Gilman ought not to have studied so hard. Non-Euclidean calculus and quantum physics are enough to stretch any brain, and when one mixes them with folklore, and tries to trace a strange background of multi-dimensional reality behind the ghoulish hints of the Gothic tales and the wild whispers of the chimney-corner, one can hardly expect to be wholly free from mental tension. ~ from "The Dreams in the Witch House"

The Internet is notorious for causing vast amounts of time to go to waste. From LOLcats to to Oddee, legions of blogs and websites exist solely to capture the attention of the generation with a famously short attention span. Most of them, of course, are pure brain candy. But every once in a while you find something worthwhile, something that actually nourishes your mind while keeping it properly entertained.

Behold: the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft, courtesy of Project Gutenberg Australia.

Fizzy Thoughts was (un)lucky enough to score an interview with the Great Old One, the dread Cthulhu who waits dreaming in the horrible sunken city of R'lyeh. Apparently he's a pretty decent guy and Lovecraft ruined his reputation. But then again, that's what they tried to convince us about the Mi-go too, and then I found out they stole Professor Akeley's brain. In all fairness, however, I do think that Cthulhu, being concerned about his public image and all, should be informed of Bentley Little's shameless pilfering of his legend for that godawful piece of trash The Return. Or is the Mogollon Monster more of a Yog-Sothoth ripoff? Oh well, either way, I think Dean Koontz's copyright lawyer is an even more terrifying prospect.

So anyway, I've wasted ungodly amounts of time reading Lovecraft nonstop. Is it really obvious?

OMG, cute, cuddly Cthulhu toys! WANT!


Anonymous said...

OMG, I love the slippers! I actually have two stuffed Cthulhus (from Chartroose) and a Cthulhu poppet. I'm a dork.

E. L. Fay said...

I want one of the chibi Cthulhus!

Now how do you like that: I used "Cthulhu" and an anime reference in one sentence. I'm an even bigger dork.

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