History Creator / HPLovecraft

3rd May '17 11:02:48 AM guardianelm
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* And most terrifyingly of all, "[[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/essays/cd.aspx Cats and Dogs,]]" an essay on [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking why cats are better than dogs.]]

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* And most terrifyingly of all, "[[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/essays/cd.aspx Cats and Dogs,]]" an almost 6000 word essay on [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking why cats are better than dogs.]]
30th Apr '17 9:20:43 AM nombretomado
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** Guillermo del Toro (the director of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''Film/PansLabyrinth'') had a screenplay prepared, although it will be quite a while before anything comes of it, what with [[Film/TheHobbit one thing]] and [[Franchise/{{Frankenstein}} another]]. Although it had TomCruise and Creator/JamesCameron involved, it was cancelled in light of The Wolfman reboot flopping. At one point, Del Toro said that ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' may have killed any chance of his ''Mountains'' adaptation being made, as he considers the stories much too similar, but he has since taken back this statement.

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** Guillermo del Toro (the director of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''Film/PansLabyrinth'') had a screenplay prepared, although it will be quite a while before anything comes of it, what with [[Film/TheHobbit one thing]] and [[Franchise/{{Frankenstein}} another]]. Although it had TomCruise Creator/TomCruise and Creator/JamesCameron involved, it was cancelled in light of The Wolfman reboot flopping. At one point, Del Toro said that ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' may have killed any chance of his ''Mountains'' adaptation being made, as he considers the stories much too similar, but he has since taken back this statement.
17th Apr '17 7:06:14 AM Farrowe
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: The narrator of "Pickman's Model", increasingly, as he recounts the lovely horrors he encountered in his acquaintance with the titular artist.
16th Apr '17 6:54:23 PM CaptEquinox
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* AntiHero: His main recurring protagonist, Randolph Carter, does almost nothing to help anyone that doesn't benefit him directly in any of his stories. In fact, he seems to outright reject the idea that anything in human reality matters...[[AuthorAvatar perfectly mirroring Lovecraft's own views.]] However, in ''The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, he repays the cats who saved him from the moon-beasts by alerting them to and helping them foil a Zoog raid. When he discovers three of the ghouls who helped him, captured and being tortured by said moon-beasts at the nameless rock near Sarkomand, he derails his own quest to summon the night-gaunts and the ghoul army to save them.

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* AntiHero: His main recurring protagonist, Randolph Carter, does almost nothing to help anyone that doesn't benefit him directly in any of his stories. In fact, he seems to outright reject the idea that anything in human reality matters...[[AuthorAvatar perfectly mirroring Lovecraft's own views.]] views]] at least during his Decadent period. However, in ''The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, Kadath'', he repays the cats who saved him from the moon-beasts by alerting them to and helping them foil a Zoog raid. When he discovers three of the ghouls who helped him, captured and being tortured by said moon-beasts at the nameless rock near Sarkomand, he derails his own quest to summon the night-gaunts and the ghoul army to save them.
16th Apr '17 3:52:15 PM CaptEquinox
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Despite [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft#Copyright some controversy]] over whether most of his works are genuinely public domain, they're all invariably available online [[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:Howard_Phillips_Lovecraft somewhere.]] The letters are harder to get ahold of (and expensive as hell, check out Abebooks), but they're well worth the search.

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Despite [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft#Copyright some controversy]] over whether most of his works are genuinely public domain, they're all invariably available online [[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:Howard_Phillips_Lovecraft somewhere.]] [[http://www.hplovecraft.com/study/bios/lvw.aspx The letters letters]] are harder to get ahold of (and [[https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=Lovecraft%2C+Joshi&bi=0&bx=off&ds=30&kn=Lovecraft&recentlyadded=all&sortby=17&sts=t&tn=Lord+of+a+Visible+World%3A+An+Autobiography+in+Letters expensive as hell, check out Abebooks), Abebooks]]), but they're well worth the search.
16th Apr '17 3:45:57 PM CaptEquinox
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On the other hand, he was a member of the United Amateur Press Association and made many friends by correspondence, and when possible he would travel to meet them, journeying all up and down the east coast and even venturing into Canada. He was an amateur astronomer and antiquarian, a tireless walker and lover of all things ancient and strange. He was a professed atheist, but loved the gods of the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and as a child had prayed to them.

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On the other hand, he was a member of the United Amateur Press Association and made many friends by correspondence, and when possible he would travel to meet them, journeying all up and down the east coast and even venturing into Canada. He was an amateur astronomer and antiquarian, a tireless walker walker, ardent bicyclist, and lover of all things ancient and strange. He was a professed atheist, but loved the gods of the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and as a child had prayed to them.
16th Apr '17 1:27:36 PM CaptEquinox
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* TheTamingOfTheGrue: You can buy Cthulhu plush toys, and there's a [[spoiler:meme]] with a Cthulhu carrying a bouquet of roses captioned "Cthulhu needs love too!" The video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOHJUrcVdJk Adventures of Li'l Cthulhu,]] the games "The Stars Are Right", "Munchkin Cthulhu", etc. [[PlayedForLaughs plays being driven insane by the touch of the Elder Things]] [[DudeNotFunny for laughs.]]

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* TheTamingOfTheGrue: You can buy Cthulhu plush toys, and there's a [[spoiler:meme]] with a Cthulhu carrying a bouquet of roses captioned "Cthulhu needs love too!" The video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOHJUrcVdJk com/watch?v=3kQuMVffbWA Adventures of Li'l Cthulhu,]] the games "The Stars Are Right", "Munchkin Cthulhu", etc. [[PlayedForLaughs plays being driven insane by the touch of the Elder Things]] [[DudeNotFunny for laughs.]]
15th Apr '17 12:33:21 PM CaptEquinox
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Although Lovecraft had a very happy childhood by his own account -- his rich grandfather, mother and aunts gave him just about everything he wanted including free run of the family library -- his early years were marked by loss. His father went insane (from syphilis) and died when Lovecraft was about eight. His grandfather died and his money was mismanaged by relatives, leaving the family penniless. Lovecraft's mother also went insane and died in a mental hospital. In his adult years he drifted in and out of poverty (mostly in), ate cold beans out of cans, lost his wife, and ended his life with [[ShootTheShaggyDog cancer of the small intestine]].

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Although Lovecraft had a very happy childhood by his own account -- his rich grandfather, mother and aunts gave him just about everything he wanted including free run of the family library -- his early years were marked by loss. His father went insane (from syphilis) and died when Lovecraft was about eight. His grandfather died and his money was mismanaged by relatives, leaving the family penniless. Lovecraft's mother also supposedly went insane (now believed to be severe anxiety) and died in a mental hospital. hospital.[[note]]Recent biographers contextualize Susie's "insanity" with the medical view of women at the time and remind us that there was a lot more to Susie than the whacked-out accounts written to make HPL ''look'' like he'd had an eldritch, amorphous, deliquescent childhood.[[/note]] In his adult years he drifted in and out of poverty (mostly in), ate cold beans out of cans, lost his wife, and ended his life with [[ShootTheShaggyDog cancer of the small intestine]].
15th Apr '17 10:47:18 AM CaptEquinox
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** There is now an entire line (several, in fact) of ''children's books'' introducing the unspeakably eldritch horrors. People are doing Creator/DrSeuss versions of HPL's most famous stories.
11th Apr '17 5:30:15 AM ergeis
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* {{Irony}}: As stated above, he had anti-semitic views earlier in his life, yet he married a Jewish woman.

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* {{Irony}}: As stated above, he had anti-semitic views earlier in his life, yet he married a Jewish woman.woman and collaborated with ''Creator/HarryHoudini''.
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