History Creator / HPLovecraft

27th Apr '16 7:16:16 PM urutapu
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* ''The Music of Erich Zann'' -- A student, seeking cheap accommodation, takes a room underneath a strange, mute cellist who plays unnatural music late into the night. He considered this one of his best stories, as he managed to avoid his usual tactic of explaining everything (read: [[NothingIsScarier the tiniest explanation of anything is not even alluded to]] other than on a paper the protagonist never gets to read).

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* ''The Music of Erich Zann'' -- A student, seeking cheap accommodation, takes a room underneath a strange, mute cellist who plays unnatural music late into the night. He considered this one of his best stories, as he managed to avoid his usual tactic of explaining everything (read: [[NothingIsScarier the tiniest explanation of anything is not even juuust barely alluded to]] other than on to]]--in the form of a paper note the protagonist never actually gets to read).
24th Apr '16 2:29:05 PM CaptEquinox
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** [[WordOfGod King himself]] has said that ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'' derives part of its premise from "Colour;" the story's protagonist, Gardner, shares his name with the hapless farmer of the earlier story.



* AuthorPhobia: Much of what Lovecraft wrote was motivated by his own nightmares and personal phobias. Among the ones less likely to evoke similar feelings in readers nowadays were his fears of [[ValuesDissonance non-white Anglo-Saxon people and miscegenation]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And fish.]]



* BasedOnADream: Not only were many of Lovecraft's stories based on dreams he had, but the characters within his works often created art or writing based on ''their'' dreams.



* HeAlsoDid: Most of his fans would be surprised to learn Lovecraft tossed off a few light comedic pieces, including parodies of hack {{Melodrama}}s and heavy-handed [[ScareEmStraight anti-drinking screeds]].
** His sendup of Creator/TSEliot in "[[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/poetry/p228.aspx Waste Paper]]" is almost Joycean, and a delight to anyone who has had ''Literature/TheWasteLand'' inflicted on them in school.



* ScienceMarchesOn: At the time Lovecraft was writing based on the latest science of the day, and strove for accuracy. Nevertheless, scientific progress has since overtaken him:
** Lovecraft identified the Semitic god Dagon with his Deep Ones, based on a then-widely-accepted etymological link to the Hebrew word for "fish". Modern anthropologists consider this a coincidence, and the historical Dagon is now believed to have been a god of agriculture.
** The stories "The Colour Out of Space" and ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' are also heavily affected by eighty years or so of progress since they focus on scientific investigations of strange phenomena. Most notably the fact that there are no AlienGeometries mountains or giant, albino penguins in Antarctica - darn it.
** Whenever referring to human evolution, one of the first hominids to be mentioned is Piltdown man, which, of course, turned out to be a hoax.
** On the other hand, progress has sometimes backed Lovecraft up on matters that were mere speculation in his day: For example he supported and included the Continental Drift Theory in his stories, which is of course widely accepted nowadays but was then rejected by most scientists. Also, he wrote about a ninth planet in our solar system mere months before Pluto was discovered.
24th Apr '16 1:50:41 PM CaptEquinox
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* RealitySubtext: Many of the stories have hidden dimensions if you know something about the author's life, but most disturbingly in "Literature/TheDunwichHorror".
22nd Apr '16 1:42:40 PM MarkLungo
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Given his view of the world, Lovecraft might be considered a real life StrawNihilist. He was also a xenophobe, an anti-Semite and an outspoken racist; one recorded criticism of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany was that UsefulNotes/AdlofHitler's plans were too optimistic.[[labelnote:1]]"The crazy thing is not what Adolf wants, but the way he sees it & starts out to get it. I know he’s a clown, but by God, I like the boy!" –Letter from Lovecraft to Donald Wandrei, November 1936[[/labelnote]][[labelnote:2]]On the other hand, his short story "The Temple" takes a very dim view of German militarism and racism (its villain protagonist, a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI U-boat commander, thinks of mere Rhinelanders as too weak for the Fatherland).[[/labelnote]] Even after he married a Jewish woman, Sonia Greene, he often made anti-Semitic remarks -- in response to which she [[YouKnowImBlackRight gently reminded him]] with whom he was sleeping. Many of his early stories and poems contained overt racial slurs, mostly aimed at immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. One of the "horrors" he intended to creep out his audience was miscegenation -- racial impurity, which he considered "degenerate" -- again, a commonplace societal fear at the time, especially in the New England states where [[RealityIsUnrealistic opposition to interracial marriages was higher than in the South]]. The racial slurs are far less common in his later stories, though it's debatable whether he truly moderated his views over time - as late as 1931 he wrote: "The black is vastly inferior. There can be no question of this among contemporary and unsentimental biologists — eminent Europeans for whom the prejudice-problem does not exist."

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Given his view of the world, Lovecraft might be considered a real life StrawNihilist. He was also a xenophobe, an anti-Semite and an outspoken racist; one recorded criticism of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany was that UsefulNotes/AdlofHitler's UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's plans were too optimistic.[[labelnote:1]]"The crazy thing is not what Adolf wants, but the way he sees it & starts out to get it. I know he’s a clown, but by God, I like the boy!" –Letter from Lovecraft to Donald Wandrei, November 1936[[/labelnote]][[labelnote:2]]On the other hand, his short story "The Temple" takes a very dim view of German militarism and racism (its villain protagonist, a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI U-boat commander, thinks of mere Rhinelanders as too weak for the Fatherland).[[/labelnote]] Even after he married a Jewish woman, Sonia Greene, he often made anti-Semitic remarks -- in response to which she [[YouKnowImBlackRight gently reminded him]] with whom he was sleeping. Many of his early stories and poems contained overt racial slurs, mostly aimed at immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. One of the "horrors" he intended to creep out his audience was miscegenation -- racial impurity, which he considered "degenerate" -- again, a commonplace societal fear at the time, especially in the New England states where [[RealityIsUnrealistic opposition to interracial marriages was higher than in the South]]. The racial slurs are far less common in his later stories, though it's debatable whether he truly moderated his views over time - as late as 1931 he wrote: "The black is vastly inferior. There can be no question of this among contemporary and unsentimental biologists — eminent Europeans for whom the prejudice-problem does not exist."
22nd Apr '16 1:42:25 PM MarkLungo
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Given his view of the world, Lovecraft might be considered a real life StrawNihilist. He was also a xenophobe, an anti-Semite and an outspoken racist; one recorded criticism of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany was that Hitler's plans were too optimistic.[[labelnote:1]]"The crazy thing is not what Adolf wants, but the way he sees it & starts out to get it. I know he’s a clown, but by God, I like the boy!" –Letter from Lovecraft to Donald Wandrei, November 1936[[/labelnote]][[labelnote:2]]On the other hand, his short story "The Temple" takes a very dim view of German militarism and racism (its villain protagonist, a WWI U-boat commander, thinks of mere Rhinelanders as too weak for the Fatherland).[[/labelnote]] Even after he married a Jewish woman, Sonia Greene, he often made anti-Semitic remarks -- in response to which she [[YouKnowImBlackRight gently reminded him]] with whom he was sleeping. Many of his early stories and poems contained overt racial slurs, mostly aimed at immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. One of the "horrors" he intended to creep out his audience was miscegenation -- racial impurity, which he considered "degenerate" -- again, a commonplace societal fear at the time, especially in the New England states where [[RealityIsUnrealistic opposition to interracial marriages was higher than in the South]]. The racial slurs are far less common in his later stories, though it's debatable whether he truly moderated his views over time - as late as 1931 he wrote: "The black is vastly inferior. There can be no question of this among contemporary and unsentimental biologists — eminent Europeans for whom the prejudice-problem does not exist."

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Given his view of the world, Lovecraft might be considered a real life StrawNihilist. He was also a xenophobe, an anti-Semite and an outspoken racist; one recorded criticism of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany was that Hitler's UsefulNotes/AdlofHitler's plans were too optimistic.[[labelnote:1]]"The crazy thing is not what Adolf wants, but the way he sees it & starts out to get it. I know he’s a clown, but by God, I like the boy!" –Letter from Lovecraft to Donald Wandrei, November 1936[[/labelnote]][[labelnote:2]]On the other hand, his short story "The Temple" takes a very dim view of German militarism and racism (its villain protagonist, a WWI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI U-boat commander, thinks of mere Rhinelanders as too weak for the Fatherland).[[/labelnote]] Even after he married a Jewish woman, Sonia Greene, he often made anti-Semitic remarks -- in response to which she [[YouKnowImBlackRight gently reminded him]] with whom he was sleeping. Many of his early stories and poems contained overt racial slurs, mostly aimed at immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. One of the "horrors" he intended to creep out his audience was miscegenation -- racial impurity, which he considered "degenerate" -- again, a commonplace societal fear at the time, especially in the New England states where [[RealityIsUnrealistic opposition to interracial marriages was higher than in the South]]. The racial slurs are far less common in his later stories, though it's debatable whether he truly moderated his views over time - as late as 1931 he wrote: "The black is vastly inferior. There can be no question of this among contemporary and unsentimental biologists — eminent Europeans for whom the prejudice-problem does not exist."
22nd Apr '16 5:29:45 AM Berrenta
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* ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' -- Scholarly expedition to [[MysteriousAntarctica Antarctica]] discovers ruins of a city built by AncientAstronauts and has close encounters with [[BlobMonster formless horrors]] and [[OurMonstersAreWeird giant hairless penguins]], incidentally proving that "ItGetsBetter" ''can'' be used to great effect.[[/index]]

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* ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' -- Scholarly expedition to [[MysteriousAntarctica Antarctica]] discovers ruins of a city built by AncientAstronauts and has close encounters with [[BlobMonster formless horrors]] and [[OurMonstersAreWeird giant hairless penguins]], incidentally proving that "ItGetsBetter" "It gets better" ''can'' be used to great effect.[[/index]]
13th Apr '16 12:29:31 PM CaptEquinox
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** Inverted in ''The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath'', which has a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming poetically joyful ending]]. The hero's final fall [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome literally remakes the universe]] and recreates his hometown in the image of his dreams.


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** That kitten turns up later as a young lieutenant in the cat army that rescues Carter from the moon beasts. He tries to follow Carter then, but his grandfather won't discharge him; but it's strongly implied that he is the black cat in Carter's home at the very end of the story.


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* The same with Randolph Carter's marvelous sunset city in ''The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath''. It's even more beautiful at sunrise, as Carter sees it at the end.
13th Apr '16 10:37:39 AM 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.]]

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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.
9th Apr '16 8:46:52 AM Beiahnu
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** Also:
-->''In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.''
25th Mar '16 5:49:58 PM ErikModi
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** Combined with DevelopingDoomedCharacters, or in this case, Doomed Cities, ''The Doom That Came To Sarnath" is over ''half'' lavish description of what a strange, wondrous, beautiful, amazing city it is. Details and grand vistas alike are rendered as only Lovecraft's PurpleProse can do. All, of course, so the eventual doom is all the more horrific for the fact that it is barely described at all.

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** Combined with DevelopingDoomedCharacters, or in this case, Doomed Cities, ''The Doom That Came To Sarnath" Sarnath'' is over ''half'' lavish description of what a strange, wondrous, beautiful, amazing city it is. Details and grand vistas alike are rendered as only Lovecraft's PurpleProse can do. All, of course, so the eventual doom is all the more horrific for the fact that it is barely described at all.
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