History Creator / HPLovecraft

13th Aug '17 4:16:55 PM CaptEquinox
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* AmbiguousGender: In "The Hound" we know St. John is male because his narrator and partner in crime tells it. There is no telling, or even any hint, on the narrator's gender and role in the story: St. John's wife? Mistress? Male partner, associate or lover?

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* AmbiguousGender: In "The Hound" we know St. John is male because his narrator and partner in crime tells it. There is no telling, or even any hint, on the narrator's gender and role in the story: St. John's wife? Mistress? Male partner, associate or lover?lover?[[note]]HPL [[http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-complicated-friendship-of-h-p-lovecraft-and-robert-barlow-one-of-his-biggest-fans did have some gay friends]] but seems to have been asexual if anything.[[/note]]



* AuthorAppeal: Lovecraft liked cats, and included heroic/benign examples of them in some of his stories, a particular example being the army of cats which assists the protagonist in the novella ''The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.'' He was also known to use as many adjectives as humanly possible.

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* AuthorAppeal: Lovecraft liked cats, and included heroic/benign examples of them in some of his stories, a particular example being the army of cats which assists the protagonist in the novella ''The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.'' He was also known to use as many adjectives as humanly possible. Old buildings (wholesome and not so much), great cities (ditto), and quaint villages (ditto) figure in nearly all his stories, and he never lost his love for ArabianNightsDays.



** Johanssen, the only survivor of the ''Emma'', the whaling crew that stumbled across Rlye'h and met a very horrible end. Not only was Johanssen able to retain his sanity despite facing Chtulhu himself, he managed to ''ram him with a ship'', which disrupted him long enough for the ship to get away. He is possibly the only human to have ever encountered the dread Chtulhu and lived to tell the tale.

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** Johanssen, the only survivor of the ''Emma'', the whaling crew that stumbled across Rlye'h R'lyeh and met a very horrible end. Not only was Johanssen able to retain his sanity despite facing Chtulhu himself, he managed to ''ram ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu ram him with a ship'', ship]]'', which disrupted him long enough for the ship to get away. He is possibly the only human to have ever encountered the dread Chtulhu and lived to tell the tale.



** The main character from ''The Outsider'' is forever separated both from humanity that he desperatly wanted to join, and from the comforting oblivion of his previous existance. However, he finds a sort of contentment with others of his kind in the shadows beneath the Pyramids in Egypt.

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** The main character from ''The Outsider'' is forever separated both from humanity that he desperatly desperately wanted to join, and from the comforting oblivion of his previous existance.existence. However, he finds a sort of contentment with others of his kind in the shadows beneath the Pyramids in Egypt.



** The protagonist of ''Celephais'' finds his CoolCity and rules it HappilyEverAfter as a god, but it's his DyingDream after falling off a cliff.

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** The protagonist of ''Celephais'' finds his CoolCity and rules it HappilyEverAfter as a god, but it's his DyingDream after falling off a cliff. In later stories he says he wishes it were more like his childhood home, Cornwall.



* {{Bowdlerise}}: "Nigger-Man," the cat from "The Rats in the Walls" (named after Lovecraft's own, we might add), is never called what it was in the original story in adaptations. The closest anyone's dared get was in the 1972 Skull Comix version, where it's "Nigaman".
* UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish: Wrote in this dialect, despite being American, using words like "torch" for "flashlight."

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: "Nigger-Man," the cat from "The Rats in the Walls" (named after Lovecraft's own, we might add), is never called what it was in the original story in adaptations. The closest anyone's dared get was in the 1972 Skull Comix version, where it's "Nigaman".
"Nigaman". The most clever change might be the Atlanta Radio Theatre production, where he's quite fittingly called Voodoo.
* UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish: Wrote in this dialect, despite being American, using words like "torch" for "flashlight."" This harks back to his own father, who was very proud to be English.



* BreatherEpisode: ''Celephas'' is quite pleasant, displaying none of the CosmicHorrorStory elements Lovecraft is famous for. It's about a man who, as a boy, dreams of exploring a fantastic, wonderful city, his 40-year long dream quest to find it again, and how he ends up ruling there forever after as a PhysicalGod. With the CruelTwistEnding that the last part is [[spoiler: his DyingDream after falling off a cliff and drowning]].

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* BreatherEpisode: ''Celephas'' ''Celephais'' is quite pleasant, displaying none of the CosmicHorrorStory elements Lovecraft is famous for. It's about a man who, as a boy, dreams of exploring a fantastic, wonderful city, his 40-year long dream quest to find it again, and how he ends up ruling there forever after as a PhysicalGod. With the CruelTwistEnding -- depending on your point of view -- that the last part is [[spoiler: his DyingDream after falling off a cliff and drowning]].drowning (then again, this is a tale of the Dreamlands, a real place in HPL's work, and we meet this guy in other stories).]]



* OrWasItADream: The narrator of Under The Pyramids belives what he saw beneath the pyramids was just a mad dream brought on by his obsessive reading of egyptology prior to his trip and the trauma he endured leading up to him being trapped inside the tunnels but part of him cannot forget that his mysterious guide that no one else seems to remember, had a disturbing likeness to Pharao Khefren, the face upon the Sphinx.

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* OrWasItADream: The narrator of Under The Pyramids belives what he saw beneath the pyramids was just a mad dream brought on by his obsessive reading of egyptology prior to his trip and the trauma he endured leading up to him being trapped inside the tunnels but part of him cannot forget that his mysterious guide that no one else seems to remember, had a disturbing likeness to Pharao Pharaoh Khefren, the face upon the Sphinx.
28th Jul '17 2:40:49 PM Gerusz
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** ''[[http://www.cthulhulives.org/toc.html The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society]]'' [[LovecraftOnFilm adapted]] this story [[http://www.cthulhulives.org/cocmovie/ to film]] in 2005, faithful to the original, in the style of a classic 1920's black-and-white silent movie. A must-see.

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** ''[[http://www.cthulhulives.org/toc.html hplhs.org/ The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society]]'' [[LovecraftOnFilm adapted]] this story [[http://www.cthulhulives.org/cocmovie/ hplhs.org/mpcoc.php to film]] in 2005, faithful to the original, in the style of a classic 1920's black-and-white silent movie. A must-see.
27th Jun '17 3:55:18 PM luciagarcia8818
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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.

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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.
22nd Jun '17 10:32:46 PM jormis29
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** Done literally in ''TheCallOfCthulhu'' -- Gustaf Johansen tried by charging a steam ship at him. [[spoiler: OK, so Cthulhu reformed immediately, his friend went mad and he ended up dead thanks to Cthulhu's cult, but A for effort. He did end up disrupting Chtulhu's awakening and send him back to his slumber, so there's that.]]

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** Done literally in ''TheCallOfCthulhu'' ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'' -- Gustaf Johansen tried by charging a steam ship at him. [[spoiler: OK, so Cthulhu reformed immediately, his friend went mad and he ended up dead thanks to Cthulhu's cult, but A for effort. He did end up disrupting Chtulhu's awakening and send him back to his slumber, so there's that.]]
27th May '17 6:57:17 PM WanderingBrowser
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* FrazettaMan: The nameless tribe of "white apes" from "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family". Unusually for this trope, they're not actually portrayed as doing anything "evil", the titular character's ultimately suicidal revulsion seems to stem entirely from the revelation that his great-great-grandmother was a princess from that tribe. It's noted as one of Lovecraft's stories that... hasn't aged very well.

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* FrazettaMan: The nameless tribe of "white apes" from "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family". Unusually for this trope, they're not actually portrayed as doing anything "evil", the titular character's ultimately suicidal revulsion seems to stem entirely from the revelation that [[spoiler: his great-great-grandmother great-great-great-grandmother was a princess from that tribe.tribe]]. It's noted as one of Lovecraft's stories that... hasn't aged very well.



** Although, in the latter, it is intimated that [[spoiler:Sir Wade Jermyn and his white ape bride]] loved each other very dearly, even if the story as a whole plays such a romance as being a thing of utter deviancy.



%%* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast

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%%* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A very common aspect for the assorted titles given to the Outer Gods and Great Old Ones. The Horror from the Hills, the Daemon Sultan, the Haunter in the Dark, and so forth.



** ''Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn'': [[spoiler: The Jermyn family are descended from the union between the great grandfather James and an intelligent, humanoid ape.]]

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** ''Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn'': [[spoiler: The Jermyn family are descended from the union between the great grandfather James great-great-great-grandfather Wade Jermyn and an intelligent, humanoid ape.]]



%%* WasOnceAMan:
%%** The title monster from "The Beast of the Cave".
%%** The Martense family in "The Lurking Fear", so inbred and degenerate now that one might not realize they were ever human.

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%%* * WasOnceAMan:
%%** ** The title monster from "The Beast of the Cave".
%%** ** The Martense family in "The Lurking Fear", so inbred and degenerate now that one might not realize they were ever human.
27th May '17 6:47:29 PM WanderingBrowser
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%%* BackFromTheDead

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%%* BackFromTheDead* BackFromTheDead: Played for horror, of course, but evil wizards and malevolent god-things return from what should be the grave in several stories. Cthulhu himself is basically tied up in the idea that he is dead ''now'', but will ''stop'' being dead when the stars are right. Subverted in one story, as the "dead" Elder Things that seemingly came back to life had actually been in a centuries-long coma-like state of hibernation.


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* FrazettaMan: The nameless tribe of "white apes" from "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family". Unusually for this trope, they're not actually portrayed as doing anything "evil", the titular character's ultimately suicidal revulsion seems to stem entirely from the revelation that his great-great-grandmother was a princess from that tribe. It's noted as one of Lovecraft's stories that... hasn't aged very well.
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.
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