Heartwarming: H.P. Lovecraft
Yes, even Lovecraft's works contain a few Heartwarming Moments.
- In "The Shunned House," the protagonist and his uncle, Elihu Whipple, explore an abandoned house linked to a series of mysterious deaths over time. A yellow fungus transforms Whipple into a rotting monster which takes on, in rapid succession, the forms of all the house's former inhabitants. Just before it dissolves completely, however, the monster appears to struggle with itself and then assumes Whipple's kindly appearance one last time. "I like to think," says the protagonist, "that he existed at that moment, and that he tried to bid me farewell."
- In At the Mountains of Madness, geologist Wayne Dyer, though initially spooked upon discovering the remnants of the extraterrestrial Old Ones' Antarctic civilization, concludes that—uniquely in a Lovecraft work—their alien nature did not mean they were evil note :
After all, they were not evil things of their kind. They were the men of another age and another order of being [...] They had not been even savages—for what indeed had they done? [...] God, what intelligence and persistence! What a facing of the incredible, just as those carven kinsmen and forbears had faced things only a little less incredible! Radiates, vegetables, monstrosities, star spawn — whatever they had been, they were men!
- Randolph Carter's interactions with the cats in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath are filled with HPL's love and admiration for them.
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