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Okay, now I'm worried--I'm too excited. I am staring at the clock, counting down the minutes, and that's just weird. Even for me. SGA, SGA, SGA, SGA....

So, random recs now that I've had a brownie and burned off some times.

H.P. Lovecraft, works of - to send me into a slow ecstatic fit, mention The Elder Gods and grey dust. Seriously. He's a hard hit-or-miss, the first writer who I could alternately fall into the story or stare blankly and think, my God, Lovecraft old man, tell me you didn't write this. I think three quarters of it was when he stayed in sideways implication--I am perfectly capable of scaring myself to death with minimal assistance. It's when he went for the big reveal of the monster that everything would fall apart.

Hmm. I think what I like about him best is the fact that he's so pervasive in modern horror. The first time I read him I was in my very early twenties and it was like coming home, all those half-understood themes from horror all seemingly originating here. He also presents such a complete universe, all bound up in these stories, all the old gods peering out from just beyond our senses, wanting back in. Even the non-scary ones added to that, and I think that may be the reason I like him so much--he lived here, it existed intensely and vividly for him, and his stories are postcards from there, like quick letters to tell what's over there, very real, even at the most ridiculous. It makes me wonder if he really was always there, that his head was that rich with this, filled with this.

The Colour Out of Space is still a favorite, and I really try never to re-read it, even though I want to. The idea behind it just absolutely scared me to death, and I'm pretty sure too much re-reading would strip away its power. Same with Pickman's Model, which really works best after reading two or three Lovecraft stories and getting in the mood, then reading it. The Rats in the Walls - that massive dark history lingering in it, behind it, giving it substance. The Outsider - not really scary, but *interesting*. The Thing in the Doorstep - heh. Oh come on. The idea alone is cool, and the result is damned creepy. The Vault - should totally be (and probably was) an episode of The Twilight Zone. The weight of history is in so many of this--before computers and cars and buggies and domestication, before roads and before rationality, before iron and before civilization, there was this place where these things lived and took what they wished from us, and there was no where to run and no concept that we could. And we got away, mostly, and forgot when we used to hide.

Oh yeah. I'm doing a submergence this weekend.

Really enjoy him.

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I've been bouncing all week because of this!

you didn't send me those links. :p

How can I bow to your will if you don't help?

My sister and I are playing beauty parlor at 10! (highlights will be mine) So my viewing will be delayed, but I agree about the excitement. JOHN! JOHN! JOHN! JOHN! *twirls*

Lovecraft? Well! Martha (aka saffronhouse has incorporated a bunch of Lovecraft's, um, craft into these (amazing, hardcore, brilliant, pull-no-punches, looooooong) stories:

Lovely - SG-1 crossover w/ Sentinel (do not let that stop you)

followed by

Tatters - sequel (crossover with Angel, too)

These stories rock my world. Brilliant wordsmithing, creepy as fuck, and a whole boatload of show-don't-tell in the very best ways.

And I quote:

He tackled the man with the gun as hard as he could, his shoulder hitting the small of his back with what should have been bone-rattling force. Instead, Blair had a brief, impossible impression of his shoulder sinking far too deeply, like he'd just run into a feather-stuffed mannequin instead of a human being. Before he could recover, a hard backhand that wasn't remotely soft or downy sent him sprawling to the pavement. He heard something crackling overhead and smelled ozone in the air. A taser? he wondered blearily, dragging himself to his knees. Who were these guys?

Wow! What an excellent website! With big print for the old folks like myself. Thanks for the link!

And because everything relates to SGA in Moonlash world... have you read this fic? It's quite Lovecraft-esque. (Lovecraft-y?)

Lovecraft. Mmm.

Did I ever tell you about the time when I managed to creep out the entire waitstaff of my local sushi hole by reading 'The Watchers Out of Time' while I was noshing? Suffice it to say that my copy had a really, really lurid cover. *g* I've never had such slow service before that night. /amused

I got really turned onto Lovecraft by a series of Gundam Wing stories that used the Elder Gods as a basis for at least one of the stories in the arc. Good stuff, although I haven't checked to see if the stories have held up since I first read them.

Ah! Another Worshipper of the Elder Gods...

Honestly, I first read Lovecraft when I was like...eleven. And, at first, he scared me so bad that I didn't dare re-read. Now, I'm afraid to re-read because I might find it's *not* as scary as I thought it was....

So, you're saying he holds up well, hmm?

hmmmm.....I may have to visit the library today...used to love ol' Cthulu....

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