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Okay, reccing NON fanfic here.

The Works of Lovecraft

Theoretically, I knew he was in teh public domain now, but I hadn't really looked him up. But wait! I was reccing him to Tara and she said something about Cthulhu, so I keyworded and there you go.

The man that gives me nightmares and makes me hear things at night.

specific story recs

The Colour Out of Space
The Outsider
Pickman's Model
The Thing on the Doorstep

There are more that I am trying to remember by reading that scared me, but these are the ones I knew the titles still. Lovecraft liked to be subtle and indirect, and his best work is when he's showing, not telling. Sometimes, he fails. In these, he succeeds.

Seriously, this is the good stuff. Also, to make this fannish related, there's a nice Arkham Sanitarium in there.

And you know? Clark could totally be a completely new Elder God, if you felt like reinterpreting Lovecraft through sci-fi. Right down through the stuff in Skinwalker.

Yep, I'm obsessed. But he's fabulous.

Go. Read. Now.

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When you think about it, Lovecraft is the father of fan fiction. He is the first author that I know of that not only condoned others to write in his worlds and use his characters but he encouraged it.

I love Cthulhu (if you couldn't tell from my user name and icon).

*grins* That's why I'm always amused when they do a thing on professional authors who complain about how unoriginal it is to write in someone else's universe. Especially in teh sci-fi/fantasy genre, it's almost encouraged, adn yep, more than a few of the really great ones were writing Lovecraft or Dracula or Frankenstein fanfic and--oh right, they were SELLING it. That makes it completely differnet adn not fanfic at all!


Actually, I think Sir Arthur Conan Doyle beat him to it, having gotten so thoroughly sick of the fans badgering him for Holmes stories that he told at least one playwright who wanted to use Holmes in a play to "Marry him, murder him, do what you like with him!"

Re: Funny thing...

Very cool fact.

I'm a huge Lovecraft fan. The boy and I run The Unspeakable Horror Preservation Society, which runs the Cthulu Live role playing game.

I always loved The Dunwich Horror. Everything about that town was just wrong.

I started re-reading last night and creeped myself out enormously. So damn cool.

*adds The Dunwich Horror* That one's up next. God, I love him.

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