#1
Who on UG is a fan of the great author H.P. Lovecraft (if anyone reads anything other than this board, that is)? He wrote some of the best horror novels/short stories ever, in my opinion. I also heard that Guillermo del Toro is going to be making a movie out of At the Mountains of Madness, due out in 2010 (though I'm sure The Hobbit's production well push it back).

Well, if you like him, talk about him here.


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#3
Lovecraft is cool. Del Toro is the guy that made Pan's labyrinth and hellboy right?
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#4
Do you like him because Metallica wrote some songs based on his stuff?

Besides, ' Mountains isn't that great. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward on the other hand...
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No, I don't like him due to Metallica's songs. And yes, del Toro is that guy you're thinking of.

Mountains, I thought, had great atmosphere. I noticed like half way through it that AvP stole SO MUCH from it . I think In The Vault is good, too. I read a lot through this site called dagonbytes, which has most of his short stories.
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Lovecraft is cool. Del Toro is the guy that made Pan's labyrinth and hellboy right?

yes, i'm pretty sure.

aside from that, i really enjoy his work. his stories can sometimes drag on, but at the same time, it really helps you get a mental picture of it which is just awesome. he's definitely one of my faves
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No, I don't like him due to Metallica's songs. And yes, del Toro is that guy you're thinking of.

Mountains, I thought, had great atmosphere. I noticed like half way through it that AvP stole SO MUCH from it . I think In The Vault is good, too. I read a lot through this site called dagonbytes, which has most of his short stories.


I dunno. It was good I guess, but not what I expected it to be. I just didn't find it that exciting.

So where is your favourite setting? eg. new England, Egypt, space etc.
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#8
Lovecraft is right up there with Poe
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#9
I have always been interested into reading his stuff, I just haven't gotten around to it yet. I want to read some of the Cthulu Mythos stuff. What can you recommend?
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#11
The Shadow Over Innsmouth is in the mythos (they worship Dagon).


For other works, try The Thing on the Doorstep and In the Vault (the latter being one of the first works to feature a zombie attack!).


EDIT:

My view is Lovecraft > Poe (but barely)


I don't know, I think Lovecraft had atmosphere down, but Poe also had some creepy stuff in his own right. But then again, Poe was Lovecraft's biggest (if not only) influence in writing.


Somewhat relevant: has anyone heard of Lovecraft Live (or something like that)? I saw it when I googled Lovecraft games because I wanted to find that Call of Cthulu game (a loosely tied friend of mine worked on the art), and it turns out there's a whole LARP thing based on his works!

The sets and stuff look pretty cool, but that really isn't my thing...
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I have always been interested into reading his stuff, I just haven't gotten around to it yet. I want to read some of the Cthulu Mythos stuff. What can you recommend?


I'd start with a compilation book. Theres plenty out there that are just a a bunch of his stories with decent forewords/introductions by the editor/compiler.

Don't start with any of the ancient gods/space/dream stuff. Start humble and with the stuff that he's set in New England. Eg. The Hound,Whisperer in Darkness, The Festival, Loved Dead, Two Black Bottles, Case of Charles Dexter Ward (my favourite, I doubt many would agree with me though) Call of Cthulu and Mountains of Madness.

Start with that sort of story.
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Love him. The Mythos stuff is great, and really ties his writing all together, but he has other great stuff as well. The Outsider and The Music of Erich Zann are two fantastic short stories with beyond simple plots and loads of atmosphere. I am just starting to read his works myself. Are there another other authors anyone could reccomend similiar to Lovecraft? Aside from Poe and King, of course
#15
Haven't ever been able to find any of his stuff.
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#16
Besides being blatantly racist and using the word 'queer' way, waaay too much, he's a pretty alright writer.
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Haven't ever been able to find any of his stuff.

Go to the library. This site also has the complete works of Lovecraft.

HP Lovecraft kicks ass (though his racism bothers me). My favorite story is The Rats in the Walls. And I love Pan's Labyrinth, so hearing that news about At the Mountains of Madness is awesome.

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#20
I really like a lot of his concepts and storylines, I really dislike his writing style, his dialog especially is horrendous.
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I really like a lot of his concepts and storylines, I really dislike his writing style, his dialog especially is horrendous.

Yeah, I agree. And so does Stephen King, because he put Lovecraft in his examples of bad dialogue is some guide to writing that he wrote.
Josh Homme writes the greatest lyrics EVAR:
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"Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy, and alcohol
C-C-C-C-Cocaine!"


"I wanna lick you too much"



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#22
Guillermo del Toro doing Lovecraft? I do believe I just orgasmed.

Lovecraft owns. All his stories are awesome.
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#24
Lovecraft is one of my favorite authors!!!
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#27
All I've read of his stuff is Call of Cthulu, and I loved it. I haven't found full text versions of anything else of his online, though. At least not yet.
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All I've read of his stuff is Call of Cthulu, and I loved it. I haven't found full text versions of anything else of his online, though. At least not yet.

Look at the link I posted earlier.
Josh Homme writes the greatest lyrics EVAR:
"I wish we could get away
Drink wine and screw"


"Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy, and alcohol
C-C-C-C-Cocaine!"


"I wanna lick you too much"



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#30
Lovecraft has to be my second favourite author, first being Arthur C. Doyle. Rats in the Walls would have to be my favourite of all his stories that I've read so far closely fallowed by Pickman's Model.