Sunday, August 20, 2006
Today is the birthday of Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937). Lovecraft is best known for his Cthulhu Mythos concerning the Great Old Ones, tremendous, monstrous god-like beings from beyond space with names such as Shub Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Azathoth, Dagon, and Cthulhu. These gods are not our friends. Most of what we learn about them is discerned from the musty pages of "The Necronimicon" a fictional book created by Lovecraft and attributed to the mad Arab, Abdul Alhazared. "The Necronimicon" is a musty old tome filled with things man was not meant to know, and usually locked away in the deepest archives of old scholarly libraries, including those in Arkham, Massachusetts.
While some may argue that his writing style is somewhat lacking, there is no doubt that he remains one of, if not the, most influential horror writers (or writer of weird tales)of all time.
Celebrate today by reading one of his stories , or if you are in the Austin, Texas are, you could attend the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival .
Personally, I highly recommend the short, silent film "The Call of Cthulhu" made by members of the The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society available through their website or through Lurker Films. Both places also have all sorts of other cool Lovecraft items for sale. If you order, feel free to get me something too.
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