H.P. Lovecraft: Nightmare Countries: The Master of Cosmic Horror - S.T. Joshi

Happy Lovecraft


Hey - I don't give a shit - in the right light, Lovecraft was a respectable looking gent!


Am reading this biography of Lovecraft that I got for a buck at my work when it was on clearance, and came across this bomb-ass quote that describes Lovecraft's dead-seriousness towards his subject matter, and explains the perfect attitude for a writer of the weird:


"Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large. To me there is nothing but puerility in a tale in which the human form—and the local human passions and conditions and standards—are depicted as native to other worlds or other universes. To achieve the essence of real externality, whether of time or space or dimension, one must forget that such things as organic life, good and evil, love and hate, and all such local attributes of a negligible and temporary race called mankind, have any existence at all. Only the human scenes and characters must have human qualities. These must be handled with unsparing realism, (not catch-penny romanticism) but when we cross the line to the boundless and hideous unknown—the shadow-haunted Outside—we must remember to leave our humanity—and terrestrialism at the threshold.


(Letter to Farnsworth Wright, 5 July 1927)


And, seriously, if you think that Lovecraft was a friendless recluse with no active life, then you are in desperate need of some serious research  You ass.  'Cause he totally wasn't, to the tune of being what is supposed to be the second most prolific letter writer in history.