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Free Book Friday III

Free Book Friday this week unleashes the horror that is HP Lovecraft.

Wiki gives us the following insight into one of the unsung heroes of the modern short story, but for me without Lovecraft we have no King - that simple.

 CoverAt the Mountains of Madness"Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of Enlightenment, Romanticist, and Christian humanism. Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality."

This page contains a collection of most of Lovecraft's work, though I would suggest At The Mountains of Madness as a good starting point. 

  • Go here to read more about Lovecraft.
  • This site gives an in depth study of Lovecraft's work.
  • If you fancy a free audio copy of The Call of Cthulhu then this is the place for you.

Oh yeah and below is the first part of a five part documentary - essential watching and Neil Gaiman's thought's on the writer. 

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Jon M

Fond memories of reading HP Lovecraft as a teenager. Thanks for this!

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