What's your favorite Lovecraft story /lit/?
Mine has got to be The Whisperer in Darkness, it wove together his influences and own creativity perfectly. This story is definitely one of his more original ones, showcasing his strengths. Another reason I enjoyed it may of been because this was the only Lovecraft story to genuinely unnerve me since reading The Colour Out of Space. His stories are always frightening for their implications, but the actual suspense and paranoia in this story is very much horrifying on it's own, rather than heavily relying on his broader themes.
Whisperer. The bug people, the transferal of consciousness into machines, the corpse puppet, hot damn. The only annoying part is that they just flap away into space, that's just dumb... Unless Pynchon is right and it is ether.
Rats and The Call of Cthulhu were excellent too.
They also weren't people... what's your point?
Clearly they are bug people.
Interesting depiction in pic related. God damn that story is fucking creepy.
I thought we were posting random Lovecraft bestiary.
I agree about Whisperer. I also thought it was great how the Mi-Go were able to plausibly appeal to one's open-mindedness. The Shadow Over Innsmouth had the same thing going on, to some extent.
I loved all the implications in The Thing on the Doorstep. That story and Charles Dexter Ward make it clear Lovecraft could have produced some great longer works of he had lived longer.
I like Music of Erich Zann for short pieces, Shadow over Innsmouth for longer stuff.
Also what was the one about the house in Kingsport on the edge of a cliff a guy lives in? I can't for the life of me remember its name but it was weird as shit.
>"Last night among the gunfire, I hear voices. They were talking to me."
My favorite always has actually been the prose piece Nyarlathotep, just because I really love the implication of one of these horrible monstrosities that's actively fucking with humanity instead of just waiting to be stumbled upon.
I'm still a little bit of a scrub when it comes to Lovecraft. Are there any essential stories featuring Nyarlathotep?
I was reading Claw of the Conciliator and there's a scene where Severian was lying on his back, observing the night sky. Gene Wolfe started a nice paragraph about how the void of space makes a person lose his grip on terra firma and I was enjoying it until I envisioned a tentacle faggot claiming that passage was 'Lovecraftian'.
I think Lovecraft threads are worse than Tao Lin because the fanbase is genuinely retarded, not a simple case of shilling. Lovecraft is the Undertale of /lit/.
Is this supposed to be funny? You slamming lovecraft and talking up gene wolfe?
They certainly write the same tier of fiction seems like you've been "epic memed" attempting to please the lit hivemind.
i'll give that one a read then i'll get back how i feel later today
ok i went ahead and read it, i thought the ending was comfy the way it went back to that dreamy paragraph.
seemed to me was a reference about some other gods (predating the elders) that are usurping the brightness and imagintiveness and expeditionary mentality of red blooded young men through the flush door at the vertiginous peak of this geologic anomaly.
I guess that's one way of looking at it. Another possibility is that the protagonist (and later, others) find a way to leave the grinding
womanlybullshit of the waking world behind, finding fulfillment in dreams realer than reality. It wasn't like the sleepy New England village was exactly providing an outlet for the vigor and intellect of its young men, was it?
that's interesting very good. the dream could also be a drug reference, actually i think a lot of his stuff is either related to indirectly related to drug use.
ive read: Alchemist, At the Mountains of Madness, Azathoth, Beast in the Cave, Call of Cthulhu, Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Celephaïs, Colour out of Space, Dagon, Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, Dreams in the Witch House, Dunwich Horror, Herbert West Reanimator, History of the Necronomicon, Horror at Red Hook, Hypnos, Ibid, Music of Erich Zann, Other Gods, Outsider (1921) Pickman’s Model, Picture in the House, Quest of Iranon, Rats in the Walls, Shadow out of Time, Shadow over Innsmouth, Silver Key, Temple, Tomb, Under the Pyramids, Whisperer in Darkness
did you like any of those?
i preferred: rats in the walls, shadow over innsmouth, horror at red hook, dreams in the witchhouse, under the pyramids, at the mountains of madness, dream quest of unknown kadath