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15/02/2019 9:16 pm  

Was thinking of Jan and Evil Genius after seeing the HP Lovecraft book in my office.

"Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness."  The Outsider

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"the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear fear of the unknown." Supernatural Horror in Literature

 

I greatly appreciate our conversations gentleman regarding both fiction and non-fiction literature.  A great way to pass some time.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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15/02/2019 10:51 pm  

itual realms.This is my favorite: "The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from everyday life."

This a close second: "To me, there is nothing but puerility in a tale in which the human form - and local human passions and conditions and standards - are depicted as native to other worlds and universes."

Here is an admitted  atheist who wrote  tales of spiritual realms  outside of this world.   His posthumous popularity is something I accept as evidence of his own spiritual afterlife. The spirit of his words do live on regardless of his opinions on immortality.

He did give this opinion: "Personally, I would not care for immortality in the least. There is nothing better than oblivion, since in oblivion there is no wish unfulfilled. We had it before we were born yet did not complain. Shall we whine because we know it will return? It is Elysium enough for me, at any rate."

 

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I was bound to be misunderstood, and I laugh at the idiots who misunderstand me! Kind mockery toward the well-intentioned and unfettered cruelty toward all would-be prison guards of my creative possibilities. In this way I learn to revel as much in misunderstanding as in understanding and take pleasure in worthy opponents. Making language fluid, flowing like a river, yet precise and pointed as a dirk, contradicts the socialistic purpose of language and makes for a wonderful verbal dance—a linguistic martial art with constant parries that hone the weapon that is the two edged sword of my mouth.


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15/02/2019 11:04 pm  

I saw this once on a meme of a cat being ran over by a vacuum cleaner. 

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” ~ Frank Herbert, Dune

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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16/02/2019 12:34 am  

Big Lovecraft fan here Grebo, big fan of vintage Science Fiction/Fantasy from many authors for that matter!

Great quotes.

I have four decent sized bookcases filled with old DAW and ACE paperbacks, so, several hundred.

Asimov, Burroughs, Clarke, Dick, Leiber, Moorcock, Tolkien are a few of my favorites.

(Dick and Moorcock in the same sentence, just had to do it)


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16/02/2019 6:22 am  

For those of us who have never read Lovecraft where is a good place to start?


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16/02/2019 2:50 pm  

I am sure Gregbo would know. I am curious as well. Else, I will assume just in the order of publication.

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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16/02/2019 7:07 pm  
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Here is an admitted  atheist who wrote  tales of spiritual realms  outside of this world.   His posthumous popularity is something I accept as evidence of his own spiritual afterlife. The spirit of his words do live on regardless of his opinions on immortality.

 

 

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Check.  Given the lack of interest in his works while he lived, he certainly died in literary oblivion, yet was indeed reborn by the masses afterwards.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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16/02/2019 7:08 pm  
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I saw this once on a meme of a cat being ran over by a vacuum cleaner. 

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” ~ Frank Herbert, Dune

and in this absence will be tht pathway for going ones own way.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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16/02/2019 7:10 pm  

Check THX.  Sounds like our collections a very similar, though I branched out into Fantasy in the late 80's as a result of TSR / D&D marketing, pretty good stuff but nothing like the classics.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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16/02/2019 7:26 pm  
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For those of us who have never read Lovecraft where is a good place to start?

Almost any book can be used as a starting point as Lovecraft wrote in a singularly unique style.  The prose was antiquated and involved causing the reader to think and consider the text instead of just charging through the story.   The horror within the story manifests itself not so much as a physical manifestation, but an unknow horror on a much grander scale.  The underlying plots are cosmic in scope and have occurred over eons of time.  Humans are not capable of understanding the manitude nor overall implications of this cosmos.  Story characters never realize the whole truth of their ordeals and are always left with enough clues to know that there is a higher order and purpose to existance, just not one based upon human existance or civilization.

 

Regarding books: Dagon is a good introduction into the Cthulhu mythos, as is Dthe unwich Horror and the Lurking Fear also show some different writting styles.  I will offer that there are some stories that I do not care for, while I have read others over and over.  Picking up a Lovecraft Omnibus at a used book store would probably be your best bet.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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16/02/2019 7:31 pm  
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I am sure Gregbo would know. I am curious as well. Else, I will assume just in the order of publication.

Check.  The first phase is "fear of the unknown" and then the Cthulhu mythos. The first definitly leads to the second but the overwhelming thread is the man is not meant to know certain cosmic thruths and being man, will always be curious and try to learn more about them. 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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16/02/2019 11:51 pm  
Posted by: GregBO

Check THX.  Sounds like our collections a very similar, though I branched out into Fantasy in the late 80's as a result of TSR / D&D marketing, pretty good stuff but nothing like the classics.

I started with the Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms stuff from my early D&D days as a kid. Ever since then I have gone backwards in time through the Scifi/Fantasy library.


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17/02/2019 4:58 pm  

Check.  I stuck more to Forgotten Realms and some Ravenloft stuff, but never really appreciated the Spell Jammer or Dragon Lance material.  AD&D 1st edition is my preferece.

I still enjoy reading to watching movies to this day.  

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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17/02/2019 5:00 pm  

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence. 
- Henrik Tikkanen

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Received the above via mail yesterday, coincidence or a result of a higher purpose. 🙂  Lovecraft would say that I best tread with caution!!!

 

 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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17/02/2019 5:30 pm  
Posted by: GregBO

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence. 
- Henrik Tikkanen

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Received the above via mail yesterday, coincidence or a result of a higher purpose. 🙂  Lovecraft would say that I best tread with caution!!!

 

 

Thanks GB!

That explains why I'm a crazy motherfucker!  


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17/02/2019 5:33 pm  

A high functioning crazy MF indeed!  🤔  😎 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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23/10/2019 12:31 am  

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

Attributed to Algernon Blackwood,  an English broadcasting narrator, journalist, novelist and short story writer, and among the most prolific ghost story writers in the history of the genre.

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft  Weird Tales 1928

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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23/10/2019 12:39 am  

The below URL provides background into H.P. Lovecraft's life.

https://newrepublic.com/article/119996/hp-lovecrafts-philosophy-horror

Worth a quick look if you want to know a little more about the author.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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06/11/2019 8:18 pm  

No new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace.  The Best Weird Tales

H.P. Lovecraft  

 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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06/11/2019 8:19 pm  

“Wise men told him his simple fancies were inane and childish, and even more absurd because their actors persist in fancying them full of meaning and purpose as the blind cosmos grinds aimlessly on from nothing to something and from something back to nothing again, neither heeding nor knowing the wishes or existence of the minds that flicker for a second now and then in the darkness.”

The Necronomicon H.P. Lovecraft

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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