I finally, out of curiosity, looked into a writer named H.P. Lovecraft. He is not funny like P.G. Wodehouse (who I love and should really read more). He is not a man of faith like C. S. Lewis. He was an American fiction writer in the lines of Edgar Allen Poe from the early 1900s.
The reason I was curious is that his name came up more than once in reading online stuff about Lost mythology. The Lost TV writers seemed to be influenced from everything from ancient Egyptian religion to Star Wars and Lovecraft kept popping up.
He wrote a lot of short stories dealing with horror, macabre, weird stuff and they are fun. With Halloween coming up, it’s perfect timing to read some scary stories.
Many of the short stories are first-person narratives, from the point of view of one who survived a horror, or knew the people involved. The narrator is often a skeptic who through following up on other people’s stories, experiences something bizarre.
I can’t even say much without spoiling them. Many have a surprise twist at the end like Pickman’s Model. One of the better ones so far is The Colour Out of Space, which is about a meteor that leads to lots of trouble for one family. The Rats in the Wall is about a man who finds and buys a house that belonged to his ancestors but holds a horrible secret. It has been the creepiest I have read so far.
How come I never heard of him in school when I read so much more fiction and loved Poe?
Any Lovecraft fans out there?
Here are some non-fiction and non-religious books I would like to read in the next year (also my Christmas List in case Santa is reading):
The Book of Basketball: The NBA according to the Sports Guy by Bill Simmons
Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance bySteven Levitt and Stephen Dunbar
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson