Of Books and Reading (HP Lovecraft)

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


6 thoughts on “Of Books and Reading (HP Lovecraft)

  1. it took me a month to read the book. I couldn’t read it at night, too scary! the first time I tryed to read it at night , the coyotes started barking below my window 😕
    and when I was done reading it . the first time I went outside and a shadow from a bird flow over my head, I freak! 😦

    But am going to try and read it again 😉

  2. NB

    I loved Edgar Allen Poe stories too.

    Have you ever noticed that it’s worse to read a scary story than to watch a scary movie? Once I read scary stories, the words imprint on the backs of my eyelids and even when I close my eyes, my mind still reads them again, and again, and again, and again. Words are powerful!

    At least when I watch a scary movie, I can usually forget…of course it helps with forgetting when your eyes are closed, your fingers are plugging your ears, and you’re singing “Yanke Doodle” during the scary parts. 🙂

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