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yock's Lovecraftathon: The Tomb

Posted by yockenthwaite , 29 July 2017 · 1,088 views

Pushing ahead with one more story review before the end of this month it's nice to get to a longer piece again. I like short stories, but often they are just too short for me, too slight, or too thin an idea padded out. This one looks like a good length, though whether it uses that length well I'll find out shortly as I read. 
Again first person narr...


yock's Lovecraftathon: The Tree

Posted by yockenthwaite , 27 July 2017 · 414 views

Pushing on in the hope of a better experience I reach "The Tree", which seems to be set in Greece, long ago. 
The opening descriptive passage is evocative, but also rather clumsily written for me. I find it a hard read in places, and the text doesn't flow as it should do. But things improve after then for me, as the story moves on to recount the stor...


yock's Lovecraftathon: The Terrible Old Man

Posted by yockenthwaite , 27 July 2017 · 346 views

From the beginning this story feels reminiscent of "The Street", and not in a good way. Although the three criminals are referred to as "Messrs" and "gentlemen", which is somewhat respectful, their names clearly suggest immigrant families, even before this is made clear later, and the association with them of crime is uncomfortable to this modern reader....


yock's Lovecraftathon: The Crawling Chaos

Posted by yockenthwaite , 29 June 2017 · 442 views

(with Winifred Virginia Jackson - based on her dream, text written by Lovecraft) 
Pushing straight on, this is a relatively short story, but at the start I'm finding it a really hard read. The text doesn't flow for me, and I need to work hard to read each sentence. To be fair it is describing an opium dream, but I feel that should be more dreamlike,...


yock's Lovecraftathon: Facts concerning the late Arthur Jermyn and his family

Posted by yockenthwaite , 28 June 2017 · 408 views

I know very little about this story in advance, except that it has a lot of genealogical content in it. I'm expecting dodgy ancestral lines to show up too. I do know that Lovecraft had problematic family history, in terms of mental health, so it will be interesting to see where this story goes with things. 
I'm curious about the collection of Wade Je...


Reading two Hugo Award shortlisted Lovecraftian stories

Posted by yockenthwaite , 15 June 2017 · 473 views

I’m currently judging shortlisted items for the Hugo Awards presented at the World Science Fiction convention each year, and in 2017 to be held in Helsinki, Finland. Note that "scifi" reference there is a bit misleading: the awards cover fantasy and horror too, and are not just pure scifi. 
In this year’s awards the Novel category does lean heavily...


yock's Lovecraftathon: Ex Oblivione

Posted by yockenthwaite , 16 May 2017 · 556 views

This is a really short one, so I'm going to push straight on and do it too. 
I'm curious about who the narrator is, from the word go. They don't seem to be identified positively, but it's quite a leap into the short story, without fuller introduction, and I rather like this. But if I had to guess I'd assume it was an older person, near the end of the...


yock's Lovecraftathon: The Street

Posted by yockenthwaite , 16 May 2017 · 548 views

Mainly just jotting down notes this time.
Crikey he really likes Britain (yes I already knew) - the "Blessed Isles"
Intriguing sense of space evolving over time, though as I read I can't help but think of the "Anno" series of city-building computer video games ...
I'm also thinking of Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" and incomers bringing their ideologies wi...


yock's Lovecraftathon: Polaris

Posted by yockenthwaite , 12 May 2017 · 575 views

First thought is wondering about what sort of light pollution levels - or not - Lovecraft had in Providence, and what sort of views he got of the night sky relative to modern-day viewers. I know he has written a lot about his astronomy experiences, and in newspaper articles. But it can be difficult at times to reconstruct the clarity with which people in...


yock's Lovecraftathon: Nyarlathotep

Posted by yockenthwaite , 27 March 2017 · 555 views

Now this should be interesting for me. I've played in a Call of Cthulhu RPG game where we met Nyarlathotep. We all survived, but he escaped through time, off to ancient Egypt. Wonder if we will meet him again later in the campaign? Anyway that's for another day, but it is nice for me to read about a Mythos creature I've encountered in game before.