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17 May 2017, 3:03 pm

I am less of a fan and more a fan of what he helped create. Cthulhu is one of the greatest monsters/universes ever created. Also he brought about one of my favorite authors of all time Brian Lumley.


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17 May 2017, 3:37 pm

Kraichgauer wrote:
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My favorite is The Shadow over Innsmouth


Have you seen the two recent movies based on that story, Dagon, and Cthulhu?


No, but they seem very interesting



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17 May 2017, 3:41 pm

W91T wrote:
Kraichgauer wrote:
W91T wrote:
My favorite is The Shadow over Innsmouth


Have you seen the two recent movies based on that story, Dagon, and Cthulhu?


No, but they seem very interesting


The settings and the times are different, but the storylines of both movies are clearly based on The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Both should be available to buy or rent.


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18 May 2017, 12:23 pm

i think it is impossible and meaningless to make screen versions of Lovecraft's stories.



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18 May 2017, 12:54 pm

JLD wrote:
i think it is impossible and meaningless to make screen versions of Lovecraft's stories.


I dunno. S.T. Joshi, who many feel is the leading Lovecraft literary scholar, has described the movie Cthulhu as the truest to the spirit of Lovecraft's Mythos.


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27 May 2017, 10:05 am

One that really sticks with me is "The Rats in the Walls." It starts out a creepy little haunted-house tale, then escalates. Has that claustrophobic atmosphere he does so well, in spades. (Gravediggers' spades.) And yes, it has HPL's problematic obsession with "tainted blood," which I swear drives more of his stories than the Cthulhu Mythos did. That book by Houlebeque, "Against the World, Against Life" makes a pretty good argument that his genius was tied up with his pathological racism.

"The Dunwich Horror" is another favourite of mine: again there's the long build up, and you think you know what's coming. Then the monster reveals take it a whole step further.

I think it's "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" where the villain keeps several huge gelatinous shoggoths in deep pits beneath his basement. They've been jumping up and down, trying to get out, with no food or drink, for the past 90 years. That's an image no other writer could have come up with.


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