Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
There will be an increase in H.P. Lovecraft post here at DCotU. Why? You might ask. Ratings. After about two and half years of posting blogs I get 12-20 a day hits by search engines. And 6-10 are for the post, Is the Cthulhu Mythos real? And about 3-6 hits on other Lovecraft posts. So it makes sense that the blog will become more Lovecraft-centric.
Now that doesn’t mean that I will be dropping other type of posts and stop writing about other subjects. If I have to be pigeon holed, well there are worst subjects to be associated with. I do not claim to be the Lovecraft scholar that S.T. Joshi, Robert M. Price or Sandy Peterson are, but among my peers it is pretty much assumed that I am Cthulhu Mythos expert in the group. I have also done much research on the subject and have much to say about HPL and his effect on writing and culture.
2015 has brought us many headlines due to racism, and when I write about Lovecraft I cannot shy away from his unfortunate views on non-whites. Racism in Lovecraft’s writing is almost comical. Not comical in fact that it is kind of pathetic. His description of the black boxer in Herbert West Reanimator. The use of the N-word in the name of a cat, in Rats in the wall, or the his descriptions of immigrants in The Horror at Red Hook, see ridiculously dated. But what is truly repulsive is some of his personal correspondences where he claimed lynching is better than race mixing.
No matter how reprehensive I think his view were, I do not think HPL should be just pushed off in to the garbage bin of literature history. About fifteen years ago I came across an article about Gandhi, by Solomon Rushdie. I thought the article was rather unflattering but I will always remember how Rushdie explained that seeing Gandhi as a real human with flaws made him more interesting than painting picture of his as a modern saint. I in no way am comparing Lovecraft to one of the greatest men in the twentieth century. But I do feel that an artist should be venerated for his work despite his personal views, and that he should seen as human as warts and all.
The part that fascinate me the most about HPL is his effect on culture and pop culture, and that is what I want to focus on. I still think a full seven decades after his death Lovecraft is a prime factor in not only horror but also storytelling and I am looking forward to developing in deeper on his contributions.