Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Marvelous Unspeakable Horrors

So it happened... I actually read the last story in the Necronomicon. No not the book bound in human flesh, but a fantastic of collection of H. P. Lovecraft stories (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Necronomicon-Weird-Lovecraft-Fiction-GOLLANCZ/dp/0575081562/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335219267&sr=8-1). Wonderful weird tales indeed. I have been fascinated by Lovecraft's universe for a long time but never really read any of his stories. I was totally and utterly consumed by them! It took me a long time to read the book simply because I didn't want the marvels he imprinted in my mind to end, ever. I now understand why he is as renowned as he is, and I also think I understand why some people do not like his stories. They are always very descriptive and things do sometimes happen very slowly; however, by telling them like this I see him stretching out the feel of it all, which makes it even more effective on the mind. His universe of unspeakable horrors from other planets and dimensions had a profound impact on my thoughts, both while reading and afterwards. Lovecraft had an amazing ability to be utterly non-human and this I find extremely fascinating. I, as a human tend to compare things to myself, and I see and understand everything as a human. Which is limited to say the least. If we ever meet intelligent life from other places in the cosmos I hope that they are radically different from us. I hope they scare us! I do not hope that they in fact are evil as in Lovecraft's stories but that the difference of their being in itself is scary to us. Something we then must overcome, expand our minds and truly grow. To think of life, completely unlike any form of life I know, is magnificently fascinating to me, and somehow adding a bit of horror to it just makes it that much clearer. Fear we all know, and fear feels like a foreign entity trying to violate our sanity. It's good stuff. Love the book. I will forever be a huge Lovecraft fan.

So what was my favourite story? Well, I can't say exactly but one of them clear has to be "The Shadow Out of Time".

Note: The horrors of his stories does not make them scary to read, at least not for me. They are just wonderfully weird :)