Lovecraft

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I have always fancied reading some Lovecraft.
I played a couple of PC games in the 1990's with a Lovecraftian theme but never did get round to it. Maybe I should try now.
Any recommendations for a first one to read?
 
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I'm quite fond of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and I regularly play the Call of Cthulhu RPG, which is based on his work. The thing about Lovecraft that you have to keep in mind is that he was madly inspired, wrote thousands of stories, finished few, and was (to some debatable degree) mad/deranged. I think he lived with his two spinster aunts and died of rectal cancer.

If you want to wet your feet with Lovecraft, I suggest reading the short story Shadow over Innsmouth, or the Mountains of Madness, or the Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

Lovecraft's writing style is old school--19th century old school. It can be difficult at times. Also, he can have trouble wrapping up a story in a "satisfying" manner. That said, his writing can have a delicious eerie quality, that I quite like. Scary stuff kiddies ... .

One of my friends told me that the best way to read Lovecraft is on a sick day when you're passing in and out of fever dreams. I haven't tried it yet, but he may be right.

:)

Ivan Cat
 
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Cheers ivancat,
I will look for some of those. I have played the Call of Cthulhu RPG too & really enjoyed it (I'm a game nut!)
ZaN
 

ZachWZ

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I read his short story a Color out of place. Which was the basis for the movie Die, monster, Die. It was good and weird. i am a little fuzy on what happened with the end at the end. but, I do understand what howed to the farm and farming family.

ZachWZ
 

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