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- Arthur B on A Lullaby To Close Your Eyes at 10:44 on 28-10-2016 - link He Is A Good Boy is a great webcomic in general because it's by K.C. Green, but the latest plot arc - starting here - is a really dead-on Silent Hill 4 parody.
Ronan Wills on Dissecting Lovecraft Part 5: Home Again, Home Again, Cthulhu Fhtagn
at 19:31 on 24-10-2016 - link
The author must forget all about "short story technique" and build up a stark simple account, full of homely corroborative details, just as if he were actually trying to "put across" a deception in real life…
This reminds me a lot of the approach taken by authors of Creepypasta and similar internet horror stories. I wonder if there's a direct line of inspiration there?
Ichneumon on Dissecting Lovecraft Part 4: It's Not Easy Marrying Greene
at 11:44 on 21-10-2016 - link
...including an eldritch far future where the city is full of Asians dancing to dubstep.
I completely and utterly fucking lost it at this line. Thank you for making my night.
Robinson L on Dissecting Lovecraft Part 1: Juvenile Racist Pagan Sleuth At Large
at 22:30 on 15-10-2016 - link
Even more fascinating. I apply awe and wonder to pretty much every area I engage with, but terror and, if not nihilism, deep cynicism I save for culture and politics. (ptolemaeus recently accused me of being more jaded than anyone alive, or words to that effect, when I referred to Edward Snowden as being naive.)
But in terms of Lovecraft, given what you’ve written about his youthful enthusiasm for astronomy, I suppose that makes sense, and it reinforces my feeling that reading the better Lovecraft cosmic stories would be a good idea for me.
- Robinson L on Kickstopper: Goblin-Flavoured Diversions at 15:00 on 15-10-2016 - link I bow to your superior experience, then.
- Arthur B on Kickstopper: Goblin-Flavoured Diversions at 12:21 on 15-10-2016 - link Ah, I've seen slightly too many conversations about Paranoia descend into overplayed in-jokes so I wanted to nip it in the bud.
Robinson L on Kickstopper: Goblin-Flavoured Diversions
at 03:30 on 15-10-2016 - link
Arthur: Citizens: tired conversation-paralysing Paranoia in-jokes are best deployed in a forum where I don't have disemvowel privileges. Shall we stop now? ;)
Aww, but I was having fun with it (and I wouldn't know Paranoia from Candy Land). Still, perhaps it's best you intervened before the joke started to grow stale.
Arthur B on Dissecting Lovecraft Part 4: It's Not Easy Marrying Greene
at 10:30 on 11-10-2016 - link
Does anyone know why Lovecraft didn't just move to the Midwest with Sonia? It always seemed weird considering as far as I can tell, he refused to take any ordinary jobs and just did jobbing writing.
That's probably a question that won't ever get definitively answered due to Sonia burning all her letters from Lovecraft, but my impression from I Am Providence was that Sonia's Midwest jobs were only meant to be temporary arrangements until she could get a secure position in the industry in New York, and Lovecraft was staying behind effectively to allow the couple to maintain a foothold there.
On top of that, Lovecraft was already very homesick in a big city with decent transport links back to Providence and a bunch of his writing buddies looking out for him. Transplanting him even further away from home and isolating him from his friends would have probably finished him off.