Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SUPERNATURAL HORROR (proto-lovecraftian)

If you are a fan of HP Lovecraft, be sure to dig into his influences.  Here are a couple of my fav proto-Lovecraftian tales of suernatural horror.

The Hog (from the "Carnacki The Ghost-Finder" series)
This tale is completely bonkers absurd, and yet its carried off to a stunning success. 

'I had cleared the floor entirely, all but the exact centre where I had placed a glass-legged, upholstered table, a pile of vacuum tubes and batteries, and three pieces of special apparatus which my experiment required.
'"Now Bains," I called, "come and stand over here by this table. Don't move about. I've got to erect a protective 'barrier' round us, and on no account must either of us cross over it by even so much as a hand or foot, once it is built."
'We went over to the middle of the room, and he stood by the glass-legged table while I began to fit the vacuum tubing together round us.
'I intended to use the new spectrum "defense" which I have been perfecting lately. This, I must tell you, consists of seven glass vacuum circles with the red on the outside, and the colour circles lying inside it, in the order of orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

The Willows  by Algernon Blackwood
Lovecraft credits this story as the greatest piece fo super natural horror ever written.  It's damned good.  (hmmm maybe Ive posted this before?  If so, its worth posting again - its a must read)