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Initial post: 27 Jan 2013, 21:07:39 GMT
AJ says:
Any one into this author?
Ive read one or two short stories, watched the excellent Dagon movie ,after being introduced to Lovecraft via US metal act Metallica who have a couple of related tracks. Ive also ripped a few audiobooks of YouTube.

Can anyone recommend anything? I've also been told of a similiar author - Clarke Ashton Smith but know little of him??

Posted on 27 Jan 2013, 22:05:22 GMT
Lisa Pollard says:
At the Mountains of Madness
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Call of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror

A shame, but the major studios caused the collapse of a Guillermo del Toro adaptation of At the Mountains by requesting a PG rating. Bonkers. You may well also enjoy the work of E.A. Poe (things like The Fall of the House of Usher, Goldbug etc). Any collection of either's short stories is worth a read though.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013, 22:15:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013, 22:19:09 GMT
M. Jolliff says:
For Clarke Ashton Smith check
CAS and Lovecraft are the two main originators of the Cthulu mythos which has been hugely influential in Sci-fi and Weird literature and film. At the Mountains of Madness,The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) are probably the must reads. For a more modern twist on the mythos checkThe Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files)
While del Toro didn't get to adapt ATMOM check the trailers for Pacific Rim. Heavy influence of old HPL if Im not much mistaken.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013, 22:56:23 GMT
gille liath says:
There used to be an omnibus with Mountains of Madness, The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward and Dreams in the Witch House. They're all amongst his best things.

Posted on 28 Jan 2013, 05:46:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2013, 06:02:38 GMT
WH says:
I would recommend starting with The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales (H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus, Book 3): Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales No. 3. This includes most of his best tales (as per Lisa Pollard's message above, plus The Haunter of the Dark). At the Mountains of Madness is in the Omnibus Book 1 - it's great, but as a novel you might want to build up to that (as well as The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward). Book 2 contains his more minor stuff (this includes Dagon - I thought that film was great as well, but it's really based on The Shadow over Innsmouth).

Personally, I never got Clarke Ashton Smith - he seemed to me to share Lovecraft's Lord Dunsany moments (a rather fey style of writing very popular in the Edwardian period, but which hasn't aged at all well in my opinion) Edgar Allen Poe is much better.

The following comment is very poor, so I do apologise, but I've liked HPL for a very long time and did actually try a couple of stories in his style: Hecate and Mab. I apologise wholeheartedly for what will look like (and is!) self-promotion, but these are homages to HPL set in the 21st century.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013, 06:01:21 GMT
WH says:
Such a shame about the collapse of ATMofM - I'd been waiting for that for so long!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013, 11:18:57 GMT
Lisa Pollard says:
I will! Would be nice to have a proper HPL film, I've not seen Dagon mentioned below, but the rest of them have been quite awful. The line of patronage from HPL is an interesting bunch of authors - August Derleth, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Lumley etc. None of them are as good as Poe or HPL, but there are some good books between them all. Arkham - one of the towns in HPL's work also being the name of Gotham's asylum of course.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013, 11:20:35 GMT
Lisa Pollard says:
You wouldn't be the first - everyone from Stephen King to Neil Gaiman has written an homage piece to Lovecraft. It's like a rite of passage for horror authors.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013, 11:21:55 GMT
Lisa Pollard says:
Same here, stupid Hollywood, they've probably decided they'd rather reboot the Spiderman series again instead.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013, 14:03:39 GMT
WH says:
I used to devour Ramsey Campbell and Brian Lumley, but as I got older there were elements of psychosexual sadism that tended to turn me off. I realise I do have to qualify slightly my appreciation of Dagon: it's a good B movie that (by updating to the late 20th century) manages to stay relatively faithful to HPL's spirit - but you'd only consider it great if you've seen all the other dreadful ones!
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