Thursday, October 25, 2012
Thor's Day Hero: Howard Phillips Lovecraft
art copyright John Cebellero
Just saying his name, H.P. Lovecraft, evokes all kinds of immediate imagery. Here we are, about a week from Halloween, and I felt his induction into the Thor's Day Heroes was most timely. He's an author, alongside Edgar Allen Poe, some say one of our first proto-horror writers, but what he put down on paper was so much more.
I can't claim to have "love Lovecraft since high school" or some such, in fact it wasn't until the last couple of years that I really started reading his near hundred year-old work in earnest. Sure, it's horror, but it's also science fiction, and it's an imagination the likes we've not seen since. It's funny, sometimes reading one of his short stories you can easily predict where it is going and 'call it' pages before the big reveal, since it's been done so many times already. The catch is, he was the first one to do it.
It goes without saying his rich, otherworldly mythos that he crafted is just as stark and chilling today as it was alien back when he crafted it. It makes for good reading, makes for good gaming, it's just all around Elder goodness. Welcome aboard Howard!