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Lovecraft And Priestcraft [May. 30th, 2006|09:32 am]
Tony Grist
A friend of a friend is frightened of demons. He puts it down to being a fan of Lovecraft's. And he puts the Lovecraft thing down to his good, old-fashioned Catholic education.

I can't be doing with Lovecraft. I find him completely over the top. He doesn't frighten me because I  don't believe in his mythos.

Maybe you need to have been brought up as a certain kind of Christian- traditional Catholic or hell-fire Protestant- to find Lovecraft frightening.

I was brought up as an Anglican with an elusive God who "moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform" and so the spook stuff that ruffles my feathers is the hinty, blink-and-you'll-miss-it English ghost story, as purveyed by the likes of M.R. James and Robert Aickman.

From: ex_kharin447
2006-05-30 12:24 pm (UTC)
As a genre, horror is not well known for the calibre of its writers. Its works tend to succeed in spite of, rather than because, of their authors. In the case of Lovecraft, the author triumphantly managed to drag his work down with him though...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-05-30 12:37 pm (UTC)
I must admit I haven't read much horror- and only enough Lovecraft to know that I hate him. The genre just doesn't attract me.

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