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Suffering from a bad case of cosmic dread? Have you voyaged too far into the midst of the black seas of infinity? Concerned about invisible abominations stalking you in the dead of night? Fortunately, there's help. (SLYT).
posted by clockworkjoe (20 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
I think that flying polyp is my neighbor.
posted by Holy foxy moxie batman! at 11:25 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fantastic!
posted by Caduceus at 11:26 AM on March 17, 2009


Brilliant.
posted by ook at 11:26 AM on March 17, 2009


Derlethism.
posted by Artw at 11:39 AM on March 17, 2009


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posted by FatherDagon at 11:52 AM on March 17, 2009 [12 favorites]


FatherDagon: eponysterical
posted by ryoshu at 12:11 PM on March 17, 2009


This is your brain on fungi from Yuggoth.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 12:18 PM on March 17, 2009


well this seems a good a place as any for this....
posted by askmehow at 12:33 PM on March 17, 2009


I and I prefer Natty Dread to cosmic dread.
posted by tommasz at 1:27 PM on March 17, 2009


Consult your physician immediately if you experience an erection lasting more than 4 million years.
posted by jbickers at 1:51 PM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


Artw: Derlethism.

It's been ages since I've read Lovecraft and he's a bit hard to return to as a writer so my memory for what's Lovecraft and what's Derleth is a bit frayed but nothing in the video struck me as not from Lovecraft.

Also, one day I need to figure out if anything of Derleth's is worth reading. His reputation as a writer is rather poor but it would be interesting to sift for gems, at least in his Cthulhu Mythos stuff. Though I've heard that of the early adopters of the Mythos Fritz Leiber was the only one who wrote anything of worth.
posted by Kattullus at 5:40 PM on March 17, 2009


Uh-huh. You're going to take advice from a Yithian?

What, you didn't know?
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:20 PM on March 17, 2009


Ah, there we go.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:40 PM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


They have a natural - OK, sort of... - enemy: "When they attempted to colonize the oceans, the polyps were driven back by the Elder Things."* Well, maybe it's a good thing that their eldritch foes, which seem to have survived to this day after a fashion, are not as formidable as they once were....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 9:49 PM on March 17, 2009


It's been ages since I've read Lovecraft and he's a bit hard to return to as a writer...

You know, I've never been really sure why the "Lovecraft is racist" trope is so persistent. Yes, frequently the non-white people in his fiction are primitive, inbred, and monstrous ... but then, so are the white fishermen from New England. Seems obvious to me that the commentary is on secluded communities of all types, not minorities.
posted by Amanojaku at 3:02 PM on March 18, 2009


It's been ages since I've read Lovecraft and he's a bit hard to return to as a writer so my memory for what's Lovecraft and what's Derleth is a bit frayed but nothing in the video struck me as not from Lovecraft.

Elder Signs first cropped up in Shadow over Innsmouth, and so are from Lovecraft, but IIRC it was Derleth who picked up the idea and had his characters running around waving them about like characters waving crucifixes in a Hammer horror film.
posted by Artw at 3:36 PM on March 18, 2009


You know, I've never been really sure why the "Lovecraft is racist" trope is so persistent.

Well, there's this.

However I suspect that a big part of it is that he's often the only writer people have read from that long ago.
posted by Artw at 3:39 PM on March 18, 2009


Well, there's this.

Oh, yeah, that'd do it.
posted by Amanojaku at 8:34 PM on March 18, 2009


The Lovecraft
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:26 AM on March 19, 2009


Nice. Thanks, clockworkjoe.
posted by homunculus at 12:18 PM on March 20, 2009


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