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by August Derleth,H.P. Lovecraft

The legend of a prehuman evil race expelled from the earth inspired these tales by H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Howard, August Derleth, and other fantasy writers
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ISBN: 034524687X
ISBN13: 978-0345246875
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: August Derleth,H.P. Lovecraft
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 12, 1975)
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Given Lovecraft's reclusive personality, his learning in chemistry and astronomy, and his love of the 18th Century, he might have experienced an alienation from nature, where the Mechanical Workings of the Universe appeared not only self constructing, but also self perpetuating, and as a result, without the need of a creator. How does one realign one's association with the natural, and the unnerving feeling of being alone in an existence lacking any rational, or appealing explanation? Lovecraft protests that the most "merciful" aspect of this unsettling state is that the human mind cannot correlate all of the aspects of reality revealed by science without going mad. So, Lovecraft, turning away from the natural, creates the preternatural.....natural creations with maddening aspects known only to the ignorant, whose powers of entertaining these maddening thoughts are particularly well suited to describing the effects of experiencing nature, "as it is". A particularly characteristic property of Lovecraft's stories in such encounters, is that all is logical, systematic and cooly rational until the point of the story is made evident. Then, even the effects of scientific education and rationality fall away in the face of the unsuspected permutations of the familiar not sufficiently known until a sudden revelation occurs. As Nietzsche puts the matter, in ultimate reality even scientific superstitions fall away. To frame this new perspective, Lovecraft developed Pantheons of gods, including the Old Ones, who, after initially coming to Earth in ages long past, have been forced into exile...where they wait to regain their rightful place of power...meanwhile making rare appearance to the unsuspecting observers. These Old Ones are ghastly beyond belief...and the hapless to whom they appear...are driven mad by the experience....or, if not, never wanting to discuss the experience with anyone again. Lovecraft's reaction to the advances of science, and humanity's doubtful significance in it, is tangentially related to that of Wordsworth who rails against science, who "murders to dissect", instead of experiencing the edification for the human spirit provided by Nature in its unaffected state. These two stances, Lovecraft's and Wordsworth's, therefore appear two diametrically opposed adjustments to mankind's coming to terms with a new vision of the natural world provided by science: Wordsworth's, in the insightful verses of, "The Prelude..." and other long poems, and Lovecraft's in the two volumes of, "Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos." Both of these sources can be read as extreme examples of rational plasticity. Oddly, Cthulhu of Lovecraft's Mythos, depicted by many with octopoid facial and bodily characteristics shares these features with the creature, the Kraken, in the Tennyson poem of that name. Behavioral similarities are not to go unnoticed:

Below the thunders of the upper deep
Far far beneath the abysmal sea,
His antient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep,
The Kraken sleepeth: faint sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant fins the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by men and angels to be seen
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
A "must have" for the classic horror reader. The stories convey a creeping dread which is especially relevant in this age of alien abductions & UFO sightings! We know nothing....
Haven't got a chance to thumb thru yet.. Nice price and couldnt have come @ a better time! Good times.
book was shown with dust jacket and I guess they thought dust jacket was real cool so they kept dust jacket. If the book had no dust jacket why did you show book with one???
How the brain creates a model of reality, and what are the limitations of the methodologies by which the models are achieved are not the principal intentions of the authors of the short stories, but for the reader wanting to enhance the effects of these stories, the possible answers to such questions might well be a motivation. Two stories .are provided by Clark Ashton Smith, one of the three of the Lovecraft Circle, including himself, Lovecraft and Howard.. In one of these stories, an amateur anthropologist discovers a gemin an antique store, which when he stares into it puts him in contact with an ancient Seer, and the events by which the present Earth emerged from the most ancient of times. Now, modern thinking would suggest that the gem must contain information in the sense of Blake and Information Theorists for whom one might see"the whole world in a grain of sand" . And, if the information were available, how would the brain put is to use? Here, Neurobiologists suggest that in the brain includes consortia of neurons by which tentative models are stored and quickly put to use in novel situations to formulate a tentative model. Profitably, the works of Proust might be referred to in Swann's Way, where a child describes how on waking suddenly, he gradually formulates a model based on certain possibilities (memories) his brain already contained. Now in Smith's story, the gazer into the gem has never encountered any of the mysterious visions...and since there are no memories of these already existent, how would the brain proceed except in the most prosaic of terms? Here, Smith is quite skilled, calling on the images of form and formlessness. Here one might rely on the thoughts of the noted science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick who points out (??) that most brains share the same view of reality - the "consensus gentium." - and communication is possible. And further, a few "Seers" develop a view tangential to the most common, and in doing so develop a viewpoint possibly closer to "reality". Under these circumstances, the typical mind is "mystified". "scared", or gets "goose bumps". To the same typical minds, the imaginative minds seem "odd" or even "crazy". In his story, Smith imagines a formless "Ubbo" living in dank fens, creeping over stone tablets left by Lovecraft's "Old Ones" as they retreated into the dark oblivion long before man's origins in the most ancient of Earth's past. All of the stories in this collection call upon the reader to develop a viewpoint tangentially related to the consensus by which a truer view can be achieved. To achieve the effects of the stories, read this original 1971 Beagle edition, preferably with tanned pages and worn appearance approaching the feel of Lovecraft's Necronomicon, and at the hours between 11:30 PM to 2:30 AM when the brain is most able to develop the divergent viewpoint. You might well encounter what Yeats meant by and Joyce echoed, "the most seductive and at the same time sinister phrase, the 'white breast of the dim sea'....." (M.L. Rosenthal).