Howard Lovecraft ” The Call Of Cthulhu»
For the average book lover, mystical literature is inextricably associated with two personalities: Edgar PoE and Stephen king. But between these two personalities in the time layer is located no less outstanding Creator, who in his work borrowed something from the first, and became a source of inspiration for the second, but it is his name that is remembered with much less reverence. His name is Howard Lovecraft.
The key creation of the writer without any hesitation can be called the mystical collection “the Call of Cthulhu”. It consists of eighteen stories of various sizes: from a couple of pages to full-fledged novels. By and large, this collection consists of classic stories for the creativity of Lovecraft, which, in many ways, embody all his literary experience. Well, the leading story, of course, is the eponymous story “the Call of Cthulhu”, the name of which is just listed on the cover of the book.
Stephen king called Lovecraft the dark Prince of twentieth-century horror stories. As for me-a very apt saying! But I would like to focus on the details – the modern master of horror called his mastermind a Prince, not a king. And if you look at the work of Lovecraft in the aggregate, you can find an explanation for this: some of the writer’s stories are tiresomely predictable and obvious, often the reader predicts the subsequent events of the story with a high probability, but even in this case – reads to the end. In any case, Lovecraft is read, and often – with gusto! Perhaps this is his special literary formula: being an atheist, he tried to compose horrors that are in no way connected with a religious basis, so his “monsters” and” monsters ” come from ancient times, from the depths of time and space, when humanity did not even exist.
What did Lovecraft write about?
Despite all the abundance of writing, most of Lovecraft’s stories can be clearly structured according to the following template:
Someone discovers something strange;
Terrible things happen to someone;
Someone is trying to find out more about what happened;
This someone learns more and begins to regret it;
This one goes mad or dies. And sometimes both.
This scenario is indeed repeated in many of his stories. And for greater effect of horror and mystery-something bad must happen to an innocent or defenseless person. In those stories where the acting character is purposefully searching for something Evil and Ancient, or trying to uncover the secrets of the supernatural, it is by default difficult to awaken a stronger sense of empathy for them. And if these horrors happen to people for no apparent reason, such a story is almost certain to produce a much deeper shock. This truth Lovecraft learned “perfectly”!
How did Lovecraft write?
The main period of Lovecraft’s work fell on the 20s and 30s of the last century. Of course, since then, a lot of time has passed, and the language has undergone radical changes, and we are not talking specifically about English, Russian or any other, but about the language as a universal tool of utterance! But with regard to Lovecraft, it seems that he deliberately extracts old sayings and phrases, thereby demonstrating his vocabulary, and it is quite difficult to understand whether these sayings are superfluous, or still appropriate. Nevertheless, such a peculiar thesaurus of the writer forms his unique style, which is not comparable to anyone and at the same time different from the rest.
In other words, the language of Lovecraft can be just as boring as the content of his stories, but for someone this form may well be a true source of aesthetic pleasure!
Unfortunately for Lovecraft himself, troubles and misadventures were observed not only in his work, but also in his life. He had not lived long enough to enjoy this world, though he was not likely to enjoy it! Having lived in poverty and terrible diseases, Howard Lovecraft never felt literary recognition during his lifetime, but left a rich legacy to descendants, which served as inspiration for numerous works of this genre.
Finally, I would like to say the following. The way Lovecraft formulated his ideas can be understood by reading the opening paragraph from the story ” the Call of Cthulhu»:
“The greatest mercy in our world is, in my opinion, the inability of the human mind to link together all that this world includes. We live on a quiet island of ignorance in the middle of the dark sea of infinity,and we should not be traveling far. The Sciences, each pulling in its own direction, have so far done us little harm; one day, however, the integration of the hitherto scattered fragments of knowledge will reveal to us such terrifying views of reality that we will either lose our minds from what we have seen, or try to hide from this disastrous enlightenment in the peace and security of the new middle ages.”
Personally, I would like to live to see the day when these disparate fragments come together, so that I can comprehend those terrifying aspects of reality.