October 31st, 2008

Tea-drinker par excellence

HPL, a man after his own heart

It dawned on me, after reading the excellent, thought-provoking and fun, Tour de Lovecraft (available in all good bookshops, Providence willing), that the reason why no one has quite managed to write Lovecraft like HPL is that he was always writing about himself.

That's why there are no characters with any depth, except the occasional Mary Sue, that's why the racism and that's why the evolution of the style and philosophy. And because the tales follow the evolution of his character, you don't necessarily get the same angle each time but you can see a development from tale to tale without an attempt to dump the whole kit and kaboodle in one.

I'm not sure why it hadn't dawned on me before.

So, I guess if you want to write some equally compelling horror fiction, look into yourself for your own misanthropic, nihilistic or distasteful traits or philosophies. To thine own self be true.

But if you want to have some nice pickles to go with any meat, to thine own shelf, beetroot.