“THE CALL OF CTHULHU” by H.P. Lovecraft (full audiobook) #WeirdDarkness

THE CALL OF CTHULHU” by H.P. Lovecraft (full audiobook) #WeirdDarkness

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IN THIS EPISODE: it’s the classic horror story, “The Call of the Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction. He is notable for blending elements of science fiction and horror; and for popularizing “cosmic horror”: the notion that some concepts, entities or experiences are barely comprehensible to human minds, and those who delve into such risk their sanity – which describes well what you are about to hear. Lovecraft has become a cult figure in the horror genre and is noted as creator of the “Cthulhu Mythos,” a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a “pantheon” of nonhuman creatures, as well as the famed Necronomicon, a grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works typically had a tone of “cosmic pessimism,” regarding mankind as insignificant and powerless in the universe – again, something you will hear in “The Call of Cthulhu”. Lovecraft’s readership was limited during his life, and his works, particularly early in his career, have been criticized as occasionally ponderous, and for their uneven quality. Nevertheless, Lovecraft’s reputation has grown tremendously over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most important horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting an influence that is widespread, though often indirect. This is another episode in which I will be treating the source material as if I’ve been paid to narrate the audiobook – so I will be leaving all language by the author exactly as it was written. There are a couple of racist terms used in the story which I would never utter in my own conversations or even give my brain permission to think of as anything less than inappropriate, but they are used in the original text and I feel it is best to keep history as it is rather than trying to reinvent it, or cover it up. Just know that the words and thoughts are obviously not mine, but those of the author, H.P. Lovecraft, during a time almost 100 years ago when such terms were not as divisive as they are today.

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