Friday, January 27, 2006

Lovecraft's Dream Cycle: Tom Lera Comments

Tom is a fellow writer, naturalist, and a world recognized specialist in bats and caves. If you read his stories at HL.net, you'll discover that his descriptions encompass his real-life, frequent trips to rainforest countries. He also is a fellow Lovecraft fan, and honors HPL with The Cemetery.

Lovecraft wrote about a lot of strange things and had an active imagination, as we all have.

Lovecraft, though, has been criticized as repetitious and clumsy, but his stories share the same colourful imagination familiar from the classic works of H.G. Wells and H. Rider Haggard and have become a target for academic research. The entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft included some of his most fantastic tales:

The Doom That Came to Sarnath--Hate, genocide, and a deadly curse consume the land of Mnar.

The Statement of Randolph Carter--You fool, Warren is Dead!

The Nameless City--Death lies beneath the shifting sands, in a story linking the Dream Cycle with the legendary Cthulhu Mythos.

The Cats of Ulthar--In Ulthar, no man may kill a cat ... and woe unto any who tries.

The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath--The epic nightmare adventure with tendrils stretching throughout the entire Dream Cycle. Was he possessed or just have a great imagination to tell a story.

Publishing and marketing was basically just beginning and Lovecraft, Poe, Burroughs, Howard and others siezed the market and in turn abducted our imagination. Bottomline is that the 19th and 20th Century writers were talented. Their stories have captured our minds and hearts and will continue to do so in the future. I only hope that one or two of our stories are able to do this. Perhaps in the age of the internet it will happen.

Tom's latest story.

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Note: Coming in 6 days to HL.net, Chris Perridas' new Mythos story. So you thought you knew everything about Cthulhu, eh? Heh. Just wait.

1 comment:

Tom Lera said...

You are too kind. Thanks.

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