Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lovecraft Hated Seafood

In the Shadow Over Innsmouth we read, "A sandy tongue had formed inside this {stone breakwater} barrier, and upon it I saw a few decrepit cabins, moored dories, and scattered lobster pots ... Once or twice I saw listeless people ... digging clams on the fishy-smelling beach below ... Pervading everythingwas the most naseous fishy odour {sic} imaginable ..."

I found this interesting ephemera to illustrate this scene. It is from 1906 and represents Lobster Field Point of Providence, Rhode Island. Lovecraft would have still been in High School.
It certainly is a weird ilustration and one wonders at the shudders HPL would have had seeing this in the corner drug store post card rack !

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