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I am absolutely 100% ADDICTED to his works. There have got to be others on here who are.

I've read a ton of his works and am currently reading Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath. It's very interesting. It takes a lot of elements, concepts, and characters from his other works and puts them into one story.

Anyone else love Lovecraft?
 

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I think I tried to read it once, but I got disappointed because there wasn't enough creepy stuff.
 

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I think I tried to read it once, but I got disappointed because there wasn't enough creepy stuff.
I was also expecting it to be creepier. There were some cool ideas and stuff, but they all seemed a bit samey. Better than Poe though, times a million.

I might try some Cthulu stuff though.
 

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I think I tried to read it once, but I got disappointed because there wasn't enough creepy stuff.
It isn't really scary or creepy in the sense nowadays. Also, you have to think back to when they were written. Today we have tons of slasher and gory movies, even right on TV. Back then, you could barely find a story about a ghost that does more than rattle chains.
 

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It isn't really scary or creepy in the sense nowadays. Also, you have to think back to when they were written. Today we have tons of slasher and gory movies, even right on TV. Back then, you could barely find a story about a ghost that does more than rattle chains.
Well, slasher or gory stuff isn't scary either.

It's just that it goes like this in his works

BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHthingthatisrelevantBLAHBLAHscaryst uffBLAHBLAH.

It's like that some creepypasta is scary, even though they contain neither blood nor gore.
 

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I like to read Lovecraft when I'm in the right mood. His work is subtly spooky and creepy... it's the atmosphere he creates with words.
 

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Well, slasher or gory stuff isn't scary either.

It's just that it goes like this in his works

BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHthingthatisrelevantBLAHBLAHscaryst uffBLAHBLAH.

It's like that some creepypasta is scary, even though they contain neither blood nor gore.
More like ELDRITCHTERRORHORRORZOMGBADTHINGCOSMICINFINITYBADT HINGHORRORTERRORELDERABOMINATIONRACISMCATSABOMINAT IONELDRITCHTERRORDEATHABOMINATIONBADTHINGHORROR.
 

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More like ELDRITCHTERRORHORRORZOMGBADTHINGCOSMICINFINITYBADT HINGHORRORTERRORELDERABOMINATIONRACISMCATSABOMINAT IONELDRITCHTERRORDEATHABOMINATIONBADTHINGHORROR.
Only in the later chapters.

First he has to talk about everything is so GRIMDARK.
 

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I got All of his works ( got the whole for cheap ), but i never finished them. I like his dreams style, his underwater subject, but i'm just not fond of this kind of stories, i have so much books more adapted to my taste to read.

But i liked to play the R'lyeh nation is the dominions 3 game from times to times, and i can have briefly played an MUD if it counts ^^ ( ah, the days when i was playing games... sweet lazy days... ^^ )
 

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Only in the later chapters.

First he has to talk about everything is so GRIMDARK.
Most of the Mythos ones start off with some scholarly new-England gentleman babbling about how horrible the universe is and how he wishes he had never seen what he saw.

THEN the ELDRITCHTERRORHORRORZOMGBADTHINGCOSMICINFINITYBADT HINGHORRORTERRORELDERABOMINATIONRACISMCATSABOMINAT IONELDRITCHTERRORDEATHABOMINATIONBADTHINGHORROR thing.
 

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I like to read Lovecraft when I'm in the right mood. His work is subtly spooky and creepy... it's the atmosphere he creates with words.
This.

I really like his work though I haven't read everything. One of my literature professors was a Lovecraft specialist, so he kind of introduced us to his work. I haven't read any of my professor's books on the subject and don''t know if they are any good, but in case you're interested, here's one: http://www.amazon.com/Narrative-stru.../dp/B0007C3FZS
Most of his work seems to be only available in France though (since it is where he lives now).
 

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The only thing that bugs me about Lovecraft is his racism. Even for his time, he was extremely rude and prejudiced, and seemed to believe in some sort of English master race. He had a cat named N***er-Man who stars in some of his works. The first time I saw this mentioned in Rats in the Walls I kind of burst out laughing in disbelief, because it was so strange to see and just plain stupid. Still, I can't help but ignore those parts because the rest is so good.

It's just, Shub-Niggurath, really? Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young? Black? Shub-Niggurath? Really?
 

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I liked a couple of his short stories. But I tried to read Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath and could not get into his writing style for that book at all. I liked the concept and the ideas, but the writing just seemed kind of like "This happened. And then this happened. And this stuff was like this. And then something else happened." I didn't get far in at all.
 

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I'm in it for the ideas and the concepts, then. I like his writin style, but I do have to agree with that. Certain parts are mindlessly repeated. For example, I think it has said "those blasphemous Outer Gods whose soul and messenger is the crawling chaos Nyarlathotep" four times now.
 

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I hadn't read his stories that make racist references- but that takes away from any enjoyment I could have gotten from reading his work.

I DID read "Cool Air", and it's pretty good. I think I read "The Music of Erich Zann", but don't remember a lot of it... it was somehow harder to follow.
 

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His prose is pretty purple. I feel like a lot of the time, it's like I'm reading about how horrifying things are, rather than reading actually horrifying things. One of the stories that I liked the best is one which I believe is held in pretty low regard by Lovecraft aficionados: "The Thing on the Doorstep," because it actually presented a scenario that's horrifying (being trapped in a dead, buried body and such) rather than just telling you about the horror of it all. "The Thing on the Doorstep" may not be as original as some of his other stuff like the Cthulhu mythos and stuff, but IMHO, it actually worked.
 

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His prose is pretty purple. I feel like a lot of the time, it's like I'm reading about how horrifying things are, rather than reading actually horrifying things. One of the stories that I liked the best is one which I believe is held in pretty low regard by Lovecraft aficionados: "The Thing on the Doorstep," because it actually presented a scenario that's horrifying (being trapped in a dead, buried body and such) rather than just telling you about the horror of it all. "The Thing on the Doorstep" may not be as original as some of his other stuff like the Cthulhu mythos and stuff, but IMHO, it actually worked.
Pit of Shoggoths? Innsmouth witches and wizards? Going insane and screaming harsh prayers to Shub-Niggurath? How could anyone not like that story?
 
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