H. P. Lovecraft

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Howard Phillips Lovecraft
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20th, 1890 - March 15th, 1937), usually known as H. P. Lovecraft, was an American horror, fantasy, and science-fiction writer. His most famous contribution to the genre is Cosmic Horror, the idea that life, and the universe, are utterly incomprehensible to humans, and those who have seen beyond the veil of ignorance that encircles man often lose their sanity. In his fiction, humanity is considered insignificant by the other denizens of the universe, and any victories that man gains in his struggles against the terrors of reality are shallow or useless, only prolonging the inevitable. He is the creator of the Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely related stories focused around a mythology of human-nullifying entities and the dreaded Necronomicon.

Contemporary /x/ Ideas

Although Lovecraft would gently remind the readers that his work was that of fiction, there are contemporary /x/philes who maintain the belief that there is some truth in the Cthulhu Mythos.

This is perhaps due to the uncanny originality of Lovecraft's work in creating a sort of religion that although terrible in nature, is also scientific and perhaps even realistic. Few times are we told of 'Gods' that are also the result of an external evolutionary process that do not care about humanity.

There are two factual things that exist today which could point to the existence of Cthulhu. "The Bloop", an ultra-low frequency underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration several times during the summer of 1997. The source of the sound remains unknown, but what is of the greatest interest is that it was located near the sunken city of R'lyeh and that If the sound did come from an animal, it would reportedly have to be several times the size of the largest known animal on Earth, the Blue Whale. Another similar event known as the "Slow Down" was recorded in May 19, 1997.

However, one thing worth noting is that the Necronomicon, considered a key part of Lovecraft's mythos, is attributed to the Mad Arab, Abdul Alhazred. Not only are there no records of a man with that name ever existing, it's not an actual Arabic name, Abdul never being a name on its own, only a component. The suffix "-ul" and prefix "Al-" are also redundant.

See Also


H. P. Lovecraft's Wikipedia article.

The H. P. Lovecraft Archive.

The Bloop on Wikipedia.

The Slow Down on Wikipedia.

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