Aug. 21st, 2008 03:05 am
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Does this bother anyone else? Does it bother anyone else that Michael Phelps looks like H. P. Lovecraft?

I mean, it's all there. The big ears. Fleshy nose-tip. Thin lips, the lower of which seems to be stuffed with cotton or something? That look: blankly staring into the distance. They could be brothers... or father and son?

Phelps'...affinity...for the water is quite suggestive. His "official" biography states that he is from Baltimore, MD, widely believed to be a likely "regrouping" point for the Esoteric Order of Dagon after their community at Innsmouth was destroyed by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1927. Can there be any doubt, then, that Phelps is the latest--and most "perfected"--in a line of amphibious monstrosities resulting from the union of humans and Deep Ones? Sure, he has obtained an amount of gold from the Olympics, but is it not possible that some portion thereof was brought from Y'ha-nthlei, the cyclopian city deep beneath the waves?
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From footnote 17 to Lovecraft's The Horror at Red Hook (Penguin Classics), excerpted from Lovecraft's correspondence. He's describing one of his neighbors, from when he lived here.
[O]nce a Syrian had the room next to mine and played eldritch and whining monotones on a strange bagpipe which made me dream ghoulish and incredible things of crypts under Baghdad and limitless corridors of Eblis beneath the moon-cursed ruins of Iskatar.

Blatant racism? Plum-purple prose? Random imaginary place names? Lovecraft himself provided us the perfect template for mocking him. God bless you, H.P., wherever you are...
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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Cthulpear.

I found this hideous artifact at Pearl River, a popular purveyor of bric-a-brac down in Chinatown. It was located downstairs on the crowded knick-knack shelves among the Buddhas with animal heads (themselves ghastly unions of the sacred and profane).

Another image and details behind the cut )
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LiveJournal Haiku!
Your name:myth
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chill lovecraft's always fun
but the new york times
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Challenge 1: You have fifteen minutes to write a story about cheese. Go.

Because my incarceration in this asylum for the deranged is a well-known fact among this letter's potential readers, the veracity of what I am about relate will doubtlessly be thrown into question. I will nevertheless endeavour to recount the events as faithfully as I am able, in the hopes that future discoveries will ultimately exonerate my sanity - or what precious little of it remains.

more from tonight's writing exercises with Sabrina )

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