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Book Title: Ο κυνηγός του σκοταδιού και άλλα διηγήματα|
The author of the book: H.P. Lovecraft
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Date of issue: 1987
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No love for short stories have I. I never have liked them and I'm not sure I ever will, but Lovecraft seems to have them nailed to a T and I can't fault him.
Everything Lovecraftian exists in this story: Diary entries from someone very interested in folklore and the occult; strange, unavoidable pulls towards odd locations or items, excitable over-active imaginations that are all too obsessed with The Other, and countless others besides.
I personally think-and find that this accounts for my recently acquired fondness for Lovecraft-that his writing would never suite a novel-length piece of writing (she says not knowing if he did ever write a novel or not because she's too lazy to look it up). If he ever did, I hope I won't be disappointed but think I probably will be. The sheer wonder of what the imagination can come up with is spread thickly through this story, where we follow a man named Blake as he explores an old, rundown church in the Italian Quarter of a town.
It explores imagination beyond the ideal and finds that the mind can make of nothing absolutely everything. It is almost metaphorical, deep down, yet lathers up the occult and eldritch goings on to such a mass that the metaphorical becomes the absurd and the truth is then the unthinkable.
One thing I think contributes to the success of Lovecraft and his inimitable style is that Americans think 150 years counts as history. The idea of folklore being as recent as 50 years is quite ridiculous, and yet it works so well. These stories need that near distant memory, of someone knowing someone who's grandad saw something creepy happening. Or a father remembering something from his childhood but through the fog of life can't quite recall it clearly. Every little thing seems to rely on this recent folklore to create the intrigue and wonder that makes Lovecraft so bloody good. I think thinking 150 years as being a decent history is pathetic, but in the interest of these stories and the enjoyment of them, it works superbly well.
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Read information about the authorHoward Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.
Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity. Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.
Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades. He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.
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