Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Cheer and H. P. Lovecraft

Original work by Jared Hindman
For this Halloween I have decided to make a post two of H. P. Lovecraft’s works:  “Rats in the Walls” and “The Statement of Randolph Carter” in a variety of formats from video and audio to e text formats. Rats in the Walls and The Statement of Randolph Carter are both about the unseen, concurrent, and mercifully unrevealed.  The rats and far worse are never seen while the creatures of other dimensions are all around us and without external help, never seen either.  Lovecraft said, "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents".

One of the great linchpins of the Mythos is the co-relationship of the other horrible dimensions with ours along with the great ancient evils that preexist our own world and will exist afterward.  For Lovecraft, the overlay of human rationality is just a defensive mechanism we have created to mask the true terrors all around us.  To see more, one would require a Tillinghast Resonator.

Rats in the Walls  by the Vancouver Film School on Youtube

Tiger Lilies with Alexander Hacke perform their take of Rats in the Walls on their Mountains of Madness tour 2005

The Statement of Randolph Carter Dramatic Reading   

For those of you who like the electronic portability of e texts:

Download rats in the walls electronic text version

Download The Statement of Randolph Carter electronic text version


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