Quote note (#118)

On the persistence of Lovecraft’s influence:

Lovecraft, who died five months before his 47th birthday, also “shrewdly created an American pantheon of horror,” [Leslie S.] Klinger said of the hardcore New Englander. “He was the first writer of supernatural literature to understand the psychological consequences of the generations of Puritanism and the warping of the human psyche that resulted.”

Lovecraft’s influence on [Alan] Moore lay in how the author was able to link the cosmic to the familiar. “Lovecraft’s most enduring influence on my own work is the way in which, consciously or otherwise, he managed to imbue the familiar New England landscape that was so dear and immediate to him with a sense of the universe’s dispiriting vastness and the blind, random nature of the forces governing it, a perspective drawn from his keen interest in contemporary science and astronomy,” Moore wrote to Speakeasy. “As the familiar worlds around us are increasingly invaded by alien ideas, today’s writers could do worse than look to the strategies of antiquarian-modernist H.P. Lovecraft.”

(If Neoreaction was still looking for a name, ‘antiquarian-modernism’ would be a definite candidate.)

October 15, 2014admin 8 Comments »

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  • Wen Shang Says:

    Sounds too much like archaeofuturism. What do you make of harman’s book on lovecraft?


    Posted on October 15th, 2014 at 4:26 am Reply | Quote
  • Bryce Laliberte Says:

    Shh about the name. It might be useful later.


    Alrenous Reply:

    What if ~400 years ago the West hadn’t gone insane, and we’d progressed from there instead of from insanity. Is there a better word than ‘alternate?’ I want more nuances.
    Ha. History-judgmentalism. “No, no, you did it wrong. Try again.”
    Re-Racination. The ultimate deracination was ~400 years ago, the rest is just echoes or consequences. Of course I think it proves traditionalism’s roots were weaksauce and it was bound to happen sooner or later.
    Historical-reconstructionism. Repair the root, then simulate what sane progress would have looked like. This is my exact hobby. Reference to revisionism: intentional.


    Posted on October 15th, 2014 at 6:09 am Reply | Quote
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  • ErisGuy Says:

    If Lovecraft “[understood] the psychological consequences of the generations of Puritanism and the warping of the human psyche that resulted,” who will be the horror writer who understands the generations of Socialism and warping of the human psyche that has resulted from its nearly unfettered rule for the last century?

    Has this author yet been born?

    Can we manufacture Lovecraftian gods which incarnate the reality of socialism?

    (Certainly Moloch—with a nod to Watchmen—comes to mind.)


    Posted on October 15th, 2014 at 10:10 am Reply | Quote
  • Izak Says:

    The problem with Alan Moore is that he wrote Promethea.

    Anyhow, “antiquarian-modernism” has too many syllables.


    Posted on October 15th, 2014 at 2:03 pm Reply | Quote
  • SanguineEmpiricist Says:

    Well antiquarian-modernism is certainly interesting. I’ll throw it into my inventory. Anything that prevents automatic system 1 processing is good.


    Posted on October 15th, 2014 at 6:18 pm Reply | Quote
  • Hanfeizi Says:

    Antiquarian-Modernism. I like that.

    To someone raised on modern pop culture science fiction, Lovecraft’s genius is his ability to rip us out of our comforting illusions and show us just how deeply inhuman the cosmos is. The pop sci-fi I grew up on was comforting. “Star Trek” shows a galaxy where warp drive makes everything comfortingly close and liberal humanism actually works. “Star Wars” shows a universe where we’re all wrapped up in a warm, caring force- that, while it has it’s dark side, ultimately means the universe is benign.

    Lovecraft’s works show us a world where we’re slightly more advanced apes, a wrinkle in the geological record that will pass as quickly as it came, surrounded by forces beyond our comprehension that we’ll never understand.

    When I was 13, I was a liberal humanist, and Star Trek was appealing to me.

    When I was 23, I was a Ken Wilber-style integral mystic. Obviously, Star Wars was closer to my view of things.

    Now I’m 33, and have cynically outgrown such childish things. Gimme Lovecraft.


    Posted on October 16th, 2014 at 2:50 pm Reply | Quote

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