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The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
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The works of Lovecraft are spectacular. You can see the influence they have on the great masters of horror in our time (Stephen King's short stories, John Carpenter's "The Thing"). I have great affinity for what he did, which was basically attempting to think of the kind of horror that comes from what humans do not know or fathom. Obviously, there is his Cthulhu Mythos, but for an example of his creative mental exercises at work, read "The Colour Out of Space," which essentially was an exploration in the notion, "What if there was a color that has never been seen before, and how would it be perceived?" This was one of his masterful tales, in which a meteor containing an extraterrestrial organism comprised of this color lands on a family farm, and proceeds to infect the homestead, the water, and the people with decay. It was truly horrific to visualize the family's degradation into madness and eventual destruction.
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