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H.P. Lovecraft
“I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Outsider

H.P. Lovecraft
“Throw a stick, and the servile dog wheezes and pants and stumbles to bring it to you. Do the same before a cat, and he will eye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement. And just as inferior people prefer the inferior animal which scampers excitedly because someone else wants something, so do superior people respect the superior animal which lives its own life and knows that the puerile stick-throwings of alien bipeds are none of its business and beneath its notice. The dog barks and begs and tumbles to amuse you when you crack the whip. That pleases a meekness-loving peasant who relishes a stimulus to his self importance. The cat, on the other hand, charms you into playing for its benefit when it wishes to be amused; making you rush about the room with a paper on a string when it feels like exercise, but refusing all your attempts to make it play when it is not in the humour. That is personality and individuality and self-respect -- the calm mastery of a being whose life is its own and not yours -- and the superior person recognises and appreciates this because he too is a free soul whose position is assured, and whose only law is his own heritage and aesthetic sense.”
H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft
“The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. ”
H.P. Lovecraft

Herman Melville
“The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul. Not drowned entirely, though. Rather carried down alive to wondrous depths, where strange shapes of the unwarped primal world glided to and fro before his passive eyes; and the miser-merman, Wisdom, revealed his hoarded heaps; and among the joyous, heartless, ever-juvenile eternities, Pip saw the multitudinous, God-omnipresent, coral insects, that out of the firmament of waters heaved the colossal orbs. He saw God’s foot upon the treadle of the loom, and spoke it; and therefore his shipmates called him mad. So man’s insanity is heaven’s sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale

H.P. Lovecraft
“Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.”
H. P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft
“I like coffee exceedingly...”
H.P. Lovecraft

Robert E. Howard
“All fled—all done, so lift me on the pyre—

The Feast is over, and the lamps expire.”
Robert E. Howard

H.P. Lovecraft
“When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

H.P. Lovecraft
“The end is near. I hear a noise at the door, as of some immense slippery body lumbering against it. It shall not find me. God, that hand! The window! The window!”
H.P. Lovecraft, Dagon et autres nouvelles de terreur

Stephen King
“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons, even death may die. —H. P. Lovecraft
Stephen King, Revival

Serra Elinsen
“How can this be real?” I whispered. “I mean you... you... where you come from. Your world. It is so beyond everything I've ever known. And you would... you would take me to the Pumpkin Ball?”

“Try and stop me.”
Serra Elinsen, Awoken

H.P. Lovecraft
“Well did the traveler know those garden lands that lie betwixt the wood of the Cerenerian Sea, and blithely did he follow the singing river Oukranos that marked his course. The sun rose higher over gentle slopes of grove and lawn, and heightened the colors of the thousand flowers that starred each knoll and dangle. A blessed haze lies upon all this region, wherein is held a little more of the sunlight than other places hold, and a little more of the summer's humming music of birds and bees; so that men walk through it as through a faery place, and feel greater joy and wonder than they ever afterward remember.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

“Terrible and ancient and scarred with the endless cold of space, the terrible and ancient things glistened with frozen moisture and colors played across the surface of the skin, colors that were never meant to be seen on earth.”
Simon Kurt Unsworth, Lovecraft Unbound

H.P. Lovecraft
“The only saving grace of the present is that it's too damned stupid to question the past very closely.”
H.P. Lovecraft, Pickman's Model

Kenneth Hite
“This is Lovecraft's best terrible story. It is so artificial...and so overblown...and so ludicrous...that it slithers-through tiramisu-rich prose that might as well be heavy metal lyrics ("a wolf-fanged ghost that rode the midnight lightning")-all the way to the summit of high camp.”
Kenneth Hite, Tour de Lovecraft - the Tales

H.P. Lovecraft
“By noon Carter reached the jasper terraces of Kiran which slope down to the river's edge and bear that temple of loveliness wherein the King of Ilek-Vad comes from his far realm on the twilight sea once a year in a golden palanquin to pray to the god of Oukranos, who sang to him in youth when he dwelt in a cottage by its banks. All of jasper is that temple, and covering an acre of ground with its walls and courts, its seven pinnacled towers, and its inner shrine where the river enters through hidden channels and the god sings softly in the night. Many times the moon hears strange music as it shines on those courts and terraces and pinnacles, but whether that music be the song of the god or the chant of the cryptical priests, none but the King of Ilek-Vad may say; for only he had entered the temple or seen the priests. Now, in the drowsiness of day, that carven and delicate fane was silent, and Carter heard only the murmur of the great stream and the hum of the birds and bees as he walked onward under the enchanted sun.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

H.P. Lovecraft
“Down through this verdant land Carter walked at evening, and saw twilight float up from the river to the marvelous golden spires of Thran. And just at the hour of dusk he came to the southern gate, and was stopped by a red-robed sentry till he had told three dreams beyond belief, and proved himself a dreamer worthy to walk up Thran's steep mysterious streets and linger in the bazaars where the wares of the ornate galleons were sold. Then into that incredible city he walked; through a wall so thick that the gate was a tunnel, and thereafter amidst curved and undulant ways winding deep and narrow between the heavenward towers. Lights shone through grated and balconied windows, and, the sound of lutes and pipes stole timid from inner courts where marble fountains bubbled. Carter knew his way, and edged down through darker streets to the river, where at an old sea tavern he found the captains and seamen he had known in myriad other dreams. There he bought his passage to Celephais on a great green galleon, and there he stopped for the night after speaking gravely to the venerable cat of that inn, who blinked dozing before an enormous hearth and dreamed of old wars and forgotten gods.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

H.P. Lovecraft
“Some of them stole off to those cryptical realms which are known only to cats and which villagers say are on the moon's dark side, whither the cats leap from tall housetops; but one small black kitten crept upstairs and sprang in Carter's lap to purr and play, and curled up near his feet when he lay down at last on the little couch whose pillows were stuffed with fragrant drowsy herbs.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

H.P. Lovecraft
“There are my 'Poe' pieces and my 'Dunsany pieces' —but alas— where are any Lovecraft pieces?”
H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Michel Houellebecq
“Adulthood is hell. In the face of such a trenchant position, “moralists” today will utter vague, opprobrious grumblings while waiting for a chance to strike with their obscene intimations. Perhaps Lovecraft actually could not become an adult; what is certain is that he did not want to. And given the values that govern the adult world, how can you argue with him? The reality principle, the pleasure principle, competitiveness, permanent challenges, sex and status—hardly reasons to rejoice.
Lovecraft, for his part, knew he had nothing to do with this world. And at each turn he played a losing hand. In theory and in practice. He lost his childhood; he also lost his faith. The world sickened him and he saw no reason to believe that by looking at things better they might appear differently. He saw religions as so many sugar-coated illusions made obsolete by the progress of science. At times, when in an exceptionally good mood, he would speak of the enchanted circle of religious belief, but it was a circle from which he felt banished, anyway.”
Michel Houellebecq, H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life

William S. Burroughs
“Good heavens, there are very detailed, and very arbitrary descriptions in all occult books that suggest how this is done and all this stuff you have to go through. I think myself that it's time for them to come out of the circle and into the street with all this. I said that in an introduction to the Necronomicon. I just don't follow all this absolutely arbitrary ritual of certain incenses and herbs and words and so on.”
William S. Burroughs, Burroughs and Friends: Lost Interviews

H.P. Lovecraft
“Apropos of sleep, that sinister adventure of all our nights, we may say that men go to bed daily with an audacity that would be incomprehensible if we did not know that it is the result of ignorance of the danger."
-Baudelairei”
H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft
“Then the waves increased in strength, and sought to improve his understanding, reconciling him to the multiform entity of which his present fragment was an infinitesimal part. They told him that every figure of space is but the result of the intersection by a plane of some corresponding figure of one more dimension—as a square is cut from a cube or a circle from a sphere. The cube and sphere, of three dimensions, are thus cut from corresponding forms of four dimensions that men know only through guesses and dreams; and these in turn are cut from forms of five dimensions, and so on up to the dizzy and reachless heights of archetypal infinity. The world of men and of the gods of men is merely an infinitesimal phase of an infinitesimal thing—the three-dimensional phase of that small wholeness reached by the First Gate, where ’Umr at-Tawil dictates dreams to the Ancient Ones. Though men hail it as reality and brand thoughts of its many-dimensioned original as unreality, it is in truth the very opposite. That which we call substance and reality is shadow and illusion, and that which we call shadow and illusion is substance and reality.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories

H.P. Lovecraft
“Markedly defective individuals (of the Great Race) were quickly disposed of as soon as their defects were noticed. Disease and the approach of death were, in the absence of a sense of touch or of physical pain, recognised by purely visual symptoms.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out of Time

H.P. Lovecraft
“The Great Race seemed to form a single, loosely knit nation or league, with major institutions in common, though there were four definite divisions. The political and economic system of each unit was a sort of fascistic socialism, with major resources rationally distributed, and power delegated to a small governing board elected by the votes of all able to pass certain educational and psychological tests. Family organisation was not overstressed, though ties among persons of common descent were recognised, and the young were generally reared by their parents.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out of Time

H.P. Lovecraft
“A coisa mais misericordiosa do mundo, creio eu, é a incapacidade da mente humana em correlacionar todo o seu conteúdo. Vivemos numa plácida ilha de ignorância em meio a negros mares de infinito, e não está escrito pela Providência que devemos viajar longe. As ciências, cada uma progredindo em sua própria direção, têm até agora nos causado pouco dano; mas um dia a junção do conhecimento dissociado abrirá visões tão terríveis da realidade e de nossa apavorante situação nela, que provavelmente ficaremos loucos por causa dessa revelação ou fugiremos dessa luz mortal rumo à paz e à segurança de uma nova Idade das Trevas.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

“Howard Phillips Lovecraft serves as example to all who wish to learn how to fail in life and eventually succeed in their work. And even on that score, results are not guaranteed.”
houellebecq, michel

John   West
“That’s what we’re dealing with, Ken. Call it mass hysteria, if you like. Or a return to a simpler time. What did he call it? A ‘golden age.’ The authorities don’t know how to handle it. In most cases, they’re joining in. See that London feed, top left? The feisty blonde with the riding crop and a bulldog tattoo on her butt? No, wait, it’s gone now. That big guy rolled back on top. He won’t last long. Wait for it. Wait. Right. There she is. That, my suddenly rich and famous friend, is the British prime minister.”
John West, Let Sleeping Gods Lie

H.P. Lovecraft
“Ebediyetin bağrında uyuyan ölü değildir,
Ama tuhaf çağlardan sonra ölüm de ölebilir."

-Deli şair Abdul Alhazred”
H.P. Lovecraft, H.P. Lovecraft : The Complete Fiction

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