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The Lurker at the Threshold by H.P. Lovecraft
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Dec 02, 2008

did not like it

Derleth took notes Lovecraft made, wrote this story himself, and put Lovecraft's name on it.

The theme begins Lovecraftian, but the whole binding of the Old Ones with elements begins here, and the last half of the book is a lovely example of Derleth driving Lovecraft's brilliant ideas into the ground.

In a later Derleth story, R'lyeh rises to the surface again, which is ridiculous since it rose in 1927 for the first time since it's sinking, which occurred before the advent of the Dinosaurs. Even more ridiculous, unimaginative and offensive, might I add, is the fact that they solve the problem by dropping an atom bomb on R'lyeh.

If you ask me, that wouldn't do a goddamn thing.

On a side note, Derleth claims to own the copyright to Lovecraft's work, but hasn't brought a suit against anyone publishing Lovecraft on the Web. Why? Because he has no case.
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