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Lovecraft by Hans Rodionoff
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Oct 13, 2009

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There were some interesting ideas tossed around in this graphic novel retelling of H.P. Lovecraft’s life; with the requisite beasties he created being posited as real, of course. Of all the interpretations of Lovecraft being somehow knowledgeable about eldritch beings and of his writings being based on magical fact, this seemed the least insulting (though he still comes off as mad). The real Lovecraft might have led one of the most mundane lives imaginable for a literary figure, but his imaginative and unsettling writing style coupled with his personality make for a spooky vision, which Rodinoff brings to life with top-notch art. I particularly enjoyed the interpretations of Brown Jenkin and Wilber Whateley, even if his vision of Arkham is a bit too abstract for my tastes. A few things seemed awkward; Lovecraft in particular might not enjoy the repeated delving into sex and, like many such interpretations the addition of the Great Old Ones into Lovecraft’s life seem at times a bit forced. Some of the concepts are intriguing though, and the art style does capture some of Lovecraft’s imagination.

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Lacey Louwagie I've never heard of Lovecraft before (probably because I don't read a ton of horror), but folks who have vivid and haunting imaginative lives, while living apparently "dull," mundane, or unremarkable "real" lives always fascinate me a bit. I used to think I'd like to be that kind of writer, immersing myself wholly in creation and just going through the motions of living in my "real life." In the last couple years, I've committed to trying to strike a balance, and maybe even erring on the side of real life, but the temptation to totally slip away into another world is always there. I sometimes wonder whether anyone can be a truly great creative without giving into that temptation.

Harris Yes, people used to accuse me of living with my head in the clouds and not paying attention to the real world (though I only wrote occasionally as a kid) and I also kind of think that way, which could explain my obsession with the border between fantasy and reality that Lovecraft sometimes does very well. I also think that is why a lot of modern horror/fantasy/sci-fi writers identify so much with Lovecraft and write these stories where his imaginings are based on experience. This comic was more seamless than most in this trope, but it really doesn't compare to Lovecraft's original writings.

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