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October 11th, 2005, 03:50 PM
Oi, I'm currently rereading the whole series (while waiting for my copy of Harry Keogh and other Weird Heroes to arrive) and I've been noticing quite a few references to H. P. Lovecraft's shorts 'this time around. So I figured that I'd make a thread about 'em, perhaps I've missed a few? If so: don't hesitate with sharing them with the rest of us. smile.gif
In "Dreams in the Witch-House", Lovecraft brought up the concept of using a mathematical equation to teleport / transport / travel. Sounds familiar, eh? ;)
There was a ton of references to "The Statement of Randolph Carter" in book 4, here's a few of them:
The whole "bring back people from their essential salts" thingie.
Remember how Janos mentioned that there had been this guy who had studied some ancient texts in his castle while he lay immobile? That 'guy' was a certain character from 'The Statement of Randolph Carter'. ;)
Edit: Corrected a minor typographical error.
[ November 23, 2005, 05:50 PM: Message edited by: Tchernobog ]
October 11th, 2005, 08:50 PM
you should have a look at Mr Lumley's mythos stuff, he's written a whole load of mythos stuff, and a series of novels - the Titus Crow ones ;)
Also Mr Lumley is a very very big Lovecraft fan. I've spoken to him about it at length over the years I've known him.
You've done well to notice these similarities ;) You'll also notice that there a reference to Clark Ashton Smith in Deadspeak (if memory serves me correctly!).
November 11th, 2005, 04:33 AM
Forgive me this is my first time on the meassage board, so I want to be off to a good
I have just finished the novel The Khai of Khem and found on or two Lovecraft words and little ideas in the passages on and off.
Just thought I wanted to add a little something here to be up and running.
[ November 11, 2005, 12:35 AM: Message edited by: DagonGenesis ]
November 11th, 2005, 10:58 PM
I'm currently re reading the necroscope novels and in Books IV and V there's an important necromancy using the "Words of Power" by itself is very Lovecraftian but in the incantations it mentions "Yog Sothoth" which is definitely a mythos god and earlier it even says the incantation contained the name of a dark god from the outer realms etc. So here it isn't just a mythos theme but a real mythos reference.
November 23rd, 2005, 09:59 PM
Originally posted by Tops:
you should have a look at Mr Lumley's mythos stuff, he's written a whole load of mythos stuff, and a series of novels - the Titus Crow ones ;) Yeah, I know that Lumley has done a lot of mythos stuff, but (sadly enough, one might add) I've never really had a chance to read any of it.. Ah, I'll have to jot it down on my mental shopping list. I've been reading so many positive reviews of the Titus Crow series that I'll have to give it a twirl sooner or later. Getting ahold of his short stories might prove to be a bit harder, but, ah, I can't give up before I've even started, eh?
[qb]Also Mr Lumley is a very very big Lovecraft fan.Aye, that was the impression I was left with after finishing Deadspeak.
You've done well to notice these similarities ;) You'll also notice that there a reference to Clark Ashton Smith in Deadspeak (if memory serves me correctly!). Why, thanks. ;)
A reference to Clark Ashton Smith, eh? Hm.. That means that I'm going to have to bump Deadspeak up to the very top of my list of books that should be reread at one point.
Sigh.. So many books to read, so little time.
[ November 23, 2005, 05:59 PM: Message edited by: Tchernobog ]
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