I’ve finally started chewing on H.P. Lovecraft’s works…Something I’ve wanted to do for awhile now. And my feelings are mixed. I grabbed a mega-ultra shiny compilation of his works from Amazon for my Kindle for the grand sum of $2. (woot) And so far I’ve read "The Nameless City," "The Colour Out of Space," "The Call of Cthulu," "The Dunwich Horror," "The Caller in the Dark," and started on "The Shadow over Innsmouth." What I love about his writing style is that he leaves much to the imagination. Normally a lack of detail irks me, but because I have an active imagination, when he writes things like "a twisted, decaying monstrosity with aspects of man, ant, crocodile and bird too horrible to contemplate," my mind takes over and I get a satisfying picture nonetheless. It’s clever and a wonderful way to write. However, something I can’t help but also comment on is that so far, he uses the SAME formula for all of his works and it already grows slightly stale. Random colledge-educated outsider with a taste for the occult stumbles on ritualistic extradimensional nether god worship in backwater New England town and slowly goes insane and/or dies. It’s presented in various fashions, but the essential thread remains the same. Interestingly, "The Call of Cthulu," the Lovecraftian story that seems to be the most famous, was the least interesting of the four I’ve read so far. He fully describes his monster AND you even get to see it fully, something he hadn’t done in his other works and sorta killed it for me. "The Colour Out of Space" is brilliant though…One of the creepiest things I’ve ever read and something I strongly recommend.
In fact, we insist you read it. In it’s entirety. Only then will you grasp the significance of the work and see the words behind the words…Hearing voices that are not sound echoing from caverns thrust into the darkest recesses of the tortured earth, only to grasp in futility the shattered remnants of your sanity, for some things were never meant to be known by mortal minds. This is the promise of "The Colour Out of Space." Read it.