Happy Halloween, everyone!
While waiting out the hours till the sun sets and the trick or treaters come out, I thought it would be the perfect timing to talk to you all about our first monthly challenge together: October Challenge, complete!
I read through HP Lovecraft’s anthology (granted, it’s not all of his short stories that he had published) this past month, and I absolutely loved every bit of it. Lovecraft is known for his breathtaking, unique approach to telling ghost stories. It’s not about jump scares or gore or anything too twisted. He takes reality and bends it just so to play mind games with the reader and the characters. It seems like the main characters always go through some tortuous adventure where their sanity is questioned, and then in the last couple of pages in the story, the audience is gripped in this horrifying story that comes to terrible conclusions. Although he used this technique through out most of his stories, I feel like Lovecraft is truly a pioneer in the horror genre and made each story it’s own.
Most people know about the Cthulu mythos (and yes! That’s a Cthulu POP Vinyl <3), but a fair few of the stories that I read most intrigued me because of their paranormal influences. I think my favorite short stories were The Thing on the Doorstep, Cool Air, In the Vault, and The Rats in the Walls. I know there are more of his short stories out there that are cult classics, but those are some that stuck with me the most.
Lovecraft was exceptionally forward thinking when it came to storytelling, but he was definitely stuck in cultural influence when it came to sexist and racist themes. It kind of bothered me that he was so bigoted in his writings (and so freely threw around some horrible lines in regards to women and other races), so that definitely got me while I was reading. If people are especially sensitive about these themes, I’d tell them to shy away from Lovecraft’s writings.
All in all, I’d give Lovecraft a solid 9/10 in terms of classic literature and influence. His prose was poetic, magnetic, and terrifying, but his bigoted views were almost as unsettling as the ghosts. Give him a shot if you want to read something classic and entertaining!
Until next time, and have a very safe and spooky Halloween 🙂