Friday, March 20, 2009

Required Reading

For those who haven't.

The Silver Key, by H. P. Lovecraft.

Soon you can expect a post on this. It's a short read, worth the 15-minutes it took me.


  1. I'll go back through my Lovecraft and look for it. I'm sure I've read it, it was just years ago and I'll need a refresher.

    I found Lovecraft really interesting in that I enjoyed the stories, but never found them all that disturbing. However, the imagery and energy bore its way into my subconscious and I began having the most loathsome dreams haunted by shoggoths and all sorts of other tentacled nightmares. I had to just leave it to the side for a long while to let my deep-mind settle.

    I ended up with an ongoing dream plot (which I still have from time to time) where this chain of lakes in the area that I grew up in, was now home to some unspeakable Lovecraftian horror. Many of them were lucid and required epic psychic battles to manage to escape unharmed. It was very frequent for some time, but now has scaled back to one dream every 6-12 months.

    Now I'm just rambling.

    I'll go through my library tomorrow and find that story you're suggesting. Maybe I can get my fiance to finally read some Lovecraft so that he can get my pleasure in "A Very Scary Solstice Album" and "A Shoggoth on the Roof".

    And I do envy you your Cthulhu plushie - I've wanted one of those for years.

  2. I bought Tales from the Library of America, and it was worth it. The paper feels wonderful, and I'm slowly working my way through all HPL's works. I've read a number I've never heard of, which had some interesting ideas.

  3. Nightmares caused by learning of the lovecraft mythos have always confounded me. I've never understood it. The few times I have had nightmares, it's been based on me not doing enough in the dreams to prevent the situation. There's always been a distinct feeling every tim of 'this thing won't happen if I just get my ass moving and get it done'.

    But, that doesn't mean my dreams are all wonderful. For the most part, they're boring. When I astral project to do some exploring or to go with a spirit to understand something, it's boring. The only time I'm gauranteed to see some action is when I bust in on what the greys and their allies are doing. Then, they start sending attacking spirits my way for a time. I think I might repay them a visit to see what their up to these days. Actually, now that I think of it, a better understanding of what they do might help with what I'm doing now.


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