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Writers: Has Lovecraft influenced your work?

1lilystrange
Dez. 2, 2008, 9:42am

For my own part, I don't write in the same STYLE as Lovecraft, but his work has very definitely influenced mine. I have numerous references to his creations in my stories, where they have very definite sway over beings both mortal and immortal. Ia, Ia, Cthulhu fthagn!

2timjones
Dez. 22, 2008, 5:48am

I don't know that Lovecraft has influenced my work as a whole, but he's certainly influenced part of it: my first published short story collection Extreme Weather Events contains two Cthulhu Mythos stories, one ("The Temple in the Matrix") overt and the other ("The New Land") covert, and my recent collection Transported, despite being marketed as a literary fiction collection, contains a Lovecraft pastiche called "Cold Storage" - it's two parts At the Mountains of Madness to three parts private detective yarn, with a dash of The Grifters thrown in.

Hmmm ... and when I come to think about it, my fantasy novel Anarya's Secret has its Lovecraftian touches as well. His influence is everywhere ... and are those rats I hear in the walls?

3Nicole_VanK
Mrz. 28, 2009, 12:52pm

I always type with my tentacles.

4timjones
Mrz. 29, 2009, 4:20am

Do you have one tentacle per key?

5Nicole_VanK
Apr. 15, 2009, 12:14pm

Only for the silver ones.

6gryeates
Dez. 11, 2011, 3:45pm

I would say that he has. Though I haven't written any explicitly Lovecraftian or Mythos fiction as yet, his atheistic approach to cosmic horror has definitely influenced how I structure and define the background elements of my work.

7whpugmire
Jul. 15, 2013, 1:42am

In the past three years I have had seven books of Lovecraftian weird fiction publish'd. I am an obsess'd H. P. Lovecraft fanboy and I have much more to write. I also have stories in many forthcoming Lovecraftian anthologies such as BLACK WINGS III, SEARCHERS AFTER HORROR, A MOUNTAIN WALKED, and others. My entire purpose for writing is to pay homage to Lovecraft's genius. I bathe in his cosmic shadow, evermore.

8K.t.Katzmann
Jun. 2, 2016, 11:02pm

I have a shoggoth secretary in "Murder with Monsters," along with musings on how Cthulhu acts on the global stage of politics. I'd say yes.

It'll be even more of a thing in the sequel.

9AMP1972
Mai 28, 2020, 3:37pm

I think Cthulhu roleplaying once was the stronger influence, but decades ago I was clearly inspired by Lovecraft, when it was about unconventional, spooky fiction investigated by characters, which we can roleplay in tabletop games like Trail of Cthulhu, Delta Green (for military bang), or Call of Cthulhu.

Given that around one third of my own published ebooks feature Cthulhu ideas and concepts... "Nah, easily influenced, never?" ;-)

On my serious, and real life side: I am happy that I embodied the daredevilry, when my support against real life #racism made me publish the cost-free audio story "Late vengeance for Harley Warren, an optional end of Lovecraft's: The Statement of Randolph Carter".

So, Cthulhu-Myth has seriously influenced my style and goals, and Lovecraft had a minor share in it, albeit it stemming from beyond his grave makes it scary and cool.

10paradoxosalpha
Mai 28, 2020, 3:57pm

>9 AMP1972: Thanks for the thread necromancy here!

Lovecraft's Dreamlands tales (hugely derivative from those of Lord Dunsany) were a non-negligible influence on my recent Erotopharmakohymnia Onorio. Although I've read vast quantities of sectarian Yog-Sothothery, I've never published any, and only once have I undertaken a Cthulhvian magical practice.