Lovecraft’s Books and Dreams

Calling Cthulhu: H.P. Lovecraft’s Magick Realism,” by Erik Davis, techgnosis, Fall 1995,

I am a fan of the great American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. I recently reviewed an annotated collection of his works, and I often interpose his fiction with my posts. In my notes on evolutionary psychology, journey to Scotland (South Dakota), and description of 5th Generation War. So I was very happy to find this fascinating it quixotic article on Lovecraftian magical realism

In order to invade our plane, Lovecraft’s entities need a portal, an interface between the worlds, and Lovecraft emphasizes two: books and dreams. In “Dreams of the Witch-House,” “The Shadow out of Time” and “The Shadow over Innsmouth,” dreams infect their hosts with a virulence that resembles the more overt psychic possessions that occur in “The Haunter in the Dark” and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Like the monsters themselves, Lovecraft’s dreams are autonomous forces breaking through from Outside and engendering their own reality.

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