Lurking on the site this week is The Lurking Fear!
Next week: The Rats in the Walls!
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You mention the film which has appropriated this story’s title. It is… I would say abominable, but in the current context that sounds like praise. In applying himself to this, the most cinematic of all Lovecraft’s work, the director declares that there was so little to work with, he had to add a bank-heist element to flesh out the story. Declares? Gloats! A much better adaptation is “Bleeders”, with Rutger Hauer in a minor role, and no credit at all directed towards H.P. (one suspects so as not to get any of the Full Moon taint).
There was another movie “Bleeders” or alt. titled “Hemoglobin”. In that one is set in Florida and involves Jan Martense returning to his home looking for a cure for a congental disease he suffers from, and finding the mutant family. It has a love interest and is just bad in general.
Dirty deeds done dirt cheap?
MORE providential lightning? HPL eventually does become more subtle saving the world, or rather, postponing it’s inevitable destruction. It’s a recurring motif where plain dumb luck foils the Old Ones or whatever force of chaos, rather than anything the narrator can do to save himself.
Check out the film Dragonwyck, starring Vincent Price. Turner Classic Movies shows it now & then. It’s also on dvd. It’s set in the early 19th century New York state where the Dutch influence is still predominant. There’s a crumbling pile, a first wife dead under suspicious circumstances, a new wife nervously looking over her shoulder, a brooding husband, last scion of a once proud family who locks himself in the tower because he’s…a DRUG ADDICT! ?wait. What?!?! NO, no, no…mouldering tomes, opening a gate, calling down the Old Ones! Ah, Jeez. But there are a lot of thunderstorms.
I have a real love for this story, it was the first HPL story I ever read, and you guys are right, it’s action packed, yet it’s still got a deep (no pun intended) story. I didn’t read Rats in the Walls until years afterward, and I love that one too. Comparing them is inevitable — Rats in the Walls horrifies through implication, this one really puts it in your face, and it’s more “episodic” — I suppose RITW is a better story, but I probably like this one just as much.
I am continuously marked up on my writing for the excess use of adverbs and adjectives, but in my opinion it lays a better landscape for the reader of exactly what the character is looking at.
You know, I don’t think I ever listen’d to this one!! I knew, immediately, Paul’s reading voice, as I have his ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT reading of FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH (I wish ye wou’d consider doing a series of podcasts on Lovecraft’s weird verse). This is a vastly entertaining podcast. I recently wrote my own “version” of “The Lurking Fear,” an 11,300 word novelette set in Sesqua Valley, wherein, on Tempest Hill, there lurks ye haunted Martense Mansion. It was such a fun, fanboy tale to write! This is one of my favourite E’ch-Pi-El tales.
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