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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Artist's Thread! on: April 15, 2014, 08:21:43 AM
I'm not sure if this site deserves its own thread or not, but the artist is definitely tapping into a Lovecraftian vibe.

http://www.beksinski.pl/

Bob Lovecraft
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Artist's Thread! on: April 07, 2014, 08:37:03 AM
It's not canvas art, but I've started making Chulhu dice bags, so if anyone's interested, I sell them at https://www.etsy.com/listing/185259073/cthulhu-dice-bag?ref=shop_home_active_3 for $25.

Very cool! I don't suppose I could get the Handsome Guy $25.00 discount on one of those, could I?  Wink

Bob Lovecraft
3  Mythos Matters / Cthulhu Entertainment & Gaming / Re: True Detective on: April 07, 2014, 08:35:17 AM
I just started watching this series a few nights ago. The Comcast affiliate in our area had a "watch free HBO series all week" promotion and the wife and I were able to catch the first 4 episodes. So far, I'm loving it. The thing that got me interested in it, however, wasn't the press surrounding the series, but an article I saw someplace a while back about the symbol used for the yellow sign on the show. According to wikileaks (I think that was where the link sent me) the sigil used in the series is very similar to that used by certain pedophiles to denote just what they are into. The page showed the symbol incorporated into jewelry like rings and cufflink and the like, and was pretty disgusting in its implications. So when I saw the first episode of True Detective, I had already been expecting some kind of King in Yellow, or at least Lovecraftian reference, but I had no idea that the show was completely based on "The King in Yellow". I was stoked. So now, the watch for free week is over, and I'm reduced to waiting for Netflix to have it become available before I get to see anymore of it. Talk about suspense.

Bob Lovecraft
4  Mythos Matters / Cthulhu Entertainment & Gaming / Re: Ghost Busters circa 1922 on: April 07, 2014, 08:19:02 AM
Hey LambethWarp,

I've used TinyUploads before and it worked fine, but for whatever reason, it isn't embedding anymore. So I think I will try Imageshack next time. I appreciate the info. Oh, and tell me you wouldn't want some kind of horrible transcosmic incursion, just to get Tesla and Lovecraft over to investigate. Talk about a wrecking crew! Smiley

Bob Lovecraft
5  Mythos Matters / Cthulhu Entertainment & Gaming / Ghost Busters circa 1922 on: April 02, 2014, 12:57:52 PM
Now this is a version of Ghost Busters that I would LOVE to see!

Bob Lovecraft

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=52234927618853283971

PS - How the hell do I attach a picture to this post, it's been far too long since I've tried...
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Lovecraftian Research on: March 17, 2014, 08:07:46 AM
Oh that's cool. With some moodier lighting I can really imagine some horrible things happening there. By any chance is there an english translation to that story?

Bob Lovecraft
7  Mythos Matters / Lovecraft Literary Talk / Re: Scariest Lovecraft story momments on: March 13, 2014, 12:24:19 PM
Is a collaboration so I'm not sure this counts but a lot of my other favourites have been mentioned already and I think this one deserves recognition: When the protagonist of The Night Ocean See's the cloaked people on the beach and then later the thing swimming in the bay.

ooooo I had forgotten about The Night Ocean. That thing is just PACKED with good moments.

THe moment I love the most out of all of the Lovecraft stuff, and it is because it is so unexpected, is the moment in The Thing in the Moonlight where the conductor turns around and his head is nothing but a tentacle, and his partner drops to all fours and charges the narrator. OF course, as I write this, I seem to remember that that story was written based on lovecraft's letter, but was not written by Lovecraft himself. So if I am remembering that correctly, then I will have to say that the moment of horror penned exclusively by Lovecraft that I love the most is the drop of blood in The Picture in the House.

Bob Lovecraft
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Artist's Thread! on: March 13, 2014, 08:29:00 AM
Very nice! I wonder if the King is listed in there?

Bob Lovecraft
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Lovecraftian Research on: March 13, 2014, 08:27:36 AM
Thanks for the support, TheIdiotsLantern, I'm glad someone else is getting something strangely satisfactory out of this research. Of course "research" might be a bit of a grandiose description of reading a book that someone else compiled Wink. I'm about to get into the second section of the book where the records look a bit more verbose. I think we will see some more disturbing facts about these poor people. In fact, I've got a few right now:

Wm. M. Garrow, lunatic from Mobile, Alabama, pay patient, age 45, cause ill health and peculiarly nervous temperament, duration last attack 4 or 5 years, married, lawyer, admitted 11th June 1850, removed by his friends 24th June 1850.

The thing that gave me pause here was that William is described as having a "peculiarly nervous temperment" and then nothing else. And the fact that he was there for less than a month makes me think his cult came and got him out as soon as they could.

Nancy Smedley, lunatic from Coweta County, pauper, age about 40, widow, cause of insanity ill health, duration unknown, admitted July 25 1852.

James Smedley, idiot from Coweta County, child of above Nancy Smedley, age 7, unnaturally small and deformed, in very bad health, condition congenital, July 25th 1852.

I've included Nancy and James together (although they are two distinct entries in the records) here as James is Nancy's son, and they were admitted on the same day. Even in this brief entry, I really feel for this woman. Considered a mental defective in her time and having a deformed, sickly child, this woman could not have had a good life. There is no death entry in the records, so I wonder whatever became of them. I can't help being reminded of the description of the children in "The Horror at Redhook" and want to connect the two situation.

Bob Lovecraft.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Was Arthur Jermyn H.I.V. Patient Zero? on: March 12, 2014, 11:40:39 AM
   OK, this is a bit strange, but since this is an HPL message board, I thought you guys my bear with me on this one. So I’m listening to some back episodes of a radio show called RadioLab on NPR and they are discussing the Patient Zero phenomenon whereby a disease is traced back to the initial carrier who is then labeled Patient Zero. Here is the link: http://www.radiolab.org/story/169879-patient-zero/ In the case of H.I.V. it was thought that a man named Gaëtan Dugas was the origin of the disease in San Francisco in the 1980’s. But the question arose, how did this man become infected or how did the disease originate in him if he was not infected with it from another carrier? Scientists have looked into this question and according to the science writer in this show, the origin of H.I.V. has been traced to a case in Cameroon, Africa in 1908. It is thought that the disease was contracted by a man who came into contact with an ape which was itself infected with S.I.V., the simian version of this disease. The S.I.V. then mutated in the man which in turn was spread into the general population slowly over the years until it entered America in the ‘80’s and became the most deadly pandemic in the history of the world.
   But I wonder about the “cut hunter” theory of blood-to-blood contact causing the disease to mutate. Since the disease has been traced to Africa in the early 20th century, and we know that H.I.V. can be spread sexually, is it possible that the “cut hunter” theory should be revise to the Arthur Jermyn Theory? Is it possible that Jermyn’s ancestor was the actual Patient Zero in the AIDS epidemic? It is something to think about. Perhaps Jermyn’s former friends were completely correct in shunning his very existence, though for the wrong reason. Perhaps the Jermyns are responsible for the deadliest plague humanity has ever seen…

Bob Lovecraft 
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Lovecraftian Research on: March 06, 2014, 08:03:00 AM
The next few entries are a bit odd not so much in what they contain in themselves, but in the fact that the first one was crossed out, and the second replaced it in the admission records. Up to this point I've left off the actual entry numbers for the patients I am listing here, but these were both listed as Patient Entry #209.

John J. Holmes, pay patient, lunatic and paralytic from Washington Co, age 40, farmer, married, cause apoplexy, duration 5 or 7 years, admitted March 30th 1847.

Again, this guy's entry was struck out and replaced with the following:

John H. Varnum, pauper lunatic from Jackson County, age 24, single, farmer, cause suppressed perspiration of “Miller[illegible],” or fright from death of a gentleman with whom he was sleeping and the consequent suspicions upon the mind of some that he was in some way accessory to his death, duration 4 years, admitted March 31st 1849, died of chronic diarrhea and general debility, June 7th 1851


The entry dates are similar, but off by almost 2 years, so why go back into the records and replace one with the other? The records continue unbroken from this point forward, so there was no gap in admissions from March of 1847 to March of 1849. Is this a cover-up? Maybe someone was trying to erase evidence of some kind? Who knows.

Bob Lovecraft
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Lovecraftian Research on: March 04, 2014, 08:04:13 AM
John Talmadge, lunatic from Athens, pay patient, age 55, married, mechanic, cause jealousy and intemperance, duration 6 or 7 years, admitted 19th Feb 1847, discharged 30th Oct 1847. This patient spent a few months in this institution in 1843, but no account can be found of his admission or discharge. He was discharged at that time as cured. Died June 1849 at home of dysentery.

On the surface, this one looks like it might just be a case of poor records-keeping, but considering this is an insane asylum in the 19th century South, I just can't help imagining this guy slowly shuffling from room to room, quietly drifting in on other patients while mumbling to himself, all while being strangely ignored by the staff. It's almost like the the guy dies of dysentery in 1849, and then the staff start getting weird memories of this guy being there years earlier, but no one can prove it. So is it a bit of mass delusion or something far more sinister?

Bob Lovecraft
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Lovecraftian Research on: February 28, 2014, 08:22:53 AM
I heard about that treasure find. The thing that makes me perk up on this is what was the "Something" the couple noticed that enticed them to dig? Were they out there with shovels in the first place? Was the "something" so important that they went back for excavating equipment? Was the hoard partially exposed? Were they Geo-caching? Did they hear sibilant voices from underground or see a headless indian woman walking around the area? I really want to know what tipped them off. So much could be made with that "something" that it needs to be cleared up.

And one quick entry here, speaking of provocative text:

Wiley Cummings, pauper, lunatic from Telfair County, age 30, married, farmer, cause of insanity jealousy (well founded), duration one month, admitted 28th Oct 1846, discharged cured 2nd June 1847.

That "well founded" comment is what got my attention here. It seems to indicate that the admissions clerk who entered the data knew all about this case but for whatever reason chose to leave that information out. I've noticed a very marked tendency in these entries for brevity. As these entries are all from the first volume of admissions records, I guess I can understand the asylum still working out its records keeping structure, but why even put in that little piece of observation if you are not going to comment on it at all? Anyway, at least Wiley was only there for a few months. I do wonder, however, if he ever did anything about his well-founded jealousy.

Bob Lovecraft
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Lovecraftian Research on: February 24, 2014, 01:07:46 PM
Holy Lovecraft! Shocked That landscape is spot-on accurate. I'm getting the itch to run another game...

As for the insanity, well, here are a few more poor souls:

Lewis B. Doane, lunatic, pay patient from Connecticut, age 25, single, cause of insanity onanism, duration 2 months, admitted 24th Oct 1845. This patient left home (Thompson, Con.0 in a state of partial insanity, went to New York and there embarked on board the Celia, Capt. Thatcher, bound for Savannah. It seems that he was trying to get to his uncles T. B. Haskell of Jones County, GA. Before the Celia reached Savannah he became so furious as to render close confinement necessary. When he reached Sav., he was confined in jail for a short time. He became quiet and was released. He then went to his uncles who soon after brought him to this institution and deposited for his support a small amount of money, stating that his friends at the north were able to pay the necessary amount for his support here. They were written to and after much delay stated that they were unable to pay a dollar. He has been supported upon the charity of the institution ever since. Died July 21, 1854.

The thing that got me most about this story is that the man was locked up for insanity brought on by onanism. For those of you who don't know, onanism is masturbation. Now, go back and reread that entry with that definition in mind. If onanism caused insanity, well, all I can say is I dodged one HELL of a bullet in my younger years. Undecided

Richard M. Williams, lunatic from Savannah, pay patient, age 37, single, cause of lunacy religious enthusiasm, duration 10 or 12 years, admitted 19th January 1846, died 11th Oct 1877, convulsions, no one to notify.

Tell me this doesn't sound like old man Whately.

Anderson Quick, pauper, lunatic from Fayette County, age 26, single, laborer, insanity caused by solitary confinement, duration 8 years, was chained to one spot during the whole period, admitted 28th June 1846, died of marasmus 11th May 1847.

Part of me wants to make a pun out of this man's name, but the idea of some guy being chained to one spot for 8 years, plus however long he was in the asylum makes me want to just sit and stare out of a window into a grey, winter day.

Redmund Hutchinsins, pauper, lunatic from Cobb County, age 65, married, farmer, insanity caused by religious study, duration 3 years, admitted 28th July 1846, removed by his friends an unimproved 15th Oct 1847.

Here's another insane zealot. What gets me is his name. Think he knew anything about Charles Dexter Ward? Also, he was removed, unimproved, by his "friends". Am I the only one thinking that Lovecraft may have been a biographer this whole time?

I'll keep y'all updated as I progress through this catalogue of poor, broken souls. It's slow going sometimes. You can only read this stuff so long before you have to read something a bit more upbeat, say an expose' on the Black Dahlia killings.

Bob Lovecraft
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Lovecraftian Research on: February 11, 2014, 12:44:49 PM
TheIdiotsLantern,

I finally got the chance to look at that article. It was very disturbing to think of those poor people so tied up in their own fear and religious mania. I especially feel bad for the one woman who was left behind to fend for herself alone in the woods. I think HPL might have been able to make one hell of a story from that article, and it shares all kinds of commonalities with his narration in "The Picture in the House". So in that vein, I am listing a few more asylum listings.

Keep in mind that these are factual records from the Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA.

This is another case of far too much study:
John James Lenoir, Lunatic from Wilcox County, Alabama, pay patient, age 20, single, student, cause intense application to study, duration 3 years, admitted 11th June 1845, died of anasarea and diarrhea Dec. 30th 1851

I can't find a definition of anasarea, but whatever it was, it didn't mix well with the diarrhea. Poor guy.

Jeremiah Darby, lunatic from Pike County, Alabama, pay patient, age 37, farmer, married, cause of lunacy ill health and loss of a brother, duration 14 months, admitted August 18th 1845, escaped (his general health being somewhat improved) 23rd December 1845. Returned on foot home, some three months afterwards killed his wife by stabbing her with a long knife in several places about the chest (from an insane motive), was tried for murder in the Superior Court of Montgomery, Alabama, in May 1847 and found “not guilty” upon plea of insanity. Returned to the asylum May 26th 1847. Died of diarrhea September 29th 1853.


So what was the reason he gave for killing his wife?Huh? OF course the reason was insane; he was a lunatic, but come on, fill us in you bastards!

Wm. G. Pemble, pauper, lunatic from Sumter County, age 50, widower, house carpenter and coach maker, cause of disease intemperance, duration 3 months, confined in irons two months of the time, admitted Oct. 8th 1845, died of apoplexy Oct. 18 1845.

This one makes me wonder a bit, intemperance is being a drunk, so maybe he was a raging alcoholic, but if he were, then he was only that way for 3 months before they picked him up. Also, what kind of withdrawal results in having to be "confined in irons" for 2 months? Whatever it was, he only lasted 10 days in the asylum before that old bugaboo apoplexy got him.

There are many more of these, and one or two I need to list here, but it is slow going in this book. I'll post more when I find them.

Bob Lovecraft
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