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Author Topic: What got you in to Lovecraft?  (Read 38174 times)
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« on: May 26, 2011, 07:14:42 PM »

I got into Lovecraft because I heard about him on a episode of the Real Ghost Busters. Lame. Roll Eyes
I finally got his books three yeas ago.
Cool Air Sucks.
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 09:58:08 PM »

Neil Gaiman. I was reading his complete works (as best I could, at least). He's got so many allusions that I decided I really ought to read Lovecraft. I'd though for years that maybe I should, but Gaiman got me into it. Then the podcast got me to read all of it, then I started making Cthulhus...etc.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011, 01:17:07 AM »

I found a somehow-still-in-one-piece first edition of Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre on the floor of one of my high school classrooms on the last day of the school year. I spent large chunks of the following summer looking through libraries and book stores for more anthologies, and I read just about every single one of his stories before the next school year began. Years later, I found this podcast, and it's totally made me relive that original excitement.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 02:18:45 AM »

...stumbling upon this podcast. [/shame]

Well, "Stuff You Should Know" had a great reading of "The Tomb" and that lead me here after I wanted to look for more stuff to read.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2011, 02:20:35 AM »

Before I was an atheist, I remember hearing about this guy Lovecraft who was an occultist. lol  Later I saw the movie "Dagon" and liked it. Years after that, after I left the church, I bought a couple of anthologies. "Cool Air" was the first story that I read.

The idea of ancient creatures/civilizations and the Necronomicon, pulled me in.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2011, 05:18:34 AM »

As an angst-ridden teenager I read Colin Wilson's "The Outsider" then in the library one day saw an HPL book with the same title and picked it up out of interest...  I may also have picked the name up from reading REH Conan, I'm sure HPL was mentioned in the forwards.

Actually can I just also say - nothing can replace the thrill of reading HPL for the first time, but I'm finding that the podcasts almost do that, they make me look at a story with fresh eyes and bring a lot of pleasure. Keep up the good work guys!
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2011, 08:45:39 AM »

I had known about HPL and the Cthulhu RPG for years (I've been a gamer for the last 24 years) but never really picked it up. Then I saw a commercial for "Dagon" on the Sci-Fi channel and thought I would look for the book. That lead me to finding the audiobook files and downloading a few. After listening to them, I had the bug and scrounged the internet for more and more. I eventually ended up buying a half dozen anthologies and collections and the rest is history, so far.

Oh, and I got into the podcast about 30 episodes in from a bunch of link jumping that originated on the Podiobooks.com web site. I still have no idea how it led me here, but hey, that's typical of Lovecraft stories, right?

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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2011, 09:58:06 AM »

Well, that's a good question.  I honestly can't remember exactly how or where I first read one of Lovecraft's stories.  It's lost in the misty reaches for time, I guess.
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2011, 02:11:47 PM »

This particular book-


Sadly, it was brand new when I read it. If you look at the price on the cover you'll get a sense of why that makes me sad.
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2011, 05:25:03 PM »

Stumbled across the Necronomincon CoC RPG (2nd ed box set) at our university bookshop back in '86. We were playing AD&D, but CoC looked so damn intriguing. Got hold of ATMOM and that was it....
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2011, 05:38:00 PM »

I first heard of Lovecraft because of Metallica. Then I went out and bought this:

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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2011, 09:07:01 PM »

I bought that book, Genus, and can't find it. Did you steal it from me!? XD j/k
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2011, 11:40:00 PM »

I got into Lovecraft thanks to a friend, Scott Connors when he lived in Georgia.  Love the the concepts of ancient creatures and ancient societies.
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2011, 02:32:14 PM »

Heard about it through Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. Went and bought the same book as Genus Cheesy but after reading that I didn't read any more Lovecraft until I started going through the podcast archives here.
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2011, 02:58:52 PM »

I absolutely love the work Michael Whelan did for that run of Lovecraft books. It defined the way I would 'see' Lovecraft for some time afterward. I believe most of the covers for that run were derived from just two paintings Whelan did, from which the various covers were taken from sections of each painting. 
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