H.P. Lovecraft

Currently, I am reading a book of short stories by an author named H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island.  Throughout his childhood he was sick very frequently.  During this time he educated himself on a wide array of subjects and further advanced himself in reading and writing. He mainly focused on horror in his writing and had a large impact on 20th century literature.  The title of the book I’m reading is The Call of Cthulu and Other Weird Stories.  It certainly lives up to its genre: Horror.  He references chilling things in his short stories that will make you shift uncomfortably and cringe at the gruesomeness of certain things.  He wrote things that will make you look over your shoulder to make sure a horrifying monster out for blood is not following you.  I just finished the chapter titled The Outsider where the protagonist is a man who has lived in a dark castle his whole life.  He has never seen the sun because tall, dark trees cast darkness across the only place he has ever known.  But, once he finds the sun he has a shocking revelation about himself.  He is the monster.  I’m currently reading Herbert West- Reanimator.  This is by far the creepiest story that I’ve read so far.  Herbert West was in medical school and was known for his strange beliefs that one could artificially escape death.  He would perform tests on guinea pigs, cats, and dogs that he killed.  He would try and get signs of life from the test subjects in his own horrifying ways.  The school shut down his experiments but this drove his craving for knowledge.  He wants to test his methods on a human subject and that develops the plot in the story.  I certainly recommend this to anyone that likes Stephen King or any other horror writers.  From what I’ve read so far, it’s very well done and references topics that sound so ominous that you can’t help but look further into them.

—Meghan Brady, October 8, 2015

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