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Old 11-22-2014   #21
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^^ Haha.
Maybe the best bit of snarkyness I've read in a long time. Yeah Hell-Ghost's remark seems a bit.. to be nice.. misguided.
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The thing is, if you intend to pursue a literary career, you can’t become a really good writer without a wide variety of influences. Charles Beaumont is one of the best writers I know to study; most of his horror stories approach a mainstream sensibility but that actually isn’t a liability for a guy who was the best stylist of his time. These days I read Ligotti, Samuels, Campbell and a handful of others; but I always sample the new stuff in Stephen Jones Mammoth anthologies. A writer needs diverse influences, and there’s no doubt about that…a lot of non-genre reading is recommended as well.
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I personally prefer writers who wrote tales of terror and the supernatural not as the result of mere passion for the genre, but as the consequence of a worldview.
But both of those things tend to be tied together. Lovecraft clearly seen himself within the greater context of the genre.

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Obviously this point needs to be made again to the likes of the teenage tendency.

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Machen was a Christian, Lovecraft was an atheist. So their worldview would have bee a bit different. I don't think worldview plays a part in an attraction to the Weird. I discovered Poe when I was six years old and I'm sure I didn't have a worldview then. (Used to drive my folks crazy, H-G, walking around the house reciting "The Raven"!).

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My worldview is that I am getting pissed off with pretentious kids and camp-followers of the trite having a pop at me by misrepresenting my position.

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Derleth's anthologies had little to do with tales of "the more plain and gruesome type" but were known for their quality. Stories by Lovecraft (not easily available in the 40's) and de la Mare were side by side with the best of Bloch, Whitehead and Henry Kuttner. Metcalf, Wakefield, Blackwood, Thomas Burke and Machen appeared in the pages of those fine books.
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Druidic -

Synchronicity in action! I too first discovered Poe at age 6, the result of curious digging through my father's old footlocker of books from his college years (also the source of the first Lovecraft volume I would own, the Ballantine 'adult fantasy' edition of Sarnath, some years later.) My mother used to like to tell folks the story of when I was entering first grade and she took me to meet the teacher, who having been told I loved reading, asked me my favorite story and was openly gobsmacked when I told her it was 'The Raven'; even more so when I began to recite it. Ah, discovering Poe, Goosebumps, Universal monster movies - what a wonderfully formative time that was!

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A Time of Great Discoveries, ChildofOld. I discovered Lovecraft when I was 8. In between Poe and HPL I discovered Doyle.
My fate was sealed.
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"A Season In Carcossa" and "Cold Hand In Mine"

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