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His creations continue to astound me but there are a few novellas and stories that I love. At The Mountains of Madness is one, The Shadow Out Of Time is another, and a short story that never gets mentioned.
In Old School Gaming
One of my all time favorite Lovecraft stories and one that I've used time and again for gaming isn't the Call of Cthulhu. Its 'From Beyond', this short story encapsulates everything about HP Lovecraft's ethos. From our insignificant place in the cosmic order of the universe, the ideas of perceptions beyond our own causing things to break into our world from just outside, isolation of the man & the breakdown of reality against the horrors from outside.
According to Wiki:
"From Beyond" is a short story by science fiction and horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was written in 1920 and was first published in The Fantasy Fan in June 1934 (Vol. 1, No. 10)
The Mega Dungeons Of Crawford Tillinghast
Everything begins and ends with the researches and manipulations of Tilinghast. But who was he? A delver into the deeper mysteries of super science and a DM's best friend.
According to wiki :
The best friend of the story's narrator, Tillinghast is a researcher of the "physical and metaphysical". Characterized as a man of "feeling and action", the narrator describes his physical transformation after he succeeds in his experiments: "It is not pleasant to see a stout man suddenly grown thin, and it is even worse when the baggy skin becomes yellowed or grayed, the eyes sunken, circled, and uncannily glowing, the forehead veined and corrugated, and the hands tremulous and twitching."
In the first draft of the story, Lovecraft called the character Henry Annesley; he replaced that name with one composed of two old Providence surnames. In The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Lovecraft mentions "the seasoned salts who manned...the great brigs of the Browns, Crawfords, and Tillinghasts"; James Tillinghast and Eliza Tillinghast are minor characters in that story.
I believe that the Tilinghasts have been messing around with the magic and science of the mythos for a long, long, time and Crawford built his work upon the foundations established by his ancestors. This fact also enables a DM to introduce the worlds and gates created by the Tilinghast family into a large variety of venues. The fact is that if you've got a crazy megadungeon location and want to plunk it into your campaign with some fleshed out Mythos monsters add in a member of this family and a resonator. Then your gate as well as location will draw the party in.
From Beyond also threads its way through other bits of Lovecraft's work as well. According to wiki :
Joshi points out that "From Beyond"'s theme of "a reality beyond that revealed to us by the senses, or that which we experience in everyday life", is continued in later Lovecraft tales, such as "The Shunned House" (1924), "The Colour Out of Space" (1927), "The Dreams in the Witch House" and others. For example, in "The Shunned House", the narrator says that "scientific study and reflection had taught us that the known universe of three dimensions embraces the merest fraction of the whole cosmos of substance and energy." Then wiki goes into a whole host of popular culture connections right HERE. But like always Wiki misses the mark. We've had a much more recent adaptation of many of the ideas of From Beyond going all the way back to 1979. The Phantasm movies use the gate system which has some really interesting ties in with parallel worlds, time streams, and in the fourth movie Oblivion a deep tie with From Beyond.
In Phantasm Obvilion we are finally shown the origin point of The Tall Man. Mr. Morningside studies and creates a gateway to the red world of the Phantasm mythos. I believe given the time period, means, and mechanisms of Mr.Morningside that there's a connection to the Resonator of the Lovecraft novella. I think that there were possibly a circle of scientists, magicians, and delvers into the forbidden sciences that throughout history have been opening gates and keys that should never be disturbed. This all dovetails nicely with the cheesetastic 1980's film From Beyond. Once again Wiki:
"From Beyond" was adapted into a 1986 film of the same name by horror director Stuart Gordon. Gordon has also written or directed such Lovecraft adaptations as Re-Animator (1985), Dagon (2001), and an episode of Masters of Horror (2005) entitled "Dreams in the Witch House". The short story was also the inspiration for the 2013 horror film Banshee Chapter, which loosely adapts the short story and 1986 Gordon film. Could all of these folks be building upon a body of work and technology that goes back centuries? Sure they could in fact it it all builds upon two warring races of Lovecraftian fiction - The Elder Things and The Great Race of Yith. The so called Great Race has had its clippers other manipulations throughout time and space. They first appeared in Lovecraft's tour de force The Shadow Out of Time.
They're a race of time travelers whose had some very interesting interactions through the mythos and will continue to for a very long time. They make the 'Time Lords' look like rank fools. They've got operatives throughout history moving minds along the entire thread of Earth and the universe's existence. They've also warred and traded with other Lovecraftian races even as they salt history with their technology at key points including the Nazi's time travel efforts. The Shadow Out Of Time and Dreams In The Witch House has the gate technology and Mythos science squarely laid at their feet. This is just the sort of thing that they'd create with ties that go deep into the Phantasm movies as well other 80's Cheestastic films. Its also a great device for use when creating megadungeons. The resonator From Beyond might in fact be another facet of mythos science that has other connections to the Great Race. Only time will tell what other weird gems will be uncovered.
Happy Birthday HP Lovecraft!
Thanks for all the insanity!
Thanks for all the insanity!