For eighty thousand years Pth’thya-l’yi had lived in Y’ha-nthlei 

Lovecraft and Llanelli, South Wales.

My thoughts on this that were published in DEATHREALM #22 (1994) as part of my regular column ‘Tentacles Across The Atlantic’ —

“….you may be interested in knowing Llanelli’s correct pronunciation is not unlike H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu. In fact, I am not the only one to have made the case for some intangible synchronous connection between the two. On a visit to Llanelli recently, whilst taking my father on a nostalgic trip back to his roots, I could easily imagine the surly inhabitants possessing brothership with HPL’s Deep Ones–and the deserted part of Llanelli docks being their lurkhole….

Imagine my shudder of delight when I soon after noted these words on the last page of SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH by HPL:

‘For eighty thousand years Pth’thya-l’yi had lived in Y’ha-nthlei.‘

Life is full of such coincidences. And I think immanent synchronicity and dark serendipity affect lovers of the dark side more than most. Just as an example, whilst on that short visit to Llanelli, Dad scoured the local telephone directory in what he thought was a hopeless task to track down one of his old friends with whom he had gone diving at Llanelli docks as a boy: someone he had not seen or heard of for over forty years–and lo, that very friend was living directly opposite the guest house where Dad and I were staying, miles from the friend’s previously known abode! This chap turned out to be a Chief Mason in Llanelli with more resemblance to one of HPL’s Deep Ones than was polite to notice. All true!

The strange forces of serendipity and coincidence ever seem to be at work, especially when writing stories in the horror mode. Either that or there is some wondrous mantra (or muse?) steering our minds towards those priceless moments of creativity and gestalt.”

The last paragraph, a sort of gestalt real-time reviewing prophecy?

My previous HPL references: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/tag/hp-lovecraft/

Pickman and Aickman

Tweet should be vice versa — just testing your attention!

Robert Aickman THE MODEL:

My earlier review of H.P. Lovecraft’s Pickman’s Model:

Lovecraft’s last lav

Back in July 2016, I posted this gestalt real-time review of a book entitled THE AGE OF LOVECRAFT: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/the-age-of-lovecraft/

I need to know – was this before Scott Nicolay’s famous throwaway line or not? The line that has contributed – rightly or wrongly – to the disruption of the planning at the imminent NecronomiCon in Providence.

My view is that HPL needs pissing on and adoring in equal measure, for obvious separate respective reasons. Long live the tenets of Nemonymity and Wimsatt’s Intentional Fallacy! I hope the Con will thus revert to its planned equilibrium and deserved success.

The AGE of LOVECRAFT

 

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Just received this purchased book….

Edited by Carl H. Sederholm and  Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Foreword by Ramsey Campbell

Featuring words from James Kneale, Isabella van Elferen, Brian Johnson, Jed Mayer, David Simmons, Jessica George, David Punter, W. Scott Poole, China Miéville.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS 2016

In due course, I shall comment on this book in the thought stream below.

The Haunter of the Dark – HP Lovecraft

The mid-1960s Panther paperback below, together with the Edgar Allan Poe paperback simultaneously being real-time reviewed on this site, got me started in real literature at that time…

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However, I somehow lost that edition, so for current purposes I am using the 1970s Panther edition below, one that I bought as a replacement at that time:

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My present day observations upon it will be shown in the comment stream below as and when I re-read each story…

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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THE DREAM-QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH by H.P. Lovecraft

Having recently completed a real-time review of Joyce’s ‘Finnegans Wake’ here, I somehow considered it appropriate to re-visit this HPL novella, having first read it during the 1960s.
The edition being used is that printed in the Victor Gollancz “At The Mountains of Madness and Other Novels” (1966) hardback book – pages 290 to 385.

“…but being old in the land of dream he counted on many useful memories and devices to aid him.”

MY REVIEW WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE COMMENT STREAM BELOW AS AND WHEN I READ IT:-