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HP Lovecraft and Religion, a few thoughts as I drove to work.

Posted in Literature, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by urbannight

HP LovecraftHPL often makes the religious most susceptible to madness in his stories. They turn into absolute wrecks when confronted with things out of the ordinary. These things are not supernatural in nature and the person’s religious actions to protect them do not work. His creatures are natural but either ancient, alien, or trans-dimensional. So he is basing his monsters/creatures on science (or science fiction) that we don’t understand. The implication is that religious people are weak minded to start with.
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Yet many times he has people who were more rational and non-religious go to religious authority figures for help when strange things start to happen to them or around them. It is like he is saying that it is human nature to turn to religion when confronted by the unknown or the unknowable. Of course, anything suggested by or provided by these religious figures always fails. HPL’s views of religious are well known.
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His stories reflect a concept that those who are religious and depend on religion to start with are weak minded individuals but even those with stronger mental fortitude will turn to religion when faced with the unknown, that it is basic human nature. But since God doesn’t really exist, religion cannot solve the strange problems caused by life forms that science was unable to identify or that came from other places. But people’s reliance on religion makes using religion an easy way to take over a community in order to control people for ulterior goals.
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In fact, as I sit here running stories through my head, I can only think of one that uses a supernatural horror instead of one that could be considered natural if unknown or unearthly. That is Dreams in the Witch House. There may be others that I would find if I sat down and flipped through more stories. That’s just an off the top of my head recall.
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The fact that his horror seldom uses magical causes actually increases the horror. The idea that the world is much bigger and stranger than we can see in our ordinary reality and those things have no care for the structure of the world as we see it and have created it for ourselves is a more terrifying concept than supernatural horrors.

NaNoWriMo year three

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2012 by urbannight

I told myself I wasn’t even going to consider it this year.  I have too much to do.  To much on my plate.  But several people keep talking about it.  I start to feel envious about it.  I want to do it too.

I went through my folder of outlines and ideas.  One in particular was saying, “you know you want to work on me.”  Because I do, and I don’t, but I do. 

Do I give another year a go and then give up half way through because the time just never seems to be available? 

Maybe I should give it a go without officially signing up for it.  That way I don’t feel ‘obligated’ and it turns into a chore.

It is like when I took piano lessons.  Practicing daily was a struggle.  But when I wasn’t taking lessons, I could spend hours at the piano each week.

I have to make a training manual for my unit at work.  Actually, I had to start on it at the end of last week.  I wonder, can I count that?  It’s non-fiction.  It will take me to the end of November to finish the entire thing.  But I’m not sure it will meet the word requirement in the long run.

Historical Fiction and NaNoWriMo

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by urbannight

Last night, laying in bed, just as I was drifting off to sleep, I finally decided what to write for NaNoWriMo.

Then I woke up today and had no clue. Nothing. Nada. Gone like the Wind.

I have been doing research on Raedwald, who is believed to be the person burried on the Sutton Hoo. I thought a fictionalized novel about him might be fun to read. So a friend told me I better write it. I was not researching him to write it. I was researching early rulers of Britain. I was doing so because I took several courses in British history in college and I wanted to brush up on the stuff I knew I was beginning to forget.

I also have done a lot of research on Marie Laveau for this year’s Halloween costume and theme. She was the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans form the 1830’s to her death in 1871. After that her daughter of the same name took over until her death in 1896 I think. I could write a fictionalized story about her.

I wanted to write something completely made up, so I wouldn’t have to worry about fact checking. But I feel like those ideas are going nowhere.