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Neil Gaiman on H.P. Lovecraft

I am trying to be certain I have found all of Neil Gaiman's works directly related to H.P. Lovecraft.

My list at present includes the following:

1. "I Cthulhu: or What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47 ° 9’ S, Longitude 126 ° 43’ W)?"
* originally published in 1986, now online

2. "Only The End of the World Again"
* originally published in 1994 in Shadows Over Innsmouth

3. "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar"
* originally published in 1998 in The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy

[Both "Only The End of the World Again" and "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" are also available in Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions]

4. "A Study in Emerald"
* originally published in 2003 in Shadows over Baker Street, now online
* 2004 Hugo Award Winner

Also, there's Neil Gaiman's interview in the 2004 documentary The Eldritch Influence: The Life, Vision and Phenomenon of H.P. Lovecraft

If you know of anything I've missed, please let me know! Thanks so much.

Quotes for the day:

"He simply gave you a vision of an impossibly inhospitable universe in which we are screwed."

"The interesting thing is in Lovecraft, people don't do the wrong thing in the way that you normally do in horror fiction. In horror fiction, you do the wrong thing: you go into the shop and you buy that cat-headed object you probably shouldn't, or whatever, and everything goes bad. In Lovecraft, you simply get a room in a wrong place, move to the wrong town, read the wrong story. You're just screwed."

-Neil Gaiman on H.P. Lovecraft from The Eldritch Influence: The Life, Vision and Phenomenon of H.P. Lovecraft


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Jun. 30th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
Augh! Stop being so clever - I want to read all of it and I don't have the time! My "assignment" list for the next two weeks (before I see my father and you-know-what on the 16th):

1) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (He gave this to me almost two years ago and I still haven't had the decency to read it.)
2) My Father's Ghost by Suzy McKee Charnas (I really want to read this before I see him.)
3) Harry Potter 4 & 5
4) All the fabulous stuff you've been leading us off to the past few days.

And then there's rereading War of the Worlds and that Airwolf fanfic... STOP IT! My head is going to explode!!! You can see why I never committed to college. ;-)
Jun. 30th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman also said:

"Lovecraft is a resonating wave; he is rock and roll."

Which I found very very funny.
Jul. 1st, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
What a marvelous quote! :) Funny indeed.
Jul. 1st, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
LOL! Sorry about that. What an assignment list! More power to you. I myself am trying to get several things wrapped up before the Half-Blood Prince hijacks me for a while. :)
Jun. 30th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Did I mention? I so enjoyed "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," I plan on reading more this afternoon!
Jun. 30th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks
I'm so glad to hear it! That makes my day. It's always fun to pass along favorites. :) Happy reading!
Jul. 1st, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
Somewhat related - have you looked at the collection Cthulhu 2000? I was just looking for my copy but couldn't find it - I'm afraid it may have slithered off somewhere (like a friend's house, hopefully it isn't eating her cats). Anyway, I don't know if Gaiman contributed or not. I have a vague impression he did, but no way of substantiating that. I may be thinking of someone else like Campbell or Lumley. I do recall there's a humorous story that I really enjoyed by Esther Friesner in that collection, although tastes obviously vary.
Jul. 1st, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up! Is that the "Love's Eldritch Ichor" story? I heard Friesner talking about that at this year's MidSouthCon. I don't have Cthulhu 2000, but clearly I need to get it ASAP. I really appreciate the recommendation. Thank you!
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Isn't Neil Gaiman the author of Snow Glass Apples? I have been trying to find a hard copy of that for years but it is way to expensive.
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
He surely is! That came out in Smoke and Mirrors, which is now out in paperback. It's a great - and unforgettable! - story.
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
Indeed! I remember when I first read it I was mesmerized. Then I have always been a huge fan of alternative twists on fairy tales.

I had it sitting on my computer for years but it didn't have an author's name on it. I had to search to find out who wrote it. If your sure it is in Smoke and Mirrors I will order that straight away. I think I hadn't thus far because the preview of the TOC doesn't list it. I think their must be a second page to the contents. That would explain it.
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yes! I was so thrilled when I heard Tori Amos's song "Carbon," in which she sang, "Get me Neil on the line, No I won't hold. Have him read 'Snow, Glass, Apples' where nothing is as it seems." :)

In my copy, the Table of Contents is two full pages, and "Snow, Glass, Apples" is the very last story in the book.
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
the Table of Contents is two full pages, and "Snow, Glass, Apples" is the very last story in the book.

Well that explains it then. Thanks sweet pea!

Aug. 21st, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
Lovecraft seduces the reader with carefully crafted atmosphere and relentless, unflinching exposition. Lovecraft’s protagonists are sensitive, thoughtful, curious scholars and researchers, all of whom suffer from the unfortunate desire to know. In their discoveries lie true horrors

That's the sin of the Jamesian protagonist as well (as pointed out in the MRJ chapter Jack Adrian's Elegant Nightmares, a review of British ghost fiction from le Fanu to Blackwood). I checked a copy out of the central library back when it was much more expensive ($65); I copied and have been slowly purchasing my way through the bibliography.

I haven't bought any horror in awhile except for a replacement copy of More Not at Night in better condition; must get back into it for Halloween!
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