BSides 26 - The Beast in the Cave

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BSides 26 - The Beast in the Cave

Postby StalinSays » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:04 pm

Feature: The Beast in the Cave by H.P. Lovecraft

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
The horrible conclusion which had been gradually obtruding itself upon my confused and reluctant mind was now an awful certainty. I was lost, completely, hopelessly lost in the vast and labyrinthine recesses of the Mammoth Cave. Turn as I might, in no direction could my straining vision seize on any object capable of serving as a guidepost to set me on the outward path. That nevermore should I behold the blessed light of day, or scan the pleasant hills and dales of the beautiful world outside, my reason could no longer entertain the slightest unbelief…

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Re: B-Sides 26 - The Beast in the Cave

Postby strawman » Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:00 pm

So this is Lovecraft at 14?
How many 14 year-olds do you know who would describe walking as "engaged in the process of locomotion"? Or shouting together as "simultaneous ejaculations"?

Yes, I know. So THAT'S what they were doing!
In fact, when he threw the rock, that was ejaculation, too.
They didn't really know how to enjoy themselves back then.

Ah, progress.
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Re: B-Sides 26 - The Beast in the Cave

Postby normsherman » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:45 pm

Yah, it blows me away that lil Howie wrote like this when he was 14. If anything, his prose got less purple as he matured. This is what happens when someone gives you "Baby's First Thesaurus" at your baby shower.

But if you think kids were weirder back then strawman, just watch Myley Cyrus dance around with that proboscis of a tongue hanging out of her mouth the whole time at the VMA awards last night. elder god help us all.
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Re: B-Sides 26 - The Beast in the Cave

Postby strawman » Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:44 am

Sorry, I'd have to acknowledge knowing what you're talking about, and I trust those who tell me I don't want to know.

So, Cuthulu Mythos vs. VMA Awards for this years Megabeast Death Match, anyone?
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Re: B-Sides 26 - The Beast in the Cave

Postby El Barto » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:13 am

Mmmmm, mmmmmm, good. I can't wait to let my kids listen to this one in a few years. Who can't relate to that sense of dread.

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Re: BSides 26 - The Beast in the Cave

Postby tbaker2500 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:57 pm

Nice. Reads like a 14-yr old's story in one sense, and in another it shows a glimpse of much grander things to come.
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Re: BSides 26 - The Beast in the Cave

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:16 am

I listened to this cringing at the thought that the "hero" had just stoned a rescue dog -- it's what many modern authors would do.

Thank goodness that Lovecraft wasn't quite that modern.

I've never been a fan of Lovecraft and (sacrilege be damned) I'm still not. But this was a tidy little story that gripped me in a way that the author probably didn't anticipate.

The ending was a somewhat tame for my cynical, crusty sensibilities; but I have been subjected to hundreds of stories that built on Lovecraft's work. This was certainly a fine example of quality juvenilia.


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