Blind read through: H.P. Lovecraft; The Nameless City
This one is a pure horror story. This reminds me of the times my friends and I sat around and played the table top game.
The story follows a narrator through Egypt to explore and he comes across the nameless city. A city whose inhabitants seemed to be some prehistoric creatures that were part man and part reptile. Our narrator finds a tunnel and happens upon some kind of deeper creature sleeping within the earth.
The absolute best part of horror, is the fear of the unknown. There are things in the world which we can even fathom and what makes Lovecraft so amazing is that he tunes into this with his Chthonic Deities and their followers.
Best line in the story? “To convey any idea of these monstrosities is impossible.”
And even though he gives a semblance of a description right after this, it still hits the fear meter.
We are also reintroduced to the Mad Arab who wrote the Necronomicon off the horrible experiences he had in places similar to this.
We are left with the wonderful, famous, Lovecraft line from the Necronomicon:
That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.
Lovecraft is also a precursor to all the modern day Urban fantasy, with his first person narrators who are describing these strange happenings, with their own voice. If you notice every Lovecraft narrator is invariably, Lovecraft. His discernible prose streams through each narrator’s tome, and what makes it work is the absolute weirdness and uniqueness of the tales.
Join me tomorrow for a blind read through of “The Quest of Iranon”