Dreadful Thoughts: The Abysmally Unexpected & Grotesquely Unbelievable

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January – as the fella said – is a gelid month. A hiemal, brumal, dismal and tenebrous month.

A month when the dankest and most abysmal recesses of the human mind kick into hideous half-life. Spewing forth noxious brain-fumes and strangling our seedlings of hope with worriment. A month of bad thoughts. A month of Dreadful Thoughts.

On that cheery & heartening note let's bid welcome to 2010 by bolting the doors, stoking the fires, and settling down to read (and chatter about) some choice spooky stories of yore.

For the fourteenth meeting of our Dreadful Thoughts Story Club we finally cast our baleful gazes in the direction of Howard Phillips Lovecraft – the mad 'n' bad warlock prince of 20th Century horror. He of the sinuously baroque and esoteric lingo. He of the awesome cosmic dread. He of the…er…not liking the non-white races so much.

Your (double-bill) reading assignments are as follows. See y'all next Monday.

Stories:

a) "The Outsider" (html)

b) "The Rats in the Walls" (html), (html), (pdf).

Discussion Opens:
Monday, 11th January @ 9 p.m. (and runs for seven full days).

P.S: In case anyone's staring at this post, waiting for action – the discussion thread is actually located here. Refocus your gazes.

January 4, 2010

5 responses to Dreadful Thoughts: The Abysmally Unexpected & Grotesquely Unbelievable

  1. emordino said:

    “My eldest cat, “Nigger-Man”, was seven years old…”

    Oh HP, will you ever get the girl.

  2. fústar said:

    He had so much love for all mankind. It’s just that, sometimes, it came out a bit wrong.

  3. emordino said:

    I couldn’t stop laughing every time that name cropped up. Like some really poorly-conceived superhero.

  4. Seeing as the cat’s name has no real relevance to the story, I’m surprised the publishers haven’t done an Agatha Christie on it: in her And Then There Were None (first Ten Little Niggers, then Ten Little Indians, then Ten Little Paddies) the action takes place on Soldier Island. Guess what it was called in the original?

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