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Timeless Fun With American Horror

If you are a fan of the horror genre in writing (or film or any artistic medium for that matter) then you are very likely to be familiar with the name of Edgar Allan Poe. Arguably the most famous among horror and mystery authors to ever come out of America, and quite possibly out of the entire world (yes I know that is a pretty bold statement to make). Considering his body of intense and influential works (The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, The Telltale Heart, and The Pit and the Pendulum just to name a few of my favorites off the top of my head) many people can quickly see after reading a few lines of these just why his work has been considered such a national treasure. I think the themes of loss, revenge, guilt, remorse, rage and abject depression have been eloquently portrayed by Poe and I don’t think we’ll ever see anything quite like what he has done, ever again.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of Poe smiling. Considering his troubled life, I’m not surprised. He’s considered by many to be a sympathetic and tragic hero in the writing community. © Marion Doss.

There seems to be a predisposition to being emotionally distressed that seems to attract great minds to writing, as was the case with Poe, so it seems was the same case with Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Lovecraft is regarded as a greatly influential author, not as much in mystery or suspense as Poe, but primarily in the horror genre. Stephen King (arguably America’s most famous living author) has even said “H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” His works have often included non-human races and strange alien objects falling from the sky or rising from the depths of the oceans, which has also set him into a status of high regard in the science fiction communities as well.

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Here is an artist’s rendition of one of Lovecraft’s most iconic and recurring villains in his work: Cthulu. Yes that name is spelled correctly and as Lovecraft even said, the name is not meant to be pronounced properly by human vocal cords. How cool is that?! © _william.

I’ve always enjoyed the fantastic and engrossing concepts that come out of the horror genre, which often intersects with elements of mystery, suspense, fantasy, or science-fiction writing. I think having a healthy knowledge and respect for our literary forebears is a great way to start moving toward an even more enlightened literary culture for everyone.

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I prefer to not end my writing with such a somber note and just the fact that H.P. Lovecraft would say something this humorous makes the quote that much funnier. I can definitely say this is accurate for me, but the only question is: would I dance better if I was sober or would I be too self-conscious and actually dance better if I was inebriated? © QuotesEverlasting