I recently discovered this site: Horror Masters , a huge, cavernous warehouse of free, downloadable pdfs of some of the greatest Horror and Weird Fiction ever written, from Lovecraft precursor Lord Dunsany to acolyte/fan-fiction writer made good Algernon Blackwood, to the relatively obscure works of lesser knowns and the lesser known works of the un-obscure.
Clark Ashton Smith remains a personal favorite of mine, owed in no small part to his bizarre artwork, which can be viewed here.
I can't explain properly my new-found obsession with this sort of material. I do know that part of it is the absolute dismissal of the mundane and banal - Lovecraft denies it to the point of refusing to provide any background details, any 'character building' information about any of his (interchangable) protagonists. All of this is eschewed in favor of essentially constructing excuses for these ciphers to experience awesome terror and beauty, so epic that their feeble intellects shatter in the wake. It’s a seemingly pure expression of , or exploration of the only things that interested Lovecraft as a writer and possibly as a man.
And that’s interesting to me; to boil everything away until you’re left with a singular, perfect object ( I think Cthulhu’s brain consists of a single, small diamond). Life isn’t so simple for me, and I know I’m unable to shut out everything I dislike, nor am I able to convert it all into a symbolic screeching chaos that’s bound to render me a babbling idiot ( I’ll get there wihtout that, I imagine.).But, I am able to carry the ideal with me and apply it in certain ways.
-He did like cats..
-drawing by unknown, awesome artist.