Thursday, 21 November 2013

Why I can't read HP Lovecraft's fiction; because the man was fucking disgusting

I can't read his fiction, but I can listen to it (audiobooks) :P.

However, I don't like Lovecraft's fiction, albeit I think he's a fine writer, nor do I like him as a person. Just take a look at this, Lovecraft referred to the area's immigrant population by referring to Red Hook as "a maze of hybrid squalor". He spelled out his inspiration for "The Horror at Red Hook" in a letter written to fellow writer Clark Ashton Smith: "The idea that black magic exists in secret today, or that hellish antique rites still exist in obscurity, is one that I have used and shall use again. When you see my new tale "The Horror at Red Hook", you will see what use I make of the idea in connexion with the gangs of young loafers & herds of evil-looking foreigners that one sees everywhere in New York."

My main problem with the Lovecraftian POV or ideology is that all the unknown parts of the world/universe, must be AUTOMATICALLY places of "cosmic horror" and any attempt to understand such places or see such places is AUTOMATICALLY "blasphemous" & will bring insanity to the human mind - thus, they ought to remain "dead" and "forgotten". It's a view I don't agree with at all. If you're familiar with the Ancient Aliens pseudo-documentary series, Lovecraft's mindset is the same as their own but diametrically opposed on the pessimist-optimist scale. But that's a discussion for another time...

Now! Guess what asshole wrote some of these quotes. Was it Lovecraft or Hitler? Take the quiz here:

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't finished the quiz, don't read the below quotes.

"Of the complete biological inferiority of the negro there can be no question he has anatomical features consistently varying from those of other stocks, and always in the direction of the lower primates... Equally inferior and perhaps even more so is the Australian black stock, which differs widely from the real negro. In dealing with these two black races, there is only one sound attitude for any other race (be it white, Indian, Malay, Polynesian, or Mongolian) to take and that is to prevent admixture as completely and determinedly as it can be prevented, through the establishment of a colour line and the rigid forcing of all mixed offspring below that line."

"Therefore it is wise to discourage all mixtures of sharply differentiated races - though the color line does not need to be drawn as strictly as in the case of the negro, since we know that a dash or two of Mongolian or Indian or Hindoo or some such blood will not actually injure a white stock biologically."

"However, that wouldn't work in Poland or New York City, where the Jews are of an inferior strain, and so numerous that they would essentially modify the physical type."

"It is a fact, however, that sentimentalists exaggerate the woes of the average negro. Millions of them would be perfectly content with servile status if good physical treatment and amusement could be assured them, and they may yet form a well-managed agricultural peasantry."

"Race prejudice is a gift of nature, intended to preserve in purity the various divisions of mankind which the ages have evolved."

"The only thing that makes life endurable where Blacks abound is the Jim Crow principle, and I wish they'd apply it in New York both to Niggers and to the more Asiatic types of puffy, ratfaced Jews!"

"The Black is vastly inferior. There can be no question of this among contemporary and unsentimental biologists... But, it is also a fact that there would be a very grave and very legitimate problem even if the Negro were the White man's equal."

"When, long ago, the gods created Earth In Jove's fair image Man was shaped at birth. The beasts for lesser parts were next designed; Yet were they too remote from humankind. To fill the gap, and join the rest to Man, Th'Olympian host conceiv'd a clever plan. A beast they wrought, in semi-human figure, Filled it with vice, and called the thing a Nigger."