Salon.Com has an odd little article on H.P. Lovecraft on the occasion of the Library of America creating an “H. P. Lovecraft: Tales” volume.
My reaction to the HPL Library of America volume was “yuck.” Hey, I’ve got all of HPL’s fiction in e-book format on my PDA, but lets not start confusing HPL with real literature. Its great, cheesey pulp fiction with a hint of an interesting twist (HPL’s view that the universe is a cold, uncaring place where evil will inevitably triumph.) But, as I told my wife, HPL is a lot like Apple Jacks — I don’t know why I like it, I just do!
Salon.Com writer Laura Miller, on the other hand, clearly does not grok HPL. She’s arguing for a Freudian interpretation (Cthulhu’s tentacles are sexual organs, of course, and “Shadow Over Innsmouth” is simply an allegory for HPL’s racism). Yawn. Gee, I hope she’ll psychoanalyze E.E. “Doc” Smith next — not.
Master of disgust. Laura Miller, Salon.Com, February 12, 2005.
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