Parker Gayan's "Preset" flicked its neon way across my feed and proved a pleasant thing to viddy with my morning caff-shot. “A disgraced veteran with a troubled past works as a negotiator in a futuristic post-war Korea battling with gangs, robots, and his own grip on reality.” https://youtu.be/0z7xaQawCmo Like many short films, it has the … Continue reading Hanging by the Wire
Theories disagree on why exactly cultists might embrace the worship of Lovecraftian beings, but a common thread is forbidden knowledge, insight into a greater truth beyond normal human understanding. But what if the opposite were true? What if true cultists actively sought the oblivion rather than arrogantly assuming they will avoid it? The gospels of … Continue reading Pitch Black Gnosis
This struck me as a slightly different take on Lovecraftian audio books: a female narrator reading in modern voice. https://youtu.be/A6hBiue2q-o One of the biggest barriers to immersion I experience listening to audio versions of Lovecraft stories is Vincent-Pricing; while I love the performances of Vincent Price and can see the similarity in archaisms, the slightly … Continue reading Caterwinning
A poetry community to which I belong selected one of my haiku for October Poem of the Month. Which obviously brought me joy, but also highlighted how subjective the experience of poetry can be. A little cuckoo Echoes from beneath my feet A cave in winter The haiku is part of an ongoing series shaped … Continue reading Cucku
Events reminded me of a recent discussion I had on whether Nyarlathotep might really destroy humanity and how he might do it. Unsurprisingly, my thoughts drew upon nuances of meaning: specifically, what one means by “Nyarlathotep” and “destroy”. Of all the Old Ones and other vast beings of Lovecraft's stories, Nyarlathotep is one of the … Continue reading Beneath a Three-Lobed Eye
Is midday in the morning or the afternoon? Is it more believable that midday is in the morning or the afternoon? And why might that make the moon landings seem implausible? I took a brisk walk to a nearby business park this morning because the closest health food shop to me rents a unit there. … Continue reading What Time Is Now?
Proving once more that psychogeographers and chaos magicians might be onto something, the chance collision of pedestrian-crossing etiquette and computer gaming has summoned forth before me a dread irony: the human mind inconsistently correlates the meaning Lovecraft's work, and that results in a lack of mercy. A couple of days ago, a friend shared an … Continue reading The Black Sea of Experience
I'm still settling into our new house, but my moments of joy have become more nuanced and abstruse. It's been—depending on which definition one uses—almost exactly a month since we moved house; and, as my wife and I devoted a lot of time immediately after moving to unpacking everything and getting things into sensible places, … Continue reading Deep Joy
Happy Birthday to Lovecraft. To celebrate, have a rather fine short film that echoes "From Beyond" without pastiching it. https://vimeo.com/joewhite/thebrainhack I feel Lovecraft would approve. The steady build of nothing being inexplicable followed by a sharp rise to a reveal fits his common story shape. Found footage is the 21st Century's version of a box … Continue reading Hack or Heirophant?
Through the vagaries of the Internet, this article proposing new punctuation marks floated across my section of the aether. While the article is satire, the underlying issue of miscommunication is very real. In the spirit of which, I'd like to propose three useful signifiers of my own. The Seriousicon A symbol for indicating that one … Continue reading Pause For Nuanced Effect