Across the Line

In the comments on The Dawnblade Family name, Lanuria said:

  • HP Lovecraft knocked off a lot of Poe’s work and no one complains.

Let’s get one thing straight. HP Lovecraft didn’t ‘knock off’ anyone. He invented cosmicism. Edgar Allen Poe wrote about Gothic horror to sell to the mass market, whereas Howard Phillips Lovecraft had such a disdain for organized religion that he invented a whole universe without gods, with just dark alien creatures that could squish man to bits at any time.

And no, you can’t point at Gordon Pym and then point at Mountains of Madness and go “See?” because at the time Lovecraft was writing, Antarctica was basically the last unexplored region on earth. Of course stories about the unknown will be set there.

Oh, and Lovecraft was a racist, whereas Poe wasn’t, so nyah.

Ungrateful little half-monkey.


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