So, I did it. I finally finished my copy of HP Lovecraft’s ‘The Necronomicon’. Weighing in it at 878 pages it’s a hefty read. The book itself is a collection of Mr Lovecraft’s best short stories and….I’m not sure if I’m supposed to feel like this, but I thought it was hilarious. Ok, it’s not all a joke, there’s evocative descriptions and thrills too. However mix it all up with a dated writing style (a cats called ‘Nigger Man’ for gawd’s sake) and you get a sort of horror/amusement blend.
The downside’s, unless you like that sort of thing, is he’s predictable. Although for a man who was producing horror when few others were doing so I expect he wasn’t predictable for his time. There’s nothing here that’s going to give you sleepless nights from terror, or make you so uncomfortable that you can’t read it. But the great thing is that’s Ok. This is the sort of book you like like you like cheesy eighties horror films. I really enjoyed it.
Respect Mr Lovecraft.
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