I've been reading something or another since I was about four. I read while cooking, eating, pretending to watch TV, brushing my teeth. My parents
have a framed picture of me reading while riding a roller coaster. One of my favorite authors, R. A. Heinlein, mentioned both Lovecraft and Mark
Twain several times throughout his many novels and short stories. Stephen King is also a Lovecraft fan.
A beautiful coincidence recently delivered me into an excellent friendship with a lovely young lady who, it turned out, had a complete collection of
the works of Mr. Twain in hardcover, given by her father when she was accepted into law school. Last time I showed up to swap for the next book in
the series, she cracked a joke about how I seemed to be more interested in her books than in her, and did I think she was a public library? I
declined to answer for fear of self incrimination but reminded her the burden of proof lay with the state and I must be assumed innocent until proved
otherwise. She opined that the state had determined that my continued actions would soon deliver the state of the responsibility for amassing said
proof, whereupon I asked to speak with her manager and what kind of public library is
In any case, for some reason--though fate has delivered unto me a full set of Twain's works complete with a pretty librarian--I have yet to read a
single word by Mr. Lovecraft
; now that I am thinking about it, I do not recall ever even laying eyes on one of his books. Twain is great, but
I am by nature much more interested in the strange and the weird; I'll take Charles Fort over Tom Swift any day of the week. So what dark forces
have conspired to steer me away from the works of HPL? I don't know, but to them I say this-->
Great topic, OP. The stuff about the math, and the differential topo math especially, have raised my determination to lay hands on some of these
stories all of you have hinted at within this thread. I feel like I should already know them well, and be familiar with their dark recesses, like most
of you here appear to be. Given my interest in them, it is baffling to me why I am not.
Incidentally, you are the first I have been able to say "S&F!" to, as well. Plenty of neat subjects on ATS, but the math and the imagery and
especially the camaraderie of fellow readers makes this thread something special.
Awesome that you contacted Professor Ewles! I am pretty good at higher math and am pretty sure I have an acceptable grasp of what Lovecraft is
describing and what the Prof is talking about, but I would still love for him to join us at ATS and provide deeper understanding. After all, I get
the feeling this type of math may fall into the same category as Quantum Mechanics, of which it has been said, "If you think you understand Quantum
Mechanics, you don't understand Quantum Mechanics."
Incidentally, an awesome
short story dealing with Lovecraftian subjects was written by Stephen King in his most recent book collection of short
stories titled "Just After Sunset". I'm pretty sure Cthulu makes a cameo appearance in one of the stories in that book. The story deals with OCD,
and how the people most powerfully inflicted with the "disorder" often have a sense that the universe is thin
, there is a great lurking
hiding just behind that thin membrane, and only their ritualistic
actions of counting, placing
the evil at bay from ripping through and wreaking havoc like loosed dogs of war. Very, very fascinating.