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28 August 2014 @ 12:29 pm
H.P. Lovecraft's prose is like Bob Dylan's voice: It's not good but sometime it's just right for what he's doing.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on August 28th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
In Dylan's case, the thing it's right for is for getting somebody else with a less terminally annoying voice to cover the song. If you know of good examples of someone with a less terminally annoying style rewriting Lovecraft stories, let us know.
El Coyote Gordo: guitarsupergee on August 28th, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
Everyone sings Dylan better than Dylan, except for the songs where the combination of nasty lyrics and nasty voice works really well. Not actually rewriting Lovecraft stories, but I find him a better source of imagery than actual writer.
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on August 28th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
How about China Mieville ("Details" and that moth from Perdido Street Station), Neil Gaiman ("A Study in Emerald"), and Charles Stross (the Laundry series)? And that Ligotti story about a clown cult....

I don't know what you have in mind for rewriting Lovecraft stories, but there are certainly people with more normal writing styles using his themes and elements.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on August 28th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to figure out what the literary equivalent of a song cover might be. John Scalzi's "Little Fuzzy"? (Which struck me as a deletion of Piper's stylistic ticks and a substitution of a much larger quantity of Scalzi stylistic ticks in their place.)

Getting specifically to Lovecraft, Lawrence Watt-Evans wrote a takeoff of "Pickman's Model" called "Pickman's Modem", but it's not exactly a cover version of the original story.

Sure, there's plenty of folks writing fiction with Lovecraftian themes and elements, but that's rather the equivalent of people writing new Dylanesque songs, not covering his songs.
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on August 28th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way about EE Smith's prose.
sturgeonslawyer: Defaultsturgeonslawyer on August 28th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
And, like Dylan, I keep thinking I've outgrown HPL, but I keep coming back to him.