Thursday, September 21, 2017

H. P. Lovecraft "The Call of Cthulhu"

I am not a big fan of the horror genre. I guess my biggest problem with it - I cannot believe in what is going on in a novel. Is it my fault or lack of skill of a writer? Don't know. Since Howard Lovecraft created the whole universe that gave birth to tonnes of fans, movies, books and video games, I guess the problem is just for me and a genre.

"The Call of Cthulhu" is a short story without dialogs. You read it like a diary of an author. If the events of the book took place in our time you would expect to read this story in a blog post. So the author conducting an investigation about an ancient unknown religious cult and occasionally finds that everything the cult believes to exists in reality. He sees different coincidences during the investigation that leads to prove of existing of ancient horrors. That's it.

I can say nothing about characters - because the main motivation to create them was to continue the storyline, so there is nothing interesting about them, no one, except the author, is opened enough (and there is no motivation for that as well).

I guess the main goal of this story is to lead you through the experience of following a dangerous ancient cult by mystery notes and small details and wipe out a border between the story and reality for you, so in the end, you believe in the horror and tell yourself that it was just a book. Unfortunately, I haven't experienced something like that during the reading, so, generally, don't find this story interesting.

However, I would recommend reading this story as a classic of the horror genre and to become familiar with Lovecraft's universe which influenced a lot genre of modern fiction. 

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