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Should I read Cthulhu?

Postby Bmat » Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:21 am

I really don't like horror stories. I get nightmares. But I feel that I am missing out on a basic subject when I hear Cthulhu or "Lovecraft Literature." So should I just go ahead and read it? Have you read any Cthulhu? Have you read any of the successors to the subject?

edited because I can't spell nor notice when firefox tries to help. Speaking of spelling, I don't see Nomad around anymore. :(
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Re: Should I read Cthulhu?

Postby Asp Zelazny » Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:56 am

I refuse to read any of it until I can figure out how to pronounce "Cthulhu".
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Re: Should I read Cthulhu?

Postby Bmat » Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:28 pm

Yes, that is my next question, how is Cthulhu pronounced? I end up reminding myself of Mr Sulu when I say it to myself.
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Re: Should I read Cthulhu?

Postby The Master » Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:49 pm

The intent was that it was unpronounceable by the human voice (or you would go insane apparently). Lovecraft at one point said an approximation with our very limited human vocal cords would be "Kuh-loo-loo", but most of the time I hear a more letter-literal "Ka-Thoo-Loo" pronunciation, as in the vid I link here (which is flooded with many comments telling him it is wrong, but again just pointing out this is a commonly used pronunciation). You can also hear Cartman say it over and over again in a South Park episode.

The 1926 short story "The Call of Cthulhu" is more suspense/mystery than it is horror (bearing in mind the year it was written) and its very short so yes you should read it! In fact, since it is now public domain I have added it to the library for your reading convenience. :)

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Re: Should I read Cthulhu?

Postby Bmat » Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:11 pm

Excellent, thank you. And now I know where to go to read it. :)
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Re: Should I read Cthulhu?

Postby who me » Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:08 am

I really like the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Now I read it here in a old apartment house built in the year 1903, Did I mention that we were the only people living in the house at the time ?
And that there was no electricity at the time ?
and we had just moved here ?
It was deliciously spooky.

Cthulhu is only one story. I think It is worth reading.

H.P. Lovecraft's work was considered Pulp fiction and so edited and changed at the whim of editors and publishers.

The original stories unchanged are available (cheep :) at penguin classics.

The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories
H. P. Lovecraft, editor is S. T. Joshi

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi
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Re: Should I read Cthulhu?

Postby Nommybear » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:19 pm

Spelling? LoL... Nomad is scatching at the door. check your messages.. ;)
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Re: Should I read Cthulhu?

Postby raima55 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:58 pm

I'm familiar with the title.what is the story about?It doesn't matter to me what age group it appeals to most.Harry Potter would be considered a childrens book,but many adults enjoyed these books and movies.
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