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Author Topic: Lovecraft The First To Popularize The Idea Of “Demons” As Simply Aliens?  (Read 786 times)

Offline Cacique Caribe

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I’m an absolute newbie when it comes to Lovecraft, and am trying hard to understand many aspects, particularly the gaming appeal.  So I have a couple of very basic questions to ask:

1) So ... was H.P. Lovecraft the very first author to popularize the idea that “demons” (godlike powerful psychic non-human entities that are hostile to mankind) are nothing but ancient extraterrestrial/offworld species with great powers?

2) And does that re-interpretation of “demonic” entities ever affect how you play your Lovecraftian games?

Thanks

Dan
« Last Edit: January 11, 2020, 07:07:41 PM by Cacique Caribe »

Offline carlos marighela

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No, it’s been a long standing tradition in both your country and this one. Seems to have peaked in recent times under our respective governments.
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Offline Cacique Caribe

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No, it’s been a long standing tradition in both your country and this one.

So which popular authors predate Lovecraft in that practice then?

Dan

Offline dadlamassu

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There is a book "Lovecraft and Influence:His Predecessors and Successors" Edited by Robert H. Waugh that may answer your question(s).  There are probably others.

http://www.hplovecraft.com/study/litcrit/lihps.aspx
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Have a look at Arthur Machen,in particular The Great God Pan,and the Novel of the Black Seal,also Lord Dunsany's stories,both influenced Lovecraft,oh and Algeron Blackwood.
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Offline Cacique Caribe

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Excellent leads guys.  Looks like I have a lot of reading to do.

Thanks so much.

Dan

Offline kmfrye

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Dan, I would suggest you find Lovecraft's essay "Supernatural Horror in Fiction" and he will tell you in his own words who his influences were.

Regards,
Keith F.

Offline Cacique Caribe

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Thanks Keith.  I’ll look it up.

Dan

Offline Ultravanillasmurf

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Dan, I would suggest you find Lovecraft's essay "Supernatural Horror in Fiction" and he will tell you in his own words who his influences were.

Regards,
Keith F.
http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/essays/shil.aspx

Offline Cacique Caribe

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Perfect.  Thanks!

Dan