H.P. Lovecraft Message Board
posts on 9/20/2006 9:02:21 PM
H.P. Lovecraft is probably my favourite writer. He's awesome, and I can kind of relate to a lot of his stories.
posts on 9/20/2006 8:15:14 PM
I thought the book was terrible. It was not written in a form that would grab a reader's attention, but had the subject with the potential to do so.
nigga posts on 4/7/2005 6:27:01 PM
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Kevin Fitzgerald posts on 4/7/2005 6:22:46 PM
The story can also be interpreted -- to a point -- as a descent into madness, i.e., schizophrenia. Gilman shows what could be called signs of encroaching schizophenia and shows a disposition towards that "disorder." He's already a loner, no girl friend, no social life, obsessed with bizarre ideas, and emotionally unstable. He has hallucinations, feels controlled by outside forces, and, most importantly, increasingly unable to distinguish his own imagination from objective reality.
That all looks good until we get to The Star Statue, the piece of starfish-sea cuke Old One art that he plucks from a railing lined with the cute li'l things on one of his transcosmic trips with Keziah and Brown Jenkin. Everything else that he brought home from those cosmic junkets could be passed off as symptomatic of madness; even the sunburn could be tossed off as psychosomatic, and the Brown Jenkin skeleton still passes muster as a rat's ... but not so the Star Statue. Lovecraft pulls a fast one on us there and finally confirms that Gilman's night trips to the Universe are real and objective, for poor, mind-wracked Gilman and for the reader.
In many of HPL's stories that raise the question of "did it really happen?", the protagonist generally loses the evidence that will cement his outrageous claims, e.g., in "Whisperer in Darkness" (you were a fool to take the record and letters with you, Wilmarth, back to "Akeley" and why did Akeley try to send you The Outer Ones' Stone, to have it stolen or reclaimed by its owners?), and in "Shadow Out of Time' (Peaslee, why didn't you tie the book from the Great Race archives to you with your belt or your underpants or something, so you wouldn't lose it?).
But Gilman is lucky. He gets to KEEP his proof and even send it off to a laboratory for analysis. The tests pretty much confirm the artifact as being non-terrestrial.
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