Redecorating Middle-earth in Early Lovecraft

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classicpenguin:

Today marks the 124th birthday of H. P. Lovecraft, born today in 1890.

One hot summer afternoon (I must have been 11 or 12 years old) I stumbled upon the text of the Lovecraft story “The Outsider”. I was riding in the family car and the text was included in Spanish in a literary anthology for my older brother’s Lit class. I started to read, and almost an hour later, I was left behind in the parking garage, still reading, mesmerized and moved by this story.

In it, an entity emerges from the depths of the earth and ascends painfully, seeking, lost. And he encounters a horrifying entity at the end of a corridor. A loathsome creature, pale and deformed—who is it? And why does he stand there, looking directly at him? What is that frame that surrounds the door where the wretch stands? In the final paragraphs of the story, the narrator extends his hand and the horror hits the reader full force. The story provoked such strong emotions in me. As I closed that book, I felt transmogrified. I had become an acolyte of Lovecraft.

—Guillermo del Toro, from his introduction to Penguin Horror Classics

Happy birthday, H.P. Lovecraft!

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bluebellofbakerstreet:

Number 18 in a series -  For Silver Fox Saturday.
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bluebellofbakerstreet:

Number 18 in a series -  For Silver Fox Saturday.

Others in this series: Basil Rathbone (Fox) Martin FreemanJude Law,  Benedict CumberbatchRachel McAdams,  Jonny Lee MillerVinette RobinsonJeremy BrettDavid BurkeAndrew ScottNigel Bruce (Fox)Robert Downey, Jr.Jon Michael HallTwo VioletsMark GatissBasil Rathbone (Universal), Nigel Bruce (Universal)

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phoebebishopwright:

The library at Mafra National Palace in Portugal. Where, to keep books from being damaged by insects, they uses 500 bats! The bats are kept in boxes during the day but at night they are let out and eat up to double their own body weight in insects. (Info taken from this article at bookwire. )

A library with bats. Could this be any more perfect?!?!?

phoebebishopwright:

The library at Mafra National Palace in Portugal. Where, to keep books from being damaged by insects, they uses 500 bats! The bats are kept in boxes during the day but at night they are let out and eat up to double their own body weight in insects. (Info taken from this article at bookwire. )

A library with bats. Could this be any more perfect?!?!?

(Source: gothiccharmschool, via teacoffeebooks)

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Elle Fanning to Star as Mary Shelley in 'A Storm in the Stars' (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter

That’s 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. (Mary Wollstonecraft was her mother.)

I’ll be interested in news of this production.

(Source: fyeahgothicromance)

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