Fall is one of my favorite times of year because of Halloween and Thanksgiving in the US. With Halloween approaching, I’ve been reading Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October, one chapter a night.
And also I started reading some more of H.P. Lovecraft’s writings. Lovecraft is a difficult author to read, because his writing style is somewhat old and wordy, but also because of his open contempt for other races and cultures, and his generally dismal view of the world. Still, he is a powerful author, and I like reading his works and exploring the disturbing world he imagined.
“Nor is it to be thought,” ran the text as Armitage mentally translated it, “that man is either the oldest or the last of earth’s masters, or that the common bulk of life and substance walks alone. The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them. They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen….They walk unseen and foul in lonely places where the Words have been spoken and the Rites howled through at their Seasons. The wind gibbers with Their voices, and the earth mutters with Their consciousness. They bend the forest and crush the city, yet may not forest or city behold the hand that smites. Great Cthulu is Their cousin, yet can he spy Them only dimly. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! As a foulness shall ye know Them. Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not; and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold. Yog-Sothoth is the key to the gate, whereby the spheres meet. Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, and after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall They reign again.
P.S. If you want to see something amusing, here’s an old photo of me when I was about 7 or 8 years with my little sisters.
P.P.S. A scary Japanese story I posted a few years ago. I forgot I did this. :-p
P.P.P.S. On the lighter side of things, enjoy this classic Halloween clip from the Simpsons: