Ask Lovecraft: Machen

In which we pay homage to one of the greats.

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In which celebrated and dead author HP Lovecraft offers his advice on such diverse topics as love, finance, cooking, and personal hygiene.


  1. “The White People” is my favorite story I’ve read by him, it’s such a strange and fascinating read.

  2. Changing gears by moving from watching an episode of Ask a Ninja to one of Ask Lovecraft is not the most severe mental whiplash out there… but it is certainly formidable.

  3. The Three Impostors was awesome. Though it does have a bit of an odd choice of framing device, since the actual stories in it are, canonically speaking, total bald-faced lies, and pretty poorly coordinated (albeit beautifully narrated) ones at that, which is made clear pretty early on. Oddly, the only story that seems to have actually happened (on account of not being told by one of the titular impostors) is the Novel of the Iron Maid, which is also the only one of the stories to contain neither supernatural elements nor a villain. Also the only one with a moral. Well, I don’t know if it was intended to have a moral, but I definitely got the impression that it was trying to teach me a valuable lesson on the importance of reading the inclosed instruction booklet.

    The Great God Pan is currently on my to-read list. I’ll probably start on it as soon as I finish The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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