"It would be trite and not wholly accurate to say that no human pen could describe it, but one may properly say that it could not be vividly visualized by anyone whose ideas of aspect and contour are too closely bound up with the common life-forms of this planet and of the three know dimensions.“
- H. P Lovecraft The Dunwich Horror (1929)
This month, in the season of haunting, I’ve been reading HP Lovecraft again, this time delving into a couple of his more mature works; The Dunwich Horror (1929) and Dreams in the Witch House (1933). I had promised myself earlier in the summer that I would return to HPL in the hopes of better understanding him and his craft. I’d had a bad taste in my mouth from reading a few of his earlier tales, and then had been fairly impressed with The Color out of Space (1927). I wanted – and still want – to know what drove him as a writer, as well as what makes him so influential in horror literature and film.