Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.300: Not Of This World
Peter Kolosimo offers some wonderfully Lovecraftian-tinged archaeological revisionism in Not Of This World: a classic of late 1960s - 70s ancient mysteries literature, which constitutes part of what Mark Fisher has elsewhere refered to as 'pulp archaeology', and wherein a heady mix of unfounded speculation and stigmatised knowledge crash headfirst into the Cthulhu Mythos, laying the foundations of the kind of Cthulhuvian pop-cultural hyperreal paranormalism that today permeates the digital realm. Notably Not Of This World has a chapter titled 'Gentlemen of the Deep' which references Lovecraft in support of evidence of giant aquatic humanoids, whilst chapter 6 explicitly riffs on At The Mountains of Madness by suggesting the existence of ancient alien civilizations in Antarctica. Nice.