Summing up the August Discussion

Yet another awesome turnout for the Lovecraft discussion group! We picked up some new people and had some really good dialog about the stories we read. Hats off to Chris who spotted the Dracula reference in “The Rats in the Walls”. Carfax was the name of the house the Delapore family owned in Virginia and that name was taken from Carfax Abby in the story Dracula. We also learned I have no idea how to read or say anything in the Cymric (or Kymric) language… Which according to Dictionary.com is… Cymirc: noun; Cymric or Kymric, the Celtic language of Wales… Or apparently a small breed of cat, which is the first thing that comes up on a Google search.

Tim asked about the word “antediluvian”. The antediluvian (or pre-diluvian) period – meaning “before the deluge”  – is the period referred to in the Bible between the Creation of the Earth and the Deluge (flood). The story takes up chapters 1-6 (excluding the flood narrative) of Genesis. In popular culture, the term is used to refer to any ancient and murky period. From this I would assume that Lovecraft uses the term to denote the second half of this definition.

Lastly we covered, The Picture in the House. For the most part this story is really cut and dry. It has some interesting qualities about it outside of the writing itself that we covered. Primarily having to do with the first mention of Lovecraft country which we will be discussing more over the course of our reading. On the literary side of things it is important because it takes horror out of the “dark spooky castles” and puts it in very normal places. Horror isn’t in some remote grave yard or looming mansion but right next door or down the road from you.

Once again a huge thanks to Fred for letting us have our group at the store and a big thanks to everyone who came to the group. Next month (September) we will be reading, The Outsider and Pickman’s Model. See you then!

– Clint

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