addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupsimageimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruseryahoo

Fourth Meeting of Cthulhu Rising at La Madeleine in Irving

Welcome to the fourth meeting of Cthulhu Rising: The HP Lovecraft Society of Dallas. We will only be reading one Lovecraft story this time, but quite a bit of related material. Be sure to take notes as you read for discussion questions and comments.

READING LIST FOR DISCUSSION 

• The essay, "A Literary Copernicus," by Fritz Leiber, Jr. 

• The essay, "Lovecraft's Literary Theory," by Philip A. Shreffler. Download part 1 of 2 and part 2 of 2

• A piece written by our very own member, John Petty, entitled "Seussthulu." John has asked that this not be distributed outside the group, so please honor his request. Unlike the other files I have posted in which anyone can download, this one is restricted to members of this group, which means when you click on the file it will not open but will download directly to your computer. You can find it here.

[masked] - UPDATE / CHANGE: I have decided to retract John's story, "The Doom that Came to Roanoke," for this meeting. It will be reassigned when we reach "The Doom that Came to Sarnath" later this year, around June or July. I am doing this simply because I now feel that the volume of reading we have assigned for this meeting is too long to include that story at this time. I apologize for any confusion this may cause. 

• Lovecraft's "The Tomb," from 1917.

• The shorty story, "Count Magnus," by MR James, which is said to have influenced Lovecraft's "The Tomb."


SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Here is vintage reading of "The Tomb." There is no information about the reading posted on the video page, but I'd guess this was late 50s or early 60s.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaaU-PkFMHw


Join or login to comment.

  • Cary

    Also, Takeisha asked about other MR James stories when I mentioned "Count Magnus" was not his best. I have not read all his stories, but I do think there are better. "The Mezzotint," which you can read here: http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/mezztint.htm. Lost Hearts, which you can read here: http://files.meetup.com/9161102/Lost%20Hearts%20-%20James.pdf. And "Number 13," which you can read here: http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/jamesX06.htm. Melissa is right in saying that his stories are very oral in nature. They are written conversationally, as if someone is telling you a story or tale.

    1 · January 25, 2014

    • Melissa S.

      I always found "Count Magnus" to be one of M.R. James' most frightening stories, so I would include it among his best (just my personal preference). I would also highly recommend "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas" and "Casting the Runes."

      1 · January 28, 2014

    • Cary

      Melissa, I have not read either of those two you mentioned.

      January 29, 2014

  • Melissa S.

    Fabulous! Cary, I learned so much from the group of readings, not only from the information in the readings themselves, but the ideas they inspired me to research. Pairing "The Tomb" with "Count Magnus" motivated me to find "The Toad in the Study: M.R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, and Forbidden Knowledge" by Simon MacCulloch (included in Warnings to the Curious: A Sheaf of Criticism on M. R. James, ed. by S. T. Joshi and Rosemary Pardoe--the entire book is excellent).

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Cary

    Per our discussion, I am posting a copy of "The Upper Berth," by F. Marion Crawford. This is one of my favorite ghost stories, so I do hope you will all find time to read it. Access it here: http://files.meetup.com/9161102/The%20Upper%20Berth%20-%20Crawford.pdf

    January 25, 2014

    • Melissa S.

      I agree. A tour de force ghost story! A "must read"!

      January 28, 2014

  • John F.

    Sorry again about having to leave the meetup early, I'm afraid that I tried to cram too many events into a single evening... Incredible amount of information and insight shared last night!

    1 · January 26, 2014

    • Cary

      No problem John. I'm glad you could make it. We left soon after you did anyhow. We only discussed two or three more points.

      January 26, 2014

  • Cary

    Oh, and one last thing. Here is Roanoke, Texas: https://www.google.com/maps/preview/@33.0052177,-97.2249691,15z

    January 25, 2014

    • Margaret

      Just curious. What does the reference to Roanoke mean? Sorry I couldn't come last night.

      January 26, 2014

    • Cary

      John's other story, "The Doom that Came to Roanoke," which we did not read this time. Roanoke references the lost English colony in what is now North Carolina. (The colonists vanished / abandoned the colony.) I did not know of such colony, and I assumed it meant Roanoke,Texas, since that is what I was familiar with. No one else there, except Melissa, knew of Roanoke, Tex.

      January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very enjoyable conversation.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Cary

    Takeisha, per your comment, HPL's "Supernatural Horror in Literature" does include a lot of works that influenced him. On the Discussions page, John Foster posted this link which includes links to many of the stories he mentions and/or likes: http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/525171-supernatural-horror-in-literature-online-sources-for-works.html

    January 25, 2014

  • Takeisha

    I had a great time! Interesting discussion, as always. :)

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • John P.

    Great conversation. I always get so much out of these.

    1 · January 25, 2014

    • Cary

      Glad to hear it John.

      January 25, 2014

  • Cary

    Melissa, here is the 1968 BBC production of "Oh, whistle and I'll come to you, my lad": http://youtu.be/3j4MAzQiTxE. And here is a more recent adaptation (with many changes) with John Hurt: http://youtu.be/P3Os_RLK3_s. Both are worth watching, imo, though the first is truer to the original story.

    January 25, 2014

  • Cary

    I am here and sitting in the back.

    January 25, 2014

  • Margaret

    I may or may not be able to come this Saturday, Cary. I will let you know in advance of meeting. Thanks.

    January 22, 2014

    • Margaret

      I am sorry, Cary. I cant make it tonight. I was glad to see we got new members.

      January 25, 2014

    • Cary

      Sorry to hear that. See you next time.

      January 25, 2014

  • Takeisha

    But no matter, Cthulhu
    Can kick your god’s ass.

    I giggled. Excellent! Thanks for sharing your poem, John Petty! :D

    January 24, 2014

  • Browncoat B.

    Hello all! I am the FNG (friggin new guy) and was wondering how this works. It looks like I read the material ahead of time, and then we meet to discuss it? Can I bring my wife and son? Thank you!

    January 13, 2014

    • Cary

      That is correct. Have the info read, and take notes for discussion. You may bring them. I only ask that your son be old enough to not be disruptive to the group. Thanks.

      January 14, 2014

    • Browncoat B.

      Thanks!

      January 19, 2014

  • John F.

    So, I realized that this fits perfectly with our next meetup reads! A Seussian version of Lovecraft's "The Tomb":

    http://drfaustusau.deviantart.com/gallery/35258175?offset=0

    This artist has also done SeussCraftian versions of "Call of Cthulhu", "Dagon", and it looks like he's currently working on one for "The Statement of Randolph Carter"... These are listed in project folders on the far left side of his gallery page:

    http://drfaustusau.deviantart.com/gallery/

    January 5, 2014

    • Cary

      These are great. I'll read them in greater detail when I have the time. I did post the Cthulhu cover he did in the General Photos album, but I did not realize it was (or going to be) an actual book.

      January 6, 2014

6 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy