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Welcome! As the name suggests, this group aims to explore the history of ideas through some of the most influential texts in science, philosophy and literature. Each month we will choose a text or topic to read/research and discuss. The group is open to everyone and is intended as an informal way of engaging with some of the key ideas that have shaped our societies and cultures down through the centuries. No prior understanding of any of the texts or ideas is required and newcomers are always welcome!

It is not a requirement to have read the assigned text to join in the discussion. For those with less time, I will post links to abridged versions, as well as short videos and podcasts providing a general overview of the topic.

Members are welcome to suggest texts/topics and share links to resources such as study guides, podcasts, documentaries, etc.

The current reading list is available here: https://bit.ly/31HjoGn

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The Call of Cthulhu (and Other Weird Tales) by H.P. Lovecraft discussion

Howard Phillips Lovecraft [masked]), born in Providence, Rhode Island was self-educated and lived in his birthplace all his life, working as a freelance writer, journalist, and ghostwriter. Using many pen names, he contributed his supernatural/horror and science fiction/fantasy stories to various pulp magazines but his reputation as a writer rests mainly on the 60 or so stories he published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales starting in 1923. Frequently imitated and widely influential, he is credited with reinventing the horror genre, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. His stories feature many horrific and cautionary science fiction themes that have inspired artists such as Stephen King, Alan Moore, Paul Wilson, Guillermo Del Toro, and Neil Gaiman. The three tales listed below have been suggested as good entry-points into Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. The Call of Cthulhu... Text - http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/cc.aspx Audio - http://hppodcraft.com/2011/10/26/reading-6-the-call-of-cthulhu/ HP Podcraft pt 1 - http://hppodcraft.com/2010/05/12/episode-42-the-call-of-cthulhu-part-1/ HP Podcraft pt 2 - http://hppodcraft.com/2010/05/19/episode-43-the-call-of-cthulhu-part-2/ HP Podcraft pt 3 - http://hppodcraft.com/2010/05/26/episode-44-the-call-of-cthulhu-part-3/ Phi Fic Podcast: “The Call of Cthulhu” by H. P. Lovecraft - https://partiallyexaminedlife.com/2016/11/01/phi-fic-7-the-call-of-cthulhu-by-h-p-lovecraft/ Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Call_of_Cthulhu The Shadow Over Innsmouth... Text - http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/soi.aspx Audio - https://archive.org/details/BBCRadio4TheShadowOverInnsmouth HP Podcraft pt 1 - http://hppodcraft.com/2011/07/20/episode-84-the-shadow-over-innsmouth-part-1/ HP Podcraft pt 2 - http://hppodcraft.com/2011/07/27/episode-85-the-shadow-over-innsmouth-part-2/ HP Podcraft pt 3 - http://hppodcraft.com/2011/08/03/episode-86-the-shadow-over-innsmouth-part-3/ HP Podcraft pt 4 - http://hppodcraft.com/2011/08/10/episode-87-the-shadow-over-innsmouth-part-4/ Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shadow_over_Innsmouth The Whisperer in Darkness... Text - http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/wid.aspx Audio - https://archive.org/details/TheWhispererInDarkness HP Podcraft pt 1 - http://hppodcraft.com/2011/04/20/episode-74-the-whisperer-in-darkness-part-1/ HP Podcraft pt 2 - http://hppodcraft.com/2011/04/27/episode-75-the-whisperer-in-darkness-part-2/ HP Podcraft pt 3 - http://hppodcraft.com/2011/05/04/episode-76-the-whisperer-in-darkness-part-3/ Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Whisperer_in_Darkness Video... Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (Documentary) - https://youtu.be/DGIH2nVRcIQ H.P. Lovecraft: A Titan of Terror (Biography) - https://youtu.be/EIdf3DHLjMQ Other resources... The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast - http://hppodcraft.com/ The H.P. Lovecraft Archive - http://www.hplovecraft.com/

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