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Jesús Lázaro <sdfwees @ yahoo.es>
Date: Tues 20 Mar 2007
Subject: about "astrophobos", of H.P. Lovecraft
I work as an editor
of literature in Spain, and I am preparing a book with a sellection
of poems of the Providence writer (all the poems haven't been
published in my country before). One of these poem will be "astrophobos".
The fact is, that during the translation into Spanish we are
not able to find the definition of "Arctic car" given
in the 6th verse (ed. 6th line of the 1st verse). Would you
be so kind to tell me what is that? There is no mention of it
in Internet. Is it a constellation? Is it the Great Bear also
called Ursa Major in Latin? Please, I need your help, I'm in
Thanks for your
attention, Iä, Cthulhu ftagh!-----
Lovecraft’s reference to the “Arctic Car”
in the poem “Astrophobos” is to the constellation
Ursa Major (or the Great Bear). According to the “De Astronomia”
(attributed to Gaius Julius Hyginus) the ancients saw the Ursa
Major as a wagon (Greeks call it amaza “coming, and going,
to and fro, Gen 8:7"): “Those who, at the beginning,
observed the stars and supposed the number of stars into the
several constellations, called this group no “Bear”
but “Wain,” because two of the seven stars which
seemed of equal size and closest together were considered oxen,
and the other five were like the figure of a wagon. And so the
sign which is nearest to this they wished to be called Boötes.
... because the Bear seems, wagon-like, to wheel around the
pole which is called North, and Boötes, is said to drive
her. ... And so the one that followed the wagon ... was now
called Arctophylax [Bear Watcher].”
Lovecraft probably found the source of the phrase in a translation
of the work of Aratus (Greek Aratos) (ca. 315 BC/310 BC –
240 BC), a Macedonian Greek didactic poet from Tarsus, known
for his technical poetry. Eudoxos, an astronomer of Cnidus (403
to 350 BC), wrote a work on Astronomy which he called Phainomena.
Antigonus Gonatas, King of Macedonia (273-239 BC), requested
the Poet Aratus to put the work of Eudoxus into the form of
a poem, which he did about the year 270 BC. Aratus called his
work Diosemeia (the Divine Signs). These are the lines Lovecraft
probably found his inspiration from:
"Behind, and seeming to urge on the Bear,
Arctophylax, on earth Bootes named,
Sheds o'er the Arctic car his silver light."
The word “Car” first came into Middle English
as carre, from French and earlier from Latin carrus 'wheeled
vehicle', and it first meant a carriage, chariot, cart, wagon,
truck, or other conveyance.
by H. P. Lovecraft
From: Jesús Lázaro
Date: Wed 21 Mar 2007
Subject: Re: about "astrophobos", of H.P. Lovecraft
Thanks a lot
for your answer!
It has been a great, great help, more than I expected, and I promise
to tell you about how this work ends.
From: "Staffan Bengtsson" <jemym
Subject: A Lovecraft Filmography:
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2003
found the page 'A Lovecraft Filmography' recently, and I like
to point out a movie that is not officially "based on", but
seems to be somewhat inspired of "The Temple". The name of the
movie is "Below" and the story spans around mystical events
on a submarine. At least it would be an nice ad to the Questionable
Anyway, keep up the good work.
Love the page. It have helped me to find many movies to fill
my Lovecraft needs.
From: mark stephenson <memarkdemon666
Re: A couple of books
I have a couple of books all of
the Servents of the Ancient Ones should have
#1 - The Necronomian - Guidebook
to the Necronomicon. It has the Location of the Island of RYLEH,
home of Great Cthulhu. If I had the Money I would go right now.
In case you would like to know there is a island there.
# 2 - Ancient Conjurations
and Invocations - It has simple Spirit and Demon Summoning Spells.
All you need is an oak branch, silver ring and a place with
open ground where you and one or more people can not be disturbed.
I can't do any yet because I or any of my friends don't have
a basement with open ground . The ground in my state is frozen
right now outside but it won't be for much longer, maybe you
or some of your friends would like to join me when it is time.
In the name of the Ancient Ones
From: "mark stephenson" <markandbrenda
Subject: power of Azagthoth
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2003
Can any of the students of Miskatonic
Uni. help me go to the center of Eternity to speak with Azagthoth?
From: "Dean C. Brunel" <slaveng
My father Professor James Thatcher,
head of the Preservation Council in the Aimsworth District of
Kenya recommended me to you. While doing Post-Doctoral
work at the Durham Site (the "Locals" refer to it as "F'ang
Toth "), we came upon a collection of skulls, some clearly human-like,
others of an unknown origin.They are humanoid,but do not appear
to be pre-human in the usual anthropocentric meaning. Through
carbon dating it would seem that the unusual skulls are much
older than the humanoid skulls.What is strange is that some
of the more recent humanoid skulls , although in appearance
suggesting Homo Sapiens, also suggest the older skulls , as
if the humanoid skulls were a corruption of the older, and ,if
you wish, a bridge from the oldest to the most recent skulls.(My
uncle Sir Geoffrey Thatcher O.M.B.,S.S.N., The Naval Observatory,
jokingly refers to it as a kind of "reverse Darwinian process").
The site is taboo and off limits
to the native people here, and is subject to some pretty harsh
meteorological disturbances (probably related to its nearness
to Kilimanjarro, and Lake Zura-the "death" lake known for its
high concentration of sulphur and carbon dioxide).It also is
contiguous to a " green depression", that unusual phenomenon
where carbon dioxide is produced in a natural depression and
does not diffuse , so that the little valley becomes a
death zone to oxygen breathing organisms and a lush environment
for plants and carbon dioxide dependant organisms.
Do you have any thoughts on this?
Recently there have been some unusual psychological aberrations
amongst the local people and, I must confess, amongst the scientists,
as well. But that's another story I suppose.
Banquith Mills Thatcher
From: "Roger Dubois" <sarras @
Subject: Fw: Algernon Blackwood/Violet
I am begining editorial work on
a volume for the edition of the complete works of the composer
Sir Edward Elgar of his incidental music for the play 'The Starlight
Express' (1915). The play is an adaption by the playwrite
Violet Pearn of Algernon Blackwood's novel 'A prisoner in fairyland'.
Many years ago now the correspondance between Pearn and Blackwood
was sold to an American university or library and Pearn's estate
is unable to say where. I am wondering if you can shed
any light on the whereabouts of this correspondence. I
see from the description of your holdings that this may fall
within your remit. Even if you can't yourselves help in
my search I would appreciate your advice as to where you believe
I should concentrate my enquiries. I look forward to hearing
From: "Jesus '" <jesus @ inorbit.com>
Subject: Researching Al Azif
incidently I visited the site
of Miskatonik University and I was very impressed by the information
I saw there:The Alhazrad Dig Site!
I thought that it is some kind
of joke,because I investigated for a few years the history of
this manuscript called "Necronomicon" or the "Book of Dead Names."
But let me intoduce myself:I'am
a member of Institute of Eastern Stady in Ukraine.I visited
Egypt and Asia,I was in Mesopotamy in the city of Ur with a
French archeological expedition,I organized a team to investigate
this manuscript...We did some researches but there were not
enough money to make a new expedition.The last few years I worked
alone,I tried to found the original Sumerian version of the
"Necronomicon" or "Al Azif" and I visited a lot of libraries
museums and archives abroad,but unfortunately.
So I was very impressed by the
information I saw here....I understand that the information
is confidential,but we could make some type of colaboration,the
archives of our Institut are also quite interesting.
I would be greatful if you could
send me some additional information about Al Azif and where
your dig site took place. And I would be also very thankful
if you send me some of the original manuscript, translated or
not, it does not matter.
From: David Cruse <davidcruse1970
Subject: seeking information on
Raphael's Ancient Manuscript of Talismanic Magic-Recondite Wisdom
I have come across something that
you may be able to help me with as far as information on its
value or lack thereof. I found a book published by de
LAURENCE, SCOTT & CO i believe in 1936 called Raphael's
Ancient Manuscript of Talismanic Magic-Recondite Wisdom.
If you have the time would you be kind enough to send me some
information on if this book is rare, in demand, or even valuable.
I thank you for your time and be well.
From: "Spiers, Richard" <rspiers
Subject: question on Beast in
I am a fan
of H.P. Lovecraft and do some amateur literary analysis for
my own amusement. Lately I have been comparing Lovecraft's
The Beast In The Cave with other literature that might have
influenced it. Some published notes show that it was started
just before Easter 1904, before his grandfather's death, and
then revised April 1905.
I see the influence of Poe's A
Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (chapter 2,3) and perhaps some
influence by the Brown University scientist Alphaeus Spring
Packard, Jr., a noted researcher of Mammoth Cave flora and fauna.
It also appears to have biblical references to the resurrection
story in Matthew which may relate to Whipple Phillips' eulogy
that week - who knows?
My analysis indicates that there
may be two stories superimposed, the first a story of the brave
and resourceful protagonist (Lovecraft) who faces down a cave
wildcat. The updated version changes the plot to "a missing
link" story and has a sadder tone, probably in response to the
relocation after grandfather's death and drying up of household
Sorry to be so long winded, but
my question is, are there any articles that you know of (pre-1904)
that discuss cave stories with "wild cats". Or running
into a living "missing link" in a cave.
Certainly not anything I can find
specifically about Mammoth Cave! Lots of Mammoth Cave
stories, but none about a wildcat encounter in the cave.
Unless Lovecraft spontaneously created the connection (which
is possible), I have been unable to find other connections with
contemporary (pre-1904) literature. There does seem to
be a lot of dime novel references to caves, but I cannot find
many on-line references to these texts. There is an intriguing
note about A Legend of Barlegh Cave by Fitz-James O'Brien, but
I am unfamiliar with this story.. Also, Lovecraft is known
to have read some Kirk Munroe fiction, but I see no close match
to his fiction and this story.
Lovecraft's references to "the
missing link" seem to have been derived, second hand from Eugene
DuBois' researches for Java Man.
From: "Dean C. Brunel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: My application
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002
This concerns my pending application for graduate studies.
A recent observation
has spiked my already great interest in your study of
the Necromomicon to the point of obsession.I live in a suburb
of Boston that has over the past several years seen an influx
of immigrants from Eastern Europe and parts of Africa.
As an anthropologist
, I look for "folk legends", mystery tales and epigrams within
the communities of newcomers as a practical means of integrating
them into the community.In fact, the City in which I live has
a program designed to bring forth the poets and historians within
these communities to present their absolutely fascinating oral
histories and art forms at public forums.
has been an increase in a type of , let us call it ,"convergent
artistic evolutionary forms" that cannot be explained by cross-fertilization
of ideas through contact by one group with another.My colleagues
have concluded that the strange similarities in the "occult"
art forms of very disparate groups indicates that the concepts
are "hard wired" into the unconscious minds of these groups.(I
am , as I explained to you before, investigating certain anthropological
"digs" in New England that may shed some light on this.)
interest, and the reason I am writing, is that I have recently
witnessed the celebrated dance of the Dagon people that Carl
Sagan said was the only proof of alien contact, and a
very similar dance by a group of Bulgarian gypsies, who are
from the ancient town of Kopritznisye, Bulgaria.I was able to
translate the accompanying chants and it was obvious that the
words, harmonic and cadence variations within each were very
similar to each other.Each speaks of what can be translated
only as "those slippery sharp-headed ones- who fill the
air with their horror the Slow-goths".
My uncle, the
preeminent cultural anthropologist Vincent Delaroar told me
(he dismissed the stories as utterly fantastic ravings of primitive
peoples) that there had been ancient tales of a once fertile
area now located at the site of the Sahara Desert that was altered
by the infusion of what he called "Sudge-orth" beasts , whose
descendants , now extinct,had heads in the shape of trapezoids
.The mention in the Arabian scholar's book of "Suggoths" and
the possibility of a connection to the Pre-Clovis sites mentioned
in my last mail, has piqued my curiosity to the point of obsession.
I hope that
you will expedite the process of application.
Thank you for your courtesy and
From: "J.V. Sanders" <jvsanders
Subject: A LOVECRAFT HALLOWEEN
AT FORTEAN BUREAU!
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002
The October 2002 issue of FORTEAN
BUREAU (#3) is now online, and we're celebrating Halloween with
a tribute to that legendary master of horror, H.P. Lovecraft.
feature article, "The Lovecraftian Art of John Coulthart," focuses
on the ground-breaking work of one of the world's most exciting
young artists. And don't forget to click the accompanying images
to view larger versions with captions.
short stories are also offered for your enjoyment:
have to be a batrachian nightmare or a squamous abomination to
drool slobberingly over this month's issue of FORTEAN BUREAU.
All it takes is a love of Lovecraft!
"Rite of the Fire Demon"
by J.V. Sanders
"Nachtjager" by Derek Paterson
"The Thing Under the Rug" by
"Warmth" by Lee Thomas
in the fun at http://www.forteanbureau.com.
J.V. (John Vincent) Sanders
From: Guntharax @ aol.com
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002
Subject: Thank You
I just want to congratulate this
site. Your work is excellent. I'm French and I'm
studying HPL. I think this site, is one of the best I
have ever seen about HPL. Thank you.
|From: shekhina @ earthlink.net
have a pad of paper from Richard Upton Pickman Hall....
Who is Pickman?
And what is the hall? Classrooms?
A dorm? Offices? A department? Which one?
REPLY: Richard Pickman was an
artist who worked from a brownstone in the North End of Boston
across from the cemetery. He, unfortunately, had a hole
in his basement which ran under the cemetery. His paintings
were of the creatures that lived in there. He disappeared
into a strange world with a character called Randolph Carter.
Upon his death, which was declared seven years after his disappearance,
his estate was donated to the University. His horrific
paintings were of great value and the University named a dormitory
hall after him. Unfortunately, it too was too close to a cemetery...
From: shekhina @ earthlink.net
Subject: Re: help!
To: Albert Wilmarth
From: Alexandr Rybalka <alex1917
Subject: Cthulhu's Semitic Origins
Something about semitic roots
of Lovcraftian monsters.
Name of main hero of Lovecraft
is Cthulhu. We know about connections between
Sumerian and Semitic culture. What
of word "Cthulhu" in semitic languages?
Cthulhu - "Catel Hu" (He
Yog Sotot - Semitic root
of this name - "asata" (jog, rub). "Yog Sotot" - that, who is
balk. In Hebrew (and from Hebrew - in European languages)
we are have name "Satan".
Shubb Niggurat - Shubb
- from word "shuv" (in semitic languages "b" and "v" is one
letter). "Shuv" is mean "go back". Niggurat - from word "gur",
live, house. "Niggurat" is passive form of prowerb, mean "be
house". Shubb Niggurat - somebody, who already go back to his
Hastur - Hastur - from
semitic root "seter", to hide. Hastur - is "hidden".
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002
From: "Scott M. Potter" <spotter
of the World show
After researching and compiling
information on various folkloric and mythological figures, I
have begun writing poetical pills meant to accompany original
artwork (of various mediums), all to be included in a traveling
international exhibition that is intended to educate and entertain
attendees of the show.
My aim at this point (well over
220 poetical pills completed) is to try to drum up some support
or interest in the project. Noted (or at least experienced)
curators, enthused sponsors, acclaimed international artists
and regarded endorsements are what is needed.
If you happen to possess any knowledge
that may lead me directly or indirectly to the attainment of
any of these needs, then I shall be exceedingly grateful and
shall list all those integral in the formation and successful
launch of the exhibit.
Thank you in advance for considering
any of these matters or for passing this information along to
any who may be of assistance.
Scott M. Potter, MM
Art beautifies existence as mythology
Janssen" <pstmdrn @ mailbolt.com>
To: JP Ouellette
In doing some research on the lost play "The King in Yellow",
I discovered that you worked on a screenplay based off of the
short stories by Robert W. Chambers. I am looking for a script
of the actual play "The King in Yellow" mentioned in those stories.
I would like to produce a staging of it. In your writing you
didn't happen to come across it did you? Rumors of this lost
Marlowe play are said to exist... Thank you!
To: J. J.
The King in Yellow is a fictional play used as a device to tie
a number of short stories together with a common "McGuffin."
The play is rumored, within the short stories, to have been
performed only once and with disastrous results. Chambers
claims that the performance ended with the audience and the
actors tearing out each other's throats with resulting maimings
and deaths. This is why the fictional play is considered
so dangerous. It looks into a fictional world, which may
actually be real, and reveals something about humanity or the
universe which we do not want to know.
Chambers created the idea of the play based on the works of
Ambrose Bierce, the novel Vathek by William Beckford, and poem
Lalla Roohk by Thomas Moore. I believe that the last had
the strongest influence as to the shape of what little Chambers
reveals of the play. But in reading the works of Chambers,
you begin to see that at different times the play meant different
things and was changed as needed by the author.
The importance of fictional King in Yellow is its influence
as a literary device. Most notably, H.P. Lovecraft, a
fan of both Chambers and Bierce, copied the device in his own
stories as The Necronomicon.
I hope this helps. JPO
It is interesting
that you believe that, especially if you enjoy the works of
the author enough to make a screenplay. Has it ever occured
to you that these brilliant men present no mere works of fiction,
but instead attempt to slide in a bit of unknown truth to the
populace under thier noses? From studying these arcane literary
figures, I am under the impression that they were chosen specifically
and their minds prepared to present otherworldy concepts to
our culture in a digestable form. Powerful Kings like Hastur
and Old Gods like Shub-Niggurath do not appreciate being dead
concepts. If the only way for them to remain alive and active
in our cosmology is through the mad ramblings of genius authors,
so beit. An existance of that sort is all the more insidious.
Don't you agree? J. J.
To: J. J.
Chambers's point: The play The King in Yellow was obviously
written as a work of fiction by an unknown author who accidentally
saw into a reality which crossed our own. It drove him
mad, just as The Necronomicon drove its author Abdul Alhazerd
mad. Might Bierce (who invented Hastur), Chambers, and
Lovecraft all have done what they claimed their fictional authors
did? Perhaps. JPO
|From: Lungold @ webtv.net
Subject: Rogue Cthulhu
The following is a press
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organization being showcased at the Origins '99 gaming convention.
Please consider this information for publication on your web
----Begin Press Release----
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and notice that they'll be running some Call of Cthulhu games,
so you sign up for the events only to find that when you get
there it has been canceled. Or that the GM has never ran, or
even PLAYED Cthulhu before and isn't familliar with the rules.
Don't let this happen to you!! Go Rogue!! The new standard in
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the same old disorganized, disinterested, disappointing schlock
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----End Press Release----
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|From: Semper Virens <email@example.com>
Subject: Great Service
This site is a Great Service,
my life has been enriched by the stories of Robert Chambers.
I just wanted to say a quick thank you, for this great site.
From: Max Machen
<max13013 @ yahoo.com>
names metraton, saboath, adonia, gorgo, mormo, and sepheroth
are not inventions of lovecraft. Metraton should be spelled
as Metatron (Lovecraft spelled it wrong) and is an angel, the
angelic name for the prophet enoch and is an arch-angel.
Saboath is hebrew and is the name for the hebrew god when he
is in his war aspect. Adonia is also a name for the hebrew
god in his rulership aspect. Gorgo and Mormo are latin,
I believe, and i think they were thought of as demons in the
middle ages, but i'm not sure. Sepheroth is also hebrew
and is a type of angel in some context, but most of the time
it is in referance to a Kabbalistic diagram known as the tree
of life or the tree of the ten sepheroth. Kabbalah (or
Cabala, or Qabalah) is hebrew mystisism. Joseph Curwen
in the Case of Charles Dexter Ward is supposed to be casting
a Kabbalistic spell when he chants the hebrew words above mentioned.
Thought ya might like to know.
From: Beekman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
RE: "Biological Transmutations,"
a work on organic alchemy
I just visited Miskatonic University online and thought you
and some of your students might be interested in knowing that
Beekman Publishers, Inc. has just reprinted, in a beautiful
new paperback edition, C.L. Kervran's "Biological Transmutations"
(translated by Crosby Lockwook; ISBN 0-8464-0195 -9; Retail
Transmutations" is a hard to find classic post-1800 work in
the field of "organic alchemy." The book deals in a scholarly
but controversial way with low-energy elemental transformations
occurring in nature.
like to have information about this title available to your
students and those who visit your site. Attached is a Word file
describing the book (text included below in case you encounter
difficulty with the attachment). The book is also featured on
our home page at http://www.beekman.net and has its own page
your making information about "Biological Transmutations" available
to others through a listing or link.
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Beekman Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 888/2626 Route 212
Woodstock, NY 12498 USA
Phone (914) 679-2300
Fax (914) 679-2301
Announcing a beautiful new paperback
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of those who ignore data that fails to conform to pre-existing
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- and provides - a new explanatory framework for a wide range
of mysterious natural phenomena related to the environment and
Biological Transmutations illuminates the metabolism of dietary
salts and minerals in health and disease, providing an explanation
for the failure of standard medical treatments and the benefits
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the nutrients that healthy soil requires, without the use of
Offering new paradigms for physics, biology, chemistry, and
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Edmalm <david.edmalm @ skola.alingsas.se>
in weather patterns recently.
David Edmalm, a sub at the esteemed school of Soulwell in the
outskirts of more famous Gothenburg in Sweden, along with four
of my seventh grade students in Social Science, discovered a
disturbance in the weather last week (19-01). The happening
will be described as soon as I get a verification that this
forum is up and running.