Friday, September 14, 2007

Kraken Good Read

A very interesting post on the Kraken in Pop Matters. While the American author eruditely espouses the role of the giant squid in literature, myth and lore, as well as recent scientific research, he somehow misses any reference to the ultimate giant octopi/squid; Cthulhu and the works of American master of the macabre H.P.Lovecraft.

Especially since he begins his essay referring to the Pirates of the Caribbean. I would have thought this to obvious to miss. Davey Jones is modeled on pop culture versions Lovecraft's Cthulhu.

Along with giant octopi who sleep at the bottom of the sea dreaming eldrich thoughts, Lovecraft had a fascination with giant worms.

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sea monsters

There Be Monsters


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1 comment:

breno said...

I definitely wouldn't call Lovecraft the master of the macabre. Don't get me wrong, I love his writings, but he's a lot more than just plain old "macabre". He's all about subtle horror, dread, and hopelesness.