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Wed Dec 6th, 2017

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07:21 pm - Mid-week
Someone on a friends' friends feed was musing about horror:

"Horror can stop working as horror if the reader has a sufficiently different cultural background from the author, because what horrified the author may be mundane to the reader. Alternatively, what the author accepts as good and right may horrify the reader in ways the author never intended. This can happen over time as well as across borders.
And then there's H.P. Lovecraft, who wanders freely between cosmic horror of "man was not the first, and won't be the last being to rule the Earth, and they will return when the stars are right", the existential horror of losing your identity to undeath, body-theft, gender-change, or species-change; and the racist's abject horror that Those People live in his neighborhood, possibly even right next door!."

At which two things ran through my mind:

1. I do not get the cosmic horror of not being either the first nor last to rule the earth- supposing there's an earth left for those older beings to rule once we've done with it- nor do I get the horror involved in 'and they don't care about us!' News for thee, bunny: viruses don't either, and they're already here.

2. Many people amongst my neighbours to the south of us this year are registering abject horror that H.P. Lovecraft is living in their neighbourhood, possibly right next door to them, and so they should.

The Lost Plot, happy times somewhere else.

Reading now?
-- somewhere else, at least, even if not happy times

Copped from various wee free libraries, a Barbara Vine and a Jo Nesbo and a Kinsey Millhone, which should hold me for a while.

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Date:December 7th, 2017 02:57 am (UTC)
I think (1) is a very culturally-Xtian way of thinking. If you are the sole recipient of the gift of the world, and it was made especially for you, then yes, horror. But if your world view is that all these other supernatural beings have always been around and you're just another mote amongst many, then shrug. I like your observations on viruses!
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Date:December 7th, 2017 03:08 am (UTC)
Agreed, very much so. If the Christian God is the only God and he made man in his image- yeah, you have a special place in the universe. Doubtless hurt to think it might not be so, and that you're at the mercy of something that does not care about a single sparrow's fall, let alone your own.

Still strikes me as a very childish attitude to have.
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Date:December 7th, 2017 05:15 am (UTC)
*snap* what she said ... and ahahahaha ... yes about the viruses ... Trying to get over one now of which the lingering cough is the usually the last of the symptoms to always go with me.
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Date:December 7th, 2017 02:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor you. Half the kids at work have the fever and cough thing and they're miserable.

BTW I sent a card to your old place, not remembering you'd moved. Are you having mail forwarded?
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Date:December 7th, 2017 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hubby goes at the weekends to check mail. But the last couple of weeks we have been busy with his parents' visiting. They came for three weeks and they went home yesterday.

It's always a little stressful when they are here. We love them but they can be a little difficult to pander to.

Love and hugs, we'll get the card safe and put it up with the others, you're very sweet to send them. Thank you, I love receiving them. *HUGS*

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