RE-READING ALAN MOORE’S PROVIDENCE (1): dreams are bridges (to the underworld)

A very fascinating parallel between Lovecraft’s work and life and that of Robert Black from Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence. Also, Terrence Blake was kind enough to name drop me and my work here along with my Sequart colleague David Whittaker.

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PROVIDENCE is a densely layered graphic novel devoted to re-imagining Lovecraft’s life and work in terms of the mythos that emerges from and subtends his creations.

These are not my “annotations” to the graphic novel, the people at the blog “Facts in the Case of Alan Moore’s Providence” have done an excellent job, and I am indebted to their work. I have also read with profit the discussions of PROVIDENCE on Sequart, by David Whittaker and by Matthew Kirshenblatt.

This is rather a set of “notes” in my digital Commonplace Book, recording my reveries or waking dreams as I re-read it. I am envisaging Moore’s work as a set of nested dreams, and adding my own to the already complex layering, dreaming the dream on.

The title PROVIDENCE is rich with multiple meanings when it is envisioned with respect to Lovecraft’s life and thought. One thinks first of…

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