This is one of my few Reblogs on both my Mythic Bios and my Horror Doctor Blogs. Bobby Derie of Deep Cuts is a brilliant Lovecraft scholar and creative writer in his own right. Out of everyone in my Haunted Library on my Horror Doctor Blog, he is the only one aside from Darcy the Mailgirl (or Diana Prince), and even to some extent Joe Bob Briggs himself of which I have any interaction.
I came into contact with Bobby through the Commentaries on Facts in the Case of Alan Moore’s Providence, and I have not looked back since. He is the first person to not only publish a horror article of mine, but also to pay me for the privilege. It means a lot to me. I never thought I would write an article, back in the day, focusing on my interaction with Lovecraft as someone of Jewish background and neurodivergence. I was so focused on “passing” back in the day, of not seeming like too much of a freak, that I would never have considered it. But even if sometimes I feel some chagrin, and even awkward self-consciousness at what I wrote here, it is all true and what is embarrassment over a human life in the grand scheme of cosmicism, and interacting with so amazing and terrifying a universal view?
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing and rewriting, and adding to it myself with Bobby’s help. With strange aeons, my friends.
A Jewish Neurodivergent Looks At Lovecraft
by Matthew Kirshenblatt
The population [of New York City] is a mongrel herd with repulsive Mongoloid Jews in the visible majority, and the coarse faces and bad manners eventually come to wear on one so unbearably that one feels like punching every god damn bastard in sight.
—H. P. Lovecraft to J. Vernon Shea, 19 Nov 1931, Letters to J. Vernon Shea et al. 81
I have mixed feelings about H.P. Lovecraft. I remember when I was an adolescent seeing his works in bookstores, and wondering just what kind of writer would have a last name such as his. As I got older and more fascinated with horror I just assumed that Lovecraft was a writer that focused on murder and the macabre, not unlike Edgar Allan Poe. This quaint idea was challenged when I began to encounter the idea of Cthulhu in…
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