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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Off Topic: If the Doorstep of Perception . . .


The dear friend and colleague Selkis is uploading a lot of our 'four-handed things' to her Facebook profile (while no FB profile of Il Tassista is available, and won't be). This is a good occasion to retrieve some enjoyable works dating back to the past years, e.g. here above, an illustration for HP Lovecraft's story The Thing on the Doorstep.

The picture starts from a consideration that Lovecraft did not explicitly make, but it is clearly implied: If the protagonist's -- Edward Pickman Derby's -- wife Asenath is haunted by the evil spirit of her father, the wizard Ephraim Waite, that is, if her soul in her body has been replaced by her father's, as a consequence, when Edward legitimately makes love with his wife, he is making it with his own father-in-law, in a word, with another man. And this is the true shock in the whole story. A subject that the writer wouldn't dare deal with directly, but by transferring it to witchery and Cthulhu myths, where everything is possible, well . . .