I don’t even know where to begin with The Outsider. I read the story three times, and then listened to it a couple more times with an app that reads PDF files aloud. It wasn’t until after that, that I gave it one last read, that things came together.
I’ll start by stating that I struggled to grasp on, partially because of his extensive use of description. For some reason, he kept taking me out of the story. I’ll say equally that Lovecraft has a beautiful way of describing his scenes. If I had only a tenth of what he uses, I’d be set with my thesis.
As for the story, my understanding was that a ghost had returned to its home before death. It hadn’t seen itself for some time, and was taken back when it walked past it’s reflection and caught a glimpse of what it looked like today. So then it wasn’t a ghost, so perhaps some form of walking dead—a zombie perhaps. This of course is a weak review of the story, however that is the gist of it. As I mentioned before, Lovecraft does an excellent job bringing to life the scene, much so that I’ll shamelessly borrow from it on my short story.
The second of the three assigned this week, and in my opinion, much better than The Outsider. Again Lovecraft does an excellent job with his descriptions as the narrator shares his relationship with the artist, Pickman.
Pickman’s Model is a short story told by his Pickman’s friend, Thurber. We learn from the first person POV of Thurber how Pickman’s who was one a member of the Boston Art Club became alienated by his peers for the graphic nature of his work. In the end, the Art Club would revoke his membership, and Pickman soon disappeared. Thurber tells of the time he toured the personal gallery of Pickman, and a strange events that day.
The Call of Cthulhu
The third of this week’s stories, and of course the longest story of the trio. I struggled to grasp on to this story, and like the first, I even tried using an audio version. Who knows, maybe it was just me, so I’ll have to see what my peers had to say.
The story begins with a first person narrative of a man who was the executor of the will of his great uncle. The items in the will consist of personal details of an underground cult involved in ritualistic killings of woman and children. Their callings, or orders for a lack of better words comes from this creature who lives at the bottom of the sea. This creature is humanlike in body, with the head and arms of an octopus.
It is actually an interesting story; however, I think I found it difficult to get in to with so much going on this week. I’ll say that I do plan to go back and read the Lovecraft stories again once the semester wraps up.