Fri, 19 August 2016
Livestock, plants and even dead wood succumb to the mysterious ailment that came from the stars. The inhabitants of the farmhouse are going mad, and one is missing. Is this the judgment of God, or simply stardust? H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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The properties of Lovecraft’s mysterious meteorite are indeed curious. There is a long folkloric association of gelatinous masses associated with meteorites. For example, in reporting on a meteorite landing near Lowville, New York in 1846, Scientific American wrote, “It [the meteor] appeared larger than the sun, illumined with hemisphere nearly as light as day. A large company of the citizens immediately repaired to the spot [of the meteorite’s landing], and found a body of fetid jelly, four feet in diameter. (Source: The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, Leslie S Klinger, Editor; W.W. Norton & Co. 2014)
Ambrose Bierce also wrote of colors on a spectrum invisible to the naked eye in his short story, “The Damned Thing”.
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