“All About Alienation: Alan Moore On Lovecraft and Providence, in The Quietus, the modern online equivalent of the 1980s NME

As an extension of their recent interview, Nick Talbot speaks to Alan Moore about the language and philosophy of H.P. Lovecraft and his upcoming ten-part Cthulhu Mythos [comic-book] work Providence

Here’s Moore on Lovecraft scholarship. I think he has in mind the clear straightforward approach of Joshi…

Providence is […] set in 1919, or at least the first ten issues are, and I have researched the hell out of it. But one of the things I’ve realised, I’ve got about two shelves of just Lovecraft criticism — Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy; H.P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West — and it’s changed my opinion of literary criticism […] reading these pieces [of Lovecraftian scholarship] has completely changed my [inverted snobbery regarding establishment academic litcrit language]. Not about all of them, some of them are basically saying very little in as many words as possible, but that is not a fair characterisation of a lot of them.

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