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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Tue May 17, 2022 at 02:46:58 pm EDT (Viewed 131 times)
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Posted: Mon May 16, 2022 at 08:36:33 pm EDT (Viewed 183 times)



      That's cool that you played D&D. I never managed to find a group where I was. At one point, like 20 years ago, I tried to get a group together, but I wasn't successful.

    Still play sometimes. I love playing it. Heck, I like reading some of the original manuals for prior additions. The material on classic Planescape and Ravenloft in particular is pretty great IMO.

I've never read a D&D manual but I've read White Wolf manuals. I loved those.

    I just finished a novel/novella called Shattered Sea's. It is sort of an Aliens meets Lovecraft. A group of marines goes to an undersea base because they stopped hearing back and it turns out they dug too deep. It is inspired by a board game called Deep Madness that is quite good as well.

I love the cross-pollination between games and books - and movies too.

I'm a kaiju fan, and your brief description of Shattered Seas made me imagine the marines disturbing the slumber of a kaiju. All of a sudden I realize the influence Lovecraft may have had on Japan, culminating in the creation of kaiju films.

    Some others I could think of is the Troop. Not great but science turned tape worms into killers. One could argue about how sci-fi that is I guess. The other ones that spring to mind that fit the bill better would be the Luminous Dead and Ship of Fools.

I enjoy science horror, where science takes the place of the supernatural. This goes all the way back to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Over the 200 years since that book was published, plenty of other science horror stories were written. Aliens is a great modern example on the silver screen. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of this sort of thing as technology advances.

    Among my favorite of such films though would be the two silent films by the HP Lovecraft society called Call of Cthulhu and Whisperer in Darkness.

I love the Call of Cthulhu silent film. I saw it years ago and praise it to anyone who will listen. I see it's now available on Amazon Prime! Anyone who hasn't seen it yet should make time to rectify that egregious error. I am among those who count this movie as, hands down, the best Lovecraft film adaptation ever produced.

    In addition to the Thing by John Carpenter...

One of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. After watching it, I was so unsettled that I found I was afraid to be alone outside in the dark.