From the notorious, bestselling and highly acclaimed author of The Possibilty of an Island: an extended essay (a kind of scholarly love letter) on the hugely influential and reclusive literary horror writer HP Lovecraft
'Those who love life do not read. Nor do they go to the movies, actually. No matter what might be said, access to the artistic universe is more or less entirely the preserve of those who are a little fed up with the world.'
In this prescient work - now with an introduction by Stephen King - Michel Houellebecq, the author of the novels Atomised, Platform and The Possibility of an Island focuses his considerable analytical skills on H.P. Lovecraft, the seminal, enigmatic horror writer of the early 20th century. Houellebecq's insights into the craft of writing illuminate both Lovecraft and Houellebecq's own work. The two are kindred spirits, sharing a uniquely dark worldview. But even as he outlines Lovecraft's rejection of this loathsome world, it is Houellebecq's adulation for the author that drives this work and makes it a love song, infusing the writing with an energy and passion that characterises Houellebecq's new novel. Indispensable reading for anyone interested in Lovecraft, Houellebecq, or the past and future of horror.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 10 / 2006
- 208 x 136mm