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I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.
-- Mark Twain


I've been rereading "Shadows over Baker Street," the Holmes meets Lovecraft (as opposed to Doyle meets Lovecraft, which would have been a different thing) sci-fi anthology. It's, as always, great fun, although by far the best one of the lot is Gaiman's A Study in Emerald, which is almost as good as Stross' A Colder War (Tom Clancy meets Lovecraft?).

On that vein, I'd like to read

Asimov meets Lovecraft: Scientists build robots following ancient, unholy mathematics that imply terrible laws of cosmic significance.

Umberto Eco meets Lovecraft: A little-known Italian editorial plans to publish a modern edition of the Necronomicon. Wackyness ensues.

Stephen King meets Lovecraft: The Great Ones have taken over Earth. A ragtag band of survivors travel through North America, but the dreams of the kids traveling with them (oddly echoing those the protagonist had in his childhood? or were they dreams?) could point at even darker truths than the wasteland the planet has become.

Vernor Vinge meets Lovecraft: Both the Great Ones and the Elder Gods are non-human post-Singularity species. The Elder Gods are ok with humans making the jump, but the Great Ones have other plans...

Melville meets Lovecraft: To see Cthulhu is to go mad, and Captain Ahab was no exception. But now he is mad enough that he actually plans to kill it, and he doesn't care about damning his soul (and others') along the way.

Borges meets Lovecraft: The Necronomicon wasn't real until people started reading about it. Now it has always been real, and the past is changing accordingly.

Saki meets Lovecraft: The world of A Study in Emerald, but in a dark humor mood.

Carl Sagan meets Lovecraft: "There is no such thing as the Great On*ARGGHGHGHGHG*..."

Chesterton meets Lovecraft: Father Brown explains to a Great One that it doesn't exist and, more importantly, it shouldn't. Father Brown ends mad, solving crimes in a futile attempt not to think about The Great Crime Beyond The Stars (ok, so Chesterton would never write this one; I would).

Peter Watts meets Lovecraft: Building a FTL Solar System-spanning computer network using genetically engineered neural tissue from Great Ones remains as a substratum? Both mankind's best and worst idea ever.

Crowley (or Dee) meets Lovecraft: Talking with the Elder Gods-HOWTO.

Philip K. Dick meets Lovecraft: The Great Ones are real - you are the fiction. The Necronomicon (actually the world's oldest drug, now being sold again in street corners by unsuspecting pushers that believe it an hallucinogen) lets you see that. "Madness" is a sane adaptation to the world.

Too bad I have to go now, doing this is addictive...

(In not unrelated news, I think Doktor Sleepless #8 partly redeems the title; at least now it makes some amount of sense.)

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__marcelo
Oct. 3rd, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Richard Stallman meets Lovecraft: RFC on an alternative to mindless Other Gods from Outside, whose soul and messenger is the crawling chaos.

*dies* I'd love to read that RFC. Sounds like something that should exist.
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genre_savvy
Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Melville meets Lovecraft: To see Cthulhu is to go mad, and Captain Ahab was no exception. But now he is mad enough that he actually plans to kill it, and he doesn't care about damning his soul (and others') along the way.

Would you mind terribly if I took this thought and ran with it? It's inspiring.
__marcelo
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'd love for you to!
browngirl
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
How I love your shiny, gleaming brain!
__marcelo
Oct. 3rd, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thanks!
outlawpoet
Oct. 2nd, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
you miss the best one, and I find my subject for NaNoWriMo this year:

Fred Saberhagen meets Lovecraft.

The Old Ones were unpeakable powers, capable of wasting cities and armies of men, their gaze was madness and their envious endlessly rapacious maws left the planet desolate. Eventually their eyes turned outward for more to ravage, and they found something worse than they. The Berserker machines have been grinding half the galaxy under their endlessly swelling ranks for centuries, and they are not impressed by size or alien natures, they simply direct the construction of more probes than originally planned for our system. And as terrible and vast powers clash, humanity is squeezed to brink of extinction, not by malice, but by simple side-effect of far more important entities.

outlawpoet
Oct. 2nd, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
bonus points for somehow including the last Qwib-Qwib.
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caiusmajor
Oct. 2nd, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
I think my favorites are Melville and Borges. :)

Hmm. Superhero comics meets Lovecraft: The Elder Gods are large, angular and Kirby-esque. They show up on semi-regular basis and get beat up by people in spandex.

...possibly something that wasn't on the list for a reason.
razorsmile
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Superman meets Lovecraft: his costume is that tight because he needs it to smoooth out the strange black growths on his torso and limbs. Pretty soon, he's going to need a mask of some kind ...
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razorsmile
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Melville meets Lovecraft: To see Cthulhu is to go mad, and Captain Ahab was no exception. But now he is mad enough that he actually plans to kill it, and he doesn't care about damning his soul (and others') along the way.

That's awesome :D
__marcelo
Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks!
browncoatrebel
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
I think I'm in love with you.
__marcelo
Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
*wins at life* :P
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brown_betty
Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Dorothy Sayers meets Lovecraft: Yeah, guess what's up in that bell tower?
__marcelo
Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
"Oh, damn!"?
mkcs
Oct. 3rd, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
This is wonderful!
__marcelo
Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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__marcelo
Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
*g* PKD's mind was a very scary, yet fascinating place.
outlawpoet
Oct. 4th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
You did read Jennifer Morgue, by the aforementioned Charlie Stross?

Ian Fleming meets Lovecraft, and too cool for words.
__marcelo
Oct. 4th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
I think I haven't, but now it's bumped up on my to-read list. Thanks!
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__marcelo
Oct. 6th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Chuck Pahlanuik meets Lovecraft: Everything's a forbidden invocation of a forbidden invocation of a forbidden invocation. That'd explain much!
tigerbright
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
These are wonderful.

Dr. Seuss meets Lovecraft: Oh, the Abominable Thinks You Can Think!
__marcelo
Oct. 6th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Dr. Seuss meets Lovecraft: Oh, the Abominable Thinks You Can Think!

Awww. I'd love to read an entire poem like that...
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