H.P. Lovecraft’s Crucible: Season 2 of Salem will be more Lovecraftian

According to executive producer Adam Simon:

“One other thing I’d throw out that’s going to be a lot of fun to play with is we’ve only barely scratched the surface of the idea that Salem is a port. It’s on the edge of the sea; it’s a super important port. But also, from an almost Lovecraftian, horror perspective, there are things in the sea as horrendous as there are in the forest. So imagine Salem as Innsmouth in effect, if you know your Lovecraft. Imagine the fact that Lovecraft was really the more accurate historian of our early history than Arthur Miller was. It’s H.P. Lovecraft’s Crucible.”

All the details you could want and more, at Dread Central.

I’m so woefully behind on my TV watching this summer that I can’t say I’m thrilled about having to add yet another show to the steadily growing pile of stuff I should take a look at. It’s strange to think that there was once a time when there were maybe one or two shows per year worth watching, which didn’t stop me from watching all sorts of other crap, anyway, now that I think about it.

Anyway, I’m still waiting for the world’s first really Lovecraftian TV series, about a team of elderly occult investigators delving into forbidden mysteries and arcane horrors, gradually (over the course of many seasons) revealing the horrible truth underlying reality and all of our existence, culminating in the final awakening of the Great Old Ones and the end of the world. Sort of like Arkham Horror the TV show. With Guillermo del Toro as executive producer, of course, and Ron Perlman and Jeffrey Combs in the cast. So I don’t think it will happen.

“Cthulhu deserves a way for people to waste electricity in his name”

I’ll admit, I know next to nothing about cryptocurrencies, and I have no particular desire to find out more. But for those who do want to know, The Verge has a story on the Cthulhu Offerings thing that was also recently mentioned on io9.

Seems it was first announced in September last year.


Latest Lovecraft links (July 24, 2014)

And there are a lot of them…

Roko’s Basilisk and the Necronomicon


Judging by all this stuff, Eliezer Yudkowsky is a guy who seriously needs to fix his medication. Which is not to say that the “most terrifying thought experiment of all time” is not interesting. It is. It might even be the closest thing to “forbidden knowledge” you can find in the real world – but (sadly), only if you’re one of the really really strange people who believe in this sort of crap:

Roko’s Basilisk is an evil, godlike form of artificial intelligence, so dangerous that if you see it, or even think about it too hard, you will spend the rest of eternity screaming in its torture chamber. It’s like the videotape in The Ring. Even death is no escape, for if you die, Roko’s Basilisk will resurrect you and begin the torture again.

Apparently, some people actually do believe this (?) in all seriousness, and you should read this entire article if you want to know more about them and about the basilisk. Here’s a tidbit:

Now, Roko’s Basilisk is only dangerous if you believe all of the above preconditions and commit to making the two-box deal with the Basilisk. But at least some of the LessWrong members do believe all of the above, which makes Roko’s Basilisk quite literally forbidden knowledge. I was going to compare it to H. P. Lovecraft’s horror stories in which a man discovers the forbidden Truth about the World, unleashes Cthulhu, and goes insane, but then I found that Yudkowsky had already done it for me, by comparing the Roko’s Basilisk thought experiment to the Necronomicon, Lovecraft’s fabled tome of evil knowledge and demonic spells.

Lots more about the basilisk here. The LessWrong people can be found here, but it’s probably a good idea to avoid them as much as possible.

Picture nabbed from here.

What does the term “Lovecraftian” mean to Kim Newman?

British horror maestro Kim Newman is one of the co-writers (together with Maura McHugh) of the Hellboy spin-off Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, and this is (some of) what he had to say about Lovecraft in a recent interview for The Outhouse:

It’s true that all the subtly allusive, non-description of unimaginable entities in Lovecraft tends to boil down to large angry seafood when they appear in comics or films. Our creatures have a supernatural aspect, but we’ve written them as very physical, describable beings – which makes things easier for the artist. In this particular story, I think we’re influenced as much by Thomas Hardy and Arthur Conan Doyle as Lovecraft, and the Witchfinder sub-franchise of Mike’s world owes a lot to William Hope Hodgson too. That said, we were conscious of a need to add our own spin on things.

Go here for the full interview.