Monday, February 05, 2007

For the Love of Lovecraft

The ever-hip Annalee Newitz explores the scrubbed Wikipedia entry for Sonia Greene, lover of the creepmeister HP Lovecraft:



The Mysterious Love of Sonia Greene for H.P. Lovecraft


I have always been curious about Sonia Greene, the woman who married H.P. Lovecraft. She supported Lovecraft financially for several years, and famously described him as "an adequately excellent lover" who never told her that he loved her. A few years earlier, she had dated Alistair Crowley so she must have had a taste for morose men obsessed with the supernatural. Even more surprising for the Lovecraft fan is that Greene was a Jewish immigrant, a category of person whom Lovecraft often blamed for the downfall of his beloved "chalk-white" civilization.


The truth is almost as weird as HP Lovecraft.

11 comments:

The Moody Minstrel said...

Never mind the fact that Lovecraft suddenly died at a rather young age as a result of a mysterious intestinal ailment...or that he was a notorious recluse.

Gigilo said...

I've been looking for Sonia all my life....

Old Castro said...

Lovecraft - hmmm. sick puppy. given far too much credit for influencing others IMHO.

(that should tick somebody off)

ladybug said...

Just having lived life, I think the assertation that they had a "steampunk" version of an online romance is correct. They fell in love via letters, but the reality of living together proved less than stellar!

I think Lovecraft was homosexual in any case, whether he acted on it or not.

The other curious note about him never getting a real job and sitting around in Flatbush for a year is it is kind of a negative counterpoint to David Thoreau's time at Walden Pond.

Mr. Thoreau extolled the virtue's of living out in the woods, while neglecting to mention his mother and sisters came by everyday to clean, cook, wash clothes and generally do everything but write his manuscripts.

Both were spoiled man-brats "living for their art", while the real work of living was carried out by silent partners, their female relations.

Swinebread said...

Good old Howard.. heh heh.. He was messed up from a young age... and Sonia wasn't... perhaps if they had been drugged out hippies it would have worked out better...

Pandabonium said...

"We in the industry know that behind every successful screenwriter stands a woman. And behind her stands his wife." - Groucho Marx

The Moody Minstrel said...

Lovecraft was the 1920s equivalent of a basement blogger. He was a maniacally social animal...provided face-to-face contact didn't enter into it. He probably would even have fit the stereotype of living in his mother's basement...had his mother not gone mad.

(Hmm...did his mother scream in a strange language? And what colour was her room?)

The Moody Minstrel said...

COme to think of it, in this day and age how many basement bloggers try to become romantically involved with their chat partners...and fail miserably?

Don Snabulus said...

five

The Moody Minstrel said...

Snabulus, have you ever been boned up the backshaft for being a f****** arsewhole?

Seymour said...

Heh heh, he said f******!

You are so dirty MM! That makes me h**! So r** o*** and b*** like a d**! P***** s*** w*** t** b***** a********! A***************

*** ** ****** **** *******!