THE DEEP ONES: "The Arcade" by Will Murray
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"The Arcade" by Will Murray
Discussion begins September 26, 2018.
First published in Worlds of Cthulhu (2012).
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Nobody else got around to reading it? Given the this and the lack of comments re "The Hill", I guess the lesson is to only nominate stories that are more widely available.
Apart from finding it a pleasant read, I thought it was interesting in that, despite being a Lovecraft-inspired ghost story, it's definitely not a horror story, and yet despite the distinctly un-Lovecraftian optimism it's an apparently sincere homage to the gentleman of Providence - I don't get the sense that Murray is trying to pick any sort of argument with HPL.
If anyone wants to pick a copy up, isfdb appears to have missed there's an e-book edition, available at Kobo for $5.
I liked the story and thought Murray channeled Lovecraft's voice and structure well. (I liked the gerunds "abominated" and "juggernauted".)
>4 AndreasJ: Yes, it is a ghost story.
I did think the end was not very Lovecraftian in its philosophy. I'm not sure what I would call it with its talk of "equipose" and "imbalances" and linkage of the natural world with the human mind/soul. I wonder if it's related to the metaphysics and spirituality Murray explored in 2016's Forever After.
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