This is a great time of year to celebrate all…well, most things Lovecraft (or Lovecraft-inspired). Today, I’d like to point you in the direction of the always-worth-reading Charlie Stross speculating about what might have inspired Lovecraft’s sense of horror. I’m not going to spoil it for you because it’s well worth reading and ties into modernity better than you might imagine. And, as per usual, the comments are as lively as the post itself.
I have no real opinion as to the accuracy of Stross’ conjecture. It strikes me as plausible but by no means certain. Which, from the standpoint of fiction, is probably the best kind of conjecture.