“The Disinterment”

The Lovecraft series continues with another one of his secondary revisions. (Yes, I am slowly working on writing up some new material.)

Raw Feed (2005): “The Disinterment”, Duane W. Rimel [and H. P. Lovecraft], 1935.hm

I found this 1935 story interesting because it describes zombification in pharmaceutical terms much like Wade Davis discovered it to be in his The Serpent and the Rainbow.  Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about the fictional uses of zombies to know if this is really innovative. (The Encyclopedia of Fantasy was not a real help.)

The narrator’s surgeon friend was of the same vein as Lovecraft’s Herbert West except he actually does experiment on his friend.

The horrific “revelation” at story’s end — that not only has the narrator’s friend given him a zombie drug and dug him up but also transplanted his head to another body — is hardly a surprise. Still, that’s hardly uncommon for Lovecraft’s solo efforts.  Continue reading

“The Tree on the Hill”

The Lovecraft series continues with another one of his secondary revisions. (Yes, I am slowly working on writing up some new material.)

Raw Feed (2005): “The Tree on the Hill”, Duane W. Rimel [and H. P. Lovecraft], 1934.hm

This is another Lovecraft revision (S. T. Joshi says he probably wrote the second half) that is too vague or inchoate to have much of an effect.

A blasted clearing (rather reminiscent of that in Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space” — though I suspect Rimel contributed that image) and its sole tree and photographs of them are the facilitators of an apocalypse narrowly avoided.  What appears to be a tree with three shadows at story’s end seems to be a hand groping into this world from another dimension.

 

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