The Lovecraft series continues with another primary revision.
Raw Feed (2005): “The Horror in the Burying-Ground”, Hazel Heald [and H. P. Lovecraft], 1933 — 1935.
This is another biter-bitten tale.
Here the would-be biters are an undertaker with an extensive knowledge of poison and the woman he wants to marry. However, the woman’s brute of a husband will not let her re-marry, so she connives at the undertaker poisoning him with a petrifying chemical. He does that but, at the man’s funeral, he accidentally doses himself. Intimations are that the woman can hear both men whisper to her at night from their graves.
It was with this story that I realized that a motif runs through the Heald-Lovecraft collaborations as the snake motif does through the Zealia Bishop-Lovecraft collaborations.
That motif is petrification or, variantly, a conscious mind inhabiting a paralyzed body. There are the humans turned to stone in “The Man of Stone”. In “The Horror in the Museum”, the alleged mummy of Shub-Niggurath is alive. In “Out of the Aeons”, the sight of Ghatanothoa paralyzes T’yog. Here men are paralyzed and then buried alive.
The burial alive might have appealed to Lovecraft because of its resonances with Edgar Allan Poe, but Heald seems fascinated by the image.
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