BATHOS #27: THE H. P. LOVECRAFT ISSUE – OUT ON FEBRUARY 10TH!
If you have ever, on a bright summer’s day, studied an ant-hill, you may for a moment have felt a pleasant surge of superiority. If you are a discriminating man, as I believe you to be, you will however soon realize how little the tireless efforts of these tiny creatures really differ from the aspirations of most men. You may even, as without difficulty you encompass their entire world in a single glance, wonder, whether there might not be other observers, with a similar detachment contemplating all of mankind. Would it be possible, even for an instant, for an inhabitant of such a microcosm to be aware of such a scrutiny?
H. P. LOVECRAFT
What the hell is this?
Well, it’s sort of an underground publication – there used to be a lot of them around, making political statements and provoking people (except they were only read by people, who weren’t provoked). They were usually Xeroxed and, if for no other reason, rather difficult to read.
Of course, nowadays they are printed in offset and subsidized by the Ministry of Culture. They are also usually very boring.
With a retail price of 50 DKR (for 80 pages) and boasting 200 subscribers, I guess BATHOS could afford the extra expense, but why bother? First, it would seriously limit the profit.
And writers also – occasionally – eat. Secondly, it would not be BATHOS.
BATHOS is in every way subculture. With its articles on esoteric subjects, its reviews of old movies, and its ultra-leftist propaganda, it is the epitome of bad taste.
Add to this a tendency towards pornography, and you’ll get the idea. Furthermore, it is written entirely by yours truly – the layout is by my wife, Helena.
After all, if Kierkegaard could do it, I can. It’s mostly in Danish, but reviews of foreign books and movies are in English – seems more natural that way.
And this, the 27th issue being dedicated to the author H. P. LOVECRAFT, it is in English altogether – well, a kind of English, anyway. BATHOS can be acquired in FANTASK or by contacting Helena on the following email address.
So please do subscribe! You have nothing to lose but your time and money, and maybe your sanity (on the other hand, if you had a sanity to lose, you probably wouldn’t subscribe in the first place).
Most people remember their first encounter with the strange world of LOVECRAFT. It may not always have been love at first sight.
His technique of building atmosphere before springing some half-guessed revelation on the reader can be rather alienating. It soon, however, becomes clear to you that you have never read anything quite like this, his emulators being rather tame in comparison.
There is a special urgency about the way in which the narrator insists on the absurd premise, almost making you believe that it must have some foundation in truth. This effect is further enhanced by making these claims fairly constant from story to story.
It also makes it hard for his readers to believe that the author did not himself put any stock in the supernatural …
H. P. Lovecraft: The Man 4