Guest Column: Three Stories You Need To Read By Ctulu

If you’ve never given Lovecraft a chance, here’s three places to start

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In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up and devour.

Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some decent book suggestions from some of your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry written by German Lovecraftian black metal band Ctulu, who deviated from the subject slightly, instead picking three stories you need to read by H.P. Lovecraft.

“The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath” (chosen by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Arne Uekert)
I was very influenced by “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath” as is visible when you study the lyrics of Ctulu’s second output. The eerie atmosphere and the sheer darkness that chapters like the abduction of Carter by the night-gaunts hold are the basis of a lot of the tracks on that album. The moonbeasts inspired me to the name of the guitar I built last year, so I could say this book inspired me most.

“The Music of Erich Zann” (chosen by bassist Lasse Bodenstein)
This story about the student, who, due to his lack of money, finds lodging in an old, barely occupied building in a remote part of an unknown French town, is probably the most popular short story referred to in (metal) music, though, because of its missing over explicitness, uncommon for Lovecraft’s work. The description of the narrator experiencing the nightly playing by the mute German cellist Erich Zann sent shivers down the spine of the 13-year-old boy I was when first reading it.

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“Pickman’s Model” (chosen by bassist Lasse Bodenstein)
What Lovecraft does in the aforementioned story with music, he does in this with art. Again, very unusual storytelling for Lovecraft by letting the narrator tell an inner monolouge about what’s happening to him. This story is graphic horror inspired by painters like de Goya but in written form. Paranoia follows the final line.

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