October 16th, 2010


Free to a good home

Has anyone ever written Father Brown vs Cthulhu? Chesterton and Lovecraft seem to have compatible worldviews, and it's not just the xenophobia -- well, actually, it's mostly the xenophobia. Read these lines from "The Wrong Shape":

"The colours are intoxicatingly lovely; but the shapes are mean and bad -- deliberately mean and bad. I have seen wicked things in a Turkey carpet . . . They are letters and symbols in a language I don't know; but I know they stand for evil words . . . The lines go wrong on purpose -- like serpents doubling to escape."

And tell me that Lovecraft couldn't have written them.