H.P. Lovecraft’s Fascination in Supernatural Theories Essay

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H.P. Lovecraft’s fascination in supernatural theories plays into a main basis for his novels. (Wohleber) With the unknown lurking, Lovecraft incorporates horror through the use of psychological fear as a form of expression making it become crucial for many of his works. At the Mountains of Madness encompasses this thought by the expeditions before and after effects on the characters. The urge to be a success fills the scientists up with courage to embark on such a dangerous trip; however, after the trip the survivors, Danforth and Dyer, had lost all sense of sanity. “On our return Danforth was close to hysterics..promise to say shew our sketches or say anything.” (Lovecraft 176.) Their eyes couldn’t believe what was seen having them debate …show more content…
“The horror felt by the characters in the novel are not those of pain, but simply the fear of knowing the unsuspected truth hiding just beneath the surface of things.”(Wohleber.) Lovecraft’s writing goes beyond what tends to be said as “horror” by using madness in his characters, suspicion and discovery to the surroundings and the belief of supernatural beings upon us on Earth.(Wohleber.) Such statements tamper with the mind because with enough evidence one can only wonder whether situations in life like that can happen. Throughout the book the confusion only grows more by showing how their suspicion makes them come up with ideas that didn’t even happen. When arriving at base and having only one person a group of dogs missing while everyone else is dead can only make someone bring up ideas on who is behind it all. Situations like these tamper with the characters head only leading them to further insanity.
Lovecraft works with the nature of fear in literature. He possesses “an understanding of the psychological basis of horror appeal.” (Burleson.) Although it is said he was influenced by Poe, Lovecraft revised what Poe does in his writings. “Poe questions the existence of the characters themselves while Lovecraft deprives the mental wellness of the characters by questioning what their eyes and ears see or hear.”