Sunday, October 31, 2010

H.P. Lovecraft: Wayfaring Stranger

Being that it’s the final day of Halloween week and Spiritual Sunday, it is difficult to coordinate the two, but I believe I have come up with a solution. A spiritual song by a band who have taken their name from one of the greatest horror authors of the 20th Century: H.P. Lovecraft.

The song is “Wayfaring Stranger” a traditional American folk spiritual of unknown origin. The band H.P. Lovecraft recorded this psychedelic treatment of the song from their 1967 debut LP.

The band took its name from Howard Phillips Lovecraft, who lived from 1890 to 1937. Lovecraft authored many bizarre horror stories that fit into a universe that he developed from story to story. There is Cthulhu the large and hideous entity that no one in their right mind wants to encounter.

Lovecraft’s stories normally center around the fictional Arkham, Massachusetts and its Miskatonic University where the library houses the Necronomicon. Authored by the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred, nothing good happens to anyone who reads and recites its unpronounceable chant that conjures up the dread Cthulhu.

Beware and Happy Halloween. If something large comes to your door with squid like tentacles, throw the candy and don’t let it in.

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