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Monday, September 12, 2016

Is there a BOC/H.P. Lovecraft connection?

Not directly, however, some of the concepts in BOC's lyrics, 
particularly *Imaginos* seem to be inspired by some of Lovecraft's work. For those not familiar, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an early 20th-century writer of horror and science fiction stories. 
Although some of Lovecraft's contemporaries often did not 
appreciate his work (labeling it "bad taste" and "sick"), Stephen King has acknowledged Lovecraft as the 20th-century's "greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale". 

He is best known for several short stories often referred to 
collectively as the "Cthulhu Mythos" -- these stories refer to 
"The Great Old Ones", creatures from other worlds and dimensions 
which once ruled the earth, and have since been defeated, 
expelled, or imprisoned by various cosmic forces. These creatures 
may rise again ("when the stars are right"), often aided by human 
cults performing ceremonies with various blasphemous incantations. 

Looking at the lyrics and liner notes of *Imaginos*, it's obvious 
that there are many similarities. The story told by *Imaginos* 
explores a lot of the same concepts as the "Cthulhu Mythos", close 
enough for some to claim that the two are one and the same (For 
example, Desdinova or Imaginos is "an actor playing roles in 
history, challenging man against evil". 

He could be considered as an agent of evil -- Lovecraft's 
Nyarlathotep.). However, general is that *Imaginos*, while no 
doubt inspired by some of Lovecraft's work (Al Bouchard also 
indicates that Sandy Pearlman and he had read some of Lovecraft's 
work), is not meant to be a re-telling of Lovecraft's "Cthulhu 
Mythos". Having said that, the following are some literary 
references between *Imaginos* and Lovecraft's work: 

The song "Les Invisibles" contains the line "beneath the polar 
mountain". Lovecraft's tale, "At the Mountains of Madness" 
discusses Antarctica as being a location where some of the Great 
Old Ones either arrived, ruled, or lay waiting. 

The songs "I Am The One You Warned Me Of" and "The Siege And 
Investiture Of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle At Weisseria" both 
contain references to "Starry Wisdom". Lovecraft's story, "The 
Haunter of the Dark" refers to "the Church of the Starry Wisdom", 
a cult organization in which "the Shining Trapazohedron shows them 
heaven & other worlds, & that the Haunter of the Dark tells them 
secrets in some way." Also, the Shining Trapazohedron appears to 
be similar in function to the Magna of Illusion of *Imaginos*. 

The song, "Les Invisibles" talks about "the empress lay sleeping 
to the rhyme of the star clock", which may refer to the Great Old 
One's return "when the stars are right". The song "In The Presence 
Of Another World" contains the spoken words, "when the stars are 
right". This same line is used in Lovecraft's, "The Call of 
Cthulhu". In addition, the "Oyster Boys", as water beings can be 
likened to agents of Cthulhu. 

The song, "Harvest Moon" seems very Lovecraftian in nature as 
well. An unknown evil is implied in the final verse, where the 
singer refuses to go out at nights since the disappearance of 
someone's daughter, yet with the understanding that she'll be 
found in the spring when the snow melts. Lovecraft wrote a few 
stories about towns with such hidden evils. 
This article can originally be found here