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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Non-Animal Fable Stories

Humanizing Human Beings, To Be Little Candles for Others

Many modern fables tell stories about non-animal characters. Their characters are personification of toys, cars, appliances, or modern/ futurisctic things as if they talked, felt, acted like human.

Brave Little Toaster is an example of Appliance's story. According to Wikipedia, The Brave Little Toaster is written by Thomas M. Disch intended for children, A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances. The story was written in the style of a children's fable.

Another examples of non-animal fable story are Wall-E, Toy Story, Cars, and Black Battery and His Role. Fable stories give motivation and inspiration to the readers or audiences.

Black Battery and His Role, written by Purnomosidhi AKA Mas Didik, is presented in one of Short Stories with morals.

Read Fable Story: Black Battery and His Role

Friday, April 8, 2011

Modern Lovecraftian Works on Horror Fictions

Lovecraftian horror is a kind of horror fiction which presents the cosmic horror of the unknown over gore, life, trouble or other elements of shock. It is named after American author H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) in which supernatural and horror colors Lovecraft stories.

Lovecraft wrote with his story-telling style, manifested in his mythos that involved supernatural, pre-human, and extraterrestrial elements. Previous authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Algernon Blackwood inpired him.

Lovecraaft used several themes found as the component of a "Lovecraftian" work, namely:
- Anti-anthropocentrism, misanthropy in general. Human is not central and not significant entities in the universe. Misanthropy is ascribed to a number of writers of satire.Misanthropy means to disgust with, distaste for, and general dislike of human beings. it can be also intrepreted as no interest in fellow man, distrust toward the intent and value of humanity.

- Antiquarian writing style. Although dealing with technology, Lovecraft used anachronisms as well as old-fashioned words to describe such things. Anachronism is an inconsistency in some chronological arrangement, especially a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other.

- Detachment. Lovecraftian heroes are usually isolated individuals.

- Heroes' victory is temporary and they ussualy pay back for it or there is possibility of problem or antagonist to raise.

- Forbidden knowledge. Characters in Lovecraft do not understand what happened to them. There us unanswered question and there is something beyond their mind capacity. It's about mystery.

Lovecraft quotes state:
The most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.

- Non-human influences on humanity

- Fate

- Civilization under threat

- Risks of a scientific era

His works ( in lovecraft books and short stories) has influenced to modern horror stories in literature (novel, shosrt stories), games (mystery games and horror games), and horror movie (lovecraft movies, and other horror movies list ).

Lovecraftians put fear, supernatural things, and mystery in their mysterious and scary short stories.

Modern Lovecraftian writers present 26 dark stories of tales of horror in The Anthology Historical Lovecraft: Tales of Horros Through Time by Innsmouth Free Press, 2011. This book put horror stories in historical setting. Stalin’s Russia, 10th century Rome, ancient Kingdom in Asia, and Neolithic Mesopotamia are just some of the backdrops before which madness and history collide.