H.P. Lovecraft and the Book of Reason
October 28, 2007 to April 6, 2008
The American writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) is undoubtedly one of the most important science fiction writers of the twentieth century: inventor of a brilliant and frightened speculative cosmogony, the name of “cult-author” seems to have been wrought for him.
Indescribable and unspeakable abominations, giant cities buried under the sea, artifacts waking forbidden memories, dreams merging with the real, creatures from another time hiding under a human form: Lovecraft’s “Book of Reason” is a compilation of ideas – collected in a sketchbook – due to be developed in future stories. Written between 1919 and 1934, these 222 short notes are based upon dreams, readings or everyday-life incidents, and seem to contain the essence of the Lovecraftian mythology. As Lovecraft wrote in the introduction to his book, few of these annotations “really constitute elaborate plots – they are mere suggestions, which aim is to allow the flight of imagination and memory.”
Responding to the invitation of the Maison d’Ailleurs on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the death of H. P. Lovecraft, hundred artists took this newspaper to explore the abyssal depths that are discussed in it and transform the museum into a place whose visit could affect the mental health…