December 06, 2010

I'm Not like Everybody Else

Further to my comment about how the thrill of perceived sub-cultural "signaling" tends to endure beyond all rationality (on the Necronomicon/wikileaks "connection" post) here's a case in point.

Lovecraftian Playing cards:


Every time something like this pops up on boingboing (as this one did) or elsewhere on the internets, I immediately think, in spite of myself, "ha, wow, that is so great. It's the Cheese Shop sketch, except instead of John Cleese and Michael Palin and cheese, it's Cthulhu and Nyarlathotep arguing about human heads! I've got to post about that."

Then, of course, the entire world lights up with posts about it. It's not all that sub-culture-y anymore, to the degree that it ever was, but the thrill remains, only slightly tinged with the shame that comes when you must acknowledge you're not as special as you like to think you are and you're caught thinking it.

Even if every single purchasable product were emblazoned with Lovecraft-ian icons, I guess I'd still have that reaction. Wow, Shub-Niggurath dishwashing liquid, toothpaste, and cat food, an umbrella that says Fhtagn! and a Charles Dexter Ward defibrillator! Man, that is so awesome…

I touched on this a bit here, and even here, when PBS stations were hawking their Clash tote bags.

But of course, I want the cards. And most of the hundreds of other items on that site, truth be told. I'm just not sure I understand precisely why anymore.

Posted by Dr. Frank at December 6, 2010 11:39 PM | TrackBack

See?? Now you know how I felt when the media pounced on you with the success of King Dork! I've been a Frank fan for decades, dammit!

Posted by: Aaron at December 7, 2010 01:02 AM

I saw something a while ago and thought of you. It was some kind of a comic book that combined lovecraft and wodehouse. Ever hear of this:

"Jeeves appears in the segment "What Ho, Gods of the Abyss?" in which he contacts the League through a cousin in the British Museum to help combat the arrival of a Mi-go to Brinkley Court and Bertie's Aunt Dahlia's possession by Cthulhu."

How awesome is that?

Posted by: josh at December 7, 2010 01:15 PM

"I'm just not sure I understand precisely why anymore."


Posted by: Gary Farber at December 9, 2010 06:22 AM

The Chocolate Watchband do a kick ass version of INLEE.

Posted by: Lexington Green at December 11, 2010 03:22 AM

I once heard a song by a guy who said something like:

The things that we used to do
have been turned into a zoo
by people who say
all the things we used to say
and if we say them again
then we're gonna sound just like them

Posted by: lostcat510 at December 12, 2010 08:52 AM