[Lovecraft and Virginia Tech]

Now Lovecraft even has a massacre to his unfortunate credit, as this comment  (and countless news stories all over the web) here indicates – so the Virginia Tech killer read Lovecraft, and in the worst and trashiest and most gorily-pulpish edition available…there’s a way to defend him as a component of a Contemporary Horror class – obviously, he belongs there for his sheer scope and ability, but no way to defend him as a writer from the charge…of what? I don’t believe in ascribing too many moral attributes to a text per se – I wouldn’t call his prose “unwholesome” or “evil”…or anything…it’s just very nihilistically morbid in a way that I can see even a fucked-up mass murderer drawn in by it.

That’s these moments when I think of interpretation as self-defense.