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is the birthday of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, born
in Providence, Rhode
Island, in 1890. He wrote science fiction, fantasy,
stories and poems, which at the time were
collectively known as "weird
fiction". His writing was deeply pessimistic
challenging the values of the
Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Christian
protagonists often achieved the polar-opposite of
and mysticism by glimpsing the horror of absolute
in his stories were rare, and sympathetic women
non-existent. His legacy has impacted a
diversity of contemporary
writers such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joyce
Carol Oates, Michel
Houellebecq and Jorge Luis Borges.
Ru is categorised as fiction, and the author insists that the protagonist embodies the experiences of many of the Vietnamese Boat People... read on
And I Quote...
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. ~ Ray Bradbury
A Poison Tree
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,
And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.