Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers Today we’re looking at “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn. The precise appearance of the “white apes” is never clearly defined. Based on the context of the story Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family. (EXP: An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia) Critic William Fulwiler suggests that the plot of “Arthur Jermyn” may have been inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels .

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jfrmyn One of my presentations at the NecronomiCon in August was on H. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.

The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species—if separate species we be—for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world. If we knew what we are, we should do as Sir Arthur Jermyn did; and Arthur Jermyn soaked himself in oil and set fire to his clothing one night. The structure and themes of these opening paragraphs are very similar.


I am certainly not the first to notice this; S. Essentially both paragraphs cited above state that science will reveal things about the Universe or ourselves that will result loveceaft humanity going mad, falling into a new dark age or killing ourselves. This was not based on scientific skepticism associated the theory.

Lovecraftian Science

Instead, for the layperson questions over the validity of evolution were associated with two main issues. First, how can evolution be correct in the light of the biblical stories of creation? Second, species were thought to be distinctly separate populations, discrete categories of life. A wombat is very different than a scorpion lvecraft a pine tree, just like a hammer is very different than a screwdriver or wrench.

Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft #6: Arthur Jermyn

Humans were no longer the divine product of an omnipotent deity. Instead, we were relinquished to the role of just another by-product of the forces of natural selection.

Yes, humans had culture, technology, society and sentient understanding; however, we were produced by the same biological forces and jfrmyn sand fleas and slime molds. To many people this upsets their religious and philosophical view of the Cosmos and our position in it.

Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft #6: Arthur Jermyn – Comics by comiXology

For example, recent lovercaft indicate that the last common ancestor of all living apes and humans might have been a fruit-eating, slow-climbing primate that was similar in appearance to a baby gibbon. A million-year-old infant skull of an extinct ape named Nyanzapithecus alesi nicknamed Alesi was found in Kenya in and is thought to be this common ancestor between apes and humans www. Choi; 10 August Indeed, the diversification or increased speciation of the hominoids gibbons, great lovecraf and humans occurred during the Miocene Epoch approximately 23 to 5 million years ago and the last common ancestor that humans had loveceaft chimpanzees existed between 7 and 6 million years ago www.


This skull belongs to a month-old ape, now called Nyanzapithecus alesithat died about 13 million years ago photo credit: Essentially, Lovecraft was tapping into this fear and resentment associated with the Theory of Evolution.

Such fear and skepticism was quite common in the early 20 th century, particularly in the United States, which led it culminating kermyn the initiation of the Scopes Trial on the 21 st of July Collected Essays on H.

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