February 24, 2011

Lovecraft in Brooklyn

The back stories behind John Darnielle’s songs are often as interesting as the music itself….

American horror icon H.P. Lovecraft moved to Red Hook, Brooklyn to be with the woman he loved. He had never really seen any people who were not white folks from Massachusetts. Immigrants were spilling into Brooklyn from the four corners of the globe. Lovecraft’s xenophobia during his time in Brooklyn resulted in some of the weirdest, darkest images in all American literature. One must condemn Lovecraft’s ugly racism, of course, but his not-unrelated inclination toward a general suspicion of anything that’s alive is pretty fertile ground.

As seen in these fantastic cartoon liner notes.


  1. Dave Vogt on February 24th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I like it better than I thought I would, which is a genuine compliment despite how it sounds.

  2. Sheila Ryan on February 24th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Yeah, though I don’t love Lovecraft, I like the song.