Friday, October 14, 2011

Crazy Little Thing Called Lovecraft

They've moved to this hilltop estate
with a view of the village that's great
But under the manse
is a dungeon expanse
where Cthulhu lies chilling in wait.

She thinks that the town will be quaint,
but things all around make her faint
Like the growing enormity
of local deformity
No, "quaint" is a place that this ain't.

They're deformed by his ancestor's curse
(an old warlock with habits perverse)
Though they burned him alive
he returns to connive
And their fortunes from bad turn to worse.

Vincent Price and Debra Paget move into The Haunted Palace (Roger Corman, 1963), which comes equipped with Lon Chaney Jr., its apparently ancient caretaker. Attempting to capitalize on the success of the previous Corman/Price/Poe film, the title was taken from a novella by Poe. But the story is actually the first adaptation of a work of H. P. Lovecraft, "The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward".


Kathleen said...


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Thanks for stopping by, Kathleen. Poets are always welcome in these parts.