The Eldritch Voice: H. P. Lovecraft’s Weird Phonography

Excellent article on the “weird” sound realities in Lovecraft and their connection to early twentieth-century sound recordings. Pairs well with the “estrangement” in Graham Harman’s “Weird Realism.” This also pairs well with a Boodles Gin and Tonic–lime twist.

Sounding Out!

Weird Tales CoverWelcome to the last installment of Sonic Shadows, Sounding Out!’s limited series pursuing the question of what it means to have a voice. In the most recent post, Dominic Pettman encountered several traumatized birds who acoustically and uncannily mirror the human, a feedback loop that composes what he called “the creaturely voice.” This week, James Steintrager investigates the strange meaning of a “metallic” voice in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, showing how early sound recording technology exposed an alien potential lingering within the human voice. This alien voice – between human and machine – was fodder for  techniques of defamiliarizing the world of the reader.
 
I’ll leave James to tell us more. Thanks for reading!

— Guest Editor Julie Beth Napolin

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