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Howard Philips Lovecraft has had a profound influence over modern fiction His supernatural stories have influenced writers ranging from Stephen King to Robert Bloch Though in his life only one of his books was published and a few short stories were placed into pulp magazines now all of his works are gathered into various collections Some styles he uses come directly from Poe however Lovecraft was able to expand upon these His exclusive use of first person nameless narration and supernatural occurrences allow Lovecraft to invoke a sense of dramatic awareness in the reader That along with his fictional religious series of the Mythos and his odd almost trifling plot topics cause the reader to realize humanitys lack of supremacy and rationalization in abnormal situations Many of Lovecrafts stories use this first person narrative His best known example is The Outsider Starting out the reader only knows one thing about the narrator that he lives unaccompanied in a castle in a jungle environment It is then discovered that he has never seen the light of day or received any memorable human contact This depressing lifestyle is set up to gain the readers sympathy Reading the story in this narration one puts himself or herself in this lonely position and feels for the narrator After an attempt to climb the tower walls to see the sun he finds himself in an alternate dimension After entering a party in this new dimension he sees all the people screaming in fear and running he thinks there is some sort of monster behind him After turning around he sees the beast and approaches it to ward it off Upon swinging at the Baldwin 2 monster to scare it away he accidentally feels its arm but instead of a rotting outstretched paw he only feels a cold and unyielding surface of polished glass Lovecraft 59 Now the reader has become aware that this character that gained sympathetic feelings was
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