The Ecology of Noise in Lovecraft's Fiction

an unspeakable terror humming in the distance

"Illustration of a vast, desolate landscape under a starry night sky. In the distance, a monstrous entity with multiple eyes and tentacles looms, its presence creating a low, haunting hum that permeates the air. Closer to the viewer, a lone human figure covers their ears, overwhelmed by the dissonant and alien sounds." Mark Riechers/DALL-E 3 (TTBOOK)

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H.P. Lovecraft died in 1937, but his horror stories have influenced writers from Borges to Stephen King. Lovecraft had a special talent for conjuring up things so monstrous that words can't describe them, though he used sound to create his creepy atmosphere.