Sirius Business: Fear of the Unknown

Courtesy of our fantastic cousins over at SF Signal, here’s another look at the 2008 documentary about H.P. Lovecraft, “Fear of the Unknown”. Some on the fringes speculate that Lovecraft, in his dark isolation, believed some of the creatures that he interpreted for early twentieth century pulp fiction actually existed on the astral level. Lovecraft was possessed by a profound cosmic fear which seems more rational the further one digs into Reptilian mysteries.

Consider that one of Lovecraft’s early stories “Dagon” concerns a stranded mariner that encounters this hybrid thing:

“With only a slight churning to mark its rise to the surface, the thing slid into view above the dark waters. Vast, Polyphemus-like, and loathsome, it darted like a stupendous monster of nightmares to the monolith, about which it flung its gigantic scaly arms, the while it bowed its hideous head and gave vent to certain measured sounds.”

Perhaps Lovecraft, consciously or unconsciously, sought to reveal the Reptoid presence. There is nothing singularly ichtyian about these creatures, they could just as well be amphibious or water-dwelling reptilians. Consider also that the name Dagon itself  is rooted in ancient stories about lizard men and snake gods, or that the reptilian beings the Dogon people claim to be their ancestors come from somewhere in the neighborhood of Sirius.

Ka Ba Ib Atun-Re, a man heavily influenced by The Matrix, presents his apartment podcast interpretation of all of this:

The Serpent People

H.P. Lovecraft’s stories are generally considered “weird fiction” or “dark fantasy” due to the lack of solid science behind his seemingly irrational theories about the cosmos. Given all the information we have now about the secret history of Reptoids, maybe it is time to take a closer look at the mythos and consider that there may be more history and science behind his feverish nightmares than previously thought. Perhaps, like many of his characters, he stumbled onto a truth too terrible to express.


T.A. Wardrope

Weird, horror and speculative fiction author who live in Minneapolis, Mn. Amateur herpetologist, rabid film critic and lapsed fencer. My novel "Arcadian Gates", published by Blastgun Books, a hallucinatory science-fiction novel,is available on

7 Comments on "Sirius Business: Fear of the Unknown"

  1. Thad McKraken | Apr 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm |

    “H.P. Lovecraft’s stories are generally considered “weird fiction” or “dark fantasy” due to the lack of solid science behind his seemingly irrational theories about the cosmos.”

    Well, Lovecraft was actually a staunch materialist who didn’t believe in any of this stuff. I actually came up with the term “H.P. Lovecraft syndrome” to describe people who are hardcore atheists because they don’t want to believe there’s any sort of reality to their terrifying dreams. I’ve known several people like this. Dreams mean nothing, because mine are terrifying and so thinking that they might have a meaning is super difficult for me to deal with, which is why I run away from them.

    I’ve had brief conversations with people and within like ten minutes been able to say, well, that dream seemed to be indicating that there’s something fucked up about this aspect of your personality that you don’t want to address.

    • Even more upsetting to some people is that Lovecraft was actually unconsciously tapping into (or consciously appropriating) the creation myths of Sumerian/Babylonian civilizations (and their predecessors) and that these myths had some basis in truth.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Apr 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm |

    Love me some Lovecraft. You know, apart from his racism. But overall I love the strange daunting dread and mystery in his stories.

  3. alizardx | Apr 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm |

    Rumor has it that the appeal of Lovecraft isn’t limited to you humans. [sinister laughter] Delightful fiction, of course the very idea of reptilian humanoids living among us is total nonsense. You can get his complete works in e-book form here:

  4. I got properly cannabinated and really enjoyed this documentary. The two nerd narrators were pretty funny too.

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