August 21, 2010 9:46 PM   Subscribe

What does this recent Onion article refer to?
posted by uni verse to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Dracula, isn't it?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:48 PM on August 21, 2010

Best answer: No, it's a take off of the style of HP Lovecraft. The New England location, vague references to the supernatural, and especially the reference to 'odd geometry' are dead giveaways.
posted by jedicus at 9:50 PM on August 21, 2010 [2 favorites]

H.P. Lovecraft's 120th birthday was on August 20. I saw it and assumed it was an homage to him.
posted by gemmy at 9:51 PM on August 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

Sometimes a mysterious crate is just a mysterious crate.
posted by sanko at 9:53 PM on August 21, 2010

Dracula, Lovecraft, yes. But is there also a possible homage to Stephen King via Creepshow?

It's stenciled right on the side: June 19, 1834 ... and then it says something about "arctic expedition!"
posted by washburn at 10:27 PM on August 21, 2010


Reviewing a book that seeks to validate the existence of ghosts through testimony by the upper crust of British society, Borges writes: "the Honorable Reginald Fortescue became a firm believer in the existence of 'an alarming spectre.' As for myself, I don't know what to think: for the moment, I refuse to believe in the alarming Reginald Fortescue until an honorable spectre becomes a firm believer in his existence."

posted by juv3nal at 12:55 AM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Well done, juv3nal.

I'd just like to point out that the great Borges was a fan of Lovecraft, and even wrote a Lovecraftian story in homage... which wasn't the one Fortescue appeared in, AFAIR.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:37 PM on August 22, 2010

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