The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.-H.P. Lovecraft
H.P. Lovecraft is not exactly Dr. Seuss or Goosebumps. Fear is a primary archetype that as a society we share. Instilled since birth, fear manifests into many social dysfunctions in later years. How would kids react to the works of H.P. Lovecraft’s popular mythos. An experiment of sorts was conducted as kids were free to interpret the world of H.P. Lovecraft’s symmetry of fear through drawings. David Milano introduced the writings of H.P. Lovecraft to a group of kids for a Halloween experiment in fear. The results are quite impressive on how fear as a collective is assembled and the familiarity that it breeds.
This time I wanted to try something more structured so I pitched the idea to them that since it was getting on to Halloween how ’bout drawing some monsters? And not just any monsters but creatures from the writing of H.P. Lovecraft‘s Cthulhu Mythos. Now, only two of the kids (the older ones) had any knowledge of who Lovecraft was or had read some of his stories. So, I was able to introduce the kids to these creatures pretty much fresh with no previous imagining of what these monsters look like.