While H.P. Lovecraft is usually referred to as a “horror writer”, he was also a pioneer of modern fantasy literature. Tonight’s tale, written in 1918 and strongly reminiscent of the poetic world of Edgar Allen Poe, presents a familiar fantasy setup: A lush and exotic alien landscape, bold and beautiful warriors, evil and ugly enemies, and an impending battle, in which the protagonist holds the key to victory. It’s all old hat today, sorry to say, and usually accompanied by tedious CGI effects, so it’s all the more remarkable to discover a story where the concept is still crisp… and seductive.
Polaris, by H.P. Lovecraft [15:19]