A darker magic
Heterocosms and bricolage in Moore’s recent reworkings of Lovecraft
in Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition
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H.P. Lovecraft provides a set of tools and materials (images, terms, concepts and textual forms) with which Alan Moore can explore the darker aspects of magic. He lays bare the latent violence in the imaginative and sexual freedoms that he elsewhere imbues with a messianic potential. The violence inherent in bricolage is mirrored, in Lovecraft's work, by representations of forces capable of bursting through the very fabric of time and space. The League exemplifies Moore's practice of adapting, reworking and combining the heterocosms of other writers and artists. 'Zaiman's Hill' in Dust: A Creation Books Reader suggests that the negotiation between self and the exterior world involves an effacement of the distinction between the real or exterior world and fictional or subjective worlds.


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