Get a Life! Lovecraft Style

Most people have seen, or at least heard of the classic Saturday Night Live sketch starring William Shatner where he screams at the Trek fans for being complete dorks and losers. If you haven’t, seek it out, it will be worth your time. Watching Shatner finally say the words that I know he’s been dying to speak for years is gold! His best acting ever! Truthfully, he’s probably not acting that much. Plus, we all know that Kingdom of the Spiders is Shatner’s best acting to date… I’ll be honest though, first time I saw it I was a little peeved at it. Those SNL guys were mocking what I loved. They were mocking the people who loved Trek as much as I. And, in a way they were mocking me. (Okay, not in a way; I was a complete dork…they WERE mocking me). How dare they! Little did I know that I was the one with the problem, not the actors on SNL. See, I took Star Trek and my love for it a little too seriously. I did need to get a life. If you can’t see the humor in your own passions and obsessions then you have something seriously wrong with you. This applies to all aspects of life, from simple hobbies to your religion. (And yes, a pastor I knew in my youth was always the FIRST person to know and tell every Jesus joke, so you can’t call me out on this one).


I never thought I would be on the receiving end of Geek ire though (apart from when I screw up a pop culture reference of course). Regardless of my best intentions though, I find myself being on that ever so greasy and smelly receiving end.

Drawing from the very same sketch I mentioned above, I penned a short little script with the intention of shooting it for the HP Lovecraft Film Festival. Just a fun little short where Mr. Lovecraft gets his revenge for some of the hideous treatments his fans have created with his writing. Some folks have read it, and while they liked it they feel that I lack respect for the man and his work. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I have a deep respect for the writer. It is because of this respect that I spent my time and energy on the script. Honestly, would you spend time and creative effort on something or someone that you didn’t give two craps for? But, it’s time to face the facts my friends, Lovecraft; while an extremely gifted writer was a bit on the odd side. People don’t leave a dinner party in a huff just cause someone serves fish, nor do they become recluses and use letters as a primary means of interacting with the world, and the neighbors. That doesn’t mean I don’t love his writing. I do, and I find Lovecraft to be a fascinating subject to study…and lampooning. Some fans may have grown a bit too zealous in their creation of Lovecraft as a cultural fetish. Raising a person to such a level can be foolish in the best of circumstances, and downright dangerous in the worst…

So…People…Please… GET A LIFE… You’ll have more fun that way, and no one will get turned into a puddle of gelatinous goo…