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Any fans of the horror/fantasy genre will love this documentary: “Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown” (available to watch online for free via that link).

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 was the forefather of modern horror fiction having inspired such writers as Stephen King, Robert Bloch and Neil Gaiman. The influence of his Cthulhu mythos can be seen in film (Re-animator, Hellboy, and Alien), games (The Call of Cthulhu role playing enterprise), music (Metallica, Iron Maiden) and pop culture in general.

But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature’s most far-reaching mythologies? What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods?

I saw it last year on free-to-air television here in Australia, it’s an in-depth look at H.P. Lovecraft and his books, with commentary and insight from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Guillermo del Toro, and John Carpenter. Here’s a preview of the film:

Great stuff. As I mentioned above, you can watch the *complete* documentary at the SnagFilms website.