Is there a BOC/H.P. Lovecraft connection?
Not directly, however, some of the concepts in BOC's lyrics,
particularly *Imaginos* seem to be inspired by some of Lovecraft's
work. For those not familiar, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an
early 20th-century writer of horror and science fiction stories.
Although some of Lovecraft's contemporaries often did not
appreciate his work (labeling it "bad taste" and "sick"), Stephen
King has acknowledged Lovecraft as the 20th-century's "greatest
practitioner of the classic horror tale".
He is best known for several short stories often referred to
collectively as the "Cthulhu Mythos" -- these stories refer to
"The Great Old Ones", creatures from other worlds and dimensions
which once ruled the earth, and have since been defeated,
expelled, or imprisoned by various cosmic forces. These creatures
may rise again ("when the stars are right"), often aided by human
cults performing ceremonies with various blasphemous incantations.
Looking at the lyrics and liner notes of *Imaginos*, it's obvious
that there are many similarities. The story told by *Imaginos*
explores a lot of the same concepts as the "Cthulhu Mythos", close
enough for some to claim that the two are one and the same (For
example, Desdinova or Imaginos is "an actor playing roles in
history, challenging man against evil".
He could be considered as an agent of evil -- Lovecraft's
Nyarlathotep.). However, general is that *Imaginos*, while no
doubt inspired by some of Lovecraft's work (Al Bouchard also
indicates that Sandy Pearlman and he had read some of Lovecraft's
work), is not meant to be a re-telling of Lovecraft's "Cthulhu
Mythos". Having said that, the following are some literary
references between *Imaginos* and Lovecraft's work:
The song "Les Invisibles" contains the line "beneath the polar
mountain". Lovecraft's tale, "At the Mountains of Madness"
discusses Antarctica as being a location where some of the Great
Old Ones either arrived, ruled, or lay waiting.
The songs "I Am The One You Warned Me Of" and "The Siege And
Investiture Of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle At Weisseria" both
contain references to "Starry Wisdom". Lovecraft's story, "The
Haunter of the Dark" refers to "the Church of the Starry Wisdom",
a cult organization in which "the Shining Trapazohedron shows them
heaven & other worlds, & that the Haunter of the Dark tells them
secrets in some way." Also, the Shining Trapazohedron appears to
be similar in function to the Magna of Illusion of *Imaginos*.
The song, "Les Invisibles" talks about "the empress lay sleeping
to the rhyme of the star clock", which may refer to the Great Old
One's return "when the stars are right". The song "In The Presence
Of Another World" contains the spoken words, "when the stars are
right". This same line is used in Lovecraft's, "The Call of
Cthulhu". In addition, the "Oyster Boys", as water beings can be
likened to agents of Cthulhu.
The song, "Harvest Moon" seems very Lovecraftian in nature as
well. An unknown evil is implied in the final verse, where the
singer refuses to go out at nights since the disappearance of
someone's daughter, yet with the understanding that she'll be
found in the spring when the snow melts. Lovecraft wrote a few
stories about towns with such hidden evils.