Posts Tagged ‘Fear’

It was a psychiatric hospital located in Newtown, Connecticut, that was open from 1931 50 1995, and at it’s peak had 4000 patients. It was built to ease overcrowding, another common factor of the time, for two other hospitals in the area. It’s original plans had 16 buildings which also had a network of roads through large farm meadows and a forest.  It was closed due to de-institutionalization, the hospital patients were moved and in 1995 the doors to the hospital were finally closed.

It used typical treatments for its day, including the use of hydrotherapy, the now controversial shock therapies and frontal lobotomy. Much like other institutes of the scale and time it employed an architectural use of tunnels for staff to move around under the complex and also for the disposal of corpses.

The town acquired the land and building from the State and there are calls to preserve the main buildings at the very least.

It was used for an episode of MTV’s Fear and whilst I could see numerous mentions of hauntings etc… I could find nothing for a basis even anecdotally. other than rumours due to what it was I drew a blank, so perhaps someone else can give me some more concrete stories for the blog?

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“Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

I have a love for Lovecraft, I admit it, despite the hammy writing style which can be hard going the concepts for what he produces are, in a nutshell, awesome! Of course without Lovecraft there would be little chance of films like Hellboy and I adore those too.

“The Call of Cthulhu” was published in Weird Tales in 1928 and was the story about the entity being trapped underwater in a city called R’lyeh in the South Pacific. And what a description he brings to us for this creature… “…an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature…. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque scaly body with rudimentary wings”

The creature is portrayed to be the subject of man’s anxiety on a subconscious level. Cthulhu might well be trapped in the watery city but there is a belief that he will one day return. His worshippers chant the phrase Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

Cthulhu does not solely appear in the one story. The Dunwich Horror (1928) references him, and The Whisperer in the Darkness (1930) hints at one of his characters knowing his origin. The fantastic novella “At The Mountains of Madness” is due to be made into a feature film and in this Cthulhu is referenced because the Star-spawn of Cthulhu went to war with a race known as The Elder Things before man was even around. Lovecraft’s complex bestiary and mythical hierarchy have become for some a wonderfully intricate study and passion that spawns (get it?) a whole host of fictions inspired by the man’s work and Cthulhu really does make for a big part of that.