Aphelion Issue 268, Volume 25
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by Nick Pollatta

To The Tune of "Love Shack" by the B-52s

I found a faded book on the shelf in the store that read Madness Within by... Lovecraft! H. P. Lovecraft!
He's a crazy little writer, took a lot of drugs
wrote about monsters and gods and bugs,
So I bought the book, it's as big as a whale,
now I've gone mad from the terrifying tale!
Its about Cthulhu, an elder god who eats about twenty
but don't look at its eye, or you'll see plenty!

H. P. Lovecraft writes little old books that tell the tales of olden,
Lovecraft, H. P. Lovecraft!
Lovecraft, H. P. Lovecraft!
He's a genius, he's a mystic, he's a genius, he's ballistic!

Sign says.. Beware...but it's already too late,
'cause book is a portal and the words a gate!
This all started back in a New England town,
with things in the sewer that were pulling folks down.

Blood on the mattress
Entrails on the highway
Brains on the front porch
Doom on the hallway

H. P. Lovecraft writes little ol' books that tell of elder beings,
Lovecraft! H. P. Lovecraft!
Lovecraft! H. P. Lovecraft!
Screaming and a running,
madness and a monster wearing next to nothing 'cause he's hot as an oven!

The old town trembles! The whole world trembles when everybody's
runnin' around and around and around!
Humanity is dying, Humanity is flying, baby!
Kneel in a line if you think he's divine.
But everybody's moaning,
every soul is groaning!
R'lyeh is the way and today is da day!

I found Cthulhu, he's a big elder god and with a wiggling bod!
He's got tentacles and teeth, eats about twenty
so hurry up and run, or you'll be al'denete!

Bang bang bang on the hell door! Knock a little louder, mortal fool!
Bang bang bang on the hell door! We can't hear you...
The what?... Holy seal, busted!

Lovecraft, H. P. Lovecraft!
Lovecraft, H. P. Lovecraft!
Running and a dying,
sweating 'cause you're reading some - Lovecraft!

© 2001 Nick Pollatta

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