As usual, this post will begin with an apology for the dearth of coverage here at the LNN as of late.  Bear with us and fear not: we currently have several exciting projects we hope to soon deliver.  These tentatively include a detailed report of Charles Ward's semi-lucid forays into the making of the world's first Lovecraft-inspired Wormwood Mead, a wholly unique interview with one of our personal favorite literary champions, author and illustrator Mark E. Rogers, the legendary creator of The Adventures of Samurai Cat series, and also a  new entry into our popular Illustrated Guide series by British author and skeptical flâneur of the arcane Thomas Jude Barclay Morrison on "Debunking the Lovecraftian Occult." Considering the controversial rise of figures like Venger Satanis and others, we look forward to the fireworks and rousing debate this will surely bring.

For today, we would like to briefly discuss a few issues.  Our previous article, "Lovecraftian Maltheism for the Pragmatic Individual," has generated some interesting responses ranging from the academically intrigued, the poetically bemused, and the curiously distressing concern of the humble believer.

This is wonderful.

Nothing irks a mad scientist more than having everyone suddenly accept and acknowledge his work, and the same goes double for the mad rhetorician. Take this fine fellow, for example: Mr. Jim Newbold describes himself as a widower from North Carolina, and he wrote to us the following in response to the article in question:

Charles - The Bible is not scary to believers. True believers look forward to the coming of Christ for His church. It's not that we want to die, we just are not afraid of it because we know what life after death we have. We will be with Christ for eternity, with no sickness, no pain, no sorrow.

The Bible would certainly be scary if I didn't have the assurance of being saved, and would be facing eternal torment in hell after death.

First off, Mr. Newbold, we respect your thoughts and thank you for your willingness to make this attempt at entering into a discussion.  This is an interesting statement on numerous levels, though I don't think we will parse its portent much further today, aside from briefly raising the suggestion that your comment might be, just perhaps, exactly the sort of the thing the article was getting at. But we'll leave that to Charles.  He can defend himself if he feels so inclined.  Anyways, to those who sent us your thoughts, thank you.

On this note, though, it seems inescapable to briefly comment on the recent celebration of Easter, which is certainly a veritable treasure trove of intriguing cultural baggage.  This last weekend, over a billion people celebrated the resurrection of a notable Nazarene to facilitate the fulfillment of his upcoming grand plan for the earth.  As Mr. Ward and now Mr. Newbold have so recently pointed out to us, this is a mixed bag at best, and perhaps something quite "scary" at its worst.

In light of these events, lest we feel too guilty for plunging our readers down the slippery slope of disillusionment into a gaping abyss of continual despair from our ideologically harrowing subject matter, we would like to offer for your personal palliation the following token of our support. We hope this serves as a constant reminder of a critically important message: The cosmos may not care, but we do.

Presenting the LNN's new Cosmic Horror ribbon campaign! 

Do with this what you will.  We hope it will help raise awareness for the very real dangers of cultists and Cosmic Horror, and that it will serve as a memorial to the countless people who have already succumbed to the void. Even though it may be hopeless, we're on your side.

Think about it this way: it is not so much whether the cup is half full or half empty, what you need to remember is that. . ."Radiant with beauty, the Cup of the Ptolemies was carven of onyx."
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