It’s amazing how an author can influence another’s work, especially when the second author isn’t even aware of it. I’ve never really been familiar with the works of H.P. Lovecraft. I’ll confess that right now. But I have not completely been shielded from his influence.
Growing up, before I ever indulged in penning stories, I consumed stories like a glutton. The easiest access to said stories came in the form of Saturday Morning cartoons, particular the likes of Transformers. There’s no contesting that that show about sentient robots transforming into all sorts of things dominated my fascination as no other could.
There was one particular later episode in the original Transformers series that stuck with me, Dweller in the Depths. It was an episode about a trans-organic leech that drained the Transformers of their energy and turned them into energy vampires.
The other day, on a whim, I looked up the Wiki page for that particular episode. On the page was a claim that the episode was influenced by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Now I’m not sure just how true this is, but it got me thinking about something. I don’t think it’s wholly possible for an author not to be influenced or inspired by someone else.
After all, there has to be something that triggers that creative spark in the writer’s mind. I’ve let it known that scribes like Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz have catered to my creativity. I might as well include Lovecraft in this. Even if the Wiki’s page has made a false claim, there’s still a chance that stories I’ve read from other authors, especially those of my closest peers, do follow along Lovecraft’s line.
Who knows what other authors will sway me with their tales? And perhaps I might carry my own storytelling clout with future writers. And with the way we’re all more connected than ever these days, the impossibility of not inspiring others grows that much stronger.