King James Bible + H.P. Lovecraft = old testament horror

Charlie Stross saw Michael Walker's Markov chain-melding of the bible and a classic computer science textbook. So he coded a generic markov chain generator and fed it the KJV and Lovecraft.

14:2. the ghouls, whose utter strangeness and their backsliding, I will love him, and have redeemed them, yet thou never gavest me a people

The perl script is available at his homepage. Adds Stross: "I run it for long enough, will it emit a fully-formed draft of the Necronomicon?"

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  1. Ratel says:

    The only result will be making the bible less creepy.

  2. jerwin says:

    It's all an act. He's just trying to sell you more of his books.

    And it's working! Except when it's also an awesome way of procrastinating. Then I get sad.

  3. "And the word was made flesh and the word was Squamous!"

  4. dje says:

    Here you go Sir :

    3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the ominous and malodorous wharves.

    89:15 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; we have waited for him, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he was lifted inconsiderately up and swung about in space.

    90:15 Make us glad according to the number of the window at night. He would, he consecrated him, and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

    31:21 So he fled with all that he learnt was not much to fear from those things now that they were used as a cipher in a modern language.

    1:44 And the roof of thy mouth for the people had dwelt and kept festival in the street.

    26:22 And Jehoiakim gave the seeker some passwords of great value among the churning zenith-clouds, of what I saw.

    5:8 I would seek unto God, Who am I, O Lord GOD, and his sons' daughters, and all stood trembling and nearly grazed me.

    And for longer outputs :

    27:10 Will he delight himself in the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they all told me to pay no attention to old Ammi Pierce‘s crazy tales, I sought him out the next morning, having heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the gutters, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.

    42:17 And he put five bases on the right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD, and blessed the prospect of flying over the sea, and kept the galley standing about a mile off the jagged rock in the hill pass north of Inganok, for such was its size that a man on the throne of Israel.

    32:15 For if ye turn unto me, and those that have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be sorely pained at the report of a pair of revellers who had been walking past the mouth of that abandoned well I passed. I hope the end of March. Voodoo orgies multiply in Hayti, and African outposts report ominous mutterings.

    32:30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it into the palm of his own library, and wading night after night to lean out and peer aloft to glimpse some fragment of things beyond the waking world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.

    16:25 And Moses said, This is wickedness. And he cast stones at David, and at all times he devoured avidly any doctrine or theory which seemed to promise escape from life. Only on closer view did he mark the starved fancy and beauty, the stale and prosy triteness, and the owlish gravity and grotesque claims of solid truth which reigned boresomely and overwhelmingly among most of its professors; or feel to the full the awkwardness with which it would be in the midst of the fire.

    80:4 O LORD God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his wife. But all agreed on one thing: that the refusal of all the cats into a snarling panic and caused them to behold through the clouds that strange eclipse of the moon and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

    (3 words keys. I had too choose those extracts, not everything was that interesting)

  5. dje says:

    You're right, shared sequences of three words (let alone four) are not very common, but some constructs like "was in a", or "of in the", "I have no", "he was the", "in all the", "the daughter of" , "that it was" , "the end of", "wall of the" are common enough in both texts to get I'd say about one mixed sentence for about 10 sentences coming out of a program. I guess it should be possible to automagically filter the output to get only those sentences.

    3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the natural daughter of some Marsh of prominence—she certainly had the true Marsh eyes.


    13:28 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high ground. They were glad of the speed with which Portsmouth and Newburyport flashed by.

    Damn heretics.

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