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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: SelfMadeHero (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906838356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906838355
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a spot of meta-commentary, Charles Dexter Ward himself is depicted as a smirking, all-knowing Lovecraft doppelganger a troubled young man, isolated from friends, family and the outside world, and obsessed with his own macabre mythology. Critical theory suggests that this is just what HP Lovecraft intended. Well, he can rest easy, as in this take on The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward, his cry for help has finally been heard. --Sci-Fi Now Magazine

I haven t read the original. Haven t really ventured far into Lovecraft at all. But this just works, a deeply psychological chiller, beautifully done. --Forbidden Planet

About the Author

H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. I. N. J. Culbard's work has appeared in several anthologies, including "Dark Horse Presents," "Judge Dredd Magazine," and "2000 A.D." He has also adapted several classics for SelfMadeHero. He lives in Nottinghamshire, England.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2012
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Charles Ward is a bright young man who has dropped out of his medical studies to pursue the biography of one of his family's ancestors, the alleged wizard and alchemist Joseph Curwen. But as he delves deeper into the strange life of Curwen, Ward becomes increasingly withdrawn from his parents, spending all of his time in his rooms performing experiments. Odd sounds are heard, weird smells emanate down the stairs, and strange men appear in the middle of the night. And then Charles Dexter Ward disappears. When he is tracked down by his doctor, Marinus Willett, he appears completely changed. As if he were a different person...

Following the success of last year's "At the Mountains of Madness", Ian Culbard returns with another graphic novel retelling of a HP Lovecraft story, this time the novella "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward".

"Ward" is a story of Lovecraft's I've not read before but found Culbard's retelling of it compelling and containing plenty of the elements that makes Lovecraft such a great writer to read. From the psychiatric wards that open and close the story to the tales of ancient wizardry and necromancy, the characters and their dark activities, the abandoned old houses, and finally of course the magic, monsters and celestial horrors that go into most of Lovecraft's best work, there's plenty here for horror fans and fans of Lovecraft to enjoy.

Even though the plot twists are fairly easy to spot and you can guess where it's all headed early on, it's still good fun to read and the art is very attractive as well. For fans of literary adaptations and horror, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" is an excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Edward Palmer on 4 July 2013
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Great artwork even better story telling for a graphic gets right into the spirit of the Lovecraftian world. This is the 2nd graphic novel I have got in this series. Even better than The Mountains Of Madness. I would recommend these to any fan of Lovecraft. Can't wait to read the next one.
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A cracking read. Whilst this a good interesting read I would say it's a very tame story, with a lot of the interesting parts only referenced too. I've read adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft's works before and enjoyed them thoroughly but whilst this is not the best one, it is beautifully crafted.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iñigo on 30 May 2012
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A graphic novel by Culbard and based on a Lovecraft story that would get you gripped to the book until the end. The case of Charles Dexter Ward is probably one of the best stories written by HP Lovecraft, and the adaptation to this graphic novel is no less on the part of Culbard. If you have read the story before as I had, you will enjoy the book nevertheless; and if you have not read it, much the better. Recommended buy of this book, and I hope that we will be seeing Culbard again on another Lovecraft story (How about The Shadow Out of Time).
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This is my first time reading a H.P Lovecraft book so I didn't expect it to be good but boy was I wrong. I would recommend to any darren shan fan or any other horror book fan.
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