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The Dunwich Horror: And Other Stories (Penguin Gothic Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Oct 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141038764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141038766
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction―three short novels and about sixty short stories―has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937


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By A Customer on 13 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
Not only is Lovecraft the orignal master of the horror genre, to my mind he is among the greatest authors of all time. I can't explain quite how appealing his work is, but among other characteristics it is his style of thoroughness. He never leaves a loose end or an unexplained point. His is methodical and full. A writer really in touch with his imagination, his work comes across with the feel of an unlimited universe to which the reader is invited, if they dare. I go back to his stories over and over again.
Many critics talk of his early death and connect it with his imagination and an all too real link with the dark world about which he writes...maybe so, maybe not. But for sure his death was all too early because I believe his best was yet to come. You will not be dissapointed with this work whether or not you are a fan of horror or just a fan of good writing.
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A good collection of six H. P. Lovecraft stories - "The Dunwich Horror", "The Dreams in the Witch House", "The Lurking Fear", "The Thing on the Doorstep", "Hypnos" and "The Outsider" (presented in this order) - which have received varying critical responses. "Dunwich" and "Outsider", the latter of which has been described as Lovecraft's best story, are among those generally accepted as his greatest, while "Witch House" and "Doorstep", both late period Lovecraft, are less well-regarded. (Critic Lin Carter called "Doorstep" a "sordid little domestic tragedy", and "Witch House" "singularly one-dimensional, curiously unsatisfying.") Ironically, these stories are two of my favourites in this collection. "Doorstep" is perhaps the most plot-driven story here, and those who've read The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Lovecraft's posthumously published novel, may recognise its themes and characterisations. It's about a young scholar and his strange new wife, whose personality overwhelms his. "Witch House" is a delightfully grim story which showcases Lovecraft's gift for mixing horror and sci-fi tropes. On the one hand you have a haggard old witch and her rat familiar, but on the other there's strange alien landscapes populated by cosmic races. The plot follows a student obsessed with the legend of a Salem witch who vanished from her cell.

The most poignant and well-written tale, however, is "The Outsider"; told solely in monologue, it gives us a nameless, faceless character who, raised in darkness, discovers his true nature. This is a very short story which is wrought like a tiny diamond; bold, complete and beautiful, almost a poem. Though ostensibly supernatural, it can be used as a metaphor for anyone who's ever felt like an outsider, alone and cut off from the party.
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"Considerable talk was started when Silas Bishop--of the undecayed Bishops--mentioned having seen the boy running sturdily up that hill ahead of his mother..." "That hill" is the captivating Sentinel Hill, one of Lovecraft's haunting creations. E'ch-Pi-El didn't simply invent a town he called 'Dunwich'--he CONJURES a mythical setting that magnificently enhances ye sinister atmosphere of this remarkable story, atmosphere that was all-important to this outstanding Literary Artist, as we can see from his constant expositions on the "art" of good writing that was his aim as an author. The potent opening paragraphs set the mood perfectly, with poetic language and spectral imagery; and then, at ye end of the third paragraph, Lovecraft gives us one of his finest sentences (fine in that it perfectly sums up the mood he has sought to establish): "Afterward one sometimes learns that one has been through Dunwich."

Why was it seemingly essential to Lovecraft to create his own mythical towns of Dunwich, Arkham, and Kingsport? I don't know if he ever fully articulated his reasoning for those inventions; but perhaps, in part, it was in order to give him complete artistic and creative control as far as atmosphere is concerned. These are pockets touch'd by the Outside, intimately so; and those unfortunate souls who dwell within these warped regions of unearthly horror are absolutely tainted, and aware of their contagion.

My soul-bro, S. T. Joshi, has been severely critical of "The Dunwich Horror", to ye point of suggesting that it's one of Lovecraft's artistic failures. Oh, honey, he is SO wrong. In I AM PROVIDENCE (page 719), S. T.
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We are introduced to a Massachusetts backwater-community where families are inbred and may have spawned wizards. A strange and very ugly young man is trying to obtain a rare unabridged Latin version of the Necronomicon for what looks like a nefarious project. Something smells funny about his place.

I never saw the movie. However I was surprised at the how well this book is written by the inverter of modern horror. Originally published in the summer of 1926 however it is a timeless tale about being your brother's keeper.
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