The Dunwich Horror: And Other Stories (Penguin Gothic Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Oct 2008
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Very scary. Very good. How words on a paper can create the fear factory that HP Lovecraft does i'll never know. A disturbing mind that creates the best horror fiction ever.Published 23 months ago by Mr. AJ Harrison
We are introduced to a Massachusetts backwater-community where families are inbred and may have spawned wizards. Read morePublished on 4 July 2013 by Bernie