The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death

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Lovecraft – Oaklandjobs.co.uk This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H P Lovecraft, the master of twentieth century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARN This volume collects, for the first time, Cycle of PDF Ç the entire Dream Cycle created by H P Lovecraft, the master of twentieth century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARNATH Hate, genocide, and a deadly curseE NAMELESS CITY Death lies beneath the shifting sands, in The Dream Kindle - a story linking the Dream Cycle with the legendary Cthulhu MythosE CATS OF ULTHAR In Ulthar, no man may kill a catand woe unto any who triesE DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH The epic nightmare adventure with tendrils stretching throughout the entire Dream CycleD TWENTY MORE TALES OF SURREAL TERROR. Morgan is caught in an endless dream involving an eerie landscape and an old railway car What are the two persons, one of them the conductor, doing there This short story has a creepy atmosphere but overall it lacks a bit of action Well written as usual this story was nothing special to me Okay Let s be frank I love Lovecraft The Necronomicon that you ve heard referenced a zillion times is a fictional tome of his invention He was writing in the 1930 s, and his work is dated by its slow pacing, Poe like vocabulary, and predictability now that he s fathered the entire horror genre nearly every successful writer from Neil Gaiman to Stephen King cites him as an influence and its tropes are so recognizable to us But Lovecraft s style is entirely singular, so much so that the Let s be frank I love Lovecraft The Necronomicon that you ve heard referenced a zillion times is a fictional tome of his invention He was writing in the 1930 s, and his work is dated by its slow pacing, Poe like vocabulary, and predictability now that he s fathered the entire horror genre nearly every successful writer from Neil Gaiman to Stephen King cites him as an influence and its tropes are so recognizable to us But Lovecraft s style is entirely singular, so much so that the numerous homages to him, and writerly devotees of his, are blindingly obvious to anyone familiar with Lovecraft s stories Despite this, his threats and monsters were so original they were surreal you cannot possibly guess the actual details of them and no one since has had the cajones to reuse them except in the most deliberately referential way.Lovecraft was a skeptical, atheistic researcher of the occult who depicted a universe where cultists worship and summon deities that are really just alien beings with noregard for humanity than we have for a colony of ants to borrow a phrase from a recent NPR special , and that generally require blood sacrifices and want to consume us all Magic is possible due to undiscovered laws of the universe, which challenge the sanity and morality of anyone who contemplates them Anytime you see a horror story that involves that type of idea, or for that matter any Creepy Tome of Forbidden Knowledge that causes all the trouble, you re seeing Lovecraft s influence Knowledge of the way things really are in the universe is dangerous, any gods you can contact are unthinkably evil and hostile to life, and theyou understand about it all theyou go insane.Lovecraft was afflicted with nightmares his entire life, and often wrote them into his stories wrote his stories around them, in fact His interpretation of magic and the occult has been so influential that I ve even seen him cited by Christian extremists as someone who had genuine contact with, and knowledge of, Satan and his minions which is just to say that his world is quite convincing as depicted If you were raised by enthusiastic Christians you were probably introduced in some way to the idea of the Great Satanic Conspiracy running the world that is largely inspired by the Illuminatis trilogy, but also very heavily influenced, as I now understand it, by the ideas of Lovecraft and his devotees.So, it s a little slow to read, but it s great fun Hopefully you too will understand why the man, to this day, has a large and devoted cult following Pun intended, and highly apropos P.S No reason why I picked this volume of his work instead of one of the many others I will say that this and the other two Del Rey volumes seem well ordered, and well chosen as far as which stories are collected in a volume important because Lovecraft only wrote short fiction, and was never published in anthology form in his lifetime so you tend to get a lot of chaos and redundancy when you try to collect his works And they certainly do have some beautiful cover art The Thing in the Moonlight is based on Lovecraft s letter where he describes his dream.An unnamed narrator tells a story of an illiterate man Morgan who starts writing someone else s dream The man from that dream introduces himself as Howard Phillips My name is Howard Phillips I live at 66 College Street, in Providence, Rhode Island On November 24, 1927 for I know not even what the year may be now , I fell asleep and dreamed, since when I have been unable to awaken The dreamworld where The Thing in the Moonlight is based on Lovecraft s letter where he describes his dream.An unnamed narrator tells a story of an illiterate man Morgan who starts writing someone else s dream The man from that dream introduces himself as Howard Phillips My name is Howard Phillips I live at 66 College Street, in Providence, Rhode Island On November 24, 1927 for I know not even what the year may be now , I fell asleep and dreamed, since when I have been unable to awaken The dreamworld where he is, is in ruins There are familiar things like railway tracks, cars and such No one is around That doesn t last though.What he thinks is a man at first turns out to be somethingsinister He describes his face a mere white cone tapering to one blood red tentacle The worst thing about it is that it never ends Creepy This collection had some good stories, bad stories, and weird Lord Dunsayian stories Then again everyone s perceptions of the stories will be different And that is a good thing. Twice I set out to read Randolph Carter s dream quest and twice I was snatched away I first purchased this book way back in 2003, when I wasn t much of a reader Fast forward to now and the third time was the charm This one took me a while, mostly because I had a lot of stress, had to move and such, but it was well worth it Lovecraft s dream quest has some of his best stuff In this collection there s loads of great shorts like The Nameless City and Beyond the Wall of Sleep some novel l Twice I set out to read Randolph Carter s dream quest and twice I was snatched away I first purchased this book way back in 2003, when I wasn t much of a reader Fast forward to now and the third time was the charm This one took me a while, mostly because I had a lot of stress, had to move and such, but it was well worth it Lovecraft s dream quest has some of his best stuff In this collection there s loads of great shorts like The Nameless City and Beyond the Wall of Sleep some novel length stuff like The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath and some tantalizing fragments like The Descendant.This is Lovecraft under the influence of Lord Dunsany, reaching out for cosmic wonder, taking his terrors to poetic heights It s exciting stuff Randolph Carter s cycle really takes you out there, into the dream world, the moon, the cosmos, beyond madness and points North Through the Gates of the Silver Key , a collaboration with E Hoffman Price, makes a wonderful climax, so much so that I wish I d read these in order.While these tales take us beyond sleep and over the spires of candy colored cities and through marching mountains, they also take us to the reality of Lovecraft s New England, which he renders lyrically as a paradise on earth This, to me, is an aspect that takes old HPL and company out of the realm of mere hack work that the pulps are forever associated with I m really glad I got back into this book It s always worth it to re visit an imaginative wellspring like Lovecraft, especially here in the heart of his cosmic vision If you think Lovecraft is all doom and madness, this compilation of stories is here to teach an important lesson sometimes he s also writing about how cats can save someone from moon monsters This collection of short stories is a well selected look into the stories Lovecraft wrote set in and around the world of dreams Only brushing the Cthulhu mythos, I found these other works to offer arounded view of the author and the universe he created Included among the shorter stories are two no If you think Lovecraft is all doom and madness, this compilation of stories is here to teach an important lesson sometimes he s also writing about how cats can save someone from moon monsters This collection of short stories is a well selected look into the stories Lovecraft wrote set in and around the world of dreams Only brushing the Cthulhu mythos, I found these other works to offer arounded view of the author and the universe he created Included among the shorter stories are two novellas, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Dream Quest for Unknown Kadath Both of these works were rather trying at times Lovecraft s signature attention to somewhat dry and very minute detail can drag sometimes over a hundred pages but I enjoyed both and they were a refreshing change of pace.This is a must read for anyone looking for a side of Lovecraft which has been somewhat overlooked in popular culture, and for those who want to know what s up with his love of cats I need to get a couple of things up front, right off the bat 1 I have a great and abiding fondness for many of Lovecraft s stories Pickman s Model is a longtime favourite, and The Dunwich Horror and The Colour out of Space and The Cats of Ulthar are part of my very early memories of horror fiction 2 Oh dear god the man was racist The man was horrendously racist, and it s not all just the time period he was living in The first story as opposed to fragment in this book is oh dear I need to get a couple of things up front, right off the bat 1 I have a great and abiding fondness for many of Lovecraft s stories Pickman s Model is a longtime favourite, and The Dunwich Horror and The Colour out of Space and The Cats of Ulthar are part of my very early memories of horror fiction 2 Oh dear god the man was racist The man was horrendously racist, and it s not all just the time period he was living in The first story as opposed to fragment in this book is oh dear god, the horror, the evil disgusting inhuman Eskimos wiped out the noble men of prehistory As should be obvious from the title, this collection of Lovecraft stories focuses on dreams In many of these tales, Lovecraft suggests that dreams are where truth actually lies as opposed to reality where it is often thought to be He believes dreams are things whose vaguely exciting and disquieting effect suggests possible minute glimpses into a sphere of mental existence no less important than physical life yet separated from that life by an all but impassable barrier And most of the chara As should be obvious from the title, this collection of Lovecraft stories focuses on dreams In many of these tales, Lovecraft suggests that dreams are where truth actually lies as opposed to reality where it is often thought to be He believes dreams are things whose vaguely exciting and disquieting effect suggests possible minute glimpses into a sphere of mental existence no less important than physical life yet separated from that life by an all but impassable barrier And most of the characters herein try to tear down that barrier.While there are somestraightforward stories here From Beyond, The Dreams in the Witch House many of them seem like cosmic folk tales, explaining the origins of humanity and how people have established certain systems of belief.Included among many brief stories are two novellas The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward The former begins well enough with nightmarish imagery and dark, rich prose, but it doesn t take long before it becomes a complete mess It involves Randolph Carter traveling through locations both terrible and majestic in his dreams, seeking a city of sunlight, and encountering various creatures along the way It becomes quite a slog to finish, as many of the creatures and locations seem completely arbitrary and often blur together Also, its hard to take creatures called Gugs and Zoogs seriously Charles Dexter Ward may get a bit repetitive and heavy handed but at least it builds some mystery and feels like an actual story Perhaps Lovecraft was trying to drive his readers as insane as his characters often end up That s the only way I can find that he may have succeeded with The Dream Quest My favorite story, though, was The Strange High House in the Mist It begins with some of the most gorgeous prose I ve seen from Lovecraft And while the creepiness of its setup dissolves into asentimental vibe, it still latches on to readers and makes for a compelling read all the way to the end.This is definitely not my favorite collection of Lovecraft stories, but there are still enough positive attributes to merit a look in its direction As a collection of HPL dream stories, this kind of baffles me Many of the Dunsanian and other dream world stories are here, but why in the name of Azathoth is The Case of Charles Dexter Ward here Randolph Carter is mentioned offhandedly once in the story, but there s really no reason to include it here, especially since it s quite long and takes up space that could have been filled with the rest of HPL s actual dream stories Once again, since there are corrected texts and annotated editi As a collection of HPL dream stories, this kind of baffles me Many of the Dunsanian and other dream world stories are here, but why in the name of Azathoth is The Case of Charles Dexter Ward here Randolph Carter is mentioned offhandedly once in the story, but there s really no reason to include it here, especially since it s quite long and takes up space that could have been filled with the rest of HPL s actual dream stories Once again, since there are corrected texts and annotated editions of HPL s work easily obtained, there s really no reason to get this one First, I am a long time Lovecraft fan For years I ve dug his ability despite his Poe aping turgid prose to convey something unique, the ripples of which are still felt in horror The nameless, strange terrors that became his stock in trade are certainly unique, and forgive a lot of his faults Overlong work, repetitive pieces, and a lack of proper description though this last is understandable as he was largely cribbing from nightmares But Ole HPL is racist And not just mildly He s a First, I am a long time Lovecraft fan For years I ve dug his ability despite his Poe aping turgid prose to convey something unique, the ripples of which are still felt in horror The nameless, strange terrors that became his stock in trade are certainly unique, and forgive a lot of his faults Overlong work, repetitive pieces, and a lack of proper description though this last is understandable as he was largely cribbing from nightmares But Ole HPL is racist And not just mildly He s a pretty terrible human We know he was a misanthrope, pretty much well, except for that picture of him smiling in Brooklyn but he s up there with George Lucas in terms of the whole lazy stereotype thing I guess I should be thankful that he s not pro rape, as per some of Ian Fleming screepy moments I know there s the idea that we shouldn t try to map today s sensibilities onto people writing in another time, and I know there too is an idea that we shouldn t censor creators, but it s a shame that there s so much overt racism in HPL s work especially in a collection like this, which doesn t so much mine the Cthulhu mythos but rather touches on theSF dreamlike of his works as well as his laudable love of cats as it really pulls you out of the work It s probably most obvious in Through the Gates of the Silver Key , but it s there in the other stuff too It s difficult for me, as I love the guy s work, but these moments leave you with some oh, man feelings which are hard to reconcile Especially if paired with things like his view on jazz, and this terrible poem I can t dismiss him because of the contributions he s made, and the pull that the stories still have But reading him now as an adult as opposed to a lonely teenager bring his problems squarely to my attention I still intend to read the rest of the books in the series, though So consider the racism stuff an ongoing thought that will probably accompany my reading It s hard not to have it as a companion.There s a great post on HPL and racism and the man of his time defense here, and it worth reading if you re a Lovecraft fan Acknowledging the dude had problems beyond slavering demon sultans is a good start, if we re to avoid mindless piping following To finish, have some Mountain Goats, singing about the man Well, kinda

The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and
  • Paperback
  • 387 pages
  • The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • English
  • 07 January 2018
  • 0345384210