The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories, Paperback Book

The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories Paperback

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One of the masters of 'weird fiction', H. P. Lovecraft expanded the vast boundaries of the horror genre with his vividly imagined stories of exotic and fantastical otherworlds, nightmarish dreamscapes or the supernatural terrors lurking beneath the surface of small-town America. The shadow of New England's witch-hunting past hangs over many of the tales, as in 'The Shunned House' and 'The Dreams in the Witch House', in which malevolent spectres return to haunt the region.

Others, such as 'From Beyond' and 'The Shadow Out of Time', depict the catastrophic results when cosmic channels of time and space are opened, while stories such as 'Polaris' and 'The Doom that Came to Sarnath' portray the downfall of mythical civilizations.




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This is the third volume in S. T. Joshi's excellently edited series by Penguin of the collected fictions of the master of weird-fiction, H. P. Lovecraft. As Joshi notes in the introduction, this volume collects much of Lovecraft's "Dunsanian" pieces, ones inspired by Lord Dunsaney's fantasy fictions as opposed to the cosmic horrors of the Arkham Cycle. These stories form the Dream Cycle and in this volume include The Other Gods, Polaris, The Doom that Came to Sarnath, The Cats of Ulthar, The Silver Key, Through The Gate of the Silver Key, Hypnos, The Strange High House in the Mist, and the crowning work in the Cycle, The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath. <br/><br/>These stories, while a departure from Lovecraft's cosmic horror stories, are still enjoyable though coloured by the influence of Lord Dunsaney. Still there are genuine parts of excellent writing, particularly in The Dream Quest and The Cats of Ulthar is a stand-out piece as well.<br/><br/>Of the other stories, the stand-out pieces include The Horror At Red Hook (a horror-infused detective story) and the masterpiece that is The Shadow Out of Time; rightly considered one of Lovecraft's best. This is a fitting conclusion to this volume and to the series by a writer whose own shadow still falls long over fiction today.

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