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( Read Kindle ) è The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories ë The dreams were wholly beyond the pale of sanity Plagued by insane nightmare visions, Walter Gilman seeks help in Miskatonic University's infamous library of forbidden books, where, in the pages of Abdul Alhazred's dreaded Necronomicon, he finds terrible hints that seem to connect his own studies in advanced mathematics with the fantastic legends of elder magic The Dreams in the Witch House, gathered together here with than twenty tales of terror, exemplifies HP Lovecraft's primacy among twentiethcentury American horror writersA companion volume to The Call of Cthulhu and The Thing on the Doorstep, this original Penguin Classics collection presents the definitive texts of the work, including a newly restored text of The Shadow out of Time, along with ST Joshi's invaluable Introduction and NotesLovecraft's fiction is one of the cornerstones of modern horrorA unique and visionary world of wonder, terror, and delirium Clive Barker My cumulative review of the three Penguin classic editions of Lovecraft's work can be seen under the entry for Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, but full disclosure necessitates I comment here I feel the need to say that although I've marked this as read on my shelf, I never did complete it The Horror at Red Hook remains unread, and will for the foreseeable future See, I dated this girl who lived in Red Hook or liked bike riding in Red Hook or maybe just tried to get me to go to a party in Red Hook once, and then she and I broke up, and it still brings back crap memories Besides which, the story just looks too long But anyway thanks for ruining Lovecraft for me, Kim Hope you're happy. This third volume in S.T Joshi’s paperback edition of H.P Lovecraft's complete tales adheres to the format of the other two: the stories in each volume span Lovecraft’s entire writing career (apart from juvenilia) and are presented in chronological order from “Polaris” (1918) to “The Shadow Out of Time” (1935) I believe Joshi attempted—with much success—to produce three representative volumes, each possessing its fair share of masterpieces, mediocrities, and clunkers Still, this last of the brood sometimes seems like the trio’s Island of Misfit Toys, containing the anomalous, the broken, the malevolent, and the malformed.Paradoxically, though, I think all this makes this particular volume the most interesting of the three, especially for those who really love Lovecraft For a writer’s works—like a person’s deeds—often reveal the inner self most intimately in the anomalous: the uncharacteristic flight of fancy, the flawed experiment, the occasional crime This Lovecraft collection gives us all three—in abundance.For example,than a third of the book is given up to the Dunsanian fantasies which take Randolph Carter as their hero (“The DreamQuest of Unknown Kadath,” “The Silver Key,” and “Through the Gates of the Silver Key”), and, although they are uneven in quality they contain not only some of Lovecraft’s most playful imaginative creations but also his most intense expressions of love for his native Providence There are failed experiments here too, like “The Dreams in the Witch House” (in which Lovecraft makes his other planes of existence a little too much like plane geometry) But even here we can see how the writer is moving toward aambitious abstraction in his writing, a tendency that would eventually bear fruit in in his last masterpiece “The Shadow Out of Time.” Also in this volume you will find Lovecraft’s one indisputable literary “crime,” “The Horror of Red Hook,” in which H.P allowed the fears he experienced in the diverse environment of greater New York to shape a tale that is indisputably racist And yet this fear of the other, properly sublimated and refined, later produced “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Shadow over Innsmouth.”Don’t get me wrong There are successes here as well: the early Dunsanian prose poem “The Doom that Came to Sarnath” and the whimsical marchen “The Cats of Ulthar”, the chilling experiments in the use of landscape and local color “The Lurking Fear” and “The Shunned House”, the quintessential pulp tale of graveyard horror “In the Vault,” and the incomparable “The Shadow Out of Time.”As always, editor Joshi’s notes are extensive and illuminating, particularly when it comes to biographical information relevant to the individual stories.This is the best inexpensive Lovecraft collection, so do yourself a favor—no—do yourself three favors Buy yourself a copy of Joshi’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories Then if you like it—and if you like Lovecraft, you will—go purchase the other Joshi volumes too. I think perhaps my favourite thus far Everything I've enjoyed about Lovecraft up to now seemed to ooze slowly yet magnificently from the page Gilman, a student of Miskatonic University in eversointeresting Arkham is haunted tremendously at night by strange crones, furry scuttling shapes and rats as big as your head and finds himselfandpulled, sleepwalking, to the esoteric goings on at the witching hourThere is scifi, fantasy, esoteric folklore, beautifully throwin hard physics and plenty of sublime writing to be had here It doesn't feel like there is anything lacklustre in the characters, though that may be down to these being wonderfully written short stories as opposed to longer novels that need development in order to be any good Yet they feel quite often at the very end as merely tools to tell the story and not necessarily people, though I honestly don't mind that one little bit Still, I am not frightened by his words, but this certainly made me pull a few faces (the rat in the bed if you know what I mean) and I liked that immensely It feels like Lovecraft is using the same kind of story arc but telling it in a thousand different ways, almostmetaphoricallyin different languages It is similar to his other stories (Lovecraftian) but so different in any other way I think I'm becoming quite a fan. This is an excellent collection of stories for the most part H.P Lovecraft doesn't just write horror; he writes fantasy and weird fiction also, and this collection contains a bit of everything There were a few stinkers in the bunch, which were very tedious to get through The introduction and explanatory notes for each story by S.T Joshi are, for the most part, very insightful and illuminating, but they can be tedious at times as well My ratings for each story, and short notes on some of them, are below:Polaris: 4.5/5 Starts slow but becomes fascinating near the endBeyond the Wall of Sleep: 5/5The Doom That Came to Sarnath: 4/5The Terrible Old Man: 4.5/5The Tree: 3/5The Cats of Ulthar: 4/5From Beyond: 5/5The Nameless City: 4.5/5The MoonBog: 4/5The Other Gods: 4/5Hypnos: 4/5The Lurking Fear: 5/5 Not as scary as I've been told but amazing nonethelessThe Unnamable: 2/5 Really didn't like it a chore to get throughThe Shunned House: 5/5The Horror at Red Hook: 3.5/5In the Vault: 3.5/5The Strange High House in the Mist: 5/5 Fantasy story, beautifully writtenThe Statement of Randolph Carter: 4.5/5 Silly ending but overall a good storyFacts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family: 3/5DreamQuest of Unknown Kadath: 5/5 LOTR but with cats Amazing!The Silver Key: 4/5Through the Gates of the Silver Key: 3/5 Tedious and confusing, but has a good endingDreams in the Witch House: 5/5 Very good One of my favourites.The Shadow Out of Time: 5/5 Probably his best, most effective, and wellconstructed story of the ones I've read so far Amazing.