H. P. Lovecraft was one of the greatest horror writers of all time. His seminal work appeared in the pages of legendary Weird Tales and has influenced countless writer of the macabre. This is one of those stories.read more
H.P. Lovecraft was an American author of short stories, poetry, scientific articles, and various other works. As a child, Lovecraft spent much of his time reading and writing, and developed a deep interest in scienceastronomy in particular. At the age of nine Lovecraft created his first publication, The Scientific Gazette, and by sixteen was writing a monthly astronomy column for a local newspaper. In 1917 Lovecraft’s short story “Dagon” became the first of his fictional works to be professionally published, after which he published multiple works nearly every year until his death in 1937. He is best known for strange fiction and horror stories, as well as for being the originator of the Cthulhu mythos. Lovecraft’s most notable works include the short stories “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Dunwich Horror,” and “The Colour out of Space,” and the novellas At the Mountain of Madness, and The Shadow over Innsmouth.read more
Reviews for Dagon
The ancient house has always been there, and people say One dwells therein who talks with the morning mists that come up from the deep, and perhaps sees singular things oceanward at those times when the cliff’s rim becomes the rim of all earth, and solemn buoys toll free in the white aether of faery. This they tell from hearsay, for that forbidding crag is always unvisited, and natives dislike to train telescopes on it. Summer boarders have indeed scanned it with jaunty binoculars, but have never seen more than the grey primeval roof, peaked and shingled, whose eaves come nearly to the grey foundations, and the dim yellow light of the little windows peeping out from under those eaves in the dusk. These summer people do not believe that the same One has lived in the ancient house for hundreds of years, but cannot prove their heresy to any real Kingsporter. This volume includes a lot of Lovecraft's shorter stories, plus some of his earliest stories and unfinished fragments. My favourite stories include "The Strange High House in the Mist", which is extremely spooky and atmospheric without being frightening, and The Moon-bog which warns anyone who makes a lot of money not under any circumstances to buy their ancestral home and decided to renovate it. that never ends well. At the other end of the spectrum is "The Horror at Red Hook" which is rather unpleasant. The last ninety pages are taken up by Lovecraft's essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature", which covers the history of supernatural literature from its roots in myths and legend, through the Gothic novels of the late 18th century, and ending with Arthur Machen and M. R. James. Lovecraft manages to be insulting about practically every author he mentions, even those whose work he rates highly, such as Edgar Allen Poe whose "pretence to profound and obscure scholarship, his blundering ventures in stilted and laboured pseudo-humor, and his often vitriolic outbursts of critical prejudice must all be recognized and forgiven", and mocks Lord Lytton's "amusingly serious occult studies".Lovecraft doesn't seem worried about spoiling the end of the stories he mentions, but having read the essay I now have plenty more books and stories to add to my wish list.read more
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