"One is drawn into Lovecraft by the very air of plausibility and characteristic understatement of the prose, the question being When will the weirdness strike?" writes Joyce Carol Oates in The New York Review of Books. Del Rey has reprinted Lovecraft's stories in three large-format paperbacks. This second volume, 25 tales in all, collects the classic "Case of Charles Dexter Ward," the phantasmagoric novel "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," several fantasies inspired by Lord Dunsany and other stories. Introduction by Neil Gaiman (author of the Sandman comics).
Horror master Lovecraft (1890-1937) frequently used dreams in his tales of the supernatural to evoke fantastic worlds inconceivable to the conscious mind. This repackaging of 25 stories and fragments calls attention to that aspect of Lovecraft's work, but it won't convince anyone that the selections form a coherent cycle. In the light fantasies "Celephais," "The Silver Key" and "The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath," dreams are vehicles for travel to lands of enchantment in which men rub shoulders with gods and imaginary creatures. In the terror tales "The Dreams in the Witch-House," "Hypnos" and "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," dreams intrude upon reality and serve as portents for horrors too terrible to engage directly. Both "The Statement of Randolph Carter" and the prose-poem "Nyarlathotep" are based on actual dreams of Lovecraft's, but a number of the other stories, good though they are, have no dream association whatsoever. Comics virtuoso Neil Gaiman (Sandman) supplies a respectful introduction that gives no clue to the selection criteria and, in several places, is factually incorrect. (Lovecraft placed two tales, not one, in the magazine Astounding Stories before its name was changed to Astounding Science Fiction, and before the tenure of editor John W. Campbell.) Its failed agenda notwithstanding, this book is a welcome tribute to a writer whose dreams inspired some of this century's finest literary nightmares.
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The various readers on this audiobook set are all great. Several of the stories, including all the longer novellas, are read by Bronson Pinchot (aka Balki Bartokomous from Perfect... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. T. Stoltz
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I've read other Lovecraft collections, He is one of my favorite authors. This one is my least favorite so far. Its mostly made up of the wimpy little stories that end too soon. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Terrorantula
I've always been a fan of Lovecraft. I love his dream cycle. This was bought as a gift and I've also enjoyed it.Published on August 7, 2013 by Brian Dennis
I loved Lovecraft when I first read him as a "tween" some 53 years ago. This is simply a re-packaging of some of his work, and as such, still great. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Edward J. Uecker
I love this book. I had bought a copy long ago when Walden Books still existed, and it is one of my favorite books. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Miranda Whitehead