Tag: H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft – The Case of Charles Dexter Ward | Review

Title: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

Author: H. P. Lovecraft

Category: Fiction

Page Count: 128

Rating: 3.5/5

If you can get past some of the casual racism that betrays itself in the way that the author strings a couple of sentences together here and there, there’s actually a decent book here. It’s remarkable in that it’s a great example of that sort of slow, creeping dread that Lovecraft did so well. What’s terrifying is that we can’t really see the evil that’s out there, it’s always just on the edge of our periphery.

Overall, a pretty good read, but definitely not one to go out of your way for it. It’s just alright, you know? But also influential.

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H. P. Lovecraft – The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Stories of Horror | Review

Title: The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Stories of Horror

Author: H. P. Lovecraft

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 256

Rating: 4/5

Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room in the form of Lovecraft’s concerning personal beliefs. I’m of the opinion that you can separate the art from the artist, especially when the artist is dead, but I also know that that’s not true for everyone.

I’ve only read one Lovecraft book before and so I’m still relatively new to his work, and I can’t quite decide what I think of him. There are times when his stories are fantastic and they more than live up to the hype, and then there are times when… well, maybe not so much.

For example, there’s a story here that Lovecraft ghostwrote for Harry Houdini, and while the story behind the story is pretty interesting, the story itself isn’t great. I think if you didn’t know it was ghostwritten, you’d believe that Houdini wrote it – but then, Houdini wasn’t known for being a writer.

The title story in this collection was fantastic though, and it was made even more interesting because I was talking to somebody about it and they’d done an adaptation of it. There are only around six stories in here and so you could probably ask for more, but they are at least pretty chunky and so there’s a bunch for you to enjoy here. I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re interested.

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