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By H. P. Lovecraft
The Dunwich Horror and Others
The Dunwich Horror and Others
“In The Vault”
Comments: Revenge is a dish best served cold, at least according to gypsies. Asaph Sawyer was definitely cold when he got his final revenge!
Comments: I’ve heard of the story Pickman’s Model before, especially since it was made into a television episode for the Night Gallery horror anthology series. I never knew exactly what the title implied until now.
Comments: I’ve read “The Rats in the Walls” before and it’s a very good story. Steven King’s short story “Jerusalem’s Lot” has some similarities to it, in addition to also seeming a lot like a Poe story.
Comments: Who is the outsider? Is he alive or (un)dead? Does he himself know? This was another one with a sort of Poe-ish quality.
Comments: This is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories, and one which I’ve read before. I’ve always wondered about the implication of all the people of Arkham drinking water from the tainted reservoir. Chilling…
Comments: Where was the narrator staying in his college years if he can’t find it back? And what horrors were lurking out there in blackest space beyond the garret window?
Comments: I enjoyed this one very much. This was Lovecraft's response to Robert Bloch's story “The Shambler from the Stars”. I find it amusing that the two friends managed to kill off the other's likeness in their "tribute" stories.
Comments: As the narrator says, some houses are better off being torn down. Maybe he should have mentioned the crazy old Puritans who live in them too! Good thing there was a thunderstorm or who knows what might have happened…
Comments: I’m relatively new to Lovecraft, but I’ve read and enjoyed this one several times. I’ve always loved the way HPL has narrators who are about to die for their knowledge, or whose knowledge is hidden away for someone to find. In this way the world is warned of the Great Old Ones.
Comments: This was the first Lovecraft story I read. I was bored at work one day and a friend showed me a few places online where I could read Lovecraft’s stories. Needless to say I was hooked from the beginning, and my Lovecraftian collection of books began.
Comments: This was an excellent non-Mythos story. I think I saw something similar to this one time on a TV horror anthology series. If anyone knows which one I might be talking about please let me know.
Comments: The change in tone from Akeley’s second-last to last letter is obviously suspicious to the reader. But, then, Lovecraft WANTS it to be obvious. This was one of Lovecraft’s lengthier short stories, but it is one of his very best.
Comments: I liked this one a lot for its very short length, and would have given it a higher rating had it been a little longer. It’s one of those stories that allows the reader to conclude what he will. If you have any kind of imagination at all, Messrs. Ricci, Czanek, and Silva met a fate worse than death…
Comments: I had never read this one before, and I liked it tremendously. Poor Edward Derby would have been much better off if his parents hadn’t coddled him so much as a child and on into adulthood. It was this coddling which made him an easy target, like a fly caught in the spider’s web.
Comments: I loved this one the first time I read it, and it only seems to get better with future readings. I especially enjoy the resolution, and what it reveals to our narrator.
Comments: Why can’t I get the image of gigantic, time-traveling, living Christmas trees out of my head? This was another lengthier short story, but it was also an incredibly good one, which tied together many of Lovecraft’s strange beings and places.