Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft

Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft

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"[Lovecraft's] dream fantasy works are as terrifying and haunting as his tales of horror and the macabre. A master craftsman, Lovecraft brings compelling visions of nightmarish fear, invisible worlds and the demons of the unconscious. If one author truly represents the very best in American literary horror, it is H. P. Lovecraft."
—John Carpenter,

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"[Lovecraft's] dream fantasy works are as terrifying and haunting as his tales of horror and the macabre. A master craftsman, Lovecraft brings compelling visions of nightmarish fear, invisible worlds and the demons of the unconscious. If one author truly represents the very best in American literary horror, it is H. P. Lovecraft."
—John Carpenter, Director of At the Mouth of Madness, Halloween,
and Christine
This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft, the master of twentieth-century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales:
THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARNATH—Hate, genocide, and a deadly curse consume the land of Mnar.
THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER—"You fool, Warren is DEAD!"
THE NAMELESS CITY—Death lies beneath the shifting sands, in a story linking the Dream Cycle with the legendary Cthulhu Mythos.
THE CATS OF ULTHAR—In Ulthar, no man may kill a cat...and woe unto any who tries.
THE DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH—The epic nightmare adventure with tendrils stretching throughout the entire Dream Cycle.
AND TWENTY MORE TALES OF SURREAL TERROR

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345384218
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,126,262
Product dimensions:
5.33(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.83(d)

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Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
mystery_poet More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was excellent. It gives us a glimpse of how horror was written in the past in a style that we seldom see anymore. Lovecraft went beyond the human imagination to unlock a world that was frightning yet eerily beautiful and made us delve deeper into the unknown realms of the human mind and the worl around us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to get into H.P. Lovecraft . It has many of his earlier , less wordy , stories and it shows how he evolved his wirting . The only downside is that some of the stories , because they were some of hi earlier works , are very simplistic .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the best horror. So teryfiying you wish it was a dream..
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L P More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps the best H.P Lovecraft book EVER. It may cost a bit much for a ebook, but it is worth it
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Eldritch_Pen More than 1 year ago
First of all, this books is a splendid introduction to Lovecraft's "Dream Cycle" which is considered canon alongside of and intersecting his famous "Cthulhu Mythos" stories. That alone makes it desirable. But this edition's cover belies the contents slightly. Yes there are stories that are creepy (and enjoyable); but Lovecraft, the reader will find, was also a romantic. The images of his dream world are beautiful and nostalgic, evoking a sense of longing for me that I rarely encountered even in the vast majority of the classics. I found myself wanting to see his world for myself and wondering sometimes if dreams are, after all, only dreams...
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yarnspinner More than 1 year ago
i love reading, stephen king is one of my favorite authors but this book is absolutely horrible and boring to boot. I've heard alot on how h.p. lovecraft was a genius of horror but this book sucks. it's like reading a bunch of short stories in the form of poetry. i'm gonna give lovecraft one more chance by reading one of the other books that are supposed to be a collection of his greatest horror stories but this is deffinetely not the book. if you like horror, you won't get it with this book. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME