The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and Other Works

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and Other Works

by H. P. Lovecraft, D M Mitchell
     
 

Dreams of an opulent, mythic city lead "night-tripper" Randolph Carter into an exhilarating but often terrifying voyage into the very eye of midnight.

*The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath* is regarded as the culminatory text in HP Lovecraft's *Dream Cycle*, and perhaps the most elaborate story to feature Randolph Carter, explorer of alternative, labyrinthine

Overview

Dreams of an opulent, mythic city lead "night-tripper" Randolph Carter into an exhilarating but often terrifying voyage into the very eye of midnight.

*The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath* is regarded as the culminatory text in HP Lovecraft's *Dream Cycle*, and perhaps the most elaborate story to feature Randolph Carter, explorer of alternative, labyrinthine dream-worlds that constantly threaten to turn into nightmare.

This new edition also includes the complete strands of Lovecraft's *Dream Cycle* and Carter mythologies, including: *Polaris*, *The Statement Of Randolph Carter*, *Beyond The Wall Of Sleep*, *The Doom That Came To Sarnath*, *The White Ship*, *The Cats Of Ulthar*, *Celephad's*, *The Quest Of Iranon*, *The Other Gods*, *Hypnos*, *The Unnameable*, *The Strange High House In The Mist*, *The Silver Key*, and *Through The Gates Of The Silver Key*; plus a brand new introduction by DM Mitchell (editor, /The Starry Wisdom/).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781902197326
Publisher:
Creation Oneiros
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 5.56(h) x 0.48(d)

Read an Excerpt

Three times Randolph Carter dreamed of the marvellous city, and three times was he snatched away while still he paused on the high terrace above it. All golden and lovely it blazed in the sunset, with walls, temples, colonnades, and arched bridges of veined marble, silver-basined fountains of prismatic spray in broad squares and perfumed gardens, and wide streets marching between delicate trees and blossom-laden urns and ivory statues in gleaming rows; while on steep northward slopes climbed tiers of red roofs and old peaked gables harbouring little lanes of grassy cobbles. It was a fever of the gods; a fanfare of supernal trumpets and a clash of immortal cymbals. Mystery hung about it as clouds about a fabulous unvisited mountain; and as Carter stood breathless and expectant on that balustraded parapet there swept up to him the poignancy and suspense of almost-vanished memory, the pain of lost things, and the maddening need to place again what once had an awesome and momentous place.

He knew that for him its meaning must once have been supreme; though in what cycle or incarnation he had known it, or whether in dream or in waking, he could not tell. Vaguely it called up glimpses of a far, forgotten first youth, when wonder and pleasure lay in all the mystery of days, and dawn and dusk alike strode forth prophetick to the eager sound of lutes and song; unclosing faery gates toward further and surprising marvels. But each night as he stood on that high marble terrace with the curious urns and carven rail and looked off over that hushed sunset city of beauty and unearthly immanence, he felt the bondage of dream's tyrannous gods; for in no wise could he leave that lofty spot, or descend the wide marmoreal flights flung endlessly down to where those streets of elder witchery lay outspread and beckoning.

When for the third time he awaked with those flights still undescended and those hushed sunset streets still untraversed, he prayed long and earnestly to the hidden gods of dream that brood capricious above the clouds on unknown Kadath, in the cold waste where no man treads. But the gods made no answer and shewed no relenting, nor did they give any favouring sign when he prayed to them in dream, and invoked them sacrificially through the bearded priests Nasht and Kaman-Thah, whose cavern-temple with its pillar of flame lies not far from the gates of the waking world. .....

Meet the Author

Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft (1890 - 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.

Lovecraft's guiding literary principle was what he termed "cosmicism" or "cosmic horror", the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien.

He is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century.

D M Mitchell: Editor of "The Starry Wisdom" anthology - a tribute to H P Lovecraft. (pub Creation Books)

Author of "Savoy - A Serious Life" a biography of Savoy Books and a study of the New Worlds 60s SF scene and its legacy. (pub Savoy Books)

("Winner of the International Horror Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement (best nonfiction title), 2004")

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