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He is not to open the door which leads to the strange time and place, nor to invite Him Who lurks at the threshold ..." went the warning in the old family manuscript that Ambrose Dewart discovered when he returned to his ancestral home in the deep woods of rural Massachusetts. Dewart's investigations into his family's sinister past eventually lead to the unspeakable revelations of The Great Old Ones who wait on the boundaries of space and time for someone to summon them to earth. Acclaimed cult horror writer H. ...
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He is not to open the door which leads to the strange time and place, nor to invite Him Who lurks at the threshold ..." went the warning in the old family manuscript that Ambrose Dewart discovered when he returned to his ancestral home in the deep woods of rural Massachusetts. Dewart's investigations into his family's sinister past eventually lead to the unspeakable revelations of The Great Old Ones who wait on the boundaries of space and time for someone to summon them to earth. Acclaimed cult horror writer H. P. Lovecraft's notes and outlines for this tale of uncanny terror were completed by August Derleth, his friend and future publisher. Of the many Lovecraft-Derleth "posthumous collaborations," The Lurker at the Threshold remains the most popular, having sold 50,000 copies in its previous edition alone.

Ambrose Dewart returns to his ancestral estate and sets about restoring the mansion to his own tastes. In the process he comes across a document signed by his great grandfather invoking a sinister injunction to future generations: "Do not invite he who lurks at the threshold!"

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Edmund Wilson
Lovecraft has a scientific imagination of the same quality as that of the early H. G. Wells. -- The New Yorker
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786711888
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/25/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    An Amazing Story

    This book was even better than I expected. Not only is it extremely well-written horror, but also mystery. The entire time you are trying to figure out what is going on and most of the time you figure it out right as the characters do, as if Lovecraft was just reading the story. It is entertaining to try to understand everything, and once you finish the book, you immidiately go back to the beginning and start looking for all the clues that he left throughout. It's amazing, the amount of planning he must have done before writing this. If you like horror, mystery, or even just well-written stories, I highly suggest giving this a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    A Finnish review of L@T

    I had read The Lurker at the Threshold for over 3 times in a sequences of three to six months and I can´t get fed up of it. I have the book in Finnish (of course) and that was the second book which revealed me the terror world of H.P Lovecraft (sic,rip) the first book was The Black Stone which is also been made by authors that were hugely influenced by HPL´s work. So here are my comments about 'Lurker' or the 'L@T' : I still can remember the first time I read the book, absolutely paraplyzed by the fear that nearly (&letterly) loomed from the tale.I enjoyed the book slowly and never wanted (or dared) to stop reading..If Mr. Lovecraft (Or Derleth) would be still alive I would personally thank them (well, mostly HPL) for the master work in narrative work of his. The back spine of the Lurker says that this tale remained un-finished until Lovecraft´s 'apprentice' Mr. August Derleth finished the story using HPL´s manuscripts (or this my humble guess what would actual ly been happened) and after reading the book for so many times I still can´t tell where the author changes, althought I guess that could happen in 'The statement of Stephen Bates' but I really can´t notice any narra- tive differences. I wont never lose any of my HPL/Derleth books or similar anthologies, I keep them in the shelf..gathering the dust (and gazes of respects) just like the anci- ent leather-covered grimoires that had been described so many times in all of the work of honorable Mr. Howard Phillips Lovecraft 'Ph´nglui mglw´nafh Cthulhu R´lyeh wgah´ nagl fhtagn' ! 'That is not Dead which can Eternal lay , throught the Strange Aeons even Death may die' !

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