The Dunwich Horror

The Dunwich Horror

by H. P. Lovecraft

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The Dunwich Horror is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft.

The Dunwich Horror is one of the few tales Lovecraft wrote wherein the heroes successfully defeat the antagonistic entity or monster of the story. In the isolated, desolate, decrepit village of Dunwich, Massachusetts, Wilbur Whateley is the hideous son of Lavinia Whateley, a deformed and unstable albino mother, and an unknown father (alluded to in passing by mad Old Whateley, as "Yog-Sothoth"). Strange events surround his birth and precocious development. Wilbur matures at an abnormal rate, reaching manhood within a decade. Locals shun him and his family, and animals fear and despise him due to his odor.

All the while, his sorcerer grandfather indoctrinates him into certain dark rituals and the study of witchcraft. Various locals grow suspicious after Old Whateley buys more and more cattle, yet the number of his herd never increases, and the cattle in his field become mysteriously afflicted with severe open wounds. Wilbur and his grandfather have sequestered an unseen presence at their farmhouse; this being is connected somehow to Yog-Sothoth. Year by year, this unseen entity grows to monstrous proportions, requiring the two men to make frequent modifications to their residence. People begin to notice a trend of cattle mysteriously disappearing. Wilbur's grandfather dies, and his mother disappears soon afterwards. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783736805125
Publisher: BookRix
Publication date: 10/17/2018
Sold by: Bookwire
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 71
Sales rank: 977,592
File size: 525 KB

About the Author

H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. His relatively small corpus of fiction—three short novels and about sixty short stories—has exercised a wide influence on subsequent works of literary horror, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction.

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Dunwich Horror 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Compiux More than 1 year ago
I read this story some years ago, while you might not be scared (considering new standards of what make people get scared) the story is actually great. I enjoyed the read and it allowed my imagination fly. Should you read it? Yes, but I would recommend you to buy an H.P. Lovecraft collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great and quick read!
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M_Houston More than 1 year ago
I liked this short story. Not a bad read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ring is scaryer and grizzlys rage is scaryer than this