This novel is a modern adaptation of “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath” originally written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1927. In this version, a father and his young son travel together through the Dreamlands in search of Unknown Kadath. The father’s goal is not to recapture the happiness of his own youth (as was the case in the original version) but rather to find the path by which his son can avoid the traps that have led his father far from happiness.
In the Dreamlands, fantastic dreams are a form of currency, traded for goods and gaining one admittance through city gates. In the “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (Revisited)”, the father initially relies on descriptions of imaginary cities taken from literary sources as his source of currency. However, upon losing the book, the father must describe cities from his own experience in order to enlist the aid of various individuals that he and his son meet along their journey to Unknown Kadath.
Thus, “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (Revisited)” works on three levels. First and foremost it is a fantastic novel describing the extent to which a father will go to prepare his young son to find happiness in the world that awaits him. Second, it is a contemplation of cities and of travel and the manner in which travel educates and enlightens us about others and ourselves. Finally, this novel is an honest homage to and celebration of the dream-cycle of Lovecraft, which showed him in a creative and contemplative light, outside the typical Cthulhu-inspired horror for which he is more widely known.
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About the Author
David J. Keffer was born in Kansas City, MO. He pursued a technical education earning a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After a year as a post-doctoral scholar at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., he began his career as an engineering professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he remains today. He has published about 90 technical papers in archival journals. Outside of engineering, David Keffer studied world literature and creative writing. He has published analytical articles on the works of Primo Levi and Kobo Abé located in the Scriptorium of The Modern Word site (http://www.themodernword.com/). He created various reading aids to several classical Chinese novels (http://tinyurl.com/3k8n9qm). Over the past two decades, David Keffer has been active writing novels, poetry and stories. Several novels and illustrated stories are available on the web at http://www.poisonpie.com. David Keffer lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife, Lynn, and two children. As a family, they enjoy hiking through the local mountains and are always on the look out for poison pie and other ambivalent mushrooms that dot the landscape.