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

by H. P. Lovecraft

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I wanted to respond in brief to some few of your own comments. Lovecraft's Antisemitism was directed at the Jewish race as it manifested itself in Urban communities--Lovecraft often complains of the "packs" of non-whites he encountered. But he set this bigotry aside in the cases of individuals whom he met or with whom he corresponded. Sonia was a beautiful, vibrant woman and she swept Lovecraft off his feet. They were deeply in love, but the marriage was destroyed, as Sonia wrote in a letter to Samuel Loveman, by HPL's hatred of the Jewish race, which was manifested in Lovecraft's perpetual harping of to his long-suffering wife. Most of the notorious racists whom I know will have absolutely nothing to do with the racists they abhor--nothing; and so in this Lovecraft's racism was singular in nature. He was raised in a racist household, by a mother and aunts who applauded the poem he wrote when he was very young, "On the Creation of Niggers." He wrote that poem to entertain his family and get acceptance from them, and they rewarded him for it. Porius: there is absolutely no indication that HPL ever came to "accept the dreaded asiatic horde"--just the opposite.

NoirSeanF: I doubt that this collection is "most popular for the Randolph Carter pseudo-series," which form a very minor facet of Lovecraft's impressive oeuvre. I would judge "Pickman's Model," "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," and "The Dreams in the Witch House" as the really well-known and most-referenced tales in the book. "The Statement of Randolph Carter" is indeed very well known, and has the distinction of being one of the most widely filmed of Lovecraft's tales--numerous versions of it have been shewn at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival.

I love coming to Library Thing and reading all of your views on Lovecraft. Thanks for all of the activity, and keep reading Lovecraft! ( )
1 vote wilum | Jan 13, 2014 |
This was my introduction to Lovecraft. There are some very good stories in this book, but unfortunately, some of them were also tedious to me. I will probably read other Lovecraft in the future, but I cannot say that this is a favorite. ( )
  TheBecks | Apr 1, 2013 |
lovecraft learned over the years to accept the dreaded asiatic horde. ( )
  Porius | Oct 15, 2008 |
The Dream cycle of H.P. Lovecraft is one out of three books containing all of Lovecrafts work. This, i believe, is the second volume in the trilogy. This volume focuses on all of Lovecrafts fantasy or dream based stories or even just his stories that are really surreal. Currently i am in the middle of the novella "The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath". up until now i have enjoyed all of the stories (although some are hard to understand because they take place in the dream land). i would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Lovecrafts work or anyone who really cares about horror because Lovecraft was one of the revolutionary horror writers of all time. i wouldn't recommend it, however, as the introductory to Lovecrafts work. ( )
  nm.fall07.jbaker | Nov 6, 2007 |
A collection of Lovecraft's stories chosen with the dream as a theme of them. A natural for an introduction to such a bunch of stories is therefore Neil Gaiman, the Dream King. He tells why he has been influenced by Lovecraft, and of others, and mentions a few Mythos stories he has done, as well as the fact it is likely to happen again.

So, if you are a Randolph Carter fan, this is a pretty good one.

Dreams of Terror and Death : Azathoth - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Descendant - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Thing in the Moonlight - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : Polaris - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : Beyond the Wall of Sleep - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Doom That Came to Sarnath - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Statement of Randolph Carter - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Cats of Ulthar - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : Celephais - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : From Beyond - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : Nyarlathotep - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Nameless City - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Other Gods - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : Ex Oblivione - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Quest of Iranon - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Hound - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : Hypnos - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : What the Moon Brings - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : Pickman's Model - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Silver Key - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Strange High House in the Mist - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : The Dreams in the Witch-House - H. P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death : Through the Gates of the Silver Key - H. P. Lovecraft

Star naming.

3 out of 5

Necronomicon purchase leaves death as something that is not too scary afterwards.

3.5 out of 5

Night car wolves.

3.5 out of 5

Starry wanderings.

3.5 out of 5

White trash dream space journey death discovery.

4 out of 5

Monster mash, idol's revenge on old city destroyers.

4 out of 5

Investigating legions of monsters equals fair chance someone dies.

4 out of 5

Kitty killers meet their self-imposed feline fate.

3.5 out of 5

Childhood visions visitation.

3.5 out of 5

If you look for space monsters, they just might get you.

4 out of 5

Egyptian Old One visit.

4 out of 5

A traveller finds a city under the sand, and exploring, a doorway into it. He explores for a time, but strange noises start coming close:

"I fell babbling over and over that unexplainable couplet of the mad

Arab Alhazred, who dreamed of the nameless city:

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."

He eventually makes it out.

4 out of 5

Belay well if climbing before checking these guys out.

3.5 out of 5

Sleep search.

3.5 out of 5

City finding.

3 out of 5

Winged dog amulet cult symbol.

3 out of 5

Sleep a bit draining.

3 out of 5

Lunar light, beach bad thing.

3 out of 5

Creepy paintings have too real subjects.

4 out of 5

Your average tourist generally knows where he is going and doesn't seek out Great Old Ones and consider encountering the Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep. Randy is an adventurer that is not even close to easily scared.

5 out of 5

After opening the iron box and finding what was in it, no one can find Randolph Carter anymore.

4 out of 5

Old man's Elder Ones undersea tales.

4 out of 5

Lengthy investigations of Yog-Sothoth are bad for your mental health.

3.5 out of 5

Talented broke mathematics students should choose other places to study than in a house in Arkham with space-time continuum conduits, witches, and vampire rats.

4.5 out of 5

Randolph, in disguise tells of space, time, Necronomicons and Ancient Ones. One hell of a trip.

4.5 out of 5

http://superprose.blogspot.com/2007/09/solomon-kane-savage-tales-of-solomon.html ( )
1 vote bluetyson | Sep 2, 2007 |
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Gaiman, NeilIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Contents:

Concerning Dreams and Nightmares an introduction by Neil Gaiman
Azathoth
The Descendant
The Thing in the Moonlight
Polaris
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The Doom that Came to Sarnath
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Cats of Ulthar
Celephaïs
From Beyond
Nyarlathotep
The Nameless City
The Other Gods
Ex Oblivione
The Quest of Iranon
The Hound
Hypnos
What the Moon Brings
Pickman’s Model
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Silver Key
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Dreams in the Witch-House
Through the Gates of the Silver Key
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345384210, Paperback)

"One is drawn into Lovecraft by the very air of plausibility and characteristic understatement of the prose, the question being When will the weirdness strike?" writes Joyce Carol Oates in The New York Review of Books. Del Rey has reprinted Lovecraft's stories in three large-format paperbacks. This second volume, 25 tales in all, collects the classic "Case of Charles Dexter Ward," the phantasmagoric novel "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," several fantasies inspired by Lord Dunsany and other stories. Introduction by Neil Gaiman (author of the Sandman comics).

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