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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! ( )
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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 |
Probably most popular for the Randolph Carter pseudo-series, excluding the seemingly non-canonical "The Unnamable". ( )
  NoirSeanF | Aug 10, 2007 |
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Concerning Dreams and Nightmares an introduction by Neil Gaiman
The Descendant
The Thing in the Moonlight
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The Doom that Came to Sarnath
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Cats of Ulthar
From Beyond
The Nameless City
The Other Gods
Ex Oblivione
The Quest of Iranon
The Hound
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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"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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