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The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft
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The Dunwich Horror

by H.P. Lovecraft

56 ratings, 12 reviews

"The Dunwich Horror" by H. P. Lovecraft is a short story written in 1928. It first appeared in Weird Tales a year later. Set in Dunwich, Massachusetts, this tale is at the center of Lovecraft's series of stories in the Cthulhu Mythos. As in much of his work, the Dunwich Horror explores the mind-boggling vastness of the universe as it's pitted against the frail soul of a human. Earth, according to the Mythos, was once ruled by extra-dimensional "Elder Things" - also referred to as "Great Old Ones." These beings will again rule the planet.

Part of the awesomeness of Lovecraft's work is not what is said, but what is referred to. The unfathomable nature of the outer and inner spaces occupied by the Old Ones amps up the scary factor - that and the fact that there's nothing that humans can do to sway the laws of the universe out of their control. His descriptions of the land and people of this region are range from beautiful to grotesque. Inbreeding, folklore and superstition give this tale a real genuine creepiness as well. In "The Dunwich Horror" we find Lovecraft as his macabre best.

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Melissa Carmichael

January 22, 2014

Wilber Whateley still haunts me after finishing this book. I love it!


Skyler New

November 15, 2013

First book I read by Lovecraft. Very good book and sorta creepy when you get in to the world. 5 stars 👍


Daniel O'Brien

July 15, 2013

What deliciously dark, dense prose Lovecraft uses to create this tale of supernatural horror!


Samstravels Abroad

April 26, 2013

An incredible tale!


Shelby Young

April 03, 2013

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Brycee Behrends

September 04, 2012

loved it. it was over too fast cuz i couldnt put it down.


Jeremy Ingram

August 16, 2012

Awesome story. Started a little slow put went BANANAS and I couldn't stop reading! Well told and suspenseful. Lived it


Lee Krienke

April 05, 2012

Great read


Vita Long

February 14, 2012

It's worth a read if you like suspense, mystery and horror. It's an easy to read short tale about the occult and creatures not meant to be conjured up in this world. Moral of the story is that it's better to worry about what's tangible rather than what's intangible. Things not seen with the eyes are better left unseen.


Michael Reynolds

December 13, 2011

That book was horrible I've never read any that bad in my life


Jesse Mares

September 19, 2011

Good read, Lovecraft at his dreary best.


Larry Maxfield

July 27, 2011

Very interesting storyline.Gripping from the first page!