The Dunwich Horror
"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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January 22, 2014
Wilber Whateley still haunts me after finishing this book. I love it!
November 15, 2013
First book I read by Lovecraft. Very good book and sorta creepy when you get in to the world. 5 stars 👍
July 15, 2013
What deliciously dark, dense prose Lovecraft uses to create this tale of supernatural horror!
April 26, 2013
An incredible tale!
April 03, 2013
September 04, 2012
loved it. it was over too fast cuz i couldnt put it down.
August 16, 2012
Awesome story. Started a little slow put went BANANAS and I couldn't stop reading! Well told and suspenseful. Lived it
April 05, 2012
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.
December 13, 2011
That book was horrible I've never read any that bad in my life
September 19, 2011
Good read, Lovecraft at his dreary best.
July 27, 2011
Very interesting storyline.Gripping from the first page!