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Dec 31, Luke rated it really liked it. First, I am a long-time Lovecraft fan. For years I've dug his ability - despite his Poe-aping turgid prose - to convey something unique, the ripples of which are still felt in horror. The nameless, strange terrors that became his stock-in-trade are certainly unique, and forgive a lot of his faults. Overlong work, repetitive pieces, and a lack of proper description - though this last is understandable as he was largely cribbing from nightmares.

Ole HPL is racist. And not just mildly. He's a First, I am a long-time Lovecraft fan. He's a pretty terrible human. We know he was a misanthrope, pretty much - well, except for that picture of him smiling in Brooklyn - but he's up there with George Lucas in terms of the whole lazy stereotype thing. I guess I should be thankful that he's not pro-rape, as per some of Ian Fleming's more creepy moments. It's probably most obvious in 'Through the Gates of the Silver Key', but it's there in the other stuff too. It's difficult for me, as I love the guy's work, but these moments leave you with some 'oh, man' feelings which are hard to reconcile.

Especially if paired with things like his view on jazz, and this terrible poem. I can't dismiss him because of the contributions he's made, and the pull that the stories still have. But reading him now as an adult as opposed to a lonely teenager bring his problems squarely to my attention. I still intend to read the rest of the books in the series, though. So consider the racism stuff an ongoing thought that will probably accompany my reading. It's hard not to have it as a companion. There's a great post on HPL and racism and the 'man of his time' defense here , and it worth reading if you're a Lovecraft fan.

Acknowledging the dude had problems beyond slavering demon-sultans is a good start, if we're to avoid mindless piping? To finish, have some Mountain Goats, singing about the man. Jul 05, Pamela rated it really liked it Shelves: The more I read of Lovecraft, the more I like his work. I started out with a sort of "best hits" compilation book, which I reviewed on here, and if I weren't so blasted tired I would link to it, but basically, at the time, I didn't really get it. There was all this hype about how terrifying Lovecraft is, and Cthulhu kept popping up not literally, thank goodness in books I was reading, and I guess I was expecting something a bit more explicitly scary.

I also suggested that the man get a thesaur The more I read of Lovecraft, the more I like his work. I also suggested that the man get a thesaurus. I still must stand by that last statement really, my dear man, how many times can you use "cyclopean" as an adjective in one story??? Now that I know that, it's pretty obvious in his writing.

However, I finally feel like I'm getting what this is all about. It's subtle and insidious. His people, places, and creations will creep into your mind, where they lie dormant for a time, and then you find yourself thinking about the things he's created, as well as recognizing them as the archetypes they have become for a lot of modern horror. Lovecraft definitely excels at the shorter stories, as they pack a quiet punch without allowing him to ramble on too much which he tends to do. I did, however, enjoy the novella The Case of Charles Dexter Ward included here, as it was genuinely scary and had some pretty compelling characters.

I'm not as much of a fan of the Randolph Carter stories for some reason. The general theme of this collection, as you may have divined from the title, is dreams. It's not the Cthulhu mythos, although there is a bit of crossover with characters. Evidently Lovecraft dreamed a lot, and if this is any indication of what he dreamed, I feel sorry for him. I don't know if it's the power of suggestion, or what, but I did have more vivid dreams while reading this, although I suppose that reading Lovecraft before bed isn't going to do wonders for my subconscious.

I finally see that Lovecraft's stories are frightening because of all that they don't say or show the reader. It's that fear of the unknown and unnameable or unpronounceable! I am planning on revisiting the other Lovecraft I've read and not liked as much to see if I have a better opinion of it now. Jan 10, Kinksrock rated it really liked it. I have not read this entire collection. This is horror in the tradition -- I'd say -- of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein": Science-driven, and written in a very 'literary' style that may challenge readers used to modern horror.

Not an easy read, but very rewarding. May 26, Lara rated it did not like it Shelves: Maybe I'm jaded, but I just couldn't get into it. I liked Pickman's Model, and then I kind of bounced around, trying to find a story I could enjoy or be scared by. I got partway through the Dream Quest of Unknown Kadeth and just got bored to tears. I kept falling asleep. I just find other people's dreams really uninteresting. And I got distracted by the way he writes: Sep 08, Davey-d rated it really liked it.

To all that have that streak of Cure listening, black wearing and who doesn't in PDX , ruminations on a bleak death this is for you. I respectfully, religiously give this tome a read during the first storms of fall around Halloween. Not for the faint of heart. Sep 25, Dave rated it it was amazing.

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Taylor rated it really liked it. The second most inspiring series of Lovecraftian work after the Cthulhu Mythos itself, the Dream Cycle includes "The Silver Key, Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, and Through the Gates of the Silver Key" to name a few and connects all the tales of locations mentioned or written in relation to the four regions of the Dreamlands.

Highly recommended for those who want to see the "softer" side of HPL where the good guys sometimes win or stay sane long enough to make a difference. Jun 04, Henry rated it really liked it.

I found most of the stories very interesting but it was frustrating when they where uncompleted or finished abruptly. Feb 25, East Bay J rated it really liked it Shelves: To my mind, H. Lovecraft stands as one of the most singular and interesting writers of the 20th century. Just as interesting as his stories and writing style are his unusual life, voluminous letter writing and his circle of friends Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, etc. Most interesting, perhaps, was the pantheon of gods he created and the concept he wrote around that humanity are pawns, specks of dust in an unfeeling universe.

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Many of the stories here mention the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos so, ultimately, it seems more accurate to think of this as a collection of Lovecraft tales as opposed to a collection of a certain kind of Lovecraft tale. There are some real gems in this volume. What I like so much about this story is that it is told in the form of a one sided dialogue. Most Lovecraft stories are told in a narrative, almost journalistic style. This happened then this happened, followed by these things and this other thing.

I also especially liked The Hound this time around. Lovecraft , which collects most of the famous Cthulhu stories and is the best representation of Lovecraft as a writer, in my opinion. Sep 01, Geert Daelemans rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hyde are commonly seen as the cornerstones of modern horror. In my opinion Howard Phillips Lovecraft must to be added to this list, because horror wouldn't be the same without the influence of this phenomenal writer. One can say that Lovecraft brought the "Dark Monsters" into the genre, take for example the H.

Gigger creature used in the movie Alien, but this simplification neglects his true talent: Although the common threads in this collection are clearly relating to dreams, there is one maybe even more important aspect that returns in all the stories: The eagerness to see the invisible is what links these stories all together.

Even if the worst is about to happen to the main character, he just takes that last step because he must know what is crawling behind that wall. If you love fantasizing about more dimensions and time travel, than this collection is certainly an enticing dip into these mathematical riddles. In addition the stories all weave together, so you get the urge to reread them again after finishing.

Don't hesitate to do this because you will get absorbed even more into the surreal mythos of Lovecraft. Jul 13, Madeleine rated it liked it Shelves: I love how Lovecraft wrote. His word choice, his style, his rampant anglophilia, his imitable style that inspired so many of horror and fantasy's modern-day kings. You can tell the man's got serious talent -- and a truly terrifying imagination, my God -- and it's a right shame that he didn't get the recognition he deserved in his lifetime.

The Ancient Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos may be fine with tearing up a victim now and then but it is what is done to the mind that haunts the reader. The first story is representative of that and is by a legendary writer, Joyce Carol Oates. More importantly it is a typically beautiful Oates work, introspective and suggestive. Two of my other favorite stories are more directly connected with the Chtulhu Mythos.

Kiernan and "The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward" are also excursions into science fiction with a Lovecraftian tinge. Both excellent tales, they would be at home in either Weird Tales or Analog magazines. There are a good many other stories here. Just selecting a couple, I am especially fond of Karen Heuler's All Gods Great and Small , a environmental revenge story with the usual shaman avenger that one often sees in this type of storytelling.

Yet I loved the idea of gods existing in the tiniest of bodies. I am not sure of the Lovecraft connection on this one but it is certainly quite creepy and a bit indulgent in the "Ewww! But despite there being much good short fiction here. I don't think that is because of the quality in writing but because there seems to be too many stories that have too loose of a connection, or none at all, to Lovecraft's primary themes.

Overall this ise a introspective collection of tales and I wanted more of H. Lovecraft may have implied a lot but he still "creeped" the hell out of you. Nonetheless, it is a anthology worth reading and not least for showcasing some of the finest female writers working in the genre of horror. Editor Lynne Jamneck did a commendable job of editing and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the cover design and the color illustrations by Danielle Serra.

Three and a half stars. Nov 01, Earwen rated it liked it Shelves: If you are interested in the subject I'd suggest that book over this.

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I found the stories in this book much more of a mixed bag. Although there are some standout stories: I think I would have enjoyed some more if I was familiar to the Lovecraft stories they were based on, so it might be on me. Very good collection overall.

Not to my taste. The star rating is how good I think it is as a story. The tentacle rating is how well I think it deserves the "Lovecraftian" label. Shadows of the Evening by Joyce Carol Oates 4 stars, 2. When I finished, it took me a while to figure out wh Very good collection overall. When I finished, it took me a while to figure out why all the back story had been included seemed like enough for a novella I'd read this one before from an online posting.

Starts out like it's going to be a Dreamlands tour, then turns into something else. Kiernan 4 stars, 4 tentacles - Beautifully written "Elder Gods on Mars" tale. I wonder if it could have been done with more journal entries and less exposition in-between. Series of vignettes about a child with an ancestor who, er, produced a human-nightgaunt-hybrid. Unclear to me whether the hybrid is also an ancestor, or what the nightgaunts getting faces means.

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Well written, but I couldn't make heads or tails of the content. All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts by Sonya Taaffe 4 stars, 4 tentacles - This almost works as a contemporary addition to Emrys' Innsmouth universe, but a few details don't match up. One that's creepy due to human actions rather than "monster" ones.

What wouldn't a mother do to "save" a child? Makes better use of the first person unattached observer than Lovecraft ever did. Uses the "Colour" and takes place on Leng. I think it would work better acted out than read. I can certainly picture the Python players doing a sketch like this.


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On the plus side, you have a racist jackass getting his comeuppance. Unfortunately, it's via the Magical Indian trope. Could have been better and more effective with a more generic "uprising of nature," imo. Dearest Daddy by Lois H. Gresh 1 star, 2 tentacles - Hopeless squalor, filth, and misery, with mysterious mushrooms and an abusive, contortionist father. Not at all to my taste. I will admit that it's well-written and constructed, but I did not enjoy it at all. Occurred to me that this protagonist has almost no agency. The one time she exercises any agency is rather horrific, and view spoiler [probably ruined her one chance of getting out of the caves hide spoiler ].

Eye of the Beholder by Nancy Kilpatrick 1 star, 3 tentacles - The human "friends" in this one are nearly as horrific as the monster. My biggest gripe is that the protagonist has absolutely no agency; she just agrees to whatever is suggested, whether by her "friends" or the monster. Down at the Bottom of Everything by E. Knightsbridge 2 stars, 2 tentacles - Semi hallucinatory pastiche about someone who became trapped while diving to investigate one of the large ocean garbage patches.

Reads like it could just be panicked hallucination rather than anything eldritch. Spore by Amanda Downum 4 stars, 2 tentacles - Very interesting take on creepy mushroom assimilation. More eerie than creepy, imo. I would recommend reading Colour Out of Space before this one, if you have not. This one is equally good. This time we have a crew sent to investigate a dead boojum run into a mad reanimator. I like that Cara avoided looking too closely because she wanted the story to be true, rather than because she feared it was.


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  • Kaelin 4 stars, 3 tentacles - Enjoyable Weird West tale. The creep is more visceral than Lovecraftian, though Lovecraftian themes are used. Jul 20, Spencer rated it really liked it. This is an impressive and varied anthology of short stories from some remarkably talented female writers.

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    It's refreshing to have a woman's perspective in Lovecraftian stories. Lovecraft himself neglected women in his own writing, and I'm sure it's more obvious today than it was in his own lifetime. Each of these stories adds to the depth of what any of us call "Lovecraftian. It's refreshing to see Lovecraft stories written by women and the stories actually address head-on some of the very racist and bigoted elements of the original mythos. It starts with a clunker by Joyce Carol Oates, which almost put me off the collection. There are some really excellent stories, but most of them are kinda, just fun meh horror stories.

    The perspective is fresh, but the actual content leaves a little to be desire It's refreshing to see Lovecraft stories written by women and the stories actually address head-on some of the very racist and bigoted elements of the original mythos. The perspective is fresh, but the actual content leaves a little to be desired. Feb 05, Alex rated it liked it. The printing of this is gorgeous and the full color plates are spectacular. However, since this book is to highlight women artistically interacting with the milieu of Lovecraft, I wish they had pulled in a female artist to round out the whole package.

    That detail creates a dissonant note in the message. There were some excellent offerings. Artificial Intelligence as the Cosmic Horror is really nicely done, and definitely creepier than Wintermute. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

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