"[Lovecraft's] dream fantasy works are as terrifying and haunting as his tales of horror and the macabre. A master craftsman, Lovecraft brings compelling visions of nightmarish fear, invisible worlds and the demons of the unconscious. If one author truly represents the very best in American literary horror, it is H. P. Lovecraft". --John Carpenter ...
"[Lovecraft's] dream fantasy works are as terrifying and haunting as his tales of horror and the macabre. A master craftsman, Lovecraft brings compelling visions of nightmarish fear, invisible worlds and the demons of the unconscious. If one author truly represents the very best in American literary horror, it is H. P. Lovecraft". --John Carpenter, Director of At the Mouth of Madness, Halloween, and Christine This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft, the master of twentieth-century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARNATH--Hate, genocide, and a deadly curse consume the land of Mnar. THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER--"You fool, Warren is DEAD!" THE NAMELESS CITY--Death lies beneath the shifting sands, in a story linking the Dream Cycle with the legendary Cthulhu Mythos. THE CATS OF ULTHAR--In Ulthar, no man may kill a cat...and woe unto any who tries. THE DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH--The epic nightmare adventure with tendrils stretching throughout the entire Dream Cycle. AND TWENTY MORE TALES OF SURREAL TERROR
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Lovecraft's work is an unwieldy body of short stories and novellas with multiple threads that have some limited points of contact. This makes collecting his work in a coherent fashion difficult, since he pursued those threads more or less concurrently. The so-called "Dream Cycle" or "Dunsanian" stuff tended to appear earlier, though Lovecraft revisited that thread later too. This collection includes the key stories in that "cycle," though the collection also includes stuff written later and not necessarily linked to any cycle. There are also some fragments. Key pieces include the Randolph Carter stories, notably "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath." This volume also includes the novella, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," which stands apart from the main cycles and yet is one of Lovecraft's longest pieces. I've not found either in other collections (except the super-long and super-inclusive collections), so if you're looking for a book of manageable size with stories that complement other Del Rey volumes with e.g. the Cthulhu Cycle, this one is a nice complement.
Jun 24, 2009
A collection of stories that all either came from dreams or are dream related, conjured up by the master of the macabre. HP Lovecraft is known to write down his dreams and turn them into stories and that's what he did with a lot of these writings.
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