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Book Title: The Lurking Fear|
Edition: Crow Press
Date of issue: December 19th 2015
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The author of the book: H.P. Lovecraft
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 465 KB
Read full description of the books The Lurking Fear:This story was written in 1922 for publication in the humor magazine Home Brew. Although it is far from being one of H.P.’s best tales, it is an early example of his ability to create an effective horrific setting, and because of this it should be of interest to any true Lovecraft fan.
The story is narrated by an unnamed seeker of “strange horrors” who is investigating the massacre of a community of some six dozen backwoods degenerates in an obscure region of the Catskills, a massacre which occurred during a particularly violent electrical storm and seems to have been perpetrated by an unidentified clawed beast. The narrator soon discovers that the most sinister legends of the region center around the abandoned Martense mansion, and he decides—together with two companions—to spend the night in the big old house. And thus our lengthy, four-part tale begins.
Oh, speaking of those four parts… the editor of Home Brew George Julian Houtain—the same man who commissioned “Herbert West, Re-Animator.”—once again instructed Lovecraft to construct a story in discrete parts, each to be published in a separate issue of the magazine, and requested that he end each installment with some kind of mini-climax. This story isn’t nearly as goofy and whimsical as “Herbert West”, and consequently suffers more because of Houtain’s editorial demands. The little climaxes tend to interfere with the tale’s serious atmosphere and menacing setting.
My hunch? "The Lurking Fear" was supposed to be humorous and exaggerated too. After all, its theme of hyper-rapid de-evolution is preposterous, even for a ‘20’s pulp horror tale (“Rats in the Walls” and “Innsmouth” handle the same thing much better), and the final revelatory detail about the monsters’ appearance strikes me as silly rather than horrific. I think Lovecraft got so caught up in imagining the mountainous New York woods that he lost track of his humorous objective. But the fact that he lost track is fine with me. I think these descriptive passages are one of the finer things in early Lovecraft.
Read information about the authorHoward Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.
Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity. Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.
Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades. He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.
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