HP Lovecraft is hard to read sometimes,
other times it's VERY hard to read.
But make no mistake it is well worth the effort and once you've got used to the water you'ill ask yourself why you didn't jump in sooner.
The man didn't just write good horror stories, but influenced most of the genre.
In fact the squidling spawn of his fiction and been writhing around in your consciousness for years and you’ve been completely unaware of it.
Well until now....
Names like Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Alan Moore, Clive Barker, Guillermo del Toro and John Carpenter just to mention a few.
The Thing, Event horizon, Hellboy (both movies & comics), The Alien series (that includes Prometheus), Evil dead, Babylon 5, The grim adventures of Billy & Mandy, Supernatural, Ghostbusters, World of Warcraft, Elder scrolls V: Skyrim (& IV), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Cabin in the woods, Hellraiser series, Southpark, Blade 2, Mimic, The Strain.......it just goes on and on and on.
3/5 Typical Lovecraft pacing. There are some truly creepy moments which raise all kinds of questions - in the true style of weird fiction.
The Brown Jenkin is the most awesome evil monster we havn't seen on the big screen.
Gets a little wordy towards the end, but then again Lovecraft is as Lovecraft does.
"Whether the dreams brought on the fever or the fever brought on the dreams Walter Gilman did not know."
Dreams in the witch house is a tale about a man with a no money, a very hard thing for math and the old woman who comes to whisper sweet nothings into his ear in the wee hours of night.
Well that and her tittering rat bodied, human faced blood drinking pet Brown Jenkin.
A student at Miskatonic university Walter is studying of all things:
Non-nuclinean geometry and the occult.
Don't worry, ill wait while you catch up.
took me a moment too.
A penniless student, Gilman finds lodgings in a building known as the Witch house. He actively seeks out the strange room where the witch Keziah Mason was said to practice her dark magic.
A passionate scientific mind in search of forbidden knowledge and willing to do anything in order to attain it?
You saw Jurassic Park right?
Well we all know how these things turn out.
His new bedroom is strangely shaped, the angles in one corner bisect each other oddly in unsettling unnatural ways. It was said that through the use of certain angles Keziah Mason could travel between dimensions and beyond the stars. Walter wants to use the same queer angles and unlock the secrets of how the witch escaped the noose.
Then the dreaming starts
well that and the sleepwalking.
Get it here:
from Arkhamarchivist.com (in Mobi, ePub or PDF)
You can read Dreams in the witch house for free online at hplovecraft.com
(also available to buy on Kobo, Amazon)
Julie Hoverson over at 19 Nocturne Boulevard does a fantastic reading,
(you know, if you've got house work to do - but even if you don't it's an enjoyable listen)
download the mp3 here
(Julie writes and produces all her own stuff, it spans all sides of horror, sci-fi & comedy)