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Dagon and Other Macabre Tales (Mitos de Cthulhu I)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  3,769 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Often known as The Macabre Cycle, Lovecraft's earliest works of short fiction established the concepts and framework for the celebrated Cthulhu Mythos and earned him a position of authority in the Weird Fiction genre.

In the feature story Dagon, a prisoner of war escapes his captors only to be shipwrecked on a strange, unnatural island. In search of basic sustenance, the ma

Hardcover, 413 pages
Published 1967 by Gollancz (first published June 30th 1917)
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Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.

Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.

I hated this book.
I mean, I really hated this book.

ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jan 07, 2015 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Written in 1917, Dagon announces both The Call of Cthulhu and The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Inhabitants of Innsmouth were members of the Cult of Dagon. A short, but no less significant story.

It is a testimony of a morphine addict of what brought him where he is and why he is contemplating suicide.
'I cannot think of the deep sea without shuddering at the nameless things that may at this very moment be crawling and floundering on its slimy bed, worshipping their ancient stone idols and carving t
César Lasso
Sep 23, 2012 César Lasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit
Descubrí a Lovecraft en torno a mis 18 o 20 años y tuve mi racha de lecturas del mismo autor. No es que me entusiasme, y me parece un escritor irregular que puede llegar a cansar. Sin embargo, este libro de cuentos terroríficos sí que me gustó. La ambientación, tal como sugiere el título español, es de lo más macabra. Particularmente me agradó el relato de Dagón. Como curiosidad, diré que hay una película hispano-norteamericana basada en ese cuento (y con el mismo título) que también me gustó po ...more
Jan 19, 2015 ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amantes del terror-horror-ciencia ficción adulta
Recommended to ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ by: Nadie


"Es una lastima que la mayor parte de la humanidad tenga una visión mental tan limitada a la hora de sopesar con calma y con inteligencia aquellos fenómenos aislados, vistos y sentidos sólo por unas pocas personas psíquicamente sensibles, que acontecen más allá de la experiencia común".

Dagón 3/5
La tumba 4/5
Polaris 3/5
Más allá del mundo del sueño 4/5
La Nave Blanca 5/5
Arthur Jermyn 4/5
Los gatos de Ulthar 3/5
Celephais 5/5
Del más allá 5/5
El templo 4/5
El árbol 3/5
El pantano de la luna 3/5
Jan 02, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: marooned mariners, morphine addicts, Philistine sea-gods
One of Lovecraft's earlier stories, and the first one mentioning one of the so-called Elder Gods who become part of his "Cthulhu mythos."

It's very short and full of the windy prose Lovecraft is famous for. A sailor whose cargo ship was sunk by a U-boat (this being World War I) is captured by Germans but escapes, and after falling asleep, wakes up on a big black slimy island that's apparently just been heaved up from the bottom of the ocean by a volcano. He hikes over the island until he discover
Marko Vasić
Još jedna dobra zbirka psiholoških horor priča: užasi pokušaja oživljavanja mrtvih tela, ekshumacije, tajni hirurški zahvati za vreme I svetskog rata; prokletstva srednjovekovnog alhemičara; mistični grad pored velikog mora sa antropomorfnim riba-žabama i klaustrofobično-psihodelična atmosfera koju stvaraju te ksenofobične kreature kada turista pokuša da obiđe njihov grad; i, kao šlag na tortu - horor ruralnih predela i asocijalnog mladog čoveka, zapalog u učmalost i melanholiju prostora, koji o ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, anthology, cthulhu
The second in an omnibus trilogy I purchased, containing the complete stories of H. P. Lovecraft. DAGON AND OTHER MACABRE TALES collects together all of his shortest stories in a single, weighty volume. There are no less than 36 tales collected here, along with the excellent non-fiction essay, 'Supernatural Horror in Literature'.

Some highlights:

DAGON, inevitably. The tale has collected lots of critics over time, but I find it the quintessential Cthulhu story. The ending still captures a sense of
Oct 10, 2011 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I enjoyed a lot of these stories. I feel like there was a real variety within this collection, and I was introduced to several new styles that I didn't know Lovecraft attempted.

Many of these stories were solid sci-fi, taking place on other planets. I found most of these just as entertaining as Lovecraft's horror. There were also stories that weren't horrific at all, but just rich descriptions of fantastic new lands that the author had created, I was reminded of Lord Dunsany's "Book of Wonder" an
This was a very short story, but the writing is taut and transports you to a strange land vividly.

Without wishing to spoil this, it reminded me a lot of 2001 A Space Odessey, with the mysterious appearance of apparently alien relics and the potential of the unknown.

Whilst it was tied up neatly as a short story I feel this had the legs ot be developed, but I am starting to see how good Lovecraft's early work is.
Oct 16, 2016 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed bag of tales: the best are Poe-like evocations of atmospheric eeriness; the worst are either repetitive or silly.
Hace más de 20 años que leí por primera vez estos cuentos y siguen pareciéndome igual de inquietantes y extraordinarios. Lovecraft era capaz de escribir las historias más espeluznantes, que iban más allá de nuestra imaginación.

Hay veces que me pregunto qué seres invisibles estarán surcando el aire en mi misma habitación, inquietud que me viene después de leer el relato 'Del más allá'. Al igual que considero 'Herbert West, reanimador' uno de los relatos más macabros jamás escritos.

Para disfrutar
Ivan Ivic
Mar 01, 2012 Ivan Ivic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reanimator je zbirka sedam kratkih priča H.F.Lavkrafta, jednog od najpoznatijih i najpriznatijih pisaca tzv. kozmičkog horora i izvornog autora Ktulu mitova i Nekronomikona.

Ova knjiga sadrži dve, po meni fenomenalne Lavkraftove priče ( Reanimator i Senka nad Insmutom ), tri krajnje prosečne ( Dagon , Alhemičar , Grob ), i najzad, dve koje mi se uopšte nisu dopale i koje lično svrstavam pri dnu Lavkraftovog opusa, iako sam svestan da se mnogi neće složiti ( Beli brod , Bezimeni grad ; ova p
Peter Chandler
Aug 30, 2010 Peter Chandler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah but who could fail to love the indescribable horrors and gothic terrors of Lovecraft? Well, quite a lot of people probably, but never mind them! These short stories are particularly interesting set out in chronological order they show a fair bit of the development of Lovecraft's innate style. And as you read ever more of his psychological horror stories one can't help but come to ponder the psychology of the man himself. Lovecraft was many things, conservative, anti-modernist and fundamentall ...more
J B Angell
Nov 20, 2011 J B Angell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no doubt that Lovecraft is one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. References to his work and the worlds he created are abound in both the literary and cinematic media. Dagon and Other Macabre Tales is one of my favorite collections of his works. While best known for his works of the macabre, Lovecraft was also a remarkable Sci-Fi writer. This particular omnibus contains many of those stories alongside the expected horror. Not that any of the horrific images he creates ...more
Chris Matney
May 15, 2012 Chris Matney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another classic set of tales by Lovecraft - an absolute must-read for any fan of the macabre. This volume contains some of my all-time favorite stories - lyrical and haunting: Herbert West - Reanimator, The Lurking Fear, The Hound. Ah, this is a delicious read.

Why only four stars? Mostly because my favorite stories are his very early "macabre" works and his later mythos works. This anthology is chronological from 1917-1936. As such, it has a number of his dream-based works - From Beyond, The Ot
Jun 18, 2008 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A good collection of Lovecraft's tales. My only problem is that after reading a book of the cosmic horror author's work, I'm starting to see Koontz-like trends in some of his stories. Some of the stories are almost carbon-copies of each other. It's as if Lovecraft was constructing gospels, creating the alternative views of multiple authors.

That being said, the man was a genius. You can't blame the pulp writers for recycling a few ideas.
Scott Roberts
Feb 12, 2015 Scott Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book cover has a very nice retro gothic fantasy art look to the book. I give this book 5 stars.
Claudio Jesus
Jan 28, 2016 Claudio Jesus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sin palabras...
Michael Battaglia
And here's one more time through with the man who essentially proved that there is no scene so creepy that it can't be instantly made creepier with the additional of a couple sets of well-placed tentacles. The third of three volumes with the goal of every single scrap of fiction Lovecraft set to paper (and they take their job seriously, as two sections at the end contain early tales that barely last five pages and another collects some fragments that for one reason or another were abandoned . . ...more
Juan Barreto
Feb 09, 2017 Juan Barreto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es lo primero que leo de Lovecraft y la verdad me ha gustado mucho los clímas que genera al describir de una manera tan descriptiva y sombría los entornos y contextos de cada cuento.
Hubo cuentos que me gustaron más que otros, pero ninguno me pareció tedioso. A continuación voy a puntuar los cuentos que tenía la edición que leí:

-Los gatos de Ulthar (4/5)
-El navío blanco (4/5)
-Polaris (3/5)
-Dagón (3/5)
-Del otro lado de la muralla del sueño (5/5)
-El pantano de la luna(4/5)
Gerardo Targaryen
Todo el mundo cósmico que crea Lovecraft, en verdad, está como para comerse los dedos.
Jun 01, 2014 Bogdan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-world
This could be a perfect reading for Halloween period, as there are many stories quite dark and scary. This is not necessarily my favored genre, but I relaxed and tried to enjoy the literary part from each of them. Some are capitalizing on mythology, either inventing one or using the greek or middle east myths. These were the stories I enjoyed most.

After more careful consideration, I believe that disregarding the variety from these stories, the author wrote them to prove that there is something b
Isabel (kittiwake)
The ancient house has always been there, and people say One dwells therein who talks with the morning mists that come up from the deep, and perhaps sees singular things oceanward at those times when the cliff’s rim becomes the rim of all earth, and solemn buoys toll free in the white aether of faery. This they tell from hearsay, for that forbidding crag is always unvisited, and natives dislike to train telescopes on it. Summer boarders have indeed scanned it with jaunty binoculars, but have neve ...more
Antonella Requena Ciccoloni
Iniciaré diciendo que después de leer Mientras Escribo de Stephen King, no puedo volver a leer de la misma manera (gracias, Stephen), porque ahora sí que me doy cuenta de que hay un montón de basura literaria que tiene muchísima fama. No me mal interpreten, no quiero parecer presumida, sino que King en su libro toma a Lovecraft como ejemplo de una mala técnica que emplean muchos autores, y como yo antes de eso no había leído nada sobre H.P. Lovecraft, me hice esa idea.

Así que comencé a leer Dag
Thomas Edmund
This collection of 'macabre' tales (90% by Lovecraft) are a bit of a blast from the past. This omnibus is perhaps better read as a study on how 'horror' stories have changes in the intervening years.

Unfortunately many of the tales are laughable by today's standard. The introduction spells this out, citing Lovecraft's lack of attention to character or setting, and the repetitiveness of his typical plot formula (curious adventurer is driven mad when he witnesses something supernatural.)

Ad Estrada
Hacía unos meses que oía hablar mucho de Lovecraft en los medios, las opiniones hicieron que tuviera una perspectiva demasiado alta en su lectura. Encontré este libro y sin pensarlo mucho empecé a leerlo.
Me pareció regular, hay cuentos que tienen cabos sueltos o en los que la historia no termina de cuadrar. A excepción de uno de los cuentos, todos están narrados en primera persona, esto hace que la lectura no sea emocionante. El hecho de que quien narre sea el mismo que vivió la historia, hace
Jun 18, 2008 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of the best fiction anthologies that I have ever read. This book is the second half of part three of the omnibus collection of Lovecraft's work. I have read the first and second volumes years ago, but this book contained most of Lovecraft's later cosmic horror stories (the ones where he really hit stride) plus a mixture of his earlier work, including some excellent fantasy stories that he wrote. But, this book was worth the read for the excellent introduction and the essay "Supernatural Horr
Jun 15, 2013 Mehmet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hell-on-earth
I enjoyed this 2nd omnibus a lot, there were a couple of stories that i did not enjoy very much. I believe it would of been better to put these stories first before omnibus 1 as a lot of his early shorts were perfected into his later slightly longer tales. Some of them were very creepy. This book also introduced me to lovecraft's racist side and his dislike of New York. I am so happy to have read this collection as it shows you the amount of influence lovecraft has on modern writers. The book en ...more
Cinabru Hoffmann
Jan 22, 2015 Cinabru Hoffmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird-fiction
Lovecraft s-a tradus si publicat prea putin in Romania. “Monstrul din prag” la Vremea, in 1993 (unde ar fi trebuit sa apara si Cosmarul din Insmouth) si reeditat in 2007, « Demoni si miracole » si « Dagon si alte povestiri macabre » la Corint (ambele 2005). Din cate stiu acestea sunt singurele titluri. Destul pentru a-ti face o idee generala despre Lovecraft, mult prea putin pentru cei care chiar vor mult mai mult. Cthulhu, Reanimator, Charles Dexter Ward, Kadath, Innsmouth, shoggoth, Necronomic ...more
The introduction by T.E.D. Klein really prepares you for Lovecraft (even if this book isn't the best introduction to Lovecraft's work), so I felt really intrigued going in to this book. So far (I'm almost finished) it's been evocative and beautifully written. Lovecraft is quite distinct from any other author I've read, and so far I really enjoy it. There are certain turns of phrase that just strike you and you have to enjoy it. The images and tales of horror might not get you quaking in your boo ...more
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Howard 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
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“I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more. Penniless, and at the end of my supply of the drug which alone makes life endurable, I can bear the torture no longer; and shall cast myself from this garret window into the squalid street below. Do not think from my slavery to morphine that I am a weakling or a degenerate. When you have read these hastily scrawled pages you may guess, though never fully realize, why it is that I must have forgetfulness or death.” 5 likes
“Of the name and abode of this man but little is written, for they were of the waking world only; yet it is said that both were obscure. It is enough to know that he dwelt in a city of high walls where sterile twilight reigned, and that he toiled all day among shadow and turmoil, coming home at evening to a room whose one window opened not on the fields and groves but on a dim court where other windows stared in dull despair.
—"Azathoth" from Dagon and Other Macabre Tales”
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