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H.P. Lovecraft écrivit en 1921: "Nyarlathotep est un cauchemar, un véritable phantasme issu de mon inconscient; le premier paragraphe a été écrit alors que je n'étais pas encore complètement réveillé."
Dans ces cinq nouvelles, l'auteur restitue l'état visionnaire du rêve, sa cosmogonie et topographie particulières.
Ce sont des petits chefs-d'œuvre de l'angoisse.
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Published January 28th 2011 by Editions de L'Herne (first published November 1920)
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While the story itself is only so-so and ends in confused horror, this Lovecraft classic created one of his most personable, lasting, and sinister characters. It also contains the line, "the hellish moon-glitter of evil snows," which demands respect. Not a bad 5 minute read at all!

Nyarlathotep is a lucid descent into a horrifying reality of bottomless insanity. It describes the ascent of an old powerful Race of Gods who ruled the Earth millions of years ago, who are again brought to life by Nyarlathotep, who has a human form but is in fact one of them, a sort of sleeper cell -gatekeeper. The destruction of the world and mental annihilation of mankind are the dire consequences of this catastrophic comeback.
A political and social upheaval already ravages the civilized world...more
I love this story. Written in 1920, probably published in 1921. This prose poem, just two pages long, is another from Lovecraft's dreams. Apparently, he wrote the first paragraph before even being entirely awake. While there are no explicit descriptions of Nyarlathotep, this story creeps me right out. The brevity actually makes the whole story much scarier. The story is so sudden. There is no exposition at all, no explanation. And, to me at least, horrifying things that have no cause always seem...more
"[...]we beheld around us the hellish moon-glitter of evil snows.[...]whirled blindly past ghastly midnights of rotting creation, corpses of dead worlds with sores that were cities, charnel winds that brush the pallid stars and make them flicker low."

Riveting, and horrifying. Such an epic and dense poem that packs so much punch in less than 6 pages - two in my anthology. There is immediate confusion at what is being introduced-- how it is being introduced. This is all Lovecraft's expert flowing...more
Edgar Roberts
Nyarlathotep was the first Lovecraft story to give me nightmares; the mentions of him being soul of the Other Gods brought me back to this story in fascination like a good one ought to. I've found myself genuinely scared of any mention of Nyarlathotep in a book.
(The nightmare, to those wanting to know, was that my face was bitten off by a group of small monsters possibly taken in my mind from another scary tale, Pickman's Model, and I was shown my body, which was yellow with a flat, featureles...more
Shane Simmons
Most Lovecraft stories are rather strange, so it's no surprise that this one is pretty bizarre. It is also quite short, taking perhaps 10 minutes to read, at most.

This story is centered on Nyarlathotep, a sinister, mysterious otherworldly figure who travels from town to town -- bringing unrest, terror and madness wherever he travels.

Not my favorite Lovecraft story, but it's worth reading.
Just wow. You can feel this short story clawing at you. Digging into you, driving you mad. The first story I've read by Lovecraft that pushed away from the rest, far, far away.
Kyle Watts
Definitely recommend reading this before reading Lovecraft's most popular work "Call of Cthulu" It's about a being, an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh by his account, going around the world showing off his otherworldly powers.
Why I love this book is for Lovecraft's use of imagery and dark imagination to bring to life a monster that he never really describes. He can have his reader existing in a real world (albeit the past) and then suddenly plunge them into a world of chaos and subconscious nightmares...more
Interesting format for a short, quite lyrical, Lovecraft poem about a long-gone Pharaoh, who emerges from his own tomb to hypnotize the world with his apocalyptic visions of gods coming from the void of space...awesome stuff!
Justin Thickston
Quite short. I read this aloud over some Metallica. Doom, inevitability, and disbelieving despair done the HP way.
Weird. Not one of my favourites by H.P. Lovecraft. I actually listened to the audiobook on my Blackberry.
Marts  (Thinker)
Nyarlathotep wanders Earth gathering followers, even the narrator is finally overcome by his power...
Ni siquiera sé lo que esperaba de esta corta historia, pero sin duda no fue buena.
A slower-moving Lovecraft story about an ancient being spreading madness.
Kevin Richey
Short prose-poem about a dream-world apocalypse. Creepy and bizarre.
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

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