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This early work by H. P. Lovecraft was originally published in 1936. Born in 1890 in Rhode Island, USA, Lovecraft began writing at a very young age, quickly developing a deep and abiding interest in science. In 1913, Lovecraft joined the UAPA (United Amateur Press Association) but it was four years later, in 1917, that he began to focus on fiction, producing such ...more
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 06, 2016 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
by H. P. Lovecraft and R. H. Barlow

A story of an artist who comes a remote village to wait for the results of an artistic contest. Right away he tells you something weird happens to him but he admits that it 'may have grown solely from the mental constitution' caused by loneliness.
People drown in the village, he seems strange things on the shore from his window. And near the end he even sees something he fears might be a man or something like a man. The reader is never told what exactly the narr
Emilian Kasemi
Aug 30, 2012 Emilian Kasemi rated it really liked it
Vast and lonely is the ocean, and even as all things came from it, so shall they return thereto. In the shrouded depths of time none shall reign upon the earth, nor shall any motion be, save in the eternal waters. And these shall beat on dark shores in thunderous foam, though none shall remain in that dying world to watch the cold light of the enfeebled moon playing on the swirling tides and coarse-grained sand. On the deep’s margin shall rest only a stagnant foam, gathering about the shells and ...more
Jul 12, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: tossed, club-specials
Mood piece about an artist who spends some time in a small cabin by the ocean. Behaves sensibly for once (which is a distinct change for a Lovecraft character) and thus avoids all entanglements with true horror.
Mar 20, 2016 Sohail rated it did not like it
Extremely boring, and quite pointless. Not recommended to anyone.
Nov 19, 2016 Marco rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Lovecraft and Robert Barlow were close, and co-wrote many stories together until Howard's death (he committed suicide when a [deplorable] student threatened to out him as gay). This is considered one of their best.
The tones are definitely different from a standard Lovecraft's story: a lot is hinted, very little is seen here. The story did not age well though, the pace is too slow for modern readers (well, at least for me).
Claire Ulthar Sideral
Aug 10, 2015 Claire Ulthar Sideral rated it it was amazing
Este relato es de R. H. Barlow, con la supervisión de H. P. Lovecraft. Barlow tenía ya madera y, gracias a su maestro, ha creado una terrorífica y bella historia. Por un momento creía que los mismos Profundos de Dagon surgieran de las olas, tal como sucede en "La sombra sobre Insmouth" pero se queda en suspense. Este relato, aunque sea más de Barlow, es el último que participó Lovecraft antes de su muerte. Y una pena que Barlow no se quedara con todos sus escritos, pues era el que más le ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Louis rated it it was ok
Beautiful descriptions, but very tedious and slow-going.
I had to quit this one, couldn't stay focused.
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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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