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The Dreams in the Witch House

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  399 ratings  ·  38 reviews
This Halcyon Classics ebook is H.P. Lovecraft's classic occult tale of horror THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH-HOUSE.

The story follows Walter Gilman, who takes a room in the Witch House, an accursed house in Akham, Lovecraft's fictional New England town. The house once harbored Keziah Mason, an witch who disappeared mysteriously from a Salem jail in 1692. Gilman discovers that over
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Published (first published 1933)
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David Sven
I listened to this on the SFF Audio Podcast http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=48997. The actual book reading was 1hr 42min followed by discussion of the book.

I remember seeing the Masters of Horror TV show adaptation which came off pretty creepy. The book itself not so much. I mean the witch coming for the protagonist through his dreams with the little rat creature Brown Jenkins, with the human face and 4 hands, were pretty creepy, and there is a lot of weird and grotesque elements in the book, but a l
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⊱ Irena ⊰
This science fiction paranormal horror story should be enough for any fan. Or you could be like me and like one part more than the other (the second one). The mathematical explanations aren't my thing. It can get a bit too detailed for my taste. Still, the main idea that if we knew the right mathematical formulae, we wouldn't be bound to our dimension or universe is interesting.
I liked the idea for the story itself and that ending didn't hurt it one bit.

Walter Gilman becomes obsessed with a wi
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Kirsten
Read this as part of The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft.

A delightfully creepy story - though one wonders why the students insisted on living in such a place. I think I would've rather slept outside than slept in this house. A very solid entry in Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.
Monse
El cuento engancha en un principio, pero a medida que la historia se desarrollaba me costaba más leerlo. Creo que el hecho de que estoy jugada con los tiempos, porque un un rato es la reunión del club hizo que lo leyera rápido y eso me abrumó. La lectura para la 2da mitad se me hizo bastante densa.
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Lucia
Dec 08, 2014 Lucia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lucia by: Karila
Shelves: book-club, horror
**Leído para el Club de Lectura**
Para la segunda entrega del Club de Lectura le tocó a Gloria elegir el libro, y se decidió por una selección de cuentos de Lovecraft.

Por comentarios que me habían hecho acerca de este cuento esperaba otra cosa, y cuando finalmente lo leí me sorprendió positivamente. De nuevo mi fé en Lovecraft se renovó xD

Me gustó que a diferencia de otros cuentos del autor el protagonista se mantuviera escéptico durante la mayor parte de la historia, no admitiendo hasta ultimo m
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annik
Теперь я начинаю понимать, что «Сомнамбулический поиск неведомого Кадата» не зря стоит последним в сборнике – это своеобразный венец сновидческого трипа Лавкрафта, и любая предшествующая история о снах не дотягивает до уровня «Кадата» (я не о датах, а исключительно о расположении рассказов в сборнике). Хотя тот описывает осознанное сновидение, целый квест в страну снов, а «Сны в ведьмином доме» – это характерный ужастик с нагнетанием атмосферы, ведьмами и кошмарами, от которых не убежать. И перв ...more
Antonio Monico
I definitely kept getting the same nagging feeling when people speak of their dreams; from a more practical perspective: the same can be said of one's fantasy sports team. And that is the fact that everyone wants to talk about them, but no one really cares. Usually there is an exception with books and stories; but here, Lovecraft goes into such opulent esoteric detail to attempt to convey what is being dreamed, to the point that it distracts from any pleasure one would normally get by such effor ...more
Curtis Runstedler
Another Lovecraft classic. I started reading this after watching Stuart Gordon's modernised Masters of Horror adaptation of the short story (I loved Re-Animator, and it was good to see that sycophantic S.T. Joshi wasn't attached to the project). Lovecraft writes so well, and the contents are surprisingly close to my own research. I love his archaic diction and the correlation between non-Euclidean geometry and magic. It plays out really well with the growing horror, using the familiar tropes of ...more
Donald Mosier
Very interesting. An incredibly interesting combination of horror and science, technology and witchcraft, espcially considering that it was written in the early 1930's. You just don't anticipate references to multi-dimensions, space-time, and quantum mechanics mixed into a horror story from that period.

The language is lush and complex. The tale is gripping. A young college student studying higher math and possibly physics who is also intrigued with tales of witchcraft dating from the Salem tria
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Jesse Liddell
May 20, 2014 Jesse Liddell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of H.P. Lovecraft, horror fiction lovers
I found The Dreams in the Witch House to be one of my personal favorites of H.P. Lovecraft's. Something else very unique to this story -- in contrast with other works of Lovecraft's -- is the fact that many minor characters are fleshed out; as opposed to just the narrator -- as is the usual in many of Lovecraft's stories.
Also, I found this story to be a successful blend between narrative and action; many of Lovecraft's tales have a heavy fixation on third-person narratives and vivid descriptions
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Khristiey
my first venture into h.p.lovecraft's work. pretty great. creepy and complex all in one short read.
David
I got highs and lows from this short story. The really enjoyable bits were the narration of the protagonist's hypersensitive ears as well as the imagination-vs-reality contrasting and rationalisation. The suspense was definitely there as it keeps you guessing just what's going to happen. And in typical Lovecraft fashion, the narration was from the Gilman's (protagonist) perspective, except for the final bits.

The plot was a bit slow, but I guess it was meant to build suspense, since it draws in t
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Katy
Please note: This review includes links to a GWAR video and song. If you are not aware of GWAR, they are a horror/comedy heavy metal band. Their music is often loud and incoherent. Their videos and live shows are violent and often out-right gross. View the video at your own discretion, but don't complain I didn't warn you!

Part of the Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft , which can be found formatted for Nook and Kindle on CthulhuChick.com.



Synopsis: Plagued by insane nightmare visions, Walter Gi
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LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I'll start this off with a story from my grad school days. There is a point to all of this, I promise.

I don't remember being all that sleep-deprived as an undergrad – I think I maybe did one all-nighter during the whole four years – but my memories of grad school are filled with how sleep-deprived I was. This didn't happen every weekday, thank goodness, but there were times when I'd get up early in the morning to go to class, go to one or both of my jobs in the afternoon and/or evening, and then
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Bettielee
This one was a little slow. At times I got lost among the surreality. I don't know if I'm using that word right. But I would come back to it and wonder what the hell had happened while I was gone and I've have to back read. Still a well crafted story, creepy as always, and no Cthulhu, though the "ancient" is mentioned as is the Necronomicon. As all but one other story of Lovecraft's I've read has some reference to the great old ones, I find it refreshing when the squiggly eyed horror is missing. ...more
Baal Of
Yeah, it's Lovecraft, so it's got the usual overwrought, portentous language, and lengthy, wordy descriptions involving impossible angles, unreal violet light, and inexplicable events. Because this book is about dreams encroaching into the real world, the excess works for me. A lot of Lovecraft's mythos is showcased in this story, and I do love Nyarlathotep, so flawed as it is, I enjoyed this one.
Laura
Qué tedio! Se me hizo de goma esta historia. Está llena de frases de 6 líneas o más (que por la longitud pierden aún más el sentido) repletas de adjetivos que daría la impresión que no sirven a ningún propósito, solo marear al lector y que se aburra profundamente. Si editara todas esas oraciones ridículas y acortara el cuento a la mitad creo que sería una historia amena e interesante.
Oficialmente odio a Lovecraft!
Amy
Well, I am continuing my exploration of Lovecraft, as suggested by my son, who is a big fan. This was a very disturbing story, as most of his seem to be. I certainly could sense the building terror of the main protagonist as the story moved toward its terrifying finish. The author paints very vivid pictures of fear in a most unusual way. You really just have to read his stories to understand what I mean.
Gwen
Très spécial.
Ici, j'ai plus noté mon interêt pour le livre et son hitoire que cette dernière réellement.
C'est une histoire courte, plus tôt bien écrite mais le sujet ne m'a pas passionnée des masses. C'est du paranormal encore plus bizarre que ce que j'ai jamais pu lire !
Je ne penses pas que je lirais de nouveau cet auteur.
David
A solid tale of otherworldly creepiness by Lovecraft. I can see that his style is evolving as I go further through his collected works. A good, but not great example of Lovecraft's work

Oh, an added bonus for the chest-bursting eat-like creature :)
Dylan
Amazing, I enjoyed it all. Very spooky to read at night, especially since I have, on occasion, had dreams similar to those of the protagonist. I enjoyed this very much.
Colton
I can't believe I have never read Lovecraft before. His stories leave me going through my day with a chill. I can't wait to read more!
Hunter
Lovecraft has done it again! Chilling story! My vacation house had a odd shaped wall, had me keeping one eye open all night!
Natlukens
A young man is living in shared housing while he goes to college, can only afford the creepiest place to live apparently. Good really grotesque imagery and a scary ending.
Anthony
Entertaining but nowhere near the best Lovecraft has to offer.
Crutches
This is a great book to read if you want something short, quick, and truly terrifying
Koi
Higher mathematics plus witchcraft, equals multi-dimensional cosmic travel. Wow. Read up guys! :D
Sonia
As with Cormac McCarthy, I feel this compulsion to like Lovecraft's work, but somehow it just doesn't resonate.

I could blame this on the technical details that he goes into a little too much for my liking, but even if I discount that as a factor in my overall mehness of Dreams in the Witch House, I still wouldn't consider myself a fan.

There's nothing horrible about it, but there's nothing particularly unique or clever about it either.
Sookie
The first part starts as a science fiction echoing Einstein's theory of relativity. It goes well till the story devolves into a horror story that didn't end well. The ending came abruptly and literally out of nowhere. I did enjoy the first half of the story a lot.

Listened to SFF Audio podcast.
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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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