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The Dreams in the Witch House

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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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43 pages
Published (first published 1933)
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sweet jane
Η πρώτη επαφή με τον πατέρα του τρόμου ήταν ιδιαίτερη και καθόλα τρομακτική! Ο Λαβκραφτ δεν έχει το μπριο του Κινγκ ούτε το χιούμορ του Πόε. Έχει όμως κάτι απίστευτα ανεπτυγμένο, την φαντασία του! Λεπτομερείς και ατμοσφαιρικές περιγραφές τοπίων και πλασμάτων κυριαρχούν κάθε σελίδα του βιβλίου. Ο τρόμος που προκαλείται στον αναγνώστη απέχει πολύ από την γνωστή αίσθηση κινδύνου και φυγής που επιτυγχάνει ένα θρίλερ συνήθως . Είναι διεισδυτικός, γεμίζει σιγά σιγά όλες τις σκοτεινές εικόνες και αναμν ...more
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 ⊰
Dec 04, 2014 ⊱ Irena ⊰ rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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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Monse
Oct 15, 2014 Monse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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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Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
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.
Kim
Aug 21, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics, read-again

"The Dreams in the Witch House" is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, written in February 1932 and first published in the July 1933 issue of Weird Tales. Well it certainly was that, a weird tale that is. Also, I am absolutely sure that none of this could ever have happened to me, even if there wasn't an old woman's ghost and a white, hairy, sharp-toothed thing called by the townspeople “Brown Jenkin”— running around the house. It is rather surprising I ever got through the first few paragraphs, t
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Rick
After having gotten side-tracked by Stephen King's delicious The Bazaar of Bad Dreams I got back to the second half of this wonderfully creepy classic. Lovecraft may have been a racist, and some of his depictions of "foreigners" and "immigrants" in this story illustrate that xenophobic stereotyping, but he was still a master at crafting delightfully eerie tales of the weird and disturbing. This is a perfect example.
Lucia
Dec 08, 2014 Lucia rated it really liked it  ·  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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Ricardo Sanchez
Sep 08, 2015 Ricardo Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovecraft es un maestro del terror y en este relato mezcla el horror cósmico con el folclor e inclusive la ciencia (es interesante el concepto que ya en ese entonces se tenía de física cuántica). Aquí yace el miedo a las casas encantadas, a las brujas y entes aberrantes demonios semi-humanos que sólo pueden albergarse en nuestras pesadillas. Brown Jenkin, que es un pequeño monstruo de la imaginación de Lovecraft, refleja nuestro temor a las ratas en un ser que roe nuestra cordura y nos eriza la ...more
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
Quintana
Jul 12, 2015 Quintana rated it it was amazing
This book might be the one which scared me the most; is quite simple and is not so long but in the few pages of it you'll find a perfect plot which develops in a way which leads the reader to the places where the main characters goes. There are not ugly and scary monsters which are trying to rip the people's bodies, instead you'll meet some strange characters and you'd like to know more about.

It's a shame that this is not more known among the stuff Lovecraft wrote.
Mike Michaels
Jun 23, 2016 Mike Michaels rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed the Lovecraft shorts I've read so far, but the prose is too melodramatic for me to get into The Dreams of the Witch House.

The introduction explains that H.P. Lovecraft wrote it in frustration after At The Mountains of Madness was rejected multiple times for publication. It may be that he decided to write a classic witches story to appeal to a wider audience.
Aaron Novelo
Jul 22, 2015 Aaron Novelo rated it liked it
Bastante bueno, una atmósfera y una trama que sólo el horror cósmico de Lovecraft puede lograr. Si bien creo que en este cuento se excede un poco con lo matemático, ademas de caer en supersticiones impropias de Lovecraft, es muy entretenido y al final resulta totalmente aterrador
SaulAnsbach
Dec 21, 2015 SaulAnsbach rated it it was amazing
Una de las relatos que mas me ha gustado del escritor H.P. Lovecraft. Un sigo traumado en que escuchar las ratas en la pared o ver una en alguna rata en una escina de mi cuarto.
Jesse Liddell
May 20, 2014 Jesse Liddell rated it really liked it
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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Brianna
Jul 09, 2015 Brianna rated it it was amazing
This properly scared me. Two words: Brown. Jenkin.

***shudder***
Vicenç Sanz
Apr 28, 2016 Vicenç Sanz rated it it was ok
Los Sueños de la Casa de la Bruja me ha parecido el relato más duro de leer de cuantos llevo de Lovecraft. Hasta el momento me estaba pareciendo una lectura bastante fácil, pero en ésta ocasión se me ha atragantado y debo confesar que mi mente se ha ido a otros sitios durante varios tramos.

La trama es interesante, y la caída hacia la locura más. Incluso las referencias a otras obras y a su cosmología están muy bien encontradas. Pero la forma de relatarlo se hace demasiado densa, da demasiadas vu
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José Monico
Aug 23, 2014 José Monico rated it liked it
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
David Sparvero
Sep 09, 2015 David Sparvero rated it it was amazing
I have not read a majority of Lovecraft's longer works but many of his short stories. And out of everything I have read, this was by far the most bizarre and disturbing. His writing is unlike anything I have ever encountered. He certainly is in my mind the true master of horror writing.

This story was so unsettling to me I have taken an extended break from his works for a good while now. But it is none the less a seriously impressive work. The mixture of horror, science fiction and mathematics m
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Marco
Dec 04, 2015 Marco rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Walter Gilman, Miskatonic University student, has begun to trace a connection between ancient folklore and modern mathematics and physics. He studies the Necronomicon and Book of Eibon until professors cut off his access. But they cannot stop him from renting a room in the house that once belonged to Keziah Mason. Keziah appeared before the Salem witchcraft court of 1692, admitting allegiance with the Black Man. She claimed to know lines and curves that led beyond our world, then escaped from he ...more
Kaitlyn Harlan
Jul 26, 2016 Kaitlyn Harlan rated it really liked it
Spooky, scientific, and, as per usual, a killer ending. Lovecraft does it. I wasn't a big fan of the characters though.
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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Stuart Slingsby
Mar 16, 2015 Stuart Slingsby rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this legendary story by H.P Lovecraft, the story is Gilman, a young man that moves into a shithole of a flat in a rough area, while there he begins to have odd and strange nightmares that could be fake or real.

I had heard of this story a few times in my life but never got round to reading it. I had seen the MASTERS OF HORROR episode of the story which was low budget.

The story itself was scary, moody and had a brooding atmosphere. To be honest I would have moved out of the f
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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
Dec 31, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Apr 14, 2012 Bettielee rated it liked it
Shelves: novella, horror
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
Oct 26, 2014 Baal Of rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, weird
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.
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