The Lurker at the Threshold
So I guess my problem lies more in that Lovecraft's ...more
Género. Narrativa fantástica.
Lo que nos cuenta. Entre Arkham y Dunwich hay una gran zona de colinas boscosas que a comienzos de siglo XIX pertenecieron a Alijah Billington y que siempre ha generado rumores e inquietud entre los habitantes de la zona. En marzo de 1921 se hace público que Ambrose Dewart, descendiente de Alijah, va a comenzar los trabajos de rehabilitación y restauración de la casona Billington. Cuando los trabajos term ...more
The theme begins Lovecraftian, but the whole binding of the Old Ones with elements begins here, and the last half of the book is a lovely example of Derleth driving Lovecraft's brilliant ideas into the ground.
In a later Derleth story, R'lyeh rises to the surface again, which is ridiculous since it rose in 1927 for the first time since it's sinking, which occurred before the advent of the Dinosaurs. Even ...more
So, let's try to approach Lurker from another angle. Of course Derleth is different. But he's good too. The character ...more
On Thanksgiving (2008) I was all alone in my house, which was normally occupied by 13 students, as everyone had a family dinner to attend except me. Well I was reading this book around 2 in the morning when I noticed that for the past few hours I'd been hearing a 'snap' sound every few minutes. I had heard it before that night, but had always assumed it was my housemate in the room next to me, who had a habit of clapping and snapping and whooping all the time when he was excited. That night I wa...more
Lovecraft’s 1945 gothic horror tale of extraterrestrial evil is set in New England, near the Miskatonic River (and University of the same name) in arcane Arkham. Ancient rites and decadence focus their vicious activity around the area of Dunwich, whose residents skulk in shadows and bear remnants of their bestial inbreeding. The strange legends of odd voices and weird lights—followed by eerie disappearances and subsequent reappearance of corpses—reveal a chill ...more
Lorsque Ambrose Stewart vient habiter dans la demeure de son ancêtre Alijah Billington, des phénomènes étranges commencent à se produire. II ne tarde pas à appeler à l'aide son cousin Stephen Bates, mais lorsque celui-ci arrive au domaine Billington, il est déjà trop tard, Ambrose est sous la d ...more
Did that change the way I felt? Not at all. It is a pure menacing book, true to form of Lovecraft's original short stories. The pages and descriptions filled me with dread; I could picture in my mind a clear, yet overcast gothic black and white scene where this can all happen ...more
The style is interesting, with the book being penned as the handwritten account of three different people: Ambrose Dewart, who moves into the family estate and slowly slips into insanity, his cousin Stephen Bates whom he calls for aid, and Winfield Phil ...more
My chief complaint with this novel (and with some of HPL's work) is that a lot of groundwork goes into se ...more
A short story in three parts, The Lurker at the Threshold has no chapters. It's an endless tale of suspense and supernatural happenings. And it's freaky as hell! I'm not familiar with the r ...more
The longest Lovecraft story I've read, it kept me enthralled throughout. If you're not a diehard Lovecraft fan you may find it a bit slow-burning, but for me the suspense and intrigue pulled me through. The ending comes about a bit suddenly for me, and would have enjoyed more insight into the planning and execution of the resolution of Dewar ...more
I'd actually rate this right up there with the big ones: At the Mountains of Madness, The Dunwich Horror, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, etc. It definitely feels like a part of the Cthulhu mythos, though it only gives the big names from it passing mention. I've intentionally avoided all of the pretenders to Lovecraft's ...more
If you like the works of Edgar Allen Poe, and you want a short, creepy read, this is a g ...more
It haunted me until I finished it but now that I am done I'm not likely to pick up another Lovecraft book because this one frickin lacked. It reminded me of how Percy Shelley tarted up his wife's book Frankenstein with more highbrow language to make it sound more interesting. As in that case it just succeeded in making it more difficult and tiresome to read.
This book was full length, and I'm not sure it needed to be. I might (gulp) like his shorter stories better. I don't usually like short stories, so that's new.
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 ...more