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The Statement of Randolph Carter

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"The Statement of Randolph Carter" is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. Written December 1919, it was first published in The Vagrant, May 1920. It tells of a traumatic event in the life of Randolph Carter, a student of the occult loosely representing Lovecraft himself. It is the first story in which Carter appears and is part of Lovecraft's Dream Cycle.
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Miriam
Jun 21, 2016 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: memory, short-stories
“I’m sorry to have to ask you to stay on the surface,” he said, “but it would be a crime to let anyone with your frail nerves go down there."



No need to apologize, Harley! We're good. You go right ahead into that black aperture, from which rushed an effluence of miasmal gases so nauseous that we started back in horror. You call and tell me all about it.

Carter's friend really is calling him from the unknown depths and telling him about that uncanny vault. He's taken a telephone on a really long wi
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Bill  Kerwin
This early story—written in 1919, published in the amateur journal The Vagrant in 1920—is a simple but thoroughly effective tale of terror, based on one of Lovecraft’s dreams. Technically it could be considered part of Lovecraft’s Dunsanian Dream Cycle, since its hero Randolph Carter appears here too, but it reminds me more of Monsieur Valdemar than of anything by Dunsany. Indeed, its whole atmosphere is redolent of Poe, from its narrator whose memory is scarred by trauma to its melodramatic—AND ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jun 01, 2015 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

The Statement of Randolph Carter is a short story where Carter speaks of his dreadful experience in Big Cypress Swamp. He went there with his friend. They found him wandering with no knowledge of Harley Warren's whereabouts. The last time he saw Harley was before he entered an underground crypt. He never came out.
underground

There is a reference to this event in The Silver Key too: 'Once he heard of a man in the South who was shunned and feared for the blasphemous things he read in prehistoric books and cl
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Oziel Bispo
Mar 25, 2017 Oziel Bispo rated it liked it
Pra que infernizar àqueles que estão quietos no inferno? ..Um conto cheio de horror e terror contado pelo mestre H.P Lovecraft
Alba Traver
Relato en los inicios de Lovecraft considerado parte de los Mitos de Cthulhu sin ser uno de los canónicos. Relato muy cortito pero no por ello menos inquietante. Está lejos de ser lo mejor del autor pero se le reconoce perfectamente. Cuenta la horrorosa desaparición de Harley Warren a través de la declaración de su acompañante Randolph Carter, que se encuentra absolutamente horrorizado por las extrañas circunstancias en las que escuchó desaparecer a su amigo. Y poco más se puede contar. Yo, al i ...more
Gustavo Muñoz (Akito)
Feb 10, 2015 Gustavo Muñoz (Akito) rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Lovecraft knew that the secret to a good horror story was to leave the right things out, letting your imagination do the rest. It's a style that has perdured until today, and for good reason.
The Statement of Randolph Carter is standard Lovecraft, with creepy imagery that is only precise enough, and a mentally unstable narrator that drops clues slowly and unaware, allowing for Lovecraft's eerie writing style to take over.
Lucia
Aug 24, 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.

Estoy casi segura de que ya había leído este cuento hace mucho. Es muy corto pero resume a la perfeccion el tipo de historias de Lovecraft que más me gustan, por más que la frase final sea un poco ridícula.
Scarlet Cameo
Oct 04, 2015 Scarlet Cameo rated it liked it
"Les repito que no sé qué ha sido de Harley Warren, aunque pienso -y casi espero- que ya disfruta de la paz del olvido, si es que semejante bendición existe en alguna parte."

No esta cerca de ser la mejor historia de Lovecraft, pero la voz de Carter va dando tantos matices que logras sentir su temor y desesperación.
Laura
Sep 17, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
Una amiga ya me había contado la historia de este cuento, y cuando estaba en la mitad de la lectura recordé el final. Igual lo disfruté, hasta ahora es el que más me gustó de los cuentos designados para el Club de Lectura.
No pierde tiempo en describir detalles que a nadie le importan y se crea un clima de suspenso hasta el final. Ojalá haya más como este!
Chris
Dec 12, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The essence of Lovecraft's unseen, maddening horrors - the theme that time and again has made us shiver and imagine terrible, unearthly, unknowable things.

I love these stories. Incredibly simple, minimal in detail - and it all clicks so well.
Oktay Gurbanov
Well, I think I shouldn't read it over and over again. (:

at the first time it was excited and kind of weird(not at all), then I've read it three or four times and it felt like so weak. Especially the ending. "You fool, Warren is dead!" -says unmentionable thing with unearthly voice(don't know how:|).
Also, if you ever read Letter to the Gallomo (Alfred Galpin, Samuel Loveman,
and Maurice W. Moe)
you already know that it comes from Lovecraft's dream which was about Loveman. so, I would like to give
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lukk
Лавкрафта на один квадратный сантиметр становится неприлично много, и я начинаю находить в нем определенную прелесть. Может быть, это дело случайности, но с каждый новым витком, с каждым новым рассказом его истории приобретают глубину, а мое легкомысленное замечание о вторичности и сравнении можно зачеркнуть. Говард поистине удивителен. Если это уже звучит достаточно глупецки, то представить боюсь, что будет по освоении бигбуковского трехтомника. Точно буду в любви признаваться.

«Показания» – это
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Godzilla
Apr 04, 2012 Godzilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2012, kindle
This is a very short story, but Lovecraft packs it with tension and it has a finale which is chilling in the extreme.

Despite being almost 100 years old, this tale feels fresh and alive. The venture the protagonists set out on is never fully spelt out, and the narrator seems unsure of its purpose.

From there the suspense is slowly racked up, with the horror taking place never fully named, leaving the readers imagination to fill the gaps.
Monse
Jan 14, 2014 Monse rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
Preciso y efectivo. Uno de los cuentos que más me gustaron de los que había que leer de Lovecraft para el Club de lectura. No delira con cosas sobre naturales, y si lo hace, uno está inclinado a pensar que son resultado de la imagianción y alucinaciones de Carter. El final era esperable, pero me encantó como está escrito. Y también me encantó la "charla" telefónica.
Kathya
Mar 21, 2015 Kathya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este cuento lo tuve que leer por el colegio. Me gustó bastante la verdad, tanto que me gustaría seguir leyendo otras historias del escritor. La mejor parte claramente es la llamada telefónica, como que estaba super expectante mientras leía eso.
Alonso López
Mar 12, 2011 Alonso López rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love this tale, because it was the first tale i read of lovecraft, i read him in a class, at school, it was the book of my best friend
Ryan McKenzie
Mar 10, 2017 Ryan McKenzie rated it really liked it
Good suspense and horror. Exciting and scary.
T4ncr3d1
H.P. Lovecraft era un giovane emo depresso, apatico ed asociale, un bambino mal cresciuto, sessualmente represso, traumatizzato da chissà cosa, che non faceva altro che rifugiarsi in un mondo fantastico in netto rifiuto della realtà.



Questa è l'idea che mi sono fatto di Lovecraft leggendo questo libro, edizione critica e sistematica dei racconti sul personaggio di Carter.



Troppo forte? Eppure è così.



Questo libro è una noia mortale. Il primo racconto, il più lungo, mi ha distrutto. Dopo le trenta p
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shawnna
this short spooky story, is a first person testimony of randolph carter. he was found wandering through a swamp in what appears to be amnesiac shock. in this statement, he attempts to explain the disappearance of his friend, the occultist harley warren.

he tells us that warren had gotten a hold of a book that was written in an unknown language, and he forbade carter from seeing it. carter mentions that warren has other weird books on "forbidden" subjects, which most, are written in arabic.

warren
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William Leight
Dec 24, 2016 William Leight rated it liked it
This is basically a single long dark joke, the whole thing leading up to the last sentence/punchline. Luckily, it’s a pretty good one.
Nuno Ferreira
Apr 12, 2016 Nuno Ferreira rated it really liked it
É sempre uma delícia ler Lovecraft. Esta história mostra o relato medonho de Randolph Carter, após as experiências malignas que ditaram a morte do seu amigo Warren. É a primeira história com Carter como protagonista, que viria a ser personagem pontual na obra de Howard Phillips Lovecraft.

A história em si não varia de tantas outras escritas pelo autor, e nesta nem sequer somos apresentados ao mal que aterroriza os personagens. E mesmo sem saber o que é, ele é palpável, através da sensação de medo
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Marco
Aug 23, 2015 Marco rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
This is the first story featuring Randolph Carter, a student of the occult loosely representing Lovecraft himself. The story opens with Carter giving a formal statement to the police about the disappearance of his friend Harley Warren. He has told law enforcement officials everything he can remember about the night Warren went missing. Warren was a student of the weird, with a vast collection of rare books on forbidden subjects, many in Arabic. Carter took a subordinate's part in Warren's studie ...more
Dione Basseri
Eh...eeeeeeh....so much could be done better with this story. For one, despite this being horror, we don't really get near anything horrible. Randolph Carter is merely accompanying his occultist friend to the entrance of a strange underworld. From there, all we get are sounds, warnings, and a few final words in conclusion. Nothing very interesting. I'm not saying that Lovecraft should have gone for a shocking, survival-horror-like trip into the underworld, but everything is so distant that I fel ...more
Giorgio
Oct 05, 2013 Giorgio rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*1/2

La saga di Randolph Carter è stata una cocente delusione.
Il libro è composto da due racconti brevi, due lunghi ed un romanzo; la parte migliore è probabilmente il racconto breve "La deposizione di Randolph Carter", mentre la parte peggiore è rappresentata dal romanzo "La ricerca onirica dello Sconosciuto Kadath": una sequela di avvenimenti e descrizioni senza trama, intrisa da un puerile desiderio di ritorno alle impressioni della fanciullezza.
Infatti lo stesso Lovecraft aveva detto di quest
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Francesca
Il libro raccoglie il romanzo e i racconti che hanno come protagonista Randolph Carter, il cui viaggio iniziatico diviene simbolo della ricerca sia dell'autore sia di tutti coloro che aspirano a qualcosa di più puro oltre la realtà atroce e meschina.
Dall'introduzione di G. de Turris: "E' la rivincita del sogno sulla banalità quotidiana, dell'eversiva evasione in un luogo diverso per non avere almeno momentaneamente a che fare con una realtà bruta e avvilente".
Il Maestro di Providence, grazie ad
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Bob Wolniak
Feb 09, 2017 Bob Wolniak rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, classics
Builds to a frenzied hysterical exasperated ending with Lovecraft's trademark last line as exclamation.
Greg Schell
Oct 20, 2011 Greg Schell rated it really liked it
One of the better stories from Lovecraft's early writing career. Two friends visit a graveyard near the stroke of midnight, on a quest that only one of them truly understands. Written from the perspective of the friend who is merely tagging along and in such a way that the reader can easily visualize the ominous surroundings and feel the apprehension. The mystery about the nature of the quest leaves everything to the imagination of the reader, which means it's probably far scarier than it would ...more
Ettore.bilbo
E' difficile scrivere, elaborare con parole, il motivo per cui questo libro merita il massimo dei voti. Non c'è una ragione, nulla di consequenziale, di razionale, di lineare che possa portare i pensieri del lettore su un cammino che sia migliore di altri, o peggiore. Scendere le gradinate per la terra del sogno con Randolph Carter è farlo con la parte più buia e nascosta di se stessi.
Questo libro non è bello perché ci racconta un viaggio, è bello perché ne è solo l'inizio!
Stuart Slingsby
Apr 29, 2015 Stuart Slingsby rated it really liked it
Today I decided to read THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER and I enjoyed it. Randolph has been arrested for some strange happenings oh which, he was apart of. This is his explanation - read it, it's creepy.

With Lovecraft writing this I noticed it held all the things Lovecraft is known for - a creepy atmosphere and a sense of dread. Read it and enjoy. Sorry I can't say anymore as I will ruin the story and I would prefer it if people went in to read this without ant expectations.
Jaymie
Dec 18, 2016 Jaymie rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
This was my first H.P. Lovecraft tale, and man was it a doozie! It really eats at your imagination: what were they originally trying to find? What was the creature? Those last few words, though?! The build-up was a little boring for me, that's why my rating is lower than some may expect (3.5 stars), but once the action starts, you can't help but keep reading! A good short story, and a good start to my journey with Lovecraft.
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