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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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Alonso López
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
Tancredi
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...more
Antonius
"[...] and I seemed haunted by the notion that Warren and I were the first living creatures to invade a lethal silence of centuries."

Lovecraft is just a pleasure to read. This one was fairly predictable, and molded in familiar block-structures. But - like a good pop song - it was still a very pleasant time, since it was perfect execution.

Oh, and +1 for em-dash over-use!
Francisco Becerra
Lovecraft's oniric cycle is mesmerizing, enthralling, and the source of some of his most fantastic tales. Inspired by Lord Dunsany, the tales of Carter's journey into the lands of sleep are shrouded in the mist of mystery and excitement.
Gio
*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...more
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...more
Greg Schell
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
Brittneigh
Pretty cool! Short and sweet. I dug it.
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!
Dan
One of the first Lovecraft tales I read. It was the first in a collection by the American Library Press and I agree with their editor for making it first. Lovecraft introduces us to his world in this tale, setting up for future stories that are all a direct result of Randolph Carter not following his friend's instructions: a modern day Pandora's Box. This tale is also a great example of how Lovecraft mixes science fiction (a telephone for those times) with horror.
Godzilla
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.
Sbulf
Cinque racconti irreali, folli e orripilanti, talvolta con finali agghiaccianti. L'anima di questo libro può essere riassunta con le parole dello stesso Lovecraft: "Il più antico e intenso sentimento umano è la paura, e il genere di paura più antico e potente è il terrore dell'ignoto". Ho trovato il terzo racconto alquanto scarso, ma è brevissimo e glielo concedo. Il mio giudizio è complessivamente positivo.
Leslie
This is the first H.P. Lovecraft I've read. It was quite an enjoyable short story, but not really my thing. I only read it as part of a classic stories list I'm working through.

Still, in just one story I can see why Lovecraft has such an enduring reputation. He was doing this sort of creepy story thing before there was really a creepy story thing.
Tiago Lobo
Of many of Lovecraft's stories, this one has the least bit of "terror ending" that I so much like. Suspense during the few pages, but the last paragraphs fail, in my opinion, to express real horror. Sure, it is macabre and gives the creeps, but not so much as in The Shadow over Innsmouth or The Hauter of the Dark, for instance.
Alfredo
las extrañas aventuras de Randolph Carter, soñador profesional, en su travesía a través de la Puerta de la Llave de Plata y el Mundo Onírico, desde donde no ha podido volver. Desde que leí este libro he alucinado con volver a encontrarlo, pero en el puto mundo nadie lo tiene a la venta....
Julie Davis
Read for A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast discussion. A great beginning in demonstrating Lovecraft's power to use many adjectives in order to describe something which cannot be described. Brilliant. And the voice over the phone ... perfect.
Sarah
Set up as a police statement, this one is more than usually vague about the "villain" or cause of terror in Lovecraft's stories. It is, however, wonderfully written with a closing sentence that will haunt the reader.
Marts  (Thinker)
Told in the first person by Randolph Carter, the protagonist, this tale tells about his dabbling in occultism, exemplifying one particular event in which his companion Warren disappears.....
Greenoha
online reading , from here > http://www.unclecthulhu.com/books/The...
have fun :D
Quincy
Creepy, but Lovecraft could have explained more without taking away from the reader's imagination space.
Katie
Who doesn't love creeping about ancient graveyards late at night with a good friend? Excellent short read.
Thing Two
This is an excellent short story. It makes me want to go write. I love a story that can do that.
M0rningstar
Not that disturbing. Rather predictable.
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