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The Whisperer In The Darkness (H.P. Lovecraft Collected Short Stories #1)

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This is a short novel by Lovecraft mixing horror and science fiction. The story introduces the Mi-Go, an extraterrestrial race of strange fungoid beings and makes many references to the Cthulhu Mythos.
Paperback, 106 pages
Published January 30th 2010 by Createspace (first published 1930)
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Katy
Nov 16, 2012 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: those looking to start reading Lovecraft
Please note: This novella is included in The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft , which can be downloaded for free from the CthulhuChick website. (Links where formatting is allowed)

Synopsis: An Arkham university professor is contacted by a farmer living in a remote part of Vermont, who claims to have evidence of aliens living in the hills and mining a mysterious metal. After visiting, the professor becomes alarmed at the mysterious change in the behavior of the farmer, including his assertion that...more
Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
Read as part of the Chaos Reading Emergency Group Read for True Detective & The Yellow King. So far, this is the creepiest of all the Lovecraft stories I've read. There were genuine goosebumps involved. I wish I had the time right now to read all of the Cthulhu mythos stories..
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This was a great story, and certainly my favourite Lovecraft to date. What a pity the audiobook version I listened to had a narrator with such poor English language...more
Lindsay
This story was written shortly after the discovery of Pluto, and Lovecraft endearingly wasted no time pinning down the new planet's identity to Yuggoth, home of The Elder Ones :-) There are some seriously mindbending celestial phenomena proposed here, part of what makes Lovecraft so unique and appealing to me. It is also yet another great dark, brooding, suspenseful tale where he reveals and holds back just enough to leave you with that delicious signature flavour of fear of the unknown.
Mike Hankins
This is a collection of classic Lovecraft short stories I read a while back. What I love about him, is how creepy he can make everything seem, the sense of dread and foreboding that his thick prose can create. This guy wrote decades ago, but his stuff can still give me nightmares. I especially like how, it's not about gore, or violence, or murders, or the kind of stuff modern slasher horror is about... Lovecraft's stories about about humanity realizing how tiny and frail it is, encountering powe...more
Daniel
I am going to write something that may ban me from the esteem of many genre readers for life. So be it, I gotta say this: Lovecraft was not a good writer.

As evidence of this, I give you one of his most popular stories, "At the Mountains of Madness". The story starts off great with a narrative told in a cautious tone; the descriptions of arctic exploration; the ensuing discoveries that hint at great and awesome things - I really dug these ideas; and the subsequent violence that suggests something...more
pinknantucket
This is a book of collected short stories - Lovecraft's "tales of mystery and the supernatural", and although I quite liked the three that I read, I didn't really feel the need to read any more of them, if you know what I mean. A bit samey? Might read one or two every so often when I feel like a dose of hellish black mires, troubled and dream-infested sleep, the distant baying of gigantic hounds and ruined and nameless cities. (PS If trying to pretend have read Lovecraft at parties, many of his...more
Matthew
The Whisperer in Darkness contains a number of Lovecraft's most famous tales, including The Call of Cthulhu, where his most famous mythical creature belongs.

Lovecraft doesn't fit easily into any genre, as his works contain elements of fantasy, horror and science-fiction. They are marked by an intense pessimism, even if (in many of these tales), the genie is somehow kept in the bottle, in spite of deliberate or mistaken actions that threaten to set it loose.

Trying to summarise Lovecraft's work is...more
Myles
I either chose the worst or best circumstances to read this in preparation for a talk at my library by a Lovecraft scholar about his visit to Windham county after the devastating floods of 1927. This story is the result of that visit. As for me, I've recently moved in to a Victorian house full of old furniture and am experiencing it for the first time at night, alone.

Why did I never question my boyfriend's insistent leaving on of lights in unoccupied rooms of the house? Sensible, saving the ear...more
[Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review]
A wonderful and grotesque blending of science-fiction and horror, and one of my favorite Lovecraft stories.
Hayley
May 22, 2012 Hayley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: lovecraftians; horror fans; cathulu cult
Shelves: own, 2012, horror, mystery
Lovecraft, has been on my list of authors to read for quite a while now. I have a huge horror fan, and from all reports he is one of the best. One of the reasons that made me finally actually pick it up was reading Brett J. Talley's That Which Should Not Be, which draws heavily on some of Lovecraft’s old myth and wetted my appetite for the same kind of writing.

I won't say I was disappointed by Lovecraft, but it wasn't quite as mesmerising as I had thought it would be. Maybe my expectations were...more
Nuno Vargas
Don't read this alone at night! Luckily I went through these eldritch tales mostly in a train or such because, if I had been at home, with the press of the dark against my windows, I would surely have been driven mad with these awe-inspiring revelations of unimaginable horrors lurking in the deepest abysses.
What else can I say here? This is Lovecraft, and there are good reasons why this name is whispered in dark corners, with dread filling the minds of those who utter it. For maximum effect, I r...more
Colin Leslie
Clearly Lovecraft was a genius, his ideas, his mythos, his visions were all vastly ahead of his time, totally bizarre constructions, and of all of them the Cthulhu stories are some of his most extreme examples. The ambiguity comes in his ability to consistently form these dreamlike visions into a coherent, readable story. When he is good, he is a genius but when he is bad....

This is the first Lovecraft collection put together by Wordsworth Editions in its immensely enjoyable Tales Of Mystery &...more
Katia
Dans cette nouvelle, seuls deux protagonistes entrent en scène. D’un côté, Wilmarth, un professeur de littérature, et de l’autre Akeley, un homme passionné par la science, les deux hommes sont amis.

Wilmarth est le narrateur, il reçoit d’étranges lettres de son ami Henry Akeley. Dans ces lettres, il est question de créatures étranges vivants dans les bois et qui semblent se rapprocher dangereusement de l’habitation d’Akeley.

Selon la légende ces créatures ne ressemblent à rien de connu et viennent...more
Nadyne
First sentence: "Bear in mind closely that I did not see any actual visual horror at the end."

Last sentence: "For the things in the chair, perfect to the last, subtle detail of microscopic resemblance - or identity - were the face and the hands of Henry Wentworth Akeley."

Of all the horror stories by Lovecraft, that I read sofar (2011),this was my favourite one.

Summary from Wikipedia:

The story is told by Albert N. Wilmarth, an instructor of literature at Miskatonic University in Arkham. When loc...more
Mary Narkiewicz
Fascinating tale..so much more for me since it takes place in Vermont and has many familiar towns and villages and rivers mentioned inside its pages.. Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Keene, Newfane..Connecticut River, etc.

There's something about H.P. Lovecraft that is hard to resist, for me anyway. I've always enjoyed horror stories or eerie tales.. from the time I was a teenager reading Poe and onward...
Looking forward to reading more Lovecraft.
Kislay Verma
Excerpt from my review at SolomonSays:

Although Lovecraft displays his usual mastery at building up a spooky environment rife for supernatural shenanigans, this story is totally about the sucker-punch at the end. If you read the plot summary, you might think the ending is a race against time. It is and it isn’t – I will say no more on that. But rest assured that despite the excellent legwork done by the author in the rest of the story, the height of the horror is in the last few lines.

The Whisper...more
Lamski Kikita
If I were to ever like horror, this would be it. It's subtle yet startling, and although the book holds its own "monsters" it also delves into the darkness of humanity. I like that a Lovecraft "being" is not any of your typical monsters that have always been in folklore and fairy tales and take no creativity or imagination. Lovecraft's monsters are not imitations, they are to be imitated.
Even though it took me forever to finish the book because I had to look up at least 5 words on every page, i...more
Sae-chan
I was ready to be horrorized. I tried the first story, Dagon, it was flat. I tried the second one, The Nameless City, it was a longer flat read. I thought The Call of Cthulhu must be of something as the myth started from here. Halfway, my mind wondered as to the next design of dress I'm about to start.

I feel reading books are very much alike listening to music. Reading Kawabata's is like listening to Pachelbel's Canon. Reading Dostoevsky's is like listening to Haydn's Creation Oratorio, very tir...more
Derek-Paul
I found Lovecraft to be a tiresome read, especially in anthology form as all his stories (at least in this collection of his earliest works) follow the same genre-formula to the t. His first-person narrator is an academic dullard who bogs the reader down with his encyclopedic knowledge of the arcane and seemingly incessant scientific observations. But really at the end of the day, after reading 15 of his tales, it's that damn genre-specific trope of "oh dear reader I shouldn't be telling you thi...more
Jon
It's strange to have someone so verbose so copiously use the phrase "terrible beyond description".

Here is how I would rate the stories in this book:

Dagon-3/10
The Nameless City-1/10
The Hound-2/10
The Festival-3/10
The Call of Cthulhu-4/10
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward-2/10
The Dunwich Horror-7-10
The Whisperer in Darkness-5/10
At the Mountains of Madness-8/10

I was pretty much ready to give up on this book until I got to The Dunwich Horror. That story, and the two that followed it were pretty entertai...more
Matt
I rather enjoyed this bit of Lovecraft moreso than a few of his other notable short stories I recently made my way through, namely The Nameless City. This story is a bit longer, so it has more room to develop, and as things begin to develop to what seems a predictable head about halfway through, the question arises: what will the second half of this story be? And from there it transitions from a kind of building tension where the central character is involved in intriguing, occult correspondence...more
David
Quite enjoyed reading this. The story is, like the Dunwich Horror, told from the perspective of a learned individual. Of how disbelief and fascination are woven together into a compelling narrative. I just love that flowery prose, even though it drove me to a dictionary quite a few times.

The way the story told conveys a sense of growing dread and paranoia that can infect the reader's imagination, thinking about just what's out there. You get these glimpses and then of strange far-fetched tales t...more
Jason
This was my first essay into Lovecraft. I am not sure whether all of his fiction is so formulaic as this collection or whether instead it was a conscious effort of the editor to select similar stories in an effort to familiarize the reader with Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. In any case, the formula works well, though I enjoyed some more than others. One of Lovecraft's strategies is to heighten suspense by having his narrators seem reluctant to tell their horrifying tales. One might think this tact...more
Sean Kottke
Great extension of the Cthulu mythos into outer space (specifically, Yuggoth, or Pluto), this is the template for The Evil Dead. Nice twist on the formula that the "Vermont Horror" creatures are capable of peaceful co-existence (with conditions, of course) with humanity, which creates its own monsters out of the monster-hunters.
Sarah
I think these stories are starting to affect me. Last night I got nervous about turning off the lights. :-D

At any rate, this story is about the Mi-Go from Pluto, which had apparently just been discovered at the time of writing. I actually had to put down my reader for a day when I realized that the narrator, a Professor of Literature at Arkham University, pulled one of the most boneheaded stupid moves ever. There is no excuse really for this. However the story as a whole is very creepy and Lovec...more
Ben Bromage
The thing about Lovecraft, is all that I've read so far seem to be first person past tense. "Let impart the terrible thing I encountered..."

That lets a little of the air out of it, knowing that your man will get out of it in the end so he can be here to tell the tale. It makes it hard for me to plunge into more and more HPL. Finishing one "here's what happened" and going right into another feels exhausting. I'll keep coming back, but I can't exactly binge on this stuff.
Emily
I grabbed this book expecting to consume the whole collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories in one gulp. That wasn't the case. I found these stories were better stretched out over time and slowly taken in one by one. I had never read any Lovecraft before (I know! I know!) and wasn't sure what to expect. While the narratives are less straightforward then I was expecting, they're still wonderfully haunting and thrilling. I would definitely recommend sci-fi and fantasy fans give this master his due and...more
Bart Vervaet
It was a good book, not so much for the "horror", but for the historical context. I also really liked the fact that most of the stories are somehow linked, with references to earlier stries in the later ones.

The going is pretty slow through this book though. Especially the archaic language and the very detailed descriptions make for several passages that need to be read two or more times to really comprehend what he is saying.

I absolutely plan to read more Lovecraft, but not now. After finishing...more
Ryan Davis
Another great little story from the master, I really enjoyed this one. It has a very unique wilderness horror atmosphere about it and it's chock full of neat ideas. I would call this a science fiction story rather than a horror story, but I recommend it for and reader of Lovecraft and even old school science fiction fans. The characters and their development are more prominent than in some of his earlier works as well so this makes it much easier to read. In my opinion it ranks right up there wi...more
Kevin
Although he wasn't the greatest story teller, you can really tell that HP loved his craft.
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