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The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
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Jan 23, 12

bookshelves: i-have-ebook, lovecraftian-horror, novella
Read from January 08 to 22, 2012

I've finally gotten around to reading more about the Cthulhu mythos I keep hearing references to; and I must say that I enjoyed what I read. This short story is apparently the first one that all interested readers should go through before moving on to other books.

It nicely sets the stage for the feeling of dread and of the horrible enormity of the fate looming over mankind. What a bleak picture it paints, and how it insignificant mankind is compared to entities almost ageless in comparison.

The way the story is told to us from the perspective of a rich gentleman's point of view somehow enhances the flavour and feel of the mystery surrounding the strange cult being introduced to us. The prose was florid, yet surprisingly quite readable; I'd expected to stumble a bit given that the story was written so long ago. It was a very enjoyable read.
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