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The Lurker at the Threshold

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,326 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
He is not to open the door which leads to the strange time and place, nor to invite Him Who lurks at the threshold ..." went the warning in the old family manuscript that Ambrose Dewart discovered when he returned to his ancestral home in the deep woods of rural Massachusetts. Dewart's investigations into his family's sinister past eventually lead to the unspeakable revela ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1973 by Panther Horror (first published 1945)
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Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who've read everything Lovecraft actually wrote and want a pale imitation
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Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard some bad things about Derleth's posthumous collaborations with Lovecraft, how he had a tendency to over-categorise the Mythos and apply a simplistic Christian morality on creatures whose very power to chill stemmed from the fact that they were utterly beyond human notions of good or evil. Despite that, I found this quite an effective and well written work, and Derleth's vision, if not entirely in keeping with Lovecraft's own, was not wholly incompatible either. There's a lot of good, i ...more
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lovecraft/Derleth collaborations
Shelves: horror
There's nothing very bad about this book, other than it feels extremely familiar. I already felt like I'd read it before. Wiki states ST Joshi said of this novel's 50,000 words, only 1,200 were actually written by Lovecraft. This is probably why I didn't find it a very gripping or original read. Many ideas and even characters feel regurgitated from previous stories. I even feel that some previous lines of Lovecraft's have been paraphrased here.

So I guess my problem lies more in that Lovecraft's
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I enjoyed this more than my three-star rating would suggest, although not as much as my recent Lovecraft read The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. However, this is written in three sections from different points of view, and the final, shortest one from the suddenly-introduced professor's assistant is abrupt and have a pretty abrupt ending. A lot of slow build up and then not much.
Tim Martin
This novel, though sometimes billed as being written by H.P. Lovecraft, is really instead almost entirely authored by August Derleth, working from notes and story fragments left by Lovecraft. It does have the feel of Lovecraft for the most part, though with maybe a little less of his sometimes purple prose and also included actual dialogue, something Lovecraft wasn’t known for, but did indeed include other Lovecraftian tropes, such as characters reading historical records of mysterious happening ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the reviews that have been posted so far seem to be from Lovecraft purists who object to Derleth's creation of a novella from a 1200-word sketch by HPL. We should maybe bear in mind the debt that Lovecraftians owe to Derleth. He founded Arkham House specifically to keep HPL's memory alive and to bring his work to a larger audience than the readers of Weird Tales Magazine.

So, let's try to approach Lurker from another angle. Of course Derleth is different. But he's good too. The character
-Desde un par de ideas del primero brota una obra del segundo.-

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
Dec 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Derleth took notes Lovecraft made, wrote this story himself, and put Lovecraft's name on it.

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
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, let's be clear -- this book is about 99% August Derleth, 1% H P Lovecraft. That said, I enjoyed this book, it's atmosphere, setting, creepy touches here and there. But this isn't a book I could highly recommend to others who aren't into Lovecraft in particular. I've read Derleth's short story collection "The Watchers Out of Time" (also falsely marketed as being by Lovecraft) and the majority of stories there follow the following plotline -- A man inherits a long-abandoned house of ...more
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: weird-fiction
I have an ambivalent attitude towards Lovecraft. His imagination was extraordinary, his concepts highly influential and occasionally he wrote beautifully - though more often than not, stodgily and pretentiously. The Lurker at the Threshold owes as much to August Derleth as it does to Lovecraft and is the only original full-length novel after Charles Dexter Ward. I tried to read it many years ago and quickly gave up: I guess I just wasn't in the mood because this time I got into it. It's rather o ...more
Inti Ruiz cruz
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«El viento susurra con Sus voces, y la tierra murmura con Su sentido»

Uno de los textos principales de los Mitos de Cthulhu, ya me lo debía a mi mismo, exquisito, desolador, macabro, lleno de referencias cruzadas, sobre todo por que se desarrolla en el medio de tierras lovecraftianas míticas, Dunwich, Arkham incluso Innsmouth, lo cual lo hace especialmente disfrutable.

4 estrellas que son 4.5, sólo le reprocho un poco la falta de acción presente en otros relatos como la Sombra sobre Innsmouth o s
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Ambrose Dewart inherits an old mansion in rural Massachusetts and as he investigates his family history, the sinister estate begins to take hold on him...

This novel is actually mostly written by August Derleth from a few fragments left by Lovecraft after his death. As a result, the prose is somewhat less...impenetrable (apart from a few passages written in olde English)...and, there's dialogue! But if you've read much Lovecraft already, the story and content is going feel like more of the same.
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
Derleth's posthumous "collaborations" weren't bad as short stories. Despite being derivative of Lovecraft and resorting to turgid writing, most of them managed to maintain some goofy charm. Not "The Lurker at the Threshold," whose writing is so terrible it becomes some sort of endurance test. Worse, Derleth fills the final third of the book with pointless exposition, thereby destroying what meager sense of suspense or urgency managed to remain from the previous two-thirds of the story.
May 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird-fiction
Worse and slower than most Lovecraft books. Probably because this is more a Derleth book than a Lovecraft book. If this turned you of from Lovecraft, please give him another shot. That said, it was mostly in line of what Lovecraft's stories are about, just less skillful and far slower. It is disingenuous to put Lovecraft's name on this, but it is a passable piece of Lovecraftian horror.
Nicholas Bobbitt
This is a pale imitation of the original Lovecraft's work, executed by another person from notes Lovecraft left and story ideas of his, but mainly that person's original work, so it is falsely advertised in calling it written by Lovecraft.
This is the magnum opus among August Derleth's several, so-called "posthumous collaborations" with H.P. Lovecraft. According to Stephen Jones and Kim Newman in Horror: 100 Best Books, Derleth incorporated into this novella two Lovecraft fragments that, together, amount to a mere 1,200 words of material.

"Lurker" consists of three consecutive narratives. The first part is in the third person, and concerns one Ambrose Dewart, who has inherited an isolated house in Massachusetts near Arkham (a ficti
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started good, but then it sorta got away from me.
Rich Godsil
Good book but a bit difficult to comprehend at times due to the older style of writing + the subject matter names from a time long, long ago.
Timothy Keable
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad but it was obvious most of this was written by Derleth.
mark  c austin
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not an HP Lovecraft story. It was written by August Derleth. He used some notes as inspiration and created something vaguely Lovecraftian. The story is horribly written and frustrating.
Chris Purser
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Lovecraft stories I have read so far.
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Unearthing Hidden Family Horrors”

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
Dr. A.R. Davis
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10/03/11 Lurker At The Threshold, H. P. Lovecraft with August Derleth, 1971. The last time I read this book it seemed to be pure horror, but this time it seems much more science fiction. In fact, it could fit in to my own series of sci-fi books and their “Krizel-Aaouen” cosmology! The “lurkers” are “outside,” sealed away in “time and space” by the Elder Gods. They are “mobile in other dimensions.” However, I only noticed one reference to the “multiverse”, on pg 133, “If the common man were even ...more
East Bay J
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
My mind is somewhat biased against August Derleth due to his editorial influence on what are today called the Cthulhu Mythos. Long story short, Derleth introduced ideas of good and evil into the beings Lovecraft created. He came up with the idea to collectively identify some Lovecraft stories as mart of the Mythos and others as not, whereas Lovecraft thought all his works were related. Ultimately, Derleth's crimes pale in comparison to those of L. Sprague DeCamp and Lin Carter with Robert E. How ...more
Larry McCloskey
May 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diehard Lovecraft fans
Ostensibly penned by HP Lovecraft and August Derleth, the book was basically written by Derleth based upon a few story fragments from Lovecraft. It shows. The style and heavy-handed grammar are definitely Lovecraft's, but lack his disjointed flow.

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
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: underrated, horror
I went into this book with LOVECRAFT written all over the cover. I presumed of course that it was Lovecraft who did it. It was not until afterward that I discovered that Derleth had supposedly much more to do than Lovecraft.

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
Lectrice Hérétique
Au nord d'Arkham, à peu de dis-tance de la rivière Miskatonic, s'étend la forêt Billington. C'est là qu'Alijah, le sorcier, et son âme damnée, l'Indien Quamis, se livrèrent jadis à d'abominables pratiques.
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
Pam Baddeley
This is the longest 'collaboration' I've read between August Derleth and HP Lovecraft and turns out to be almost wholly Derleth based on a few short fragments of HPL's. It does read that way, although seems better than most of Derleth's efforts until the last third where it degenerates into his usual tendency of throwing in everything including the kitchen sink in his efforts to name check all the Old Ones, their minions and the various forbidden books about them. The main issue though is the ru ...more
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