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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  2,297 ratings  ·  153 reviews
"The Tomb" is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft written in June 1917 and first published in the March 1922 issue of The Vagrant. It is the first work of fiction that Lovecraft wrote as an adult.

"The Tomb" tells of Jervas Dudley, a self-confessed day-dreamer. While still a child, he discovers the entrance to a mausoleum, belonging to the family Hyde, whose nearby family mans
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Published October 24th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services (first published June 1st 1917)
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Peter
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is Lovecraft's earliest story published and it's a real good read. Jervas Dudley, a homebound boy, discovers an interesting tomb in his surrounding. It belongs to the Hyde family whose house burnt down. Rumours of debauchery and all kind of evil fill the village. But why is Jervas drawn to that old grave? Things get interesting when he finds a key and enters the deserted site. Why is the name Jervas written on one of the coffins? What does Jervas think about that and why did his behaviour c ...more
Dante
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I have been a dreamer and a visionary"
Bill Kerwin

“The Tomb”—completed in 1917 and first published in The Vagrant (1922)--is the first tale of terror (apart from juvenilia) that H.P. Lovecraft composed. Melodramatic, and slightly absurd, it is not without its charm, and, in the way its protagonist Jervas Dudley is dominated by an 18th century spirit, it looks forward to Lovecraft’s short novel, The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

The eccentric youth Jervas Dudley, fascinated by his visits to the Hyde family mausoleum, stares at the stone to
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Vaishali
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-fiction
Dangerously near 5 stars !
Just glimpse this intro:

"It is an unfortunate fact that the bulk of humanity is too limited in its mental vision to weigh with patience and intelligence those isolated phenomena, seen and felt only by a psychologically sensitive few, which lie outside its common experience. Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal; that all things appear as they do only by virtue of the delicate individual physical and mental media
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Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The Tomb is Jervas Dudley's explanation of why he is committed at 'this refuge for the demented'. He even warns you himself that 'you are going to hear the ravings of a crazy person'.

As a ten-year-old he discovered the Hyde family tomb. It left a lasting impression on the boy and he started thinking of it as his. Strange things started to happen there and more than once our narrator only hints at the things he had done or seen there. He never gives any details.
His speech patterns and overall be
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Bettie
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Brandon William
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful twilight new england magic
Asha Seth
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Just the perfect amount of insanity, creep, wonder, and beauty, this piece.
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'The Tomb' tells of Jervas Dudley, a self-confessed day-dreamer. While still a child, he discovers the entrance to a mausoleum, belonging to the family Hyde, whose nearby family mansion had burnt down many years previously. The entrance to the mausoleum is padlocked and slightly ajar. Jervas attempts to break the padlock, but is unable. Dispirited, he takes to sleeping beside the tomb. Eventually, inspired b
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Amy (Other Amy)
It is surprising how many of Lovecraft's signature themes are already fully evident in this, his first horror story. The nature of madness and reality, an inherited curse, seeking after forbidden knowledge, and a fated demise are all here. The narrator is very reminiscent of Hildred Castaigne from Robert Chambers' "The Repairer of Reputations" (in The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories), as well as many of Poe's madmen. However, Lovecraft adds an element; there is the strong suggestion that ...more
Andrew
This one even creeped me out, and left me thinking about it long after it was finished.

I like Lovecraft's way of leaving the reader guessing as to what is and is not real.
Gary
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unhinged psychology.
Josh
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really engaging!
Ben
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
What a fascinating read. This was the first time that I've ever read a book by H.P. Lovecraft and I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised. I tend not to delve into books by any author with much hope as, more often than not, my pedantic taste causes me to feel disillusioned very quickly. Although this is only a short-story, I was enraptured throughout. I wouldn't usually consider myself a fan of horror--I certainly don't like horror films--but this work has sparked my interest.

I look forward to r
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Michael Sorbello
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, book-reviews
A glimpse into a familiar theme that Lovecraft masters in his later works. The theme of the knowledge that comes from an isolated and curious protagonist. The danger of looking for secrets not meant to be discovered. Very eerie and vivid for such an early work.
Britt
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice and spoooky! And so, so atmospheric. I appreciate the play with madness/horror and the social elements of seeing horrible things- you are seen as crazy. Beautifully written and perfect for a quick Halloween season read!
V
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King has said that he was inspired by Lovecraft on many occasions. Knowing that, I couldn't help but see some similarities in this short story and one particular novel by King. That also led me to wonder; Is Jarvis really just insane or did he, maybe, have a touch of the "shine". Could that be the reason his parents were so disturbed by his behavior and obsession with death and cemeteries, which he acknowledges, they tried to shelter him from as a child? Think about some opening lines of ...more
Angela Blount
Hard to say if this early Lovecraft work is touching on reincarnation, astral projection, or simply a fascination with madness and the macabre. My, but he was flowery and verbose.

Unreliable narrators are... unreliable. But interesting! :)
Laura
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
The obsessive Jervas Dudley reveals how he came to be incarcerated in an asylum. HP Lovecraft's chilling tale read by Ryan McCluskey.
Kelly
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story, reminiscent of the first H. P. Lovecraft story I ever read, The Outsider.
Will Grogan
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has a lot of charm and is an excellent read. Can't wait to read the rest of Lovecraft!
Diana
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Daniel
This was fun. It wasn't very horror-y and for me that was a plus. I feel like I'll probably have to reread it at some point.
Gillyz
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm of the opinion that ANY kind obsession doesn't end up well.

Now, can you imagine a day-dreamer guy who becomes obsessed with a tomb? Well, there you have it, a classic horror story with a supernatural scary atmosphere, I loved reading it.
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Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zophael
“In relating the circumstances which have led to my confinement within this refuge for the demented, I am aware that my present position will create a natural doubt of the authenticity of my narrative”
"The Tomb" is a short story of Jervas Dudley, an admitted day-dreamer, who’s opening lines immediately lay open the uncertainty about the tale and the narrator himself. Jervas spent his youth and adolescence in ancient and little known books, and exploring the fields and groves near his ancestral h
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Jesse Rice
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jervas Dudley is insane. If he's not insane, he's at least strongly quirky. This is a guy who has a morbid fascination with dead, so much so that he becomes obsessed with his ancestors' crypt and takes to sleeping in a coffin. Funny thing is that the coffin has his name on it. Jervas takes this to mean that this is his coffin, and this should become his tomb. That's where the crazy starts.
The story is well written. There's some stuff that makes the reader wonder if anything Jervas says should be
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Eye of Sauron
This is probably Lovecraft's first good short story.

It's a fascinating insight into the psychology of a disturbed individual, although it's not entirely clear whether he's mentally disturbed or actually disturbed by dead people. Either way, it's interesting, clear, and concise, and Lovecraft's tendency to awaken feelings of horror by calmly describing a man's thought processes is introduced here.
namekuseijin
An early Lovecraft tale that already is as evocative and subtle as the master's best. I loved it for it subtlety, no weird monsters making a show.

I've not read the kindle edition, but from an ePub containing most of his works already in the public domain.
Magdalena
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bizzare and creepy in the manner I completely adore.
Victoria
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story gave me chills.
Midnight and in complete darkness, perfect atmosphere to read something of H.P Lovecraft
Tanvika
Not very frightening. Shadow of innsmouth dwells on horror; cult religion, delipadated cities, ugly folks, insane narrator etc very intricately.
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a
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