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The Dunwich Horror

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,029 ratings  ·  579 reviews
In H.P. Lovecraft’s, "The Dunwich Horror", we are told the story of Wilbur Whateley, the son of a deformed albino mother and an unknown father (alluded to in passing by the mad Old Whateley as "Yog-Sothoth"), and the strange events surrounding his birth and precocious development. Wilbur matures at an abnormal rate, reaching manhood within a decade. All the while, his sorc ...more
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Published May 29th 2014 (first published April 1929)
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Leonard Gaya
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dunwich Horror, written for Weird Tales around 1929, after The Colour Out of Space and before The Whisperer in Darkness, is probably one of the most significant pieces of the Cthulhu mythos. Once again, the protagonists are investigating a strange case in a derelict New England town (you probably won’t want to visit the Miskatonic Valley after reading Lovecraft, but you won’t find it on any map of this world either!). Once more, individuals with hideous deformities will lead them to a nightm ...more
Alejandro
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovecraft at his prime!


SCARY AND SOLID AS HECK

One of the best tales by H.P. Lovecraft...

...and part of the Cthulhu Mythos...

...AND...

...my personal favorite story written by H.P. Lovecraft!

This story is set on the fictional town of Dunwich, Mass., near of the also fictional town of the infamous Arkham, Mass..

This is the sad tale of Wilbur Whateley that since his birth was clear that something was too strange about him, growing up in a scary speed, reaching adulthood in just 10 years, an
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Orient
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Lovecrafty BR with my great GR friend Craig. Viva la Cthulhu and his kin 💜💜💜💜



What a nice read with monsters! :) I liked this story a lot, the pace was quicker, the writing more engaging, the info about the main plotline - gripping . Dark family secrets, creepy cult, monsters, MONSTERS, suspense, ancient mystery, juicy fighting, other universes. Omg, the only flaw is that this story is too short! Btw, there are some movies! :)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065669/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226
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Peter
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
If you like the cosmic horror of Lovecraft (and who doesn't) and if you want to find out more about the Necronomicon, this is the right novella for you. Strange things are going on in the small village of Dunwich but what is the plan of the Whatleys (a kind of inbred hick family)? Whose son is Wilbur Whatley (an absolutely uncanny character) and what passages is he trying to find in the Necronomicon? Dr Armitage and a few brave men from Arkham desperately want to prevent an evil entity to come i ...more
Bill Kerwin

I love first time reads, but I love re-reads even more, for with each re-reading, I learn more about the work, and more about myself too.

The first time I read "The Dunwich Horror," I was twelve. “Dunwich ” scared the hell out of me, and I loved it, but it was also satisfying in other ways, ways that reminded me of the books I already knew. For example, it started out with the birth of a boy whose father’s origin was a mystery, and the first part of the story followed this boy (Wilbur Whateley) a
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Mir
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For all the people who complain about Lovecraft's tendency to present horrors that are ineffable and indescribable, perhaps you will like better this horror that is writhy-tentacly and mutilates cattle and smashes down houses and crushes people, and also knocks up hillbilly ladies with its mutant children to bring about the destruction of humankind.
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Michael Gardner
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing to finally get a Lovecraft story written in the third person. This one is written rather like a series of newspaper reports accounting for the eldritch events in Dunwich. The impersonal tone tripped me up at first, but as the story developed, the absolute sincerity of the account really started to get under my skin and I started to believe it wasn’t a story at all, that it was all true.

I suspect Lovecraft would tell me it was.

Apologies for the short review. I have to go and lock all t
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Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
I've been making an effort this year to broaden my horizons and read outside of my comfort zone. Part of that is to better acquaint myself with authors and works considered classic today. HP Lovecraft's collected works have always been high on my list of things to read so I threw myself into this one and ended up enjoying it so much I read the entire thing in the span of an evening.

As expected, the prose is definitely dense and might be considered a chore for some readers to try and wade throug
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John Anthony
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very visual and a smell beyond evil (my Kindle is amazing)! Set in a community of stunted individuals with strange goings-on in the outlying farmhouse. Mounting horror – of course – almost to the point of tedium. But an excellent crescendo.
Michael Sorbello
One of the absolute best Lovecraft stories right next to At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The horror of the monster is especially strong in this one since it takes place in a murky countryside where no one has access to any kind of education, technology or military backup in case of a massive threat. The lack of understanding and the lack of what the people there have access to as a means to fight back intensify the feelings of mystery, fear and hopelessness in the face ...more
~Jo~
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I have only been introduced to Lovecraft's work, during the past couple of months or so. I didn't really think that he would be my cup of tea quite honestly. I was specifically recommended to read this one, and it didn't disappoint, so I will spend forever thanking him.

After this being the third story of Lovecraft's that I've read, I can say with confidence that he was insane in his genius or, perhaps genius in his insanity. The writing style again is truly dark and romantic and straight off th
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Ebony Eldritch
In yet another Lovecraftian masterpiece, the horrors that toy with us come from madness and that which we cannot see, as two mysterious creatures begin to have adverse affects on Dunwich simply by being. One, a young boy who is by all means horrifyingly grotesque and unnatural in every way, and the other a creature existing beyond our scope in every way, a thing which cannot be described entirely and should certainly never be seen.

Another key piece in Lovecraft's mythos of Elder gods and powerfu
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Glenn Russell


H.P. Lovecraft 's 1925 The Horror at Red Hook reeks of xenophobia and racism. Lovecraft leaves no doubt regarding the source of evil: people from a different race and from a foreign country.

A year later, in 1926, the American author of horror fiction introduced Cthulhu, a gigantic cosmic entity that's combination octopus and dragon with traces of human form, a destructive, evil entity from a different dimension far from our Earth.

The tale under review, The Dunwich Horror, written in 1928, is ee
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JL Shioshita
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of Lovecraft's more famous stories and for good reason. Also a key tale in the Mythos so required reading for anyone trying to get into all that glorious Yog Sothothery. ...more
Quirkyreader
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was a re-read. Yes, it's still that good. ...more
Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac)
The only thing I was afraid of was that the shitty-shitty-SHITTY prose might make me vomit.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
IMHO not one of Lovecraft's best, but a decent enough part of the overall collection. ...more
David Sven
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I find a common mistake (as far as I'm concerned) with a lot of horror is the tendency to reveal the "monster" too early. As Professor Dumbledore tells Harry Potter "Its not the dark we fear but the unknown" (or words to that effect). Once the monster or creature is unveiled it loses its mystery and the suspense dies off. H.P. Lovecraft, on the other hand, knows how to play on our fear of the unknown to create a sense of foreboding in his well known classic "The Dunwich Horror."

I like Lovecraft
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Zain
Lovecraft Horror!

The small village of Dunwich is filled with decrepit houses, decrepit people and decrepit animals. It is the end of the Earth, on Earth!

The Whateley family is worst of the worst in a town filled with ignorance, Devil worshipping, orgies and incest. The most unnatural of the natural.

When Lanier Whateley gives birth to a “fatherless” son in mid February of 1913, her howls and screams mixed with those of something not born of this world.

Though her father is infamous for being a pra
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 Дарья
"The thing has gone for ever," Armitage said. "It has been split up into what it was originally made of, and can never exist again." ...more
Oliviu Crâznic
Oct 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like most of Lovecraft`s Chtulhu tales, this novella starts quite promising and fails in each and every respect, but style.
Lovecraft was an extraordinary master of traditional Gothic, but as soon he abandons the occult for the cosmic terror, the demons and the devils we know for the ... tentacles (!!), the mysterious pits of the deadworld for interdimensional and alien entities, he turns out no scarier than the octopus some of us (not me, though) buy from the supermarket and eat.
If you love Lo
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Pardis Ahmadi
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up.
One of my beloved Lovecraft most famous works, it was absolutely good, but not as good as rats in the walls or Dagon
Shawn Birss
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is my second book of Lovecraft, and already I fear I may be tiring of him. I will give him another chance, however, I did find this piece to be overwritten at times, and I did not discern many new ideas in it that were not explored in The Call of Cthulhu. That said, of the two I found this one easier to read and understand. On the other hand, I found the tone and tension of Cthulhu to be more consistent. In that book, I felt truly carried into the dread and awe of the characters. In this, I ...more
Alex Bright
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this more than I did The Rats in the Walls. This is a classic example of an Eldritch Horror, with its lush descriptions of both the beautiful and the profane. Its narrative is also captivating, fast moving, and delightfully twisted. The one weakness is in the character development, but that's expected. One does not read H.P. Lovecraft for his human characters -- they are merely set-pieces in a larger, cosmic horror. ...more
Mike MacDee
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily one of Lovecraft's best. Many of his works involve a lot of buildup for very little payoff, but this one constantly raises the stakes and the weirdness, lacing it all with a thick atmosphere that really makes the degenerate backwater of Dunwich come alive. The reader gets a better sense of involvement than in Call of Cthulhu: both are written in an investigative journalism style (forgiving the dense gothic prose HP loved so well), but whereas Cthulhu leaves the reader feeling far removed ...more
Katy
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft, which can be found free at the CthulhuChick website for your e-reader.

Synopsis: In the degenerate, unliked backwater of Dunwich, Wilbur Whately, a most unusual child, is born. Of unnatural parentage, he grows at an uncanny pace to an unsettling height, but the boy's arrival simply precedes that of a true horror: one of the Old Ones, that forces the people of the town to hole up by night.

My Thoughts: Another masterpiece of creeping horror by Lovecraft
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Juan
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am more or less convinced that this is the only good Lovecraft story.
Octavia Cade
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This was okay, but it's all so overwrought. It's like Lovecraft has no faith that something simple, done well, can be scary - he has to throw everything he possibly can at the wall, pile it up to ever more ridiculous heights, and when the thing starts to topple because of its own bloated indulgence I'm meant to be scared that it might fall on me, I suppose. I'm not. This approach leaves me absolutely cold, and while I was mildly interested in places - very mildly, it's taken me days and days to ...more
Michael TheNeverendingTBR
A story about the strange events surrounding the birth of a boy who matures at an abnormal rate, reaching manhood rapidly – all the while being brainwashed into rituals & witchcraft by his grandfather and by using such practices come with deadly repercussions. 👹

Typical Lovecraft writing, of mysterious presences which are unseen but terrifying; I love his writing and this story is very good - a perfect Halloween read. 4/5 👻
Evan Leach
The Dunwich Horror is one of H.P. Lovecraft’s more famous stories and a key piece of the Cthulhu Mythos. A very weird little boy, one Wilbur Whateley, is born in an isolated, creepy little town in New England. Ol’ Wilbur’s parentage is something of a mystery, and even in a strange town like Dunwich he stands out from the crowd. I won’t attempt to summarize the plot any further, as this is a short story that moves pretty fast. Suffice to say the usual litany of “unspeakable horrors” are involved, ...more
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

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“Two centuries ago, when talk of witch-blood, Satan-worship, and strange forest presences was not laughed at, it was the custom to give reasons for avoiding the locality. In our sensible age—since the Dunwich horror of 1928 was hushed up by those who had the town’s and the world’s welfare at heart—people shun it without knowing exactly why.” 1 likes
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