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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.

This edition is part of the Penguin Gothic Horror series designed
Mass Market Paperback, 201 pages
Published October 2nd 2008 by Penguin (first published April 1929)
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J.L.   Sutton
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
HP Lovecraft’s tales are dominated by a mounting sense of dread; however, the amount of time he spends creating this atmosphere is often at odds with moving the narrative forward in an effective way. For me, that means I enjoy HP Lovecraft’s tales (and his mythos), but I haven’t always cared much for his writing. In Dunwich Horror, Lovecraft evokes a nameless, ancient terror without sacrificing the story. Once the Necronomicon is opened, our world becomes linked with the world of the Ancient One ...more
Jack Tripper
(Full review 1/19/17)
1978 Jove mass-market with cover art from the always excellent Rowena Morrill.

This version of the book doesn't feature all the stories listed on this page (which is for the Arkham House editions). It includes: "In the Vault," Pickman's Model," "The Rats in the Walls," "The Music of Erich Zann," "The Haunter of the Dark," "The Dunwich Horror," and "The Thing on the Doorstep," most of which are top-tier Lovecraft, imo, ones I hadn't read in 20 years or so until now. It also fe
Wilbur Whateley is the offspring of an extreme interracial relationship. His mother is a FUGLY, deformed, inbred albino. She’s the more attractive set of chromosomes because "papa" is reeeeeeeeeeally FUBAR and quite a bit “elder.” This unnatural genetic bouillabaisse helps Wilbur sprout into an impressive 15 year old that stands over 8 feet tall, carries a full beard and has a face that can cure constipation.

Yes….Wilbur is awesome.

The Dunwich Horror is among my favorite Lovecraft stories and is
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jerry, George, Elaine and Cthulhu are sitting in Jerry’s New York apartment discussing H.P. Lovecraft’s 1928 novella The Dunwich Horror.

[Kramer bursts through the door] Kramer: Is Cthulhu still here, oh there you are. Wow, great honor your greatness.

Cthulhu: Kramer! Good to see you my friend, come on in, we’re just talking some Dunwich Horror.

Kramer: Yeah, I read it, and I’M LOVIN’ IT JERRY!

Jerry: One of H.P.’s best, no doubt.

George: What do you think of the Arkham references, Jerry?

Jerry: Well,
Joey Woolfardis
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm going to have to think up a name for a shelf on GoodReads for these types of books. They're not quite fantasy or sci-fi, not quite gothic and not quite wholly esoteric. Maybe just "Lovecraftian" will have to do...

Much like his other works, this was sublimely written. The story seemed much more fleshed out and seemed to have a linear purpose beyond just being a short story about esoteric dealings and horrific things from the blackness etc

If I weren't so lazy I'd look up the chronology of this
Jason Koivu
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, fantasy
After you're finished with The Call of Cthulhu and you feel as if you still have your senses about you (You think you do, but you don't. Good try though!), give The Dunwich Horror and Other Stories a go. Herein you'll find more possessed people and plenty others driven insane, as per usual.

If nothing else, this is a wonderful foundational work on the Lovecraftian mythos that details in creepy color Cthulhu and that devilish book of magic, The Necronomicon.

The language evoked by Lovecraft is mor
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I find myself wanting to read Lovecraft every time I pick up a Fallout game again. This time, quarantine has led me into Fallout 4, and a couple chances to visit the desolate mine of Dunwich Borers, undoubtedly one of the most well-made eerie places in video game history. I thought, however, that I had read the story which the mine references. Apparently not. And so it provided a nice entry point to a new Lovecraftian journey.

The Dunwich Horror is classic Lovecraft, firmly in the Cthulhy mythos,
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror, teh-weird
This is a cheat review, I didn't actually read this book. I read the story The Dunwich Horror and maybe this edition has only that story in it, or maybe it has some other ones included as well. I don't know. And this unknowing kind of disturbs me, and I think maybe I shouldn't review this as a book, but just tack it on to my review of The Weird. It almost fills with the horror that the citizens of Dunwich feel when they take turns looking up on the hill towards the end of this story. Yeah, it's ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wanda by: Bettie
6 OCT 2015 - Today was a very slow day at work. It happens sometimes. We are not permtted to read real books at our desks; so, I could not read the Narrow Road. Instead, we are permitted mobile devices. I downloaded The Dunwich Horror from Project Gutenberg and spent the day being scared out of my mind. Holy Mud! This is a spooky read.

Here is your link to being frightened:

Do NOT read before bedtime. You have been warned.

Dagny and I shared our Lovecraft re

Opening: When a traveler in north central Massachusetts takes the wrong fork at the junction of the Aylesbury pike just beyond Dean's Corners he comes upon a lonely and curious country. The ground gets higher, and the brier-bordered stone walls press closer and closer against the ruts of the dusty, curving road. The trees of the frequent forest belts seem too large, and the wild weeds, brambles, and grasses attain a luxuriance not often found in settled regi
When a traveller in north central Massachusetts takes the wrong fork at the junction of the Aylesbury pike just beyond Dean’s Corners he comes upon a lonely and curious country.

The Dunwich Horror is set in the isolated and derelict village of Dunwich, and is the story of an isolated and derelict family - the Whateleys. The story is centered around the youngest Whateley, Wilbur, who is a most unusual person - son of an albino mother and an unknown father, he grows up much faster than other childr
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dunwich claims a story, a “blasphemy” of a story. The Horror, the “blasphemy” came to the town as a boy named Wilbur Whately. At three little Wilbur could read with a profound intelligence, a prodigy, who looked twelve instead of three. The town produces strange phenomena, such as the whippoorwills; they move to a rhythm when people die. The birds sing in glee, and legend says they stop singing if they become discouraged at a person’s death. You see, the birds want to capture and torment that pe ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was my first exposure to H. P. Lovecraft, way back in 1991 or so. I was eleven years old. The book shook my world to its very foundations. At the time, isaac Asimov was my favourite writer, but Lovecraft showed me how to appreciate moody, lapidary writing full of atmosphere and dripping with menace. I gave the book five stars mostly because of its revelatory impact on me and my personality, even though if I had discovered Lovecraft for the first time today, especially being familiar no ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
Lovecraft is undoubtedly a master of atmospheric writing. His strength is in setting scenes and crafting an appropriate mood with which to manage the experience he's looking for from his readers. The opening paragraph of The Dunwich Horror is a fine example of this skill:

When a traveler in north central Massachusetts takes the wrong fork at the junction of the Aylesbury pike just beyond Dean's Corners he comes upon a lonely and curious country. The ground gets higher, and the brier-bordered ston
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Master of horror writes a story of true forces of evil. The story beats a lot of modern writers in prose, characters and plot. I can see why many screenwriters have taken from pages of Lovecraft's characters. It seems that The Dark Tower series by King has a lot of inspiration from these elements in Dunwich Horror and other stories. A dark malevolent force of evil has taken over Dunwich is there hope?
You are taken through the accounts and findings of this evil, a very good tale.

"Young Wi
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror

This is one of my favourite Lovecraft's stories. It is wonderfully written, the imagery is perfect for what it was set out to do and some of the characters are just horrifying enough to keep you on your toes.

Dunwich is an isolated little place in New England. It wasn't much better before the events told here either.

Wilbur Whately was born in 1913. His mother Lavinia Whateley, a deformed albino woman, spends her days wondering through the countryside. After his birth, his grandfather starts
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I'll be coming back to this book. ...more
4.5 stars. Outstanding collection of H.P Lovecraft stories. The Dunwich Horror is an amazing story that reads as well today as when it was first written. Lovecraft was a unique talent and his stories are just a ton of fun.
Maxine Marsh

The Rats in the Walls has always been my personal favorite.
Kenneth McKinley
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In my quest to discover the works of one of the most influential writers in all of horror, I immerse myself into yet another story by H.P. Lovecraft. This time it is The Dunwich Horror and I find, yet again, its hard to go wrong with Lovecraft.

In the backwoods town of Dunwich, Mass., Wilbur Whateley is born to his disfigured albino mother Lavinia. The father's identity is unknown but later in the story it is alluded that the father is Yog-Sothoth by Wilbur's half-mad and witchcraft practicing gr
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm fully into Lovecraft bizarre fantasy worlds!!
I loved it..

"The Dunwich Horror" is one hell of a short story..
Lovecraft builds up the tension, and creates a unique dense atmosphere..

Creepy and unlike any other horror story I've read!!
Let me only say that a child is born, deform and with an unnatural behavior!!
Nobody knows who is the father of this child!!!

The worst is still to come..
Because it evolves more and more resemblimg to an ever higher degree his father!!!

Encantantions, Occult books, s
I started out incredibly skeptical and wary of this collection as I was made aware that Lovecraft is racist and that his prejudicial attitude appears in his writing often. I liked the title story and “The Thing on the Doorstep” quite a bit, but as I continued jumping around the collection, I found the collection too repetitive ultimately. He seems to play with the same themes repeatedly and, forget scaring me, the stories eventually stop becoming even mildly entertaining.

I think I’ll pass on mo
Tom Mueller
As Howard wanted, many have tried over the years to expound on his Cthulhu Mythos; few even came close. I believe he named man's strongest emotion as Fear, with the greatest Fear being that of the unknown.
Did you ever overcome your own fear enough to actually Look under your bed when you just Knew Some Unknown Thing was there?
Nah, neither have I.
Isaac Thorne
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook edition of this and I can finally say that I enjoy Lovecraft stories much more if they're read to me. These stories are classic Lovecraft in every way. He builds worlds with creeping, undulating atmospheres that do not let up. There's a reason so many horror authors of the modern era were influenced by the work of Lovecraft. If you've never read any of his work, this volume is a great place to start. ...more
Steven Walle
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great horror story penned by a master of the jenre.
Enjoy and be blessed.
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one can use the word eldritch like Lovecraft.

I did have to dock him a star for all the dialect, though.
Like a lot of other mopey adolescents, I devoured H.P. Lovecraft when I was in high school; I owned several collections of his short stories and novellas. I remember loving his unwholesome, horrifying vision of Earth's past, present and future. Inspired by an article that recently appeared on a favorite pop culture website, I decided to say hello to Howard P. again. Iä! Iä! Big mistake. I forgot he has just one plot: someone (usually a middle-aged professor at witch-haunted Arkham's Miskatonic U ...more
Julie Yang
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love this book! it genuinely gave me the creeps and was interesting to read. I would highly recommend it. the story sucked me in and I loved the finale ending.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my exact copy, but here's my ranking of the stories in my copy:
1. Herbert West, Reanimator
2. The Dunwich Horror
3. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
4. The Lurking Fear
5. Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath.
You can read my full review of all of these here!
Nov 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1920s, horror
Lovecraft makes me feel like a greasy kid, huddling alone over battered copies of Creepy or Eerie in the tree house, too curious to stop reading and too scared to go home. Flat, lifeless characters that pop up out of nowhere and disappear just as mysteriously ... no matter. Implausible, repetitive plots heavily derivative of the work of previous horror masters ... who cares? Fourteen adjectives in one sentence, and still no real suspense ... bring it on! So what if Lovecraft's stories are not ma ...more
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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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