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The Doom That Came to Sarnath
In a city of gems and riches-
beyond the dreams of mortal men-
a race of conquerors celebrates its triumph and reaps the horror of its glory...

The Other Gods
A prophet wise in the ways of the gods learns that too much knowledge can be a macabre thing...

Beyond the Walls of Sleep
A crazed murderer blames his crime on beings from another dimension. Wi
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 13th 1991 by Del Rey (first published June 1920)
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Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
"Wise men have interpreted dreams, and the gods have laughed."

Are you ready to embark upon a journey across Lovecraft's lands of fabled dreamworld?

Here is a map!

Anyone who has read enough Lovecraftian horrors would know that most of his stories could be classified under two prominent and interconnected themes /shared universe :

The Cthulhu Mythos, which revolves around the horrors of Great Old Ones &
Dream Cycle, where the central theme is an alternative dimension t
Ruby Hollyberry
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Another Lovecraft fan is born! This has been the direct result of my falling head over heels for the books (the ones I have acquired, that being Silk, Threshold, Murder of Angels, Low Red Moon, Daughter of Hounds, The Red Tree, and Alabaster) of Caitlin R. Kiernan, who has been heavily influenced by Lovecraft in style as well as content and who is to my mind one of the most talented writers of the current day, and one with the most to say. I was not able to immediately procure more of her writin ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovecraft fans, horror fans, sci fi fans
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
Lin Carter explains in the introduction that this book is a kind of collection of leftovers, stories that he would have liked to include in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, but couldn’t because of space. It seems to heavily emphasize Lovecraft’s early work, and there are considerable crossovers with other Del Rey releases, especially The Tomb and Other Tales. Carter makes much of Lovecraft’s influences, and especially his love for the poet known as Lord Dunsany, who is seen as the inspiration ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I really liked: The world building he creates. I mean, I really REALLY liked this.

What I didn't like: The predictable ending. If I he threw a curveball like he did in The Beast in the Cave, I would have LOVED it.
When I was a freshman in high school I found this book in the school library. It was my introduction to Lovecraft and his "eldritch" tales of shambling horrors from beyond the stars, haunted childhoods, and fantastical dreamworlds. I had never read anything like them. In some way he tapped an emotional vein of gothic nostalgia that has always been a part of my world view, giving it voice. While his writing is full of flaws (racism, no characterization whatsoever, hyperbolic adjectives ad infinit ...more
Dan Henk
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think Lovecraft often gets a bad rap. People read that he influenced the modern greats, everyone form authors like Stephen King and Clive Barker, to movie makers like John Carpenter and Wes Craven, and then dive into his books expecting the same fare. He wrote for a different era. His mind-bending, first person surrealistic approach to a creeping, nameless horror stunned and fascinated huge segments of early century America. The America that read, that is, which wasn't nearly what it is today. ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Forgot to log this one -- another collection of mostly mid/low-tier Lovecraft, with a confusing amount of overlap with Del Rey's THE TOMB collection. Gave me a new appreciation for Lovecraft's prose poems, which are generally underrated.
Cameron (skipbassman) Skip
3.5 stars. Not the best collection of stories as they are mostly early stories, but some good ones for sure.
Mik Cope
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my introduction to Lovecraft and it blew me away. Some of the stories work better than others, to be polite about HP's earlier style; but I remember realising that here I'd discovered something truly different ...
And I keep going back to HP, having learnt to appreciate the incredible Eldritch atmosphere he creates with his unique style.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This was a great sampling of Lovecrafts earlier work. It was especially interesting to someone already familiar with his more popular works to see where it all started. Most of the stories in this collection differs a lot from his more famous writings.

Not all of the stories were great, but almost all were at least good.
Mark R.
Oct 27, 2007 rated it liked it
I love these Del Rey Lovecraft collections from the 70s. Cool artwork, not too long (usually around 180 - 250 pages), and of course, full of awesome H. P. Lovecraft stories. However, picking these at random hasn't quite worked for me, as I've read this collection of his early work twice now (2007, 2014) and still haven't read much of the Cthulu Mythos, for which he is most well-known. I'll be remedying that in the very near future.

"The Doom that Came to Sarnath" collects the excellent titular st
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
This collection shows Lovecraft's early writing: his dream-like stories of ancient fantasy civilizations his more classical ghost stories, the ruin of a couple over-curious explorers. Some have great twists, but most pale in comparison to those of his later "Cthulhu Mythos" period: Mountains of Madness, Call of Cthulhu, Shadow of Innsmouth, Dunwich Horror, Color out of Space, to name my favorites. So I'd recommend the collection in "The Doom that Came to Sarnath" to a Lovecraft fan wanting to le ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, scary
I found this collection particularly great. Lovecraft's sleeping/dreaming-centered stories are my favorites. They all have such a fantastic air of anonymous terror.
Leirosdiogenes noenavnett-h
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
——all was good as is boot to say re hp lovecraft, and to such as his works as correspond necessarily, etc., with the salient, so grossly salient example of “In the Walls of Eryx,” a plebian phantasy of the hither-for-lovecraft almost unknown take on a purely hard sci-fi narrative which prose - for iirc this ‘un his plodding inditions were perpetrated alongside an amateurish novicish fan of his (hpl’s) - is not “jaunty” or “fun” nor even in the starkest of remotest senses can anything of this sto ...more
Sean McBride
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been fascinated by Lovecraft since I was young, but I had never actually read anything by him (except for a couple of half hearted attempts when I was younger). His verbosity always seemed to daunt me, and thus I never could sit down and really enjoy them.
Now in the Social Media age, I kept reading these blogs from varying people. Some were ok, some we're downright childish and inane, but they all centered around the readers ideas behind what they were reading. It was the perfect confluence
David Allen
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Early fantasy work in the mode of Lord Dunsany, a couple of collaborations, a poem and a few pre-Cthulhu stories. Overall, the weakest of the HPL collections I've read. The notes by editor Lin Carter do help put it all into context.
Ian Campbell
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
As with a lot of Lovecraft, I enjoy it for the concepts, but the prose itself is rough.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The tale of the ruin of a marvelous ancient city. Much attention is given to the description of Sarnath so it is quite entertaining and pleasant to imagine.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

The Doom that Came to Sarnath is a good story. The essay about writing horror/weird tales is a classic. Nothing comes close until Danse Macabre is written.
Brandy Sharpe
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A terrific compilation of Lovecraft's earlier works.
Dylan Baldwin-Delaney
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The collection that got me into Lovecraft. Nothing beats those old Michael Whelan covers!
Hank Hoeft
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume was my introduction to H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Im only tagging this book for the single story of "The doom that came to Sarnath"
Sorin Toma
The answer to any question about Lovecraft:

"Because he hated Jews and foreigners".
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Anticolonialist in theory and a bit of modern historian jibing his past counterparts who died in their causes? In general, not a fan.
East Bay J
This book collects some of Lovecraft's "dream sequence" stories as well as some straight horror. Most of these predate "Call Of Cthulhu;" Lin Carter includes a chronology of the stories here and from the collection The Dream Quest Of Unknown Kadath, which I find interesting because you get a sense of Lovecraft's development as a writer.

Lots of good stuff here but the real standout for me was "Nyarlathotep." Lovecraft manages to convey a sense of terror in a (then) modern setting, telling of the
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A lot of early Lovecraft stories and prose poems, and a little poetry. Most of these aren't among his best, but most have at least something that makes them worthwhile. The Festival is collected in this book as well, and it is one of the strongest stories in this volume. Some of the Dunsany influenced stories have beautiful prose, but are lacking in event. Lots of colour, not much action. Lord Dunsany does Dunsany much better than Lovecraft. Interesting collection to see how Lovecraft grew as a ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
"doom, gloom, and cosmic terror from the deep" is an acquired taste for those who aren't strict admirers of all of his work, completists, as they say... i read Lovecraft early in my horror days and found it so unbelievably different and eerily unsettling, likely the goal of the tales it would seem... the Cthulhu mythos is fascinating and bizarrely otherworldly, and the best i can describe the feeling when reading quality works of this "genre" is that of a ghastly bass rumbling that is just on th ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I put this collection of mostly earlier works by Lovecraft into the fantasy shelf because so many either take place in Lovecraft's fantasy world (The Other Gods, Doom that came to Sarnath, Cats of Ulthar, Quest of Iranon) or have a predominant element of fantasy but with a note of horror (Beyond the Wall of Sleep, Hypnos, Crawling Chaos, Polaris). The best story is probably The Festival, which really captures what a mythos Lovecraft story is all about: strange heritage, strange beings under the ...more
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
H.P lovecraft writes great horror stories and this is no exception he's probably one of the great horror story writers along with the likes of Poe. This book is made up of creative writing and conjours up distorted images in your head from the suspense that builds up to the climax toward the end. H.P Lovecraft's books tend to focus on the Horror/Fantasy genre and is the kind of horror material that involves creatures of a new breed and not so much a typical thriller story for example. The doom t ...more
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