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#A nameless terror surges through centuries to engulf the soul of Charles Dexter Ward, a brilliant New England antiquarian. Evil spirits, malefic gods whose memory lives on in whispered legends and fear-stricken superstitions, still lurk in vile catacombs beneath the surface of a blighted land. Ward is driven to unleash these loathsome horrors upon a defenceless world, pos ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published April 24th 2008 by Creation Oneiros Books (first published 1941)
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Δικαίως χαρακτηρίστηκε άρχοντας της κοσμικής φρίκης και του εξωλογικού τρόμου.
Ιδιαιτερότητα περιγραφικής τέχνης με ένα σπάνιας ποιότητας ρίγος,μαυλιστικό και ερεθιστικό.
Και ύφος,με υποχθόνιο δέος και μαγεία γεμάτη μυστικά θαύματα.

Η περίπτωση του Τσάρλς Ντέξτερ Γουόρντ είναι μια ιστορία στην οποία εφιάλτης και πραγματικότητα ενσωματώνονται και ρευστοποιούνται,ανακατεύονται με την αινιγματικότητα,το άγνωστο της ύπαρξης,το τερατώδες σκοτάδι,το «άλλο» σύμπαν,το σατανικό ψίθυρο του α
mark monday
Dear Mr. Lovecraft,

I, Joseph Curwen, necromancer supreme, have rather a bone to pick (forgive my little joke). I have noticed many problems with your narrative The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. First of all: that title. Surely you realize that I am the protagonist of the tale - not the fey amateur Charles Dexter Ward? I do not think it is too much to ask that the title of your document correctly identify its leading personage. Second: I have noticed a strong bias against scholars of the so-called
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is the only lengthy work of Lovecraft classified as a novel rather than a novella. Lovecraft wrote this story in 1927, and as per legend, When HPL finished writing this novel he was so disappointed with the final draft that he decided to shelve it instead of publishing it, and only after Lovecraft's demise did this work found the light in 1941. (It's not a legend, but a true fact. I just wanted to use "As per legend" in a sentence)

So what is it all about?

❝ I hav

Let me be clear at the outset of this review that when it comes to the work of H.P. Lovecraft, I am definitely one who drinks deep the kool-aid Cthulhu-aid. For me his stories are something to be savored and relished; succulent, meaty feasts of atmosphere, hyper-lush imagery and dark melodrama dipped in dread. If you’ve read other works by HPL and have not been impressed or fallen under his spell, this story is not likely to change your mind. However, if you are already a wanton Lovecraft gourm

" What the thing was, he would never tell. It was like some of the carvings on the hellish altar, but it was alive. Nature had never made it in this form, for it was too palpably unfinished. The deficiencies were of the most surprising sort, and the abnormalities of proportion could not be described."

That was just a sample of the type of writing found within this short novel by H.P. Lovecraft. Reading this reminded me how much I love this type of writing.

I hereby vow to read more of Lovecraft
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“There is about certain outlines and entities a power of symbolism and suggestion which acts frightfully on a sensitive thinker's perspective and whispers terrible hints of obscure cosmic relationships and unnameable realities behind the protective illusions of common vision.”
That little passage explains why Lovecraft’s characters often go mad at the mere sight of blasphemous eldritch monstrosities from beyond; something I often wondered about. It is also a fine example of his penchant for con
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The blurb says: A nameless terror surges through centuries to engulf the soul of Charles Dexter Ward, a brilliant New England antiquarian. Rather amusing in retrospect, as the character doesn't seem to realize the danger until near the end; if the book were written from Ward's perspective, presumably he would be having a satisfying few years of progressing in his fascinating historical research. His family, too, is only mildly concerned, wishing he would write more often and maybe get a girlfrie ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft is definitely one of his best works and this is a high compliment, as I have liked almost all that I have read from him.

This work, first published in 1927, combines most of the themes common to his works: occult, arcanery, unspeakable nighttime horrors, deep dark pits with unknown creatures, etc. even some hints of the Cthulu cult.

The other element of this book that is noteworthy is the scope of influence that Lovecraft created. Innumerable hor
Nickolas the Kid
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

Μια παλιά κριτική στο METAL INVADER!!!
Leonard Gaya
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1927) is probably a culmination in Lovecraft’s career. After some short stories such as The Rats in the Walls, The Shunned House or The Call of Cthulhu, it is the first work of fiction that has the dimension of a full novel and goes over the themes he had previously developed. The investigation into a dark mystery —usually taking place around the town of Providence, Lovecraft’s place of residence. The discovery of a repulsive cult, most evocative of Alchemy, Qaba ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

Lovecraft must be the only author whose works I've read and don't mind certain things most readers seem to hate. Yes, it can be slow. Yes, he can be overly descriptive. Yes, there is an omniscient narrator. Yes, there is lots of retelling. And in most cases, some of those annoy me too.
However, all of it pales in front of his extraordinary imagination and the atmosphere you find in his stories. It doesn't matter if it is a short story or a longer one. He is one of a kind and The Case of Charle
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "horror" and horrific science fiction
Shelves: science-fiction
Though Lovecraft is a favorite writer of mine, until now this book (one of only two novel-length pieces he ever wrote) has been one I hadn't gotten around to reviewing. It was recently nominated as a common read in my Supernatural Fiction Readers group; and though it wasn't the one chosen, that reminded me of it, and I resolved to correct the lapse. It's one of my favorite Lovecraft works, and certainly one I highly recommend to other readers who like this type of fiction.

The Goodreads descripti
Ken McKinley
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is my fourth HP Lovecraft story and, so far, it's my favorite. That says a lot. Because, I'm really enjoying discovering his writing and connecting his influences to my favorite horror authors of today. For some odd reason, Lovecraft wasn't happy with his novel. He wrote it in 1927 and he didn't try to get it published. It wasn't until after his death that August Derleth and Donald Wandrei published it in the May and July issues of Weird Tales in 1941 did the story see the light of day. I f ...more
Windy Pineda
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Voy a ser categórica con esta novela. Es fenomenal.

Este es el primer libro que leo de Lovecraft (además del Necromicón, que es más que nada una serie de invocaciones y hechizos y no prosa propiamente tal) y lo he encontrado sencillamente magistral.

Esta es la historia de Charles Dexter Ward, quien da título a la obra. A inicios del siglo XX, este joven comienza a sentir una profunda e inquieta fascinación por un antiguo antepasado suyo, Joseph Curwen, internándose por elloo en un mundo oscuro, e
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, horror
Lovecraft is a special writer, capable of twisting the mind of the reader in ways that all of the visual horror we are forever shown in this day and age can never accomplish.

What WAS the thing at the bottom of the pit? What was it that the good Doctor saw? So many open questions to let our minds fill in the blanks with the things that horrify us above all else.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is Lovecraft's longest work (at least that I've encountered) and there is so much in the meager 120 or so
Marilou K.
Ε ναι ρε παιδί μου!!Τώρα μάλιστα, κατάλαβα γιατί ο Λάβκραφτ κατέχει τέτοια θέση στον τρόμο!!!Παρόλο που είναι προφανές απ'τη μέση σχεδόν τι έχει γινει και σε ορισμένα σημεία θα ήθελα πιο πολλές λεπτομέρειες και τρόμο (ο συγγραφέας είναι αρκετά φειδωλός,σα να θέλει απλώς να καταγράψει κάποια γεγονότα), το μοναδικό του μυθιστόρημα με "κέρδισε" και με αγχωσε!!

υ.γ. Η έκδοση απ'τον Αίολο είναι χάλια (λανθασμένες ημερομηνίες, λείπουν εισαγωγικά όταν σταματάει κάποιος να μιλάει, ανάκληση λέξεων/φράσεων
Jun 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: HP Lovecraft fans
Shelves: horror-gothic
I'm rereading this based upon Stephen's review so if I do not appreciate it more, it will be entirely his fault :-)

In The Case of Charles Dexter Ward HPL ventures a novel-length story about his Elder Gods and one man’s tragic fate when he delves into mysteries better left unexamined. Charles Dexter Ward is the scion of a well established Providence family who begins investigating esoteric matters and discovers that an ancestor, Joseph Curwen, was killed by
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Do not call up that which you cannot put down.”
— H. P. Lovecraft, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward"

I first read H.P. Lovecraft’s 1927 short novel “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” when I was 11 years old, in the tacky Del Rey edition pictured. At the time, I was surprised by the difference between the densely erudite content and the pulp cover art. A horror writer with high-literary roots, Lovecraft remains a unique and original artist; at his best, he combines the ethereal sensibilities of “d
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una novela corta muy bien contada en la que se van desvelando la trama a cuentagotas, destapando cada vez un poquito más. No te da todos los detalles del misterio y no se detiene en descripciones macabras, no es nada densa y no se hace pesada de leer. Pero por contra me ha resultado bastante previsible.
3 estrellas, interesante.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tafferugli a Providence

Considerato uno dei must del mefistofelico autore, questo racconto lungo ha il pregio di un'ottima idea di fondo che si annacqua in dinamiche ripetitive e forzature varie, le quali minano un'atmosfera di conturbante alienazione.

Frammento trash integrativo: il medico che brancola nel buio con certe testimonianze non si può proprio leggere; come anche Ward che fa di tutto nel suo studiolo - odori mefitici, sussurri nel buio, riti improbabili, fughe in piena notte - senza c
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: group-read, classics
[Name Redacted]
This was the first work by Lovecraft I ever read, but I have not re-read it in nearly 2 decades. I had odd tastes, even as a child. I remembered very little, aside from the broad plot-points, so you can imagine my consternation when, upon re-reading it this week, I discovered that I am merely one step away from following in the footsteps of young Charles; so many of the descriptions of him sounded like the man i have become and, as it happens, 3 years ago I began to dedicate myself to exactly th ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η Περίπτωση του Τσαρλς Ντέξτερ Γουόρντ, ήταν ένα αρκετά ιδιαίτερο βιβλίο. Και λόγω γραφής και λόγω περιεχομένου. Μου έφερε στο μυαλό πολλές φορές το Πορτραίτο του Ντόριαν Γκρέυ, από το οποίο πιστεύω πως άντλησε ιδέες ο Lovecraft γι' αυτή την ιστορία και αν μπορούσα να βάλω μια ταμπέλα σε αυτό το βιβλίο, αυτή θα ήταν «μεταφυσικό ψυχολογικό thriller».
Υπήρχαν κάποιες περιγραφές που πραγματικά έκοβαν την ανάσα, ειδικά όσο πλησίαζε το τέλος.
Αν υπήρχε κάτι που με κούρασε ήταν ότι υπήρχαν περιπτώσεις
Eℓℓis ♥
In occasione del gruppo-tour halloweeniano su Facebook --> Reveries - Letteratura dell'immaginario.

Secondo racconto che leggo del celeberrimo Lovecraft.
"Il caso di Charles Dexter Ward" si presenta sotto forma di freddo e distaccato resoconto scientifico degli avvenimenti; non mi soffermo sulla trama perché potete benissimo leggerla da voi. Per quanto riguarda lo stile ho apprezzato il modo in cui l'autore introduce il lettore, a piccoli passi, nella tematica magico/alchemica, non lesinando
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-reading
Admittedly, a friend of mine and I were suppose to read—and of course finish—this last Halloween. Ha, what a turn of events; now that I have finished this.

This was my first time reading anything by H. P. Lovecraft even though I have quite plenty of his work on my to-read list, as well as physical copies waiting to be read. I can frankly say that I have enjoyed this one very much, the ending most of all. The descriptive and steady style of writing kept me thoroughly engaged in the story and I ca
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slučaj Čarlsa Dekstera Vorda je roman za uživanje u suptilnom osećaju jeze. Nema ovde prekrivanja očiju, skakanja sa stolice/kreveta i bacanja knjige, niti povremenog lupanja srca od pročitane groze, ali itekako ima dve stotine strana konstantno fino naježene kože. Atmosfera koju Lavkraft plete svojim bogatim književnim umećem i vrsnim poznavanjem okultnog je alfa i omega romana i zaslužuje duboko poštovanje.
Bill  Kerwin

Lovecraft remained dissatisfied with The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. It was his longest work of fiction, and he referred to as “a cumbrous, creaking bit of self-conscious antiquarianism.” He composed it in 1927, but made no attempt to revise it in the ten years of life that remained to him, even though short horror novels like Ward were more marketable and paid better than the novellas and long short stories in which he excelled.

For years I thought H.P. too harsh in his assessment, for I liked
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have such mixed feelings about this book, it was a very interesting and spooky story, but on the other hand reading it felt like work the entire way to the end. The denseness of prose, the utter lack of dialogue, the constant verboseness didn't lend themselves to an enjoyable read. I have to say I'm glad to have read it and I plan on reading Lovecraft in the future, though most likely sticking to his shorter works.
Nicolás Mendoza.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Genial. Me sentí como leyendo una novela policíaca pero con matices de "terror/fantasía", el desenlace y final es muy bueno. El extraño caso de Charles Dexter Ward!, enjoy!
Evan Leach
”From a private hospital for the insane near Providence, Rhode Island, there recently disappeared an exceedingly singular person. He bore the name of Charles Dexter Ward, and was placed under restraint most reluctantly by the grieving father who had watched his aberration grow from a mere eccentricity to a dark mania involving both a possibility of murderous tendencies and a profound and peculiar change in the apparent contents of his mind.”

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, the longest work by H.
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