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Los sueños en la Casa de la Bruja

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,559 ratings  ·  239 reviews
Los sueños en la Casa de la Bruja
La bestia en la cueva
El Alquimista
La Transición de Juan Romero
Paperback, 93 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Edaf S.A. (first published 1933)
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J.L.   Sutton
I'm growing to appreciate HP Lovecraft's shorter works. In The Dreams of the Witch House, Lovecraft evokes both a nameless horror and moves the story at a decent pace. A general sense of foreboding dominates this story and it works here because there is a plot moving the story forward.
Unfortunately, while Lovecraft's ideas behind interdimensional horror which he introduces in the story are interesting, he isn't able to successfully pull that part off. His description seems forced and doesn't w
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Bill Kerwin

Objectively considered, this should have been a Lovecraft masterpiece. Unfortunately (as is often true of predictive analysis), the story itself didn’t turn out that way.

Here are the facts so you can decide for yourself. H.P. wrote “Dreams” in 1932, a few months after “The Shadow over Innsmouth” and more than halfway through his final decade of mature work, a period triggered by his failed marriage and fearful sojourn in New York and nourished by a return to his native Providence. Lovecraft’s ar
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Peter
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Wow, what a spooky story! Walter Gilman, a student, lodges together with 3 other persons in a haunted house. It was Keziah Mason's home who vanished from her cell in the shape of a rat before her witch trial in Salem. Gilman is starting to have strange dreams about bizarre towns, the witch and a mysterious rat with human features (Brown Jenkin). He starts to sleep-walk and the situation gets more threatening day by day. When a little boy is kidnapped by a mysterious Black Man and the witch the s ...more
Leonard Gaya
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unsurprisingly for a Lovecraftian character, Walter Gilman, the protagonist of this story, is a young specialist in both mathematics and folklore. Moreover, this tale mixes considerations on the multi-dimensional nature of the cosmos with witchcraft — the rituals of Walpurgis Night — and the recurring Cyclopean cities of the Cthulhu mythos.

More characteristically, in stark contrast with At the Mountains of Madness, which takes place in the cold heart of the Antarctic, The Dreams in the Witch Hou
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Alejandro
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreams turning into nightmares!


RENTING WITCH-HOUSE

This is yet other tale part of the Cthulhu Mythos.

A student from the Miskatonic University, goes to rent an attic room in a house named as “The Witch House” and known to be cursed by the people of Arkham, Mass..

First, if that house is known to be “cursed” in a town sooo cursed like Arkham,...

...DANG!...

...Why the heck that student was so dumb to rent that attic?

Much less keep living there?!

Anyway, he started to have dreams about geometr
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Lyn
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer sit at their favorite table at the café and discuss HP Lovecraft’s 1933 short story “The Dreams in the Witch House”.

George: See, that’s why we started rent control, even back then a good studio apartment was valuable – haunted, possessed by a two hundred year old witch and her malevolent rat-like familiar, maybe a portal to a demon – but still rentable.

Kramer: And ya gotta say, the super was trying, I mean he put down rat poison – there’s plenty of sub-leases tod
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Karl
Lovecraft Illustrated Volume 2

Contents:

ix - Introduction by S.T. Joshi
03 - "The Dreams in the Witch House" by H.P. Lovecraft
53 - "Through Hyperspace with Brown Jenkins" by Fritz Leiber
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Badseedgirl
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Masters of Horror: season 1, episode 2

This short story was just not my cup of tea. I struggled through it, but it was a hard, hard story to complete.
Sheri
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
These old sci-fi/horror stories are fun. They are filled with Victorian era supposition (or post-Victorian in this case) in which scientific explanation is given for the supernatural. These stories come out of a time when science started to be able to explain things like time and space and so credence was given to some historical superstitions. My favorite such example was: "Elwood agreed that Gilman had good scientific grounds for thinking she might have stumbled on strange and significant info ...more
David Sven
I listened to this on the SFF Audio Podcast http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=48997. The actual book reading was 1hr 42min followed by discussion of the book.

I remember seeing the Masters of Horror TV show adaptation which came off pretty creepy. The book itself not so much. I mean the witch coming for the protagonist through his dreams with the little rat creature Brown Jenkins, with the human face and 4 hands, were pretty creepy, and there is a lot of weird and grotesque elements in the book, but a l
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This science fiction paranormal horror story should be enough for any fan. Or you could be like me and like one part more than the other (the second one). The mathematical explanations aren't my thing. It can get a bit too detailed for my taste. Still, the main idea that if we knew the right mathematical formulae, we wouldn't be bound to our dimension or universe is interesting.
I liked the idea for the story itself and that ending didn't hurt it one bit.

Walter Gilman becomes obsessed with a wi
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A Mig
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is Donnie Darko meets The Blair Witch Project. One of those unique stories by Lovecraft where science-fiction, fantasy and horror are blended for the best, or should I say... the worst? One sentence from the text says it all: “he began to connect his mathematics with the fantastic legends of elder magic”, the rest is an escalation towards the ultimate horror.
Lena
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Lovecraft’s very first, and possibly only, female baddie. Don’t expect a red-eyed ingénue in a dark cloak, oh no, this is a proper Lovecraftian monster: horrible to behold, speaking solely through blasphemous actions.

The only thing Lovecraft finds sexy is fear. He wants your screams of madness:

“The vague shrieking and roaring waxed louder and louder, as if approaching some monstrous climax of utterly unendurable intensity.” Whoa.

What I find frightening are the hints of the real crimes being c
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Baal Of
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird
Yeah, it's Lovecraft, so it's got the usual overwrought, portentous language, and lengthy, wordy descriptions involving impossible angles, unreal violet light, and inexplicable events. Because this book is about dreams encroaching into the real world, the excess works for me. A lot of Lovecraft's mythos is showcased in this story, and I do love Nyarlathotep, so flawed as it is, I enjoyed this one. ...more
Mir
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dig the combination of Ye Olde Superstitious Rumours and what was at the time fairly cutting-edge mathematical physics. I admit after all the 4th Dimension, floating polygon, angles of space stuff I was totally not expecting the protagonist to (view spoiler) so you totally got me that time, HP. ...more
Shannon
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who or what is Brown Jenkin? Who was Kezia? Do you feel sorry for Gilman at the end?

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre delivers yet again. This is a great alternative to those who appreciate Lovecraft but find some of his writings cumbersome to digest.

MY GRADE: A-minus.
Quirkyreader
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very powerful and vivid story. Lovecraft used his theme of long walks in this story and it worked in rather well.
Athen
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We had to read this for class, along with At The Mountains of Madness (also by Lovecraft), and I have to say that I enjoyed this one much more than ATMM.
Duffy Pratt
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
This seemed pretty standard for the Lovecraft I have read. He tends to write through so many veils, and keeps so distant from his material, that it is hard to empathize with any of the characters, even as horrible things are happening. I guess that may just be a part of writing about unspeakable horror. If he actually spoke it, it would cease to be unspeakable. And this story comes pretty close.

The idea that witchcraft may just be advanced math is pretty scary. Its one that also comes up, to dif
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Forked Radish
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Walpurgis Night revelers
Brown Jenkin is the true protagonist of this novelette. A cute and cuddly chihuahua like chimerical creature, that if bred, could soon become the latest de rigueur chic accessory for pop tart fashionistas and their wannabe imitators.
JL Shioshita
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Here we have Lovecraft's take on a wicked witch, and it's one of my favorites. You've got most of the classic themes - strange math and weird geometry, different dimensions and higher states of being, a historical mystery whose unraveling leads to madness and insanity, deals with shadowy avatars and strange unnatural creatures - what's not to love. ...more
Sarah Marie
4.25 stars. Well this was weird? Review to come.
Amy (Other Amy)
Possibly Gilman ought not to have studied so hard. Non-Euclidean calculus and quantum physics are enough to stretch any brain; and when one mixes them with folklore, and tries to trace a strange background of multi-dimensional reality behind the ghoulish hints of the Gothic tales and the wild whispers of the chimney-corner, one can hardly expect to be wholly free from mental tension.

This is the Principia Mathematica meets the Blair Witch Project, with an unexpected splash of Alien. The trans-di
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Rick
After having gotten side-tracked by Stephen King's delicious The Bazaar of Bad Dreams I got back to the second half of this wonderfully creepy classic. Lovecraft may have been a racist, and some of his depictions of "foreigners" and "immigrants" in this story illustrate that xenophobic stereotyping, but he was still a master at crafting delightfully eerie tales of the weird and disturbing. This is a perfect example. ...more
Netanella
Dreams in the Witch House is an excellent short story of black magic, a nasty old witch, her ratty familiar, and a few poor college students of Miskatonic University who decide to save a few bucks by staying in the local haunted house, currently with rooms to let dirt cheap. This is excellent Lovecraft, in my opinion, and I enjoyed the story of Walter Gilman immensely. There's blood sacrifice, slanted ceilings and scratching behind the walls. There's travel to different dimensions. References to ...more
Wolfe Tone
Profoundly terrifying in its premise, and a solid read, but not as well executed as some of his other works, especially towards the end.
Williwaw
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Von Sholly does it again! I read somewhere that a critic characterized this story as "Lovecraft's great failure." Granted, Lovecraft stumbles about here and his narrative skills seem to be at a low ebb. The story is quite dry and static until about three quarters of the way through, when the mayhem breaks loose. But Von Sholly's illustrations give this story quite a lift!

Despite a lack of narrative flow, "Dreams" is full of great ideas! One central premise here is that witchcraft can be linked
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Michael Kress
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 1930s
I'm a big fan of Lovecraft. What initially piqued my interest in his writing was the influence he had on some of my favorite authors like Stephen King and Joe Hill. I continue to read his works because of the eloquent language that he uses and the dark, chilling mood that it creates. Like much of my favorite literature, it takes me to a different time and place. I have owned The Complete Fiction for several years, and although I haven't finished the book, I have read several of his short stories ...more
PaddytheMick
claustrophobic and demented; not grandly ambitious in scope outside of the nightmares, whose descriptions are sometimes extra-tough to conceptualize.

"Sometimes he would take walks through shadow tangles of unpaved musty-smelling lanes where eldritch brown houses of unknown age leaned and tottered and leered mockingly through narrow, small-paned windows. Here he knew strange things that happened once, and there was a faint suggestion behind the surface that everything of that monstrous past migh
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Melanie
Not my favorite Lovecraft story, it took a while to 'get going' and I lost concentration a few times because of this. However, Lovecraft revels in the reveal-after-the-fact in his stories, and this one has a few of those in the finale. There were a number of images and events in this story that have been used in modern horror, one of which I was pleasantly surprised to find was leaving flour spread on the floor to see if any footprints appeared overnight.

Narrated beautifully by Ian Gordon on Ho
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