Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Micro Mention "The Dunwich Horror"

As a Lovecraft fan, I can tell you that "The Dunwich Horror" is one of H.P. Lovecraft's best stories. It features two of his all-time greatest monsters—if not as famous as some—and they come straight from a nightmare.

"The Dunwich Horror," in my opinion, maybe the last grand hoorah of his early literary stylings. Still, it's firmly rooted in Lovecraft's more occult phase of horror writing than what would become is later style with more cosmic horror-focused stories that bridge over into science fiction. 

In this story, there is still a heavy focus on magic, evil wizards, and cults. Whereas later stories like "At the Mountains of Madness," my favorite—you can read my full review here—and "The Whisperer in Darkness" both have terrifying, incomprehensible monsters, but they aren't magically summoned. We'd describe them as aliens, but that's a matter of debate since Lovecraft throws out there that the Elder Things may have created us as some cosmic joke.

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