The Lurking Fear and Other Stories

The Lurking Fear and Other Stories

by H.P. Lovecraft

Only H.P. Lovecraft can send your heart racing faster than it's ever gone before.

Contents:1 The Lurking Fear nv Home Brew Jan 23 (+3); Weird Tales Jun 28 23 Dagon ss The Vagrant Nov 19; Weird Tales Oct 23 29 Beyond the Wall of Sleep ss Pine Cones Oct 19; Weird Tales Mar 38 41 The White Ship ss The United Amateur Nov 19 49 Arthur Jermyn Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family ss The Wolverine Mar 21 (+1); Weird Tales May 35 59 From Beyond ss The Fantasy Fan Jun 34; Weird Tales Feb 38 67 The Temple ss Weird Tales Sep 25 81 The Moon-Bog ss Weird Tales Jun 26 91 The Hound ss Weird Tales Feb 24 99 The Unnamable ss Weird Tales Jul 25 107 The Outsider ss Weird Tales Apr 26 115 The Shadow Over Innsmouth na Visionary Press: Everett, PA, 1936; Weird Tales Jan 42

  • Language: English
  • Category: Horror
  • Rating: 4.20
  • Pages: 182
  • Publish Date: May 12th 1987 by Del Rey
  • Isbn10: 0345326040
  • Isbn13: 9780345326041

What People Think about "The Lurking Fear and Other Stories"

It reminded me of Poe and Robert Chambers stories I have read. Then he really had me with The Nameless City, a mystical and enchanting ancient Egyptian type story mixed with horror. Innsmouth is a classic strange town with people that dont seem quite right story, (maybe the original?) that just gets stranger and stranger. And finally I thought The Shadow out of Time was just a masterpiece! It had everything I could want in a story basically.It was a mind blowing mix of all sorts of things Im interested in, history, hieroglyphics, megaliths, amnesia, space, time, the mind, dreams, consciousness and then of course Lovescrafts creatures. The Shadow Out of Time.

Most of the stories are straight-forward horror, and mostly outside of the mythos cycle, although there is one Dreamworld story ("The White Ship") and the longest story ("The Shadow over Innsmouth") is fairly well part of the mythos. "The Lurking Fear" itself is a grisly tale of physical and moral degeneracy, and a cursed house, with similarities to "The Rats in the Walls," and a curiously homo-erotic undertone. "Dagon" is arguably Lovecraft's "first" story, and one which hints at later mythos developments, without really establishing them. "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" is an early horror tale that hints at coming Dreamworld developments. "The White Ship" is a more developed Dreamworld tale of a young man who forsakes reality for the more interesting world he can visit by traveling the path of imagination, and the error which hubris leads him to. "The Moon-Bog" is a somewhat fanciful and traditional Gothic horror tale, which puts a nasty twist on stories of the "little people" of Ireland.

The title story, the lurking fear, offered some promise when you sat back and contemplated the actual storyline but felt very rushed and clunky to me and wasn't a great starting tale. I also felt a little bit put off by some details about lovecraft's life and worldviews which were mentioned in the introduction, ( I TRY NOT TO READ IT FIRST BUT I FELT COMPELLED THIS TIME) looks like we have an overt racist, but I cannot comment on that fully until I've read one of the stories that fully mentions it. One little bugbear that was also starting to get at me was the use of the final line being the shocking thing that created the highest point of fear for each story.

I've always thought Lovecraft's influence arose from his single-mindedness - he didn't allow anything as paltry as good writing to get in the way of his metaphysical disquietude. We have "Arthur Jermyn," which by far is the most blatant testament to Lovecraft's racism. The eponymous Arthur basically discovers - to his horror - his African heritage, and naturally is driven to take his accursed life. I can't remember him ever writing a particularly memorable protagonist to his stories (and in all fairness its tough for misanthropes to create likable characters).

Lovecraft is considered the best horror short-story writer, so I was excited to find this collection of his stories at my favourite used book shop. My two favourite stand-out stories in this collection were by far "The Lurking Fear" and "Beyond the Wall of Sleep". So, although I didn't like this collection as a whole, these two stories impressed me and I would probably try reading more Lovecraft stories in the future.

Perhaps The Lurking Fear was the first story of the anthology, and that explains why I loved it most out of all of the listed, or maybe it worked the other way around (in that it was put first because its quality stands out).

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien.