hits counter The Dunwich Horror: Seven Stories - Ebook PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

The Dunwich Horror: Seven Stories

Availability: Ready to download

This edition reprints seven stories appearing in the 1963 Arkham House edition. The reprinted stories include: "In the Vault"; "Pickman's Model"; "The Rats in the Walls"; "The Music of Erich Zann"; "The Haunter of the Dark"; "The Dunwich Horror"; and "The Thing on the Doorstep". This edition reprints seven stories appearing in the 1963 Arkham House edition. The reprinted stories include: "In the Vault"; "Pickman's Model"; "The Rats in the Walls"; "The Music of Erich Zann"; "The Haunter of the Dark"; "The Dunwich Horror"; and "The Thing on the Doorstep".


Compare

This edition reprints seven stories appearing in the 1963 Arkham House edition. The reprinted stories include: "In the Vault"; "Pickman's Model"; "The Rats in the Walls"; "The Music of Erich Zann"; "The Haunter of the Dark"; "The Dunwich Horror"; and "The Thing on the Doorstep". This edition reprints seven stories appearing in the 1963 Arkham House edition. The reprinted stories include: "In the Vault"; "Pickman's Model"; "The Rats in the Walls"; "The Music of Erich Zann"; "The Haunter of the Dark"; "The Dunwich Horror"; and "The Thing on the Doorstep".

30 review for The Dunwich Horror: Seven Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Skylar Phelps

    Unbelievably, this is my first by Lovecraft, and I have been so excited to read his work for some time. Now that it’s fall time, it’s Lovecraft time! I am not necessarily a major horror fan but I have a fascination for the weird; for the munching, crunching things in the walls; the squirming, slithering things that slink in the dark pools of the mind. I do enjoy being scared but for me the most bewitching things are the ones that make little, if any sense. Things that defy reality and exist even Unbelievably, this is my first by Lovecraft, and I have been so excited to read his work for some time. Now that it’s fall time, it’s Lovecraft time! I am not necessarily a major horror fan but I have a fascination for the weird; for the munching, crunching things in the walls; the squirming, slithering things that slink in the dark pools of the mind. I do enjoy being scared but for me the most bewitching things are the ones that make little, if any sense. Things that defy reality and exist even though they shouldn’t and even if they only lurk in the imagination. With that said about me, I thought The Dunwich Horror was fabulous! I loved the tone of the story, I loved the flowery prose, I liked the weirdness, and I absolutely loved the tentacles! I feel like I’ve only dipped my toes into the Lovecraft pool of cosmic weirdness and I can’t wait for more!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kalvin Moschkau

    Finished this baby in the bathroom at work, as all Lovecraft should be read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    N

    It's difficult pushing through the first half of the book but gets quite interesting pretty soon. It's difficult pushing through the first half of the book but gets quite interesting pretty soon.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Creepy imagery and characters. I definitely see more HP Lovecraft in my future

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    Some satanists in the woods bring about a beast that will destroy humanity. The descriptions are amazing! Dark, twisted, eerie.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Natalia Balakhashvili

    This may not be the author's best work but it is definitely one of the most important. This may not be the author's best work but it is definitely one of the most important.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Logan Paul

    The village of Dunwich has always had legends and myths surrounding it. Perhaps it’s simply its setting, in the dark marshlands and hills of northern Massachusetts. Many who would dare visit would always be assaulted mentally by the loud ominous noises coming from beneath the nearby hills and mountains. The townsfolk are a superstitious bunch, who keep to themselves, forming a tight and guarded community. The roads smell foul, animals are sick, and plants wilt, if they even grow at all. But what The village of Dunwich has always had legends and myths surrounding it. Perhaps it’s simply its setting, in the dark marshlands and hills of northern Massachusetts. Many who would dare visit would always be assaulted mentally by the loud ominous noises coming from beneath the nearby hills and mountains. The townsfolk are a superstitious bunch, who keep to themselves, forming a tight and guarded community. The roads smell foul, animals are sick, and plants wilt, if they even grow at all. But what caused this desolation? Why, the Dunwich Horror may be the cause. Among the denizens of this strange little settlement is an old family named the Whateleys. Old Man Whateley, and his pale, albino counterpart, give birth to a child under strange means. The baby is deformed and almost goatlike, and grew unnaturally quickly, both physically as well as mentally. By the age of three or four, having the average size and intelligence of a 15 year old. Witchcraft was common amongst the Whateleys, and many people feared them for that very reason. They seemed to be up to something in the upstairs room of the family home, and the albino mother seemed distressed. Strange happenings around the farm cause many in the town to be suspicious. Wilbur and the old man had brought something through to the physical world from the timeless voids outside the universe, and it’s connection to the Outer God “Yog-Sothoth” only increases it tenebrous nature. The librarian from the Miskatonic University in Arkham, Henry Armitage suspects something afoot in Dunwich, and takes great interest in Wilbur’s affairs. He may be one of the only people capable of deciphering the mystery of the horrors to come, as he alone is the only one willing to delve into the pages of blasphemous grimoires and esoteric texts. In many cases, the story can get quite bland. In particular, scenes that demand the characters to speak in an accent. It is at times hard to read, making these parts rather tedious. This story is quite long(longer than other Lovecraft stories), and Lovecraft seems to try to extend the scenes as long as possible. The great battle at the end however is highly dramatic, and expresses the very feelings and vibes that first drew me into reading his stories.This story is unique among other Lovecraft, in that the ending is carried out differently. I would advise to reader to stop and process each bit of information carefully, as much of the conclusion is misleading. Of course, I would also like to point out the usage of the Necronomicon. This book is a central motif in many Lovecraft stories, and it is the most present object that binds all his stories to together into the mythos(the “Yog-Sothary”). This shows us that this is technically related to other Lovecraft stories such as “The Call of Cthulhu”. In this case the book is used both by WIlbur and Henry Armitage for research purposes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Guthrie

    This is my second Lovecraft story, after the famous Call of Cthulhu, and I was similarly underwhelmed by it. I admit that the mythology he created is interesting, but I find him to be a very clumsy writer when it comes to the execution. Reading this, and Call of Cthulhu, I could never get past his flat characters, unrealistic dialogue, and vague descriptions of the horrors that are often 'too terrible to put into words' to feel any of the intended fear. In short, for a horror story it just isn't This is my second Lovecraft story, after the famous Call of Cthulhu, and I was similarly underwhelmed by it. I admit that the mythology he created is interesting, but I find him to be a very clumsy writer when it comes to the execution. Reading this, and Call of Cthulhu, I could never get past his flat characters, unrealistic dialogue, and vague descriptions of the horrors that are often 'too terrible to put into words' to feel any of the intended fear. In short, for a horror story it just isn't very scary.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anselm Daniel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Horror in the countryside This review contains spoilers. The Dunwich Horrer is written by H.P. Lovecraft and was published in 1929. The short story is about a family in a desolate village of Dunwich, Massachusetts. After a meeting with a strange entity, the family's young take on a monstrous transformation. This becomes investigated by a professor in Arkham, Massachusetts. The Dunwich Horror is one of the best short stories by H.P. Lovecraft. The short story is able to setup the mystery with the Wh Horror in the countryside This review contains spoilers. The Dunwich Horrer is written by H.P. Lovecraft and was published in 1929. The short story is about a family in a desolate village of Dunwich, Massachusetts. After a meeting with a strange entity, the family's young take on a monstrous transformation. This becomes investigated by a professor in Arkham, Massachusetts. The Dunwich Horror is one of the best short stories by H.P. Lovecraft. The short story is able to setup the mystery with the Whateley family. The story does a good job with creating the mystery and why the Whately family is so strange. The subsequent mystery of the barn becomes solved in a unique way with the protagonists actually succeeding. Lovecraft’s world of Massachusetts is beautifully realized here. H.P. Lovecraft offers rich detail for the countryside of Massachusetts and the campus of Miskatonic University. Detail and setup is where H.P. Lovecraft does well. I would recommend The Dunwich Horror. Grade: B

  10. 5 out of 5

    Timo

    Note this is a review only of the Dunwich Horror, I haven't read the rest in this collection (I've been reading them all off the wonderful HPLovecraft.com, which has the pdfs for them all for free). The Dunwich Horror is pretty ok. Lovecraft is not known for his dialogue, and the Dunwich Horror is unfortunately full of it. It is an interesting enough story to pull you along pretty quickly though, and I was genuinely curious to see how it resolved. Not as good as some of his other novellas (I'm st Note this is a review only of the Dunwich Horror, I haven't read the rest in this collection (I've been reading them all off the wonderful HPLovecraft.com, which has the pdfs for them all for free). The Dunwich Horror is pretty ok. Lovecraft is not known for his dialogue, and the Dunwich Horror is unfortunately full of it. It is an interesting enough story to pull you along pretty quickly though, and I was genuinely curious to see how it resolved. Not as good as some of his other novellas (I'm still waiting to find a work of his I like as much as The Mountains of Madness).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason MacDee

    The Horror itself was interesting, though the relating of its story was meh. Occasionally engaging, but mostly boring. As usual with Lovecraft, the mythos he creates is astounding. But you must suffer through the telling to get at it. And at no point will you be afraid. I enjoyed the addition of more phonetic speech for the characters. It added realism and variety.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    3.5/5 Although I liked this much better than “The Thing On the Doorstep,” I felt that once the “horror” arrived the tension was somewhat lost and the story slowed down. The climax felt weak and we only witnessed it from afar. I love the mystery of the dimension in which the horror came from! I can see Lovecraft’s impact on horror!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Holy cow...that was amazing!!! Disgusting, gross, shocking, it pulls you in and doesn't let go. Pardon me for being offensive here but Stephen King can suck it. Nothing and no one will ever top H.P. Lovecraft. Don't even try. Holy cow...that was amazing!!! Disgusting, gross, shocking, it pulls you in and doesn't let go. Pardon me for being offensive here but Stephen King can suck it. Nothing and no one will ever top H.P. Lovecraft. Don't even try.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jared Webster

    I am trying to make a more concerted effort to read things outside my comfort zone, so this is my first time reading Lovecraft. Overall reaction: Meh. Though it is a short story, the first half of Dunwich seems to drag on endlessly. The second half I enjoyed more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    DaftScholar

    A Horror classic. No list of horror and weird fiction is complete without this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Shirkey

    My first and favorite Lovecraft so far. I started the Necronomicon right after and am still working my way through it and that definitely contains some hits and misses. And the Dunwich Horror is a hit. I read this one separately from the Necronomicon (and it was what inspired me to look into more of Lovecraft's library). Lovecraft's weak point for me is often his POV character, but his POV character doesn't make an appearance for a long time in this story and isn't in the way when he does appear My first and favorite Lovecraft so far. I started the Necronomicon right after and am still working my way through it and that definitely contains some hits and misses. And the Dunwich Horror is a hit. I read this one separately from the Necronomicon (and it was what inspired me to look into more of Lovecraft's library). Lovecraft's weak point for me is often his POV character, but his POV character doesn't make an appearance for a long time in this story and isn't in the way when he does appear (as sometimes happens with Lovecraft). Unlike other works (namely the "misses" I spoke of), this one kept me guessing. I knew something was happening and I knew something was odd about Wilbur's birth, but there were a lot of possible answers swimming around in my head. Definitely worth the read. It doesn't take much of your time and is one of Lovecraft's best.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Giana Leiva

    This was the first Lovecraft I’ve read. Kinda read it for spooky season and I thought it was sufficiently scary. Nothing remarkable but I think I’ll give some of his other work a chance.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bhoomika

    My first by Lovecraft and a gateway to keep devouring more of the Lovecraftian horror!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Only with reference to the Dunwich Horror, it was quite good story. A different style to Lovecraft's other works with characters that have more dialogue and a story which does seem to have a few pacing issue near the beginning. As the story progresses the pace does pick up and does begin to be more engaging. Only with reference to the Dunwich Horror, it was quite good story. A different style to Lovecraft's other works with characters that have more dialogue and a story which does seem to have a few pacing issue near the beginning. As the story progresses the pace does pick up and does begin to be more engaging.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Lovecraft has the ability to put fear in your heart with just simple description. A strange family lives a few miles from town. A father and daughter. They have strange features and keep to themselves. Whispers begin when the daughter has a child. No one ever sees the father. The child grows at an alarming rate that causes even more fear. At three is the size of a 15 year old and shows signs of a full beard. His mother dies. His grandfather dies mumbling strange non-human sounds. The doctor thinks Lovecraft has the ability to put fear in your heart with just simple description. A strange family lives a few miles from town. A father and daughter. They have strange features and keep to themselves. Whispers begin when the daughter has a child. No one ever sees the father. The child grows at an alarming rate that causes even more fear. At three is the size of a 15 year old and shows signs of a full beard. His mother dies. His grandfather dies mumbling strange non-human sounds. The doctor thinks they mean nothing but late at night something is killing the cows and a stench no one can identify is in the air. He interprets diary and now knows that there is something out there that must be destroyed. It is definitely a horror story from a master.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Essential Lovercraft, but unlike excruciating "At the Mountains of Madness", this one actually has a plot and it doesn't shy away to describe every morbid detail. Still, it suffers from constant description of fear and shock that protagonists are supposedly facing. As a result, writer's intention to shock is limited to its characters, failing to reach the reader. None the less, brief description of gothic New England bloodlines and the library scene are alone worthy of every minute. The latter i Essential Lovercraft, but unlike excruciating "At the Mountains of Madness", this one actually has a plot and it doesn't shy away to describe every morbid detail. Still, it suffers from constant description of fear and shock that protagonists are supposedly facing. As a result, writer's intention to shock is limited to its characters, failing to reach the reader. None the less, brief description of gothic New England bloodlines and the library scene are alone worthy of every minute. The latter is probably one of the key motifs for future Kings and Bakers or Carpenters and Cronenbergs.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andy Black

    H.P. Lovecraft has a bunch of stories about primitive New England occultists who sacrifice their humanity to rend the fabric of reality, and carry into the world some blasphemous entity. I generally like these stories, but this might be the best overall. The first half of the story that pertains to Wilbur Whately is so deliciously nasty. Just genuinely creepy. If you only read 2 H.P. Lovecraft stories, I'd make them this and "The Color Out of Space". H.P. Lovecraft has a bunch of stories about primitive New England occultists who sacrifice their humanity to rend the fabric of reality, and carry into the world some blasphemous entity. I generally like these stories, but this might be the best overall. The first half of the story that pertains to Wilbur Whately is so deliciously nasty. Just genuinely creepy. If you only read 2 H.P. Lovecraft stories, I'd make them this and "The Color Out of Space".

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nv

    The choice of narrator for this book was just perfect, a deep menacing voice reverberating into the abyssal void, human only as the holographic sliver to which we in this dimension have access. I listened to this in a very scatterbrained way over 4-5 sittings only paying half-attention, and then eventually nodding off to sleep towards the end. I can only hope that the creeping evil of Yog Sothoth needs no conscious mind to absorb it, indeed it works best when the mind is away and unguarded.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    6/10 Well... this certainly was something. As far as the writing goes, it's not as stuffy as most books written around this time but it did drag on at times. I wouldn't consider this a horror story nowadays, but I imagined this scared the heebie jeebies out of the poor God Fearing Christians of the early 20th century. 6/10 Well... this certainly was something. As far as the writing goes, it's not as stuffy as most books written around this time but it did drag on at times. I wouldn't consider this a horror story nowadays, but I imagined this scared the heebie jeebies out of the poor God Fearing Christians of the early 20th century.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Lee

    I enjoyed this, but it wasn't as thrilling or scary as I had expected for my first Lovecraft story. Even though it was a short story, I wish there had been more a little backstory. It was a fun read all the same! I enjoyed this, but it wasn't as thrilling or scary as I had expected for my first Lovecraft story. Even though it was a short story, I wish there had been more a little backstory. It was a fun read all the same!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Arkrayder

    I never tire of reading H.P. Lovecraft. His descriptions are fantastic and his influence can be seen in King and Gaiman novels. Hellboy owes a lot to the Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos. Can’t praise Lovecraft enough!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tree

    My first time reading Lovecraft. It was an enjoyable read with a good twist at the end. I love that it was academics who won the battle against evil. I do think it needed some editing though. I'm looking forward to reading more of his stories. My first time reading Lovecraft. It was an enjoyable read with a good twist at the end. I love that it was academics who won the battle against evil. I do think it needed some editing though. I'm looking forward to reading more of his stories.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nick Gotch

    This is definitely one of my more favorite Lovecraft tales. I enjoy when the stories are more "concrete" in the mythology and the Dunwich Horror fits that bill nicely. This is definitely one of my more favorite Lovecraft tales. I enjoy when the stories are more "concrete" in the mythology and the Dunwich Horror fits that bill nicely.

  29. 5 out of 5

    A Mig

    A déjà-vu of Lovecraft’s earlier works, too lengthy to be truly enjoyable

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Kocur

    Wow, a new fan is born! The way Lovecraft rolls out the scenes of horror are gripping. He was definitely ahead of his time!! What an imagination!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.