The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward Incantations of black magic unearthed unspeakable horrors in Providence Rhode Island Evil spirits are being resurrected from beyond the grave a supernatural force so twisted that it kills without of

Incantations of black magic unearthed unspeakable horrors in Providence, Rhode Island Evil spirits are being resurrected from beyond the grave, a supernatural force so twisted that it kills without offering the mercy of death Cover illustration Michael Whelan

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  1. Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.Lovecraft s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity Lovecraft s protagonists usually achieve the mirror opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.Although Lovecraft s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

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  2. 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 dark arts i [...]

  3. 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 gourmand an [...]

  4. 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 of Lovecraft s work this ye [...]

  5. 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 convolute [...]

  6. 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 often and maybe get a girlfriend Only [...]

  7. 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 horror ge [...]

  8. 4.5Lovecraft 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 Charles Dexte [...]

  9. 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 description for this edi [...]

  10. 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 find th [...]

  11. Voy a ser categ rica con esta novela Es fenomenal Este es el primer libro que leo de Lovecraft adem s del Necromic n, que es m s 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 t tulo a la obra A inicios del siglo XX, este joven comienza a sentir una profunda e inquieta fascinaci n por un antiguo antepasado suyo, Joseph Curwen, intern ndose por elloo en un mundo oscuro, escalo [...]

  12. 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 pag [...]

  13. 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 pu proprio leggere come anche Ward che fa di tutto nel suo studiolo odori mefitici, sussurri nel buio, riti improbabili, fughe in piena notte senza che terzi [...]

  14. I m rereading this based upon Stephen s review so if I do not appreciate it , 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 a terrif [...]

  15. 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 decadent fantasi [...]

  16. Es una novela corta muy bien contada en la que se van desvelando la trama a cuentagotas, destapando cada vez un poquito m s 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.

  17. 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 the s [...]

  18. 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 perch 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 un tocco di mist [...]

  19. 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 cannot wa [...]

  20. Slu aj arlsa Dekstera Vorda je roman za u ivanje u suptilnom ose aju jeze Nema ovde prekrivanja o iju, skakanja sa stolice kreveta i bacanja knjige, niti povremenog lupanja srca od pro itane groze, ali itekako ima dve stotine strana konstantno fino naje ene ko e Atmosfera koju Lavkraft plete svojim bogatim knji evnim ume em i vrsnim poznavanjem okultnog je alfa i omega romana i zaslu uje duboko po tovanje.

  21. Genial Me sent como leyendo una novela polic aca pero con matices de terror fantas a , el desenlace y final es muy bueno El extra o caso de Charles Dexter Ward , enjoy

  22. 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.

  23. 1 star There were a lot of things that just didn t work for me Third book for BookTubeAThon 2017 completed Review to come.

  24. Es una fina tela de ara a que te atrapa cuidadosamente Escrito con mimo y deteni ndose en cada palabra, se disfruta poco a poco.L stima que Lovecraft no est de moda, porque con los medios t cnicos que hay ahora, un director malsano podria hacer una pel cula estupenda.

  25. 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.P L [...]

  26. Having just re read this book as part of the HPL reading group, I feel I can revise my original review The book was apparently not one of Lovecraft s favorites among his own work, and it was never published in his lifetime It is the longest piece he ever wrote, and in various ways it reflects his discomfort with the novel, as opposed to his facility with the short story There are redundancies, as if HPL himself found it difficult to remember what had already been said or was unsure what the read [...]

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