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  • Published: 18 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780142437957
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $29.99

The Dreams in the Witch House

And Other Weird Stories



'The dreams were wholly beyond the pale of sanity . . .'

Plagued by insane nightmare visions, Walter Gilman seeks help in Miskatonic University's infamous library of forbidden books, where, in the pages of Abdul Alhazred's dreaded Necronomicon, he finds terrible hints that seem to connect his own studies in advanced mathematics with the fantastic legends of elder magic.  'The Dreams in the Witch House,' gathered together here with more than twenty tales of terror, exemplifies H. P. Lovecraft's primacy among twentieth-century American horror writers.

A companion volume to The Call of Cthulhu and The Thing on the Doorstep, this original Penguin Classics collection presents the definitive texts of the work, including a newly restored text of 'The Shadow out of Time,' along with S.T. Joshi's invaluable Introduction and Notes.
'Lovecraft's fiction is one of the cornerstones of modern horror . . . A unique and visionary world of wonder, terror, and delirium.'
- Clive Barker

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by S. T. JOSHI

  • Published: 18 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780142437957
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

H. P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island on August 20, 1890. His father, a traveling salesman, suffered a nervous breakdown three years later and was hospitalised until his death in 1898, from a form of syphilis. Lovecraft's family experienced financial difficulties after the death of his grandfather in 1904, and the shame of this deeply affected the young writer. His relationship with his mother was severely troubled, and she was also hospitalised after a nervous breakdown in 1919. After a brief marriage and a period living in Brooklyn where he first began publishing his stories in the magazine Weird Tales, Lovecraft returned to Providence where he continued to write stories, and supported himself through ghost-writing. He continued to be plagued by money problems, and died in relative poverty on March 15, 1937. His numerous stories, novellas and poem were never collected and properly published during his lifetime.

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