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These next two entries are both part of the Weird Stories anthology as well, but as longer novellas and landmark Lovecraftian works , they merit their own entries. As Olmstead embarks on a tour of the town — having heard vague, superstitious warnings from outsiders — he detects something strange about its citizens. Those walking the streets of Innsmouth are the resulting offspring — as they mature, they will grow to resemble the Deep Ones, eventually joining them in their underwater cities.
James becomes involved in a controversy surrounding strange, seemingly extraterrestrial sightings. But after receiving a letter from one Henry Wentworth Akeley, a fellow academic, Wilmarth opens his mind to the possibilities of extraterrestrial life — only to find that he never should have gotten involved.
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Lovecraft loved him a fictional New England town full of inexplicable phenomena. The Dunwich Horror follows the development of Wilbur Whateley, a child who matures at a freakish rate, becoming a full-grown man in just a few years. Old Whateley teaches Wilbur the ways of dark sorcery and witchcraft; the locals fear and avoid them. What single thread runs through all of this bizarre horror? Something even more disturbing than readers might anticipate. Lovecraft books that frequently appears in connection with the Old Ones.
Another classic Lovecraft novella, and probably his best-known work after Cthulhu , At the Mountains of Madness describes a failed to put it lightly Antarctic expedition as recounted by Professor William Dyer.
Upon arriving at their base, Dyer and his colleagues are thrilled to unearth the remains of a previously undiscovered prehistoric species — some specimens of which are in perfect condition. For instance, Dyer and another colleague discover the remains of massive, inhuman architecture, along with etchings that explain the evolution of the Elder Things and imply their eventual migration into the ocean.
Carter must navigate the uncharted terrain and interact with the many strange inhabitants of the Dreamlands, never quite sure who wants to help and who would rather hurt him. From the feline-filled city of Ulthar where the only law is that no one may kill a cat to the onyx nation of Inganok, Kadath truly does mimic the atmosphere of our most random dreams.
Carter is desperate to regain his dreaming abilities, leading him to search for an actual ornate silver key that he believes will unlock the gate of dreams.
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In Through the Gates of the Silver Key , Carter has disappeared, and his family and friends gather to handle his estate. The whole Dream Cycle sequence signifies yet another genre shift for H. This novella sees Lovecraft return to writing about strange creatures, namely the Great Race of Yith, aliens who can travel through space and time. The main human character of the story is Professor Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee, who unexpectedly finds his own consciousness linked to that of a Yithian.
The Shadow Out of Time is most notable for delving so thoroughly into Yithian culture and history, explaining their original cosmic purpose: to study all forms of civilization throughout space and time. The Mound is another classic Lovecraft novella detailing a rich but much less benign non-human culture.
Zamacona happened upon the K'n-yanians during an expedition nearly years prior, when they welcomed him as one of their own. However, as Zamacona learned more about their history and barbaric cultural practices, he became more and more terrified of what they might do to him. The story on the scroll ends hastily, unclear whether Zamacona was able to escape or not; the narrator dismisses it as an elaborate hoax.