Monday, December 31, 2012
"Dreams in the Witch House" by H.P. Lovecraft review
5 out of 5 stars
Please note: This review includes links to a GWAR video and song. If you are not aware of GWAR, they are a horror/comedy heavy metal band. Their music is often loud and incoherent. Their videos and live shows are violent and often out-right gross. View the video at your own discretion, but don't complain I didn't warn you!
Part of the Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft, which can be found formatted for Nook and Kindle on CthulhuChick.com.
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: GWAR's song "The Horror of Yig" (special appearance by the queen!) is an appropriate choice when reading this book. (Here is one direct from the album, with only sound, no video so you can actually hear the song and not crowd noise!)
This is, I think, among my favorite H.P. Lovecraft short stories. I really like the idea of Brown Jenkins, and the old witch is just creepy as can be. Like most of Lovecraft's stories, this one points out the danger of allowing oneself to learn too much, especially when it comes to exotic mathematics and physics. So, if you are a scientist... BEWARE! You might be opening yourself up to Azathoth!