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The Case of Charles Dexter Ward The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is the only lengthy work of Lovecraft classified as a novel rather than a novella Lovecraft wrote this story in 1927, and as per legend, When HPL finished writing this novel he was so disappointed with the final draft that he decided to shelve it instead of publishing it, and only after Lovecraft s demise did this work found the light in 1941It s not a legend, but a true fact I just wanted to use As per legend in a sentence So what is it all about The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is the only lengthy work of Lovecraft classified as a novel rather than a novella Lovecraft wrote this story in 1927, and as per legend, When HPL finished writing this novel he was so disappointed with the final draft that he decided to shelve it instead of publishing it, and only after Lovecraft s demise did this work found the light in 1941It s not a legend, but a true fact I just wanted to use As per legend in a sentence So what is it all aboutI have brought to light a monstrous abnormality, but I did it for the sake of knowledge Now for the sake of all life and Nature you must help me thrust it back into the dark againThe Case tells the story of Charles and his obsession with his sinister 18th century ancestor, Joseph Curwen, whose idea of hobbies were murdering people and conjuring ungodly creatures from distant abysses no man should ever venture upon Kids, If any of you invent time travel, do not try an expedition to the 18th century It was not a fun time.Anyways, Mr Curwan, AKA Dark Wizard of Providence is long gone and his legacy was almost forgotten, thanks to the work of scared, yet sensible officials of the city Almost forgotten.Enter Charles Dexter Ward.If you ve read enough Lovecraftian tales, you will see the footprints of this story in many of his acclaimed tales I think when HPL shelved this story, he borrowed the interesting parts from the pages of the novel and dropped them in his short stories likeThe Thing on the Doorstepand manyAlso, the plot and revelations of the novel are easily guessable after decades of reuse of these elements in horror medium, so don t expect any surprises here.Yet with Case Of Charles Dexter Ward, we get something special Something wholesome This is one of the rare HPL standalone tales which boasts complete backstories, fleshed out characters and a definite ending Even though I knew exactly what s going to happen, I enjoyed the writing, especially the parts where Charles tracked down the gruesome history of his enigmatic ancestor and the sinister last act.Overall, this is a must read for Lovecraft s fan club After all, this is his only novel 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 readof Lovecraft 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 readof Lovecraft s work this year Yeah, I made a vow, baby A vow 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 go 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 and have not yet sampled this tasty dish, you are in for a treat PLOT SUMMARY The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is the longest work of fiction produced by Lovecraft and is his only novel coming in at about 180 pages Much of the novel is told in epistolary format as a serious of diary entries, newspaper clippings, and quotes from journals and reports In brief, the novel recounts the story of a brilliant young man, Charles Dexter Ward, who in the early 1900 s undergoes a bizarre and unexplained mental collapse soon after becoming obsessed with one of his ancestors named Joseph Curwen Curwen was a wealthy shipping merchant was was rud to be a powerful and evil alchemist and sorcerer who, though almost 100 years old did not lookthan 40 when he died After young Charles Ward suffers his breakdown and mysteriously vanishes, his physician, Dr Marinus Willett, begins investigating the weird goings on We learn of the nefarious past of Ward s ancestor and the rumors of diabolical acts that surrounded him during his life As the mystery slowly unfolds, Willett eventually discovers insert mind blowing and totally satisfying resolution THOUGHTS I don t really want to go into anydetail because the slow unveiling of the mystery and the subtle clues and hints peppering the narrative that eventually all come together at the climax are quite impressive and part of the charm of the tale However, I can t help teasing you by offering that the central mystery touches on a plethora of cleverly integrated horror staples including vampirism, zombies, necromancy, black magic, alchemy, the Necronomicon and the Cthulhu mythos, including the first mention of Yog Sothoth, the Lurker at the Threshold aka Opener of the Wayaka He who is a Scary multi eyed multi mouthed Ginormous JELLO mold This story is really a seminal tale of the Cthulhu Mythos and one of the aspects I found most appealing is that Lovecraft creates a seriously spooky tension filled atmosphere in this story without directly expounding on the cosmology of the elder gods All the reader is told is of some vast conspiracy involving some vast and nameless malevolence from beyond the stars It is a perfect example of the less istechnique for instilling maximum dread into the narrative In sum, I thought this was outstanding I m not giving this quite 5 stars only because HPL s prose is not as dripping with imagery as some of hisfamous stories and the length of the novel left a little too much time for Lovecraft to discuss the architecture of Providence at the turn of the century which got a bit stale after a while However, those minor nits aside, this is a definite must read for fans of HPL 4.5 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION The Case of Charles Dexter Ward 1927 is probably a culmination in Lovecraft s career After some short stories such as The Rats in the Walls, The Shunned House or The Call of Cthulhu, it is the first work of fiction that has the dimension of a full novel and goes over the themes he had previously developed The investigation into a dark mystery usually taking place around the town of Providence, Lovecraft s place of residence The discovery of a repulsive cult, most evocative of Alchemy, Qab The Case of Charles Dexter Ward 1927 is probably a culmination in Lovecraft s career After some short stories such as The Rats in the Walls, The Shunned House or The Call of Cthulhu, it is the first work of fiction that has the dimension of a full novel and goes over the themes he had previously developed The investigation into a dark mystery usually taking place around the town of Providence, Lovecraft s place of residence The discovery of a repulsive cult, most evocative of Alchemy, Qabalah or Voodoo or rather a depraved or primitive version of these esoteric practices A hoard of letters or notes, written in a cryptic, foul language including a copy of the Necronomicon by the Mad Arab Abdul Alhazred Finally, the unearthing of a ghastly secret, hidden in a stifling underground, that presents a threat of cosmic proportions.More specifically, Lovecraft probably wrote The Case of Charles Dexter Ward with Poe s story, The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar, in mind In both cases, there is a fascination for the occult, for dead, dying or undead characters for some dark form or science or witchcraft Lovecraft also develops the theme of the doppelg nger, typical of the fantasy science fiction genre, from Stevenson s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to Gaiman s Coraline.All in all, however, Lovecraft s story is perhaps overly complex for a short novel, with many irrelevant background descriptions and epistolary texts about colonial Rhode Island or maybe too stretched out for a short story, which makes it a bit winding and difficult to follow.The True Detective TV series starring the excellent Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson is, the way I see it, indirectly inspired by Lovecraft s novella 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 writeoften and maybe get a girlfrie 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 writeoften and maybe get a girlfriend Only the omniscient narrator is really worried.The Horror is mostly rather understated, but the monstrosities are classic Lovecraft It is hard to explain just how the single sight of a tangible object with measurable dimensions could so shake and change a man and we may only say that 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.It s kind of sweet on some level that Lovecraft thinks it is fine for grown men to scream hysterically and maybe faint when they see scary stuff Not the 18th century guys, though they were made of sterner stuff back then and only have PTSD when the action is over I enjoyed this book It is not very scary, so don t be put off by the NAMELESS TERROR expressed by various characters The prose is somewhat less purple than is oft Lovecraft s wont my impression is that he is a lotlurid when writing about the Dreamlands and other Unknown exotic locations than when using real world settings this is set in an area he knew himself, and that is clear from the descriptions of streets and houses and neighborhoods it may be extra enjoyable if you are from this bit of New England yourself My edition, which is the Creation Oneiros one, had enough typos to be mildly distracting, but on the plus side did not have the claustrophobically squashed print I ve encountered in several Lovecraft reprints 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 visionThat 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 cThere 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 visionThat 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 convoluted sentence structures.When I read At the Mountains of Madness I felt that Lovecraft is preferable in smaller doses, that is when his stories are not novel or even novella length It seems that when he gives himself elbow room with the longer format he overindulges his tendency to ramble, overwrite and include unnecessary details The Case of Charles Dexter Ward reinforces this impression for me The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is basically about an undead necromancer called Joseph Curwen who is foolishly resurrected by his descendent the eponymous Charles Dexter Ward through evocations, and other black magic shenanigans Curwen of course wrecks all kinds of havoc because you don t come back to life via black magic to do charity work One thing I noticed about reading Lovecraft is that the creepy atmosphere iseffective if you read the stories in a quiet room, unfortunately, I read this book in a living room while family members are watching TV and it rendered the creep factor completely ineffective I also find the depiction of Curwen s early life fairly mundane and less than riveting The usual Lovecraftian tropes are all accounted for, the awful smells, the creepy noises, the creaking, the screaming and what not The unmentionable Necronomicon by Mad Paula Abdul Alhazred is of course mentioned Poor Cthulhu does not get a look in though his cousin Yog Sothoth is often referred to.Lovecraft s idiosyncratic prose style can be both entertaining and frustrating As I mentioned before he isreadable in short story format At novel length he tends to repeat himself with the description of funny smells, funny noises etc The faux archaic English passages are also hard to decipher Lovecraft seems to aspire to be a literary prose stylist, unfortunately, his literary ambition exceeds his talent A scene from this story by keren orThe climax of the story is unexpected though, it makes the whole thing almost worthwhile I also particularly like this passageIt was a godless sound one of those low keyed, insidious outrages of Nature which are not meant to be To call it a dull wail, a doom dragged whine, or a hopeless howl of chorused anguish and stricken flesh without mind would be to miss its quintessential loathsomeness and soul sickening overtonesHe could have been reviewing a Justine Bieber album here Not my favorite Lovecraft book then, the very best of Lovecraft is to be found in The Best of H.P Lovecraft Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre Exactly what it says on the tin That anthology is the perfect Halloween read, I cannot say the same about 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 Offering The Mercy Of Death 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 hor 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 genre books and movies have borrowed liberally from Lovecraft s themes and even works like Harry Potter show semblances of Lovecraftian influence If you like the horror genre, this is a must read, and if you have never read a Lovecraft work, this is a good one to start A very good read METAL INVADER METAL INVADER Insidious investigation A NAME TO REMEMBER A novella focused in the investigation of a psychiatrist about Charles Dexter Wardmedically certified insane, who escaped from a mental asylum funny enough, while Arkham, Mass., inspired the famous Batman s Arkham Asylumit seems that there wasn t any mental asylum in H.P Lovecraft s work named it in that way so the investigation of this psychiatrist who is obsessed with an ancestor involved in dark practices.But sometimes, the Insidious investigation A NAME TO REMEMBER A novella focused in the investigation of a psychiatrist about Charles Dexter Wardmedically certified insane, who escaped from a mental asylum funny enough, while Arkham, Mass., inspired the famous Batman s Arkham Asylumit seems that there wasn t any mental asylum in H.P Lovecraft s work named it in that way so the investigation of this psychiatrist who is obsessed with an ancestor involved in dark practices.But sometimes, the past must be left in the past


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About the Author: H.P. Lovecraft

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 Wikipedia