Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
"Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family" is a short story in the horror fiction genre, written by American author H. P. Lovecraft in 1920; the themes of the story are tainted ancestry, knowledge that it would be best to remain unaware of, a reality which human understanding finds intolerable. The story begins by describing the ancestors of a British nobleman, his great-great-great-grandfather, Sir Wade Jermyn, had been an early explorer of the Congo region, whose books on a mysterious white civilization there had been ridiculed. He had been confined to an asylum in 1765. Lovecraft describes how the Jermyn family has a peculiar physical appearance that began to appear in the children of Wade Jermyn and his mysterious and reclusive wife, who Wade claimed was Portuguese. Wade's son, Philip Jermyn, was a sailor that joined the navy after fathering his son, disappeared from his ship one night as it lay off the Congo coast. Philip's son, Robert Jermyn, was a scientist, he married a daughter of the 7th.
Viscount Brightholme and fathered three sons, one of whom, Nevil Jermyn, had a son, Arthur Jermyn's father. In 1852, Robert Jermyn met with an explorer, Samuel Seaton, who described "a grey city of white apes ruled by a white god". Robert killed the explorer after hearing this, as well as all three of his own sons. Nevil Jermyn managed to save his son, before his death. Robert was put in an asylum and, after two years, died there. Alfred Jermyn grew up to inherit his grandfather's title, but abandoned his wife and child to join a circus, where he became fascinated with a gorilla "of lighter colour than the average", he became its trainer, but was killed in Chicago after an incident in which he attacked the gorilla and the latter fought back. Arthur Jermyn inherited the family possessions, moved into Jermyn House with his mother. Arthur Jermyn is described as having a unusual appearance, the strangest in the line descended from Sir Wade Jermyn. Arthur became a scholar visiting the Belgian Congo on a research expedition, where he heard tales of a stone city of white apes and the stuffed body of a white ape goddess, which had since gone missing.
Returning to a trading post, Arthur talks to a Belgian agent who offers to both obtain and ship the goddess' body to him. Arthur accepts his offer, returns to England. After a period of several months, the body arrives at Jermyn House. Arthur begins his examination of the mummy, only to run screaming from the room, commit suicide by dousing himself in oil and setting himself alight. Lovecraft describes the contents of the stuffed goddess' coffin—the ape goddess has a golden locket around her neck with the Jermyn arms on it, bears a striking resemblance to Arthur Jermyn, it is clear that Wade Jermyn's Portuguese wife was the ape goddess, all of his Parahuman descendants were the product of their union. Arthur's remains are neither buried, on account of this; the mummy is burnt by the Royal Anthropological Institute. Both of Lovecraft's parents died in a mental hospital, some writers have seen a concern with having inherited a propensity for physical and mental degeneration reflected in the plot of his stories his 1931 novella, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, which shares some themes with Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family.
As in many of his stories, the mind of a character deteriorates as his investigations uncover an intolerable reality, a central tenet of Cosmicism which Lovecraft outlines in the opening sentence of The Call of Cthulhu: "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents." In a letter, Lovecraft described the impetus behind Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family': Somebody had been harassing me into reading some work of the iconoclastic moderns — these young chaps who pry behind exteriors and unveil nasty hidden motives and secret stigmata — and I had nearly fallen asleep over the tame backstairs gossip of Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. The sainted Sherwood, as you know, laid bare the dark area which many whited village lives concealed, it occurred to me that I, in my weirder medium, could devise some secret behind a man's ancestry which would make the worst of Anderson's disclosures sound like the annual report of a Sabbath school.
Hence Arthur Jermyn. While Lovecraft claimed that he intended to describe the most horrible family shadow, E. F. Bleiler declares that "actually, the story is a metaphor for his extreme bigotry and social snobbery; the story was first published in the journal The Wolverine in March and June of 1921. To Lovecraft's distaste, the story was retitled "The White Ape" when it appeared in Weird Tales in 1924. Subsequent reprintings titled it "Arthur Jermyn" until the corrected publishing in Dagon and Other Macabre Tales in 1986. Critic William Fulwiler suggests that the plot of "Arthur Jermyn" may have been inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels The Return of Tarzan and Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, in which the lost city of Opar is "peopled by a hybrid race resulting from the matings of men with apes." E. F. Bleiler, has commented that it "undoubtedly owes much to Edgar Rice Burrough's Opar in his Tarzan series". Humanzee Lovecraft, Howard P.. S. T. Joshi, ed; the Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories.
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Steven Philip Jones
Steven Philip Jones is an American writer. His works include adaptations and original stories based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes Canon, the horror-adventure comics series Nightlinger, the mystery novel King of Harlem, the non-fiction books The Clive Cussler Adventures: A Critical Review and Comics Writing: Communicating with Comic Books. Steven Jones was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1960, lived in Fort Wayne and Dayton, before his family settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1964. Jones graduated high school in 1978, worked several jobs, including Review & Compliance officer for the Iowa Department of Historic Preservation in Des Moines and proof dispatcher for The Cedar Rapids Gazette, before attending the University of Iowa in 1985. Jones graduated with honors in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Journalism, was accepted into Iowa Writers’ Workshop Master of Fine Arts program, he has one daughter. Jones began writing fiction at age nine, starting with The Cases of Ace, an anthology of short-short detective stories.
In 1974, he became a schoolyard celebrity after submitting plays to a regional television program, The Acri Creature Feature, winning five “Creep of the Week” awards in as many months. Jones wrote his first novel, Caper, in 1976 on a dare from his best friend, Wayne Amsler, that he could not write a better novel than Robert Sheckley’s The Game of X. Jones added a sequel, Sabre-Dance, 1977. A two-volume anthology, Break of Night, which included a full-length novel featuring Jones’s superhero Vanguard, was completed in 1980; that same year, Jones and a fellow comics fan, David D. Arnold, published the anthology magazine Quazar, which featured the first published work of Dan Jurgens and the first published story featuring Vanguard. Three years Jones wrote the script for the second issue of Arnold’s superhero team book, Alpha-Team-Omega. Jones met comic book artist Christopher Jones in 1980 at Minneapolis Comic-Con, the two have been friends since. In 1987, Mystery Scene Magazine published Jones' one-shot comic “King of Harlem” with art by Christopher Jones.
Edward Gorman, the magazine’s editor, recommended expanding the comic into a novel, offered to help Jones find an agent after the manuscript for King of Harlem was completed. After “King of Harlem,” Jones and Jones made their professional comics debut together in 1987 with Street Heroes 2005, they have since worked on Re-Animator, Mighty 1, Worlds Of H. P. Lovecraft: The Statement of Randolph Carter, they co-created the series Teenage Mutants. Jones sold his first comics series, Street Heroes 2005, to Malibu Graphics in 1987. Since he has written over 60 comic books and graphic novel scripts for Malibu, Caliber Comics, Sundragon Comics, Arrow Comics, TransFuzion Publishing, Marvel Comics, has worked with several notable artists, including Aldin Baroza, Sergio Cariello, Octavio Cariello, Sandy Carruthers, Rob Davis,S. Clarke Hawbaker, Christopher Jones, Dan Jurgens, Bruce McKorkindale, Seppo Makinen, Wayne Reid, Scott Rosema, John Ross, Jason Yungbluth. Editors he has worked with include Gary Reed, Tom Mason, Dave Olbrich.
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Beyond the Wall of Sleep (short story)
"Beyond the Wall of Sleep" is a science fiction short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in 1919 and first published in the amateur publication Pine Cones in October 1919. An intern in a mental hospital relates his experience with Joe Slater, an inmate who died at the facility a few weeks after being confined as a criminally insane murderer, he describes Slater as a "typical denizen of the Catskill Mountain region, who corresponds with the'white trash' of the South", for whom "laws and morals are nonexistent" and whose "general mental status is below that of any other native American people". Although Slater's crime was exceedingly brutal and unprovoked he had an "absurd appearance of harmless stupidity" and the doctors guessed his age at about forty. During the third night of his confinement, Slater had the first of his "attacks", he burst from an uneasy sleep into a frenzy so violent it took four orderlies to strait-jacket him. For nearly fifteen minutes he gave vent to an incredible rant.
The words were in the voice and couched in the paltry vocabulary of Joe Slater but the onlookers could construe from the inadequate language a vision of: green edifices of light, oceans of space, strange music, shadowy mountains and valleys. But most of all did he dwell upon some mysterious blazing entity that shook and laughed and mocked at him; this vast, vague personality seemed to have done him a terrible wrong and to kill it in triumphant revenge was his paramount desire. In order to reach it... he would soar through abysses of emptiness'burning' every obstacle that stood in his way. The ranting stopped as as it had started; this was the first of. The peripheral otherworldly images of Slater's visions were different and more fantastic with each successive night, but always there was the central theme of the blazing entity and its revenge; the doctors were perplexed with the Slater case. Where did a backward man like Slater get such visions, when an illiterate rustic like him would have had little if any exposure to fairy tales or fantasy stories?
Not that there were stories similar to Slater's. Why, was Slater dying? As an undergraduate, the intern had built a device for two-way telepathic communication which he had tested with a fellow student with no result; the device was designed around his principle that thought was a form of radiant energy. Heedless of any ethics, he attached himself with Slater to the device. With the device switched on, he received a message from a being of light whose experiences had been what were transmitted through the medium of Joe Slater; this being explained that, when not shackled to their physical bodies, all humans are light beings. The thought-message went on to explain that, as light beings within the realm of sleep, humans can experience the vistas of many planes and universes which remain unknown to waking awareness; the intern understood that the light being would now become incorporeal, undertake at last a final battle with its nemesis near Algol. Joe Slater died and there were no further transmissions.
That night an enormously bright star was discovered in the sky near Algol. Within a week it had dimmed to the luminosity of an ordinary star and in a few months it had become visible to the naked eye. Lovecraft said the story was inspired by an April 1919 article in the New York Tribune. Reporting on the New York state police, the article cited a family named Slater or Slahter as representative of the backwards Catskills population; the nova mentioned at the end of Lovecraft's story is a real star, known as GK Persei. The title of the story may have been influenced by Ambrose Bierce's "Beyond the Wall". Jack London's 1906 novel Before Adam, which concerns the concept of hereditary memory, contains the passage, "Nor...did any of my human kind break through the wall of my sleep." "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" was first published in October 1919 in Pine Cones, an amateur journal edited by John Clinton Pryor. It was subsequently reprinted in The Fantasy Weird Tales; the book Science-Fiction: The Early Years describes the concepts of both "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" and "From Beyond" as "very interesting, despite stiff, immature writing."
The story was adapted into a 1991 comic book by writer Steven Philip Jones, artist Octavio Cariello, published by Malibu Graphics. In 2016 Caliber Comics reprinted it in the anthology H. P. Lovecraft's Worlds and its own graphic novel; the story was adapted into a 2006 film titled Beyond the Wall of Sleep, directed by Barrett J. Leigh and Thom Maurer; the film's title sequence was created by Kenny Jensen. "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" was adapted as a short film of the same title in 2009 by Nathan Fisher. Several metal bands have recorded songs inspired by this story, including Black Sabbath, Sentenced and Opeth, as well as guitarist Christian Muenzner. Beyond the Wall of Sleep title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Beyond Wall of Sleep public domain audiobook at LibriVox
H. P. Lovecraft bibliography
This is a complete list of works by H. P. Lovecraft. Dates for the fiction and juvenilia are in the format: composition date / first publication date, taken from An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia by S. T. Joshi and D. E. Schultz, Hippocampus Press, New York, 2001. For other sections, dates are the time of composition, not publication. Many of these works can be found on Wikisource. While considered to be collaborations, the status of these works as such is disputed, despite their traditional status as belonging to the Cthulhu Mythos; the Inevitable Conflict. This was published in Amazing Stories under the name P. H. Lovering. A variety of evidence, including statistical analysis of the writing structure, has been put forward to suggest that Lovecraft was not the author; the Poem of Ulysses, or The Odyssey Ovid's Metamorphoses H. Lovecraft's Attempted Journey betwixt Providence & Fall River on the N. Y. N. H. & H. R. R. Poemata Minora, Volume II Ode to Selene or Diana To the Old Pagan Religion On the Ruin of Rome To Pan On the Vanity of Human Ambition C.
S. A. 1861-1865: To the Starry Cross of the SOUTH De Triumpho Naturae The Members of the Men's Club of the First Universalist Church of Providence, R. I. to Its President, About to Leave for Florida on Account of His Health To His Mother on Thanksgiving To Mr. Terhune, on His Historical Fiction Providence in 2000 A. D. New-England Fallen On the Creation of Niggers Fragment on Whitman On Robert Browning On a New-England Village Seen by Moonlight Quinsnicket Park To Mr. Munroe, on His Instructive and Entertaining Account of Switzerland Ad Criticos Frusta Praemunitus De Scriptore Mulieroso To General Villa On a Modern Lothario The End of the Jackson War To the Members of the Pin-Feathers on the Merits of Their Organisation, of Their New Publication, The Pinfeather To the Rev. James Pyke To an Accomplished Young Gentlewoman on Her Birthday, Decr. 2, 1914 Regner Lodbrog's Epicedium The Power of Wine: A Satire The Teuton's Battle-Song New England Gryphus in Asinum Mutatus To the Members of the United Amateur Press Association from the Providence Amateur Press Club March 1914 The Simple Speller's Tale On Slang An Elegy on Franklin Chase Clark, M.
D. The Bay-Stater's Policy The Crime of Crimes Ye Ballade of Patrick von Flynn The Issacsonio-Mortoniad On Receiving a Picture of Swans Unda. R. Kleiner, Laureatus, in Heliconem Temperance Song Lines on Gen. Robert Edward Lee Content My Lost Love The Beauties of Peace The Smile Epitaph on ye Letterr Rrr........ The Dead Bookworm On Phillips Gamwell Inspiration Respite The Rose of England The Unknown Ad Balneum On Kelso the Poet Providence Amateur Press Club to the Athenaeum Club of Journalism Brotherhood Brumalia The Poe-et's Nightmare Futurist Art On Receiving a Picture of the Marshes of Ipswich The Rutted Road An Elegy on Phillips Gamwell, Esq. Lines on Graduation from the R. I. Hospital's School of Nurses Fact and Fancy The Nymph's Reply to the Modern Business Man Pacifist War Song—1917 Percival Lowell To Mr. Lockhart, on His Poetry Britannia Victura Spring A Garden Sonnet on Myself April Iterum Conjunctae The Peace Advocate To Greece, 1917 On Receiving a Picture of ye Towne of Templeton, in the Colonie of Massachusetts-Bay, with Mount Monadnock, in New-Hampshire, Shown in the Distance The Poet of Passion Earth and Sky Ode for July Fourth, 1917 On the Death of a Rhyming Critic Prologue to "Fragments from an Hour of Inspiration" by Jonathan E.
Hoag To M. W. M. To the Incomparable Clorinda To Saccharissa, Fairest of Her Sex To Rhodoclia—Peerless among Maidens To Belinda, Favourite of the Graces To Heliodora—Sister of Cytheraea To Mistress Sophia Simple, Queen of the Cinema An American to the British Flag Autumn Nemesis Astrophobos Lines on the 25th. Anniversary of the Providence Evening News, 1892-1917 Sunset Old C
Charter Street Historic District
The Charter Street Historic District encompasses a small remnant of the oldest part of Salem, Massachusetts that has since been surrounded by more modern development. It includes three properties on Charter Street: the Pickman House, the Grimshawe House, the Charter Street Cemetery, or Central Burying Point; the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The Pickman House is located on Charter Street behind the Peabody Essex Museum, the oldest continually operated museum in America; the house, built in 1664 and is located on Charter Street. The house was restored by Historic Salem in 1969 and purchased by the museum in 1983, it stands just east of the cemetery entrance on the south side of Charter Street. The Grimshawe House is a Federal style three story wood frame house, built c. 1770, which stands just west of the cemetery entrance. It is most significant for its association with writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, who courted his future wife Sophia Peabody in the house, owned by her father.
The house and the adjacent cemetery feature in a number of Hawthorne's works, most notably the unfinished Doctor Grimshawe's Secret: A romance. The cemetery is a rectangular plot of land, used as a burying ground since at least 1637, it includes several notable burials: Richard More, the only passenger of the Mayflower with a documented gravesite Simon Bradstreet, one of the founders and governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Hathorne, ancestor of Nathaniel Hawthorne and a magistrate involved in the Salem witch trials List of historic houses in Massachusetts National Register of Historic Places listings in Salem, Massachusetts National Register of Historic Places listings in Essex County, Massachusetts
Weird Tales is an American fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine founded by J. C. Henneberger and J. M. Lansinger in late 1922; the first issue, dated March 1923, appeared on newsstands February 18. The first editor, Edwin Baird, printed early work by H. P. Lovecraft, Seabury Quinn, Clark Ashton Smith, all of whom would go on to be popular writers, but within a year the magazine was in financial trouble. Henneberger sold his interest in the publisher, Rural Publishing Corporation, to Lansinger and refinanced Weird Tales, with Farnsworth Wright as the new editor; the first issue under Wright's control was dated November 1924. The magazine was more successful under Wright, despite occasional financial setbacks it prospered over the next fifteen years. Under Wright's control the magazine lived up to its subtitle, "The Unique Magazine", published a wide range of unusual fiction. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos stories first appeared in Weird Tales, starting with "The Call of Cthulhu" in 1928; these were well-received, a group of writers associated with Lovecraft wrote other stories set in the same milieu.
Robert E. Howard was a regular contributor, published several of his Conan the Barbarian stories in the magazine, Seabury Quinn's series of stories about Jules de Grandin, a detective who specialized in cases involving the supernatural, was popular with the readers. Other well-liked authors included Nictzin Dyalhis, E. Hoffmann Price, Robert Bloch, H. Warner Munn. Wright published some science fiction, along with the fantasy and horror because when Weird Tales was launched there were no magazines specializing in science fiction, but he continued this policy after the launch of magazines such as Amazing Stories in 1926. Edmond Hamilton wrote a good deal of science fiction for Weird Tales, though after a few years he used the magazine for his more fantastic stories, submitted his space operas elsewhere. In 1938 the magazine was sold to William Delaney, the publisher of Short Stories, within two years Wright, ill, was replaced by Dorothy McIlwraith as editor. Although some successful new authors and artists, such as Ray Bradbury and Hannes Bok, continued to appear, the magazine is considered by critics to have declined under McIlwraith from its heyday in the 1930s.
Weird Tales ceased publication in 1954, but since numerous attempts have been made to relaunch the magazine, starting in 1973. The longest-lasting version began in 1988 and ran with an occasional hiatus for over 20 years under an assortment of publishers. In the mid-1990s the title was changed to Worlds of Fantasy & Horror because of licensing issues, with the original title returning in 1998; as of 2018, the most recent published issue was dated Spring 2014. The magazine is regarded by historians of fantasy and science fiction as a legend in the field, with Robert Weinberg, author of a history of the magazine, considering it "the most important and influential of all fantasy magazines". Weinberg's fellow historian, Mike Ashley, is more cautious, describing it as "second only to Unknown in significance and influence", adding that "somewhere in the imagination reservoir of all U. S. genre-fantasy and horror writers is part of the spirit of Weird Tales". In the late 19th century, popular magazines did not print fiction to the exclusion of other content.
In October 1896, the Frank A. Munsey company's Argosy magazine was the first to switch to printing only fiction, in December of that year it changed to using cheap wood-pulp paper; this is now regarded by magazine historians as having been the start of the pulp magazine era. For years pulp magazines were successful without restricting their fiction content to any specific genre, but in 1906 Munsey launched Railroad Man's Magazine, the first title that focused on a particular niche. Other titles that specialized in particular fiction genres followed, starting in 1915 with Detective Story Magazine, with Western Story Magazine following in 1919. Weird fiction, science fiction, fantasy all appeared in the pulps of the day, but by the early 1920s there was still no single magazine focused on any of these genres, though The Thrill Book, launched in 1919 by Street & Smith with the intention of printing "different", or unusual, was a near miss. In 1922, J. C. Henneberger, the publisher of College Humor and The Magazine of Fun, formed Rural Publishing Corporation of Chicago, in partnership with his former fraternity brother, J. M. Lansinger.
Their first venture was Detective Tales, a pulp magazine that appeared twice a month, starting with the October 1, 1922 issue. It was unsuccessful, as part of a refinancing plan Henneberger decided to publish another magazine that would allow him to split some of his costs between the two titles. Henneberger had long been an admirer of Edgar Allan Poe, so he created a fiction magazine that would focus on horror, titled it Weird Tales. Henneberger chose the editor of Detective Tales, to edit Weird Tales. Payment rates were low between a quarter and a half cent per word. Sales were poor, Henneberger soon decided to change the format from the standard pulp size to large pulp, to make the magazine more visible; this had little long-term effect on sales, though the first issue at the new size, dated May 1923, was the only one that first year to sell out completely—probably because it contained the first instalment of a popular serial, The Moon Terror, by A. G. Birch; the magazine lost a considerable amount of money under Baird's editors
Beyond the Wall of Sleep (collection)
Beyond the Wall of Sleep is a collection of fantasy and science fiction short stories and essays by American author H. P. Lovecraft, it was the second collection of Lovecraft's work published by Arkham House. 1,217 copies were printed. The volume is named for the Lovecraft short story "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"; the stories for this volume were selected by Donald Wandrei. The dust jacket art was a collage of photographs of sculptures by Clark Ashton Smith. Beyond the Wall of Sleep contains these texts. Items 1-4, 100, 101 are essays. "By Way of Introduction", by August Derleth & Donald Wandrei "Autobiography: Some Notes on a Nonentity" "The Commonplace Book" "History and Chronology of the Necronomicon" "Memory" "What the Moon Brings" "Nyarlathotep" "Ex Oblivione" "The Tree" "The Other Gods" "The Quest of Iranon" "The Doom That Came to Sarnath" "The White Ship" "From Beyond" "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" "The Unnamable" "The Hound" "The Moon-Bog" "The Evil Clergyman" "Herbert West--Reanimator" "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" "The Crawling Chaos" "The Green Meadow" "The Curse of Yig" "The Horror in the Museum" "Out of the Eons" "The Mound" "The Diary of Alonzo Typer" "The Challenge from Beyond" "In the Walls of Eryx" "Ibid" "Sweet Ermengarde" "Providence" "On a Grecian Colonnade in a Park" "Old Christmas" "New England Fallen" "On a New England Village Seen by Moonlight" "Astrophobos" "Sunset" "A Year Off" "A Summer Sunset and Evening" "To Mistress Sophia Simple, Queen of the Cinema" "The Ancient Track" "The Eidolon" "The Nightmare Lake" "The Outpost" "The Rutted Road" "The Wood" "Hallowe'en in a Suburb" "Primavera" "October" "To a Dreamer" "Despair" "Nemesis" "Psychopompos" "The Book" "Pursuit" "The Key" "Recognition" "Homecoming" "The Lamp" "Zaman's Hill" "The Port" "The Courtyard" "The Pigeon-Flyers" "The Well" "The Howler" "Hesperia" "Star-Winds" "Antarktos" "The Window" "A Memory" "The Gardens of Yin" "The Bells" "Night-Gaunts" "Nyarlathotep" "Azathoth" "Mirage" "The Canal" "St. Toad’s" "The Familiars" "The Elder Pharos" "Expectancy" "Nostalgia" "Background" "The Dweller" "Alienation" "Harbour Whistles" "Recapture" "Evening Star" "Continuity" "Yule Horror" "To Mr. Finlay" "To Clark Ashton Smith" "Where Once Poe Walked" "Christmas Greetings to Mrs. Phillips Gamwell" "Brick Row" "The Messenger" "The Cthulhu Mythology: A Glossary" by Francis T. Laney "An Appreciation of H. P. Lovecraft" by W. Paul CookAlthough the story and poetry selections have appeared in other Lovecraft collections, Beyond the Wall of Sleep has never been reprinted in its original form.
New York Times reviewer William Poster noted that this second Lovecraft collection comprised the author's "lesser writings," faulting in particular his poems and prose poems, which "tend to reveal his weaknesses rather than reveal his stature. Without the coloring excitement of narrative suspense and climax his language seems thin and obvious, getting most of its effects by the hypnotic repetition or judicious timing of adjectives like'slimy,"nameless,' or'loathsome.'" E. F. Bleiler described Beyond as "really an afterthought volume", commenting that "The fiction is all minor, although The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, despite its being strangely tired and routine, has interesting concepts and good moments". Jaffery, Sheldon; the Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. pp. 5–6. ISBN 1-55742-005-X. Nielsen, Leon. Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 49–50. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4. Chalker, Jack L.. The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998.
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