H.P. Lovecraft: Page 1

My opinion of my whole experience varies from time to time. In broad daylight, and at most seasons I am apt to think the greater part of it a mere dream; but sometimes in the autumn, about two in the morning when winds and animals howl dismally, there comes from inconceivable depths below a damnable suggestions of rhythmical throbbing ... and I feel that the transition of Juan Romero was a terrible one indeed.

H.P. Lovecraft

"The Transition of Juan Romero"

There be those who say that things and places have souls, and there be those who say they have not; I dare not say, myself, but I will tell of The Street.

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"The Street"

But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false?

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"The Street"

In London there is a man who screams when the church bells ring.

H.P. Lovecraft

"The Descendant"

Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal...

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"The Tomb"

I have dwelt ever in realms apart from the visible world; spending my youth and adolescence in ancient and little-known books, and in roaming the fields and groves of the region near my ancestral home. I do not think that what I read in these books or saw in these fields and groves was exactly what other boys read and saw there; but of this I must say little, since detailed speech would but confirm those cruel slanders upon my intellect which I sometimes overhear from the whispers of the stealthy attendants around me.

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"The Tomb"

Just before dawn Arcturus winks ruddily from above the cemetery on the low hillock, and Coma Berenices shimmers weirdly afar off in the mysterious east; but still the Pole Star leers down from the same place in the black vault, winking hideously like an insane watching eye which strives to convey some strange message, yet recalls nothing save that it once had a message to convey. Sometimes, when it is cloudy, I can sleep.

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"Polaris"

Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon.

H.P. Lovecraft

"Beyond The Wall of Sleep"

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.

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"The White Ship"

Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.

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"The White Ship"

Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.

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"The White Ship"

In the land of Sona-Nyl there is neither time nor space, neither suffering nor death.

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"The White Ship"

I yearned mightily to enter this fascinating yet repellent city, and besought the bearded man to land me at the stone pier by the huge carven gate Akariel; but he gently denied my wish, saying: "Into Thalarion, the City of a Thousand Wonders, many have passed but none returned. Therein walk only daemons and mad things that are no longer men, and the streets are white with the unburied bones of those who have looked upon the eidolon Lathi, that reigns over the city."

H.P. Lovecraft

"The White Ship"

For the cat is cryptic, and close to Aegyptus, and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in MeroŰ and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungle's lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten.

H.P. Lovecraft

"The Cats of Ulthar"

Very sleek and fat did the cats appear, and sonorous with purring content.

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"The Cats of Ulthar"

But he was unmoved, and cried: "If I am mad, it is mercy! May the gods pity the man who in his callousness can remain sane to the hideous end!"

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"The Temple"

Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous. Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species -- if separate species we be -- for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world.

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"Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family"

If we knew what we are, we should do as Sir Arthur Jermyn did; and Arthur Jermyn soaked himself in oil and set fire to his clothing one night.

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"Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family"

Kuranes was not modern, and did not think like others who wrote. Whilst they strove to strip from life its embroidered robes of myth, and to shew in naked ugliness the foul thing that is reality, Kuranes sought for beauty alone.

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"Celepha´s"

There are not many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we learn and dream, we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and prosaic with the poison of life.

H.P. Lovecraft

"Celepha´s"

But some of us awake in the night with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests; and then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy.

H.P. Lovecraft

"Celepha´s"

That Crawford Tillinghast should ever have studied science and philosophy was a mistake. These things should be left to the frigid and impersonal investigator, for they offer two equally tragic alternatives to the man of feeling and action; despair if he fail in his quest, and terrors unutterable and unimaginable if he succeed.

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"From Beyond"

We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight.

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"From Beyond"

I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness...

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"From Beyond"

Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.

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"The Picture in the House"

For them are the catacombs of Ptolemais, and the carven mausolea of the nightmare countries. They climb to the moonlit towers of ruined Rhine castles, and falter down black cobwebbed steps beneath the scattered stones of forgotten cities in Asia. The haunted wood and the desolate mountain are their shrines, and they linger around the sinister monoliths on uninhabited islands. But the true epicure in the terrible, to whom a new thrill of unutterable ghastliness is the chief end and justification of existence, esteems most of all the ancient, lonely farmhouses of backwoods New England; for there the dark elements of strength, solitude, grotesqueness and ignorance combine to form the perfection of the hideous.

H.P. Lovecraft

"The Picture in the House"

By necessity practical and by philosophy stern, these folk were not beautiful in their sins. Erring as all mortals must, they were forced by their rigid code to seek concealment above all else; so that they came to use less and less taste in what they concealed.

H.P. Lovecraft

"The Picture in the House"

Only the silent, sleepy, staring houses in the backwoods can tell all that has lain hidden since the early days; and they are not communicative, being loath to shake off the drowsiness which helps them forget. Sometimes one feels that it would be merciful to tear down these houses, for they must often dream.

H.P. Lovecraft

"The Picture in the House"