I have fond memories of reading Lovecraft's dream stories, I remember them catching my imagination in a way that a lot of his Mythos stories just didn't. I know the cycle isn't popular (I've even heard that Lovecraft himself didn't care for them,) and given I haven't read them in a decade I'm a bit nervous that nostalgia is clouding my vision.
I was wondering if I could get some opinions, and maybe a name of a good dead tree anthology collection to refresh my views.
If you find yourself disappointed with your re-reading of Lovecraft's dream stories, I suggest picking-up Lord Dunsany's early fantasy short stories (particularly his Pegana tales). These stories by Dunsany were what inspired Lovecraft to write his dream tales. Lovecraft himself held Dunsany's stories in far higher regard than he held his own.
I like 'em. The early ones are a bit more like prose-poems, so perhaps they aren't as exciting. But I really like The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. To tell you the truth, I'd much prefer an RPG setting like that than some of the realistic ones we usually see published.
Post by warrioroffrobozz on Nov 13, 2011 19:53:44 GMT -6
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath has always fascinated me, it's a good break from the normal more "realistic" fantasy stories we see everywhere. That cover looks a little misleading, though, I never imagined the Dreamlands to look like that!
Nestled before you is a peaceful Goblin Village, whose destiny is to be slaughtered by ruthless adventurers. Attack?
I don't think I ever quite understood the whole, "I'm a Lovecraft fan, but I only like A. B sucks." viewpoint. I suppose it's just a matter of personal taste, but I love everything Lovecraft. Even Sweet Ermengarde (it's short and kind of lame, but I chuckled all the way through it).
I recently picked up this and I'm absolutely loving it. It was $20 at my local B&N, and I verified it was the 2nd printing before purchase. The only draw-back is that it doesn't have his poetry, but those are easy enough to obtain. I highly recommend it. Oh, and it has all of the Dream Cycle stories.