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Horror Story Review: "Nyarlathotep" by H. P Lovecraft

eThis is a short prose poem, almost like a recitation of a dream. A new god, too horrible to describe, has arisen in Egypt. He looks like one of the old Pharaohs. The narrator refers to him as “crawling chaos.” Wherever he goes, dark whispers of old prophecies—not to mention destruction—follow in his wake. Yet men (and probably women, but Lovecraft doesn’t say so) are drawn the old god.

The narrator, along with his friends, go to see the god. They enter into his presence experience him and leave, each group seemingly sent in a different direction.

Lovecraft creates an atmosphere of unrelenting dread. None of the actors seem to be capable of will or of understanding the consequences of their actions. It is a nightmare not of one person, or even a group of people, but apparently of the entire civilization. One hears screams, understands the madness of those uttering the screams, but the characters in the story are not only without power to prevent the suffering of their fellows or to render aid, they’re unsure they want to or know how to.

The character of Nyarlahotep is on that would be used again by Lovecraft and others later on.

Don’t read this if you’ve had a bad day!


Title: “Nyarlathotep” written in 1920, first published in United Amateur Nov. 1920

Author: H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937)

Source: Wikipedia



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Last Lovecraft review: “The Temple”


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MegL wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:10 PM

He sounds like a few humans I have heard of!

msiduri wrote on August 15, 2015, 4:39 PM

I hope you applied a good haymaker to those humans!

grandma20121 wrote on August 16, 2015, 8:22 PM

it sounds like a good thing to read or watch if were available in both book or movie

AliCanary wrote on August 18, 2015, 12:14 AM

I really need to read some Lovecraft. I'm ignoring the classics!
Side note: Are you sure it's okay to use the book cover as your picture? Even though you are using a scan or a photo that you took, it's still a copyrighted image.

msiduri wrote on August 18, 2015, 9:15 AM

grandma20121 I hope you enjoy it if you read it. Thanks for your note.

msiduri wrote on August 18, 2015, 9:19 AM

A lot of Lovecraft stories are very short so even if you don't like them, you haven't invested much. Not everyone likes his stuff.

My thought—(and elitecodex may feel differently. If the admins do, I'll remove the images without a grumble. ) is that the covers are visible to everyone. If I used an interior image it would be different. Now if I got the cat to pose with the cover, not only would that be a good trick—

AliCanary wrote on August 18, 2015, 7:24 PM

Your cat isn't named Cthulu, by any chance? emoticon :winking:

msiduri wrote on August 18, 2015, 8:23 PM

No, just plain old Gremlin. emoticon :smile:

CalmGemini wrote on August 21, 2015, 12:06 AM

I read this some time back. I did not find it as exciting as ' The Call of Cthulhu '. I have not read any other stories featuring '' Nyarlathotep ''.

msiduri wrote on August 21, 2015, 9:55 AM

No, I don't think it's as exciting. I reads like a bad dream. I haven't read any other stories either, but according to the literature, they're out there: "The crawling chaos."