Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The by H. P. Lovecraft(14 ratings)
|Author||H. P. Lovecraft|
|Title||Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The|
|Submitted by Constantine XIII |
Like many of the other stories in Lovecraft's "Dream Cycle", DQoUK follows the adventures of Randolph Carter, a long time inhabitant of the Boston area who is the descendant of escapees from the Salem Witch Trials. Carter lives up to his heritage, being both sensitive to little known forces of nature and well-versed in eldritch, forgotten lore. Through his dreams, Carter is able to reach a world full of beauty and wonder which he finds so sorely lacking in the waking world.
|Submitted by Anonymous |
I'm glad somebody finally put Lovecraft in the reviews section, especially since s/he picked my favorite Lovecraft story. What a surprise, because as far as I can tell, Dreamquest isn't usually a fan favorite. It's great, though. I'd compare it to books like Voyage to Arcturus, Phantastes and The Silmarillion and to movies like Time Bandits, Baron Munchausen and Evil Dead 2. Why? Because the plot is NOT carefully structured, which allows for the storyteller's imagination to go wherever it will. Sound too chaotic? Well, it IS rather random storytelling. You'll just have to go along if you want to enjoy it. The plot doesn't matter; like Alice in Wonderland and Labyrinth, the plot is less important than the world it takes place in.
|Submitted by czar |
I'm surprised that there's no mention of Lovecraft in this section, though I guess his status as a cult horror author might not bring him to people's minds when they thin of sci-fi/fantasy (though these elements are both quite prevalent in his work).