Mini-Read Review: The Alchemist & Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft

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Mini-Read Review is a feature created here on In Libris Veritas in order to showcase the reviews for short stories and novellas which so often get overlooked.

The Alchemist by H.P. LoveCraft

51DCERE-v+LSource: Spotify Podcast/Purchase
Publisher: –

Series:
 –
Edition:
eBook, 10 pages
Genre: 
Horror Short Story
Purchase: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

The Alchemist” is a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, written in 1908, when Lovecraft was 17 or 18, and first published in the November 1916 issue of the United Amateur.

The story is recounted by the protagonist, Count Antoine de C-, in the first person. Hundreds of years ago, Antoine’s noble ancestor was responsible for the death of a dark wizard, Michel Mauvais. The wizard’s son, Charles le Sorcier, swore revenge on not only him but all his descendants, cursing them to die on reaching the age of 32.

The Alchemist is one of Lovecraft’s lesser known titles, and I can see why. It’s not bad by any means, however it’s very straightforward horror and has a plot that is easy to see the end of. I did really enjoy the imagery though and find that to be one of his strongest attributes. Despite being rather predictable it is a fun short story and still capable of bring on a set of chills. And despite this cover being cthulhu, this short story has nothing to do with the Eldar Gods .

3 star

Dagon by H.P Lovecraft

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Source: Spotify Podcast/Purchase
Publisher: –

Series:
 –
Edition:
eBook, 41 pages
Genre: 
Horror Short Story
Purchase: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

After reading Lovecraft’s juvenilia in 1917, W. Paul Cook, editor of the amateur press journal The Vagrant, encouraged Lovecraft to resume writing fiction. That summer, Lovecraft wrote two stories: “The Tomb” and “Dagon”.

The story was inspired in part by a dream he had. “I dreamed that whole hideous crawl, and can yet feel the ooze sucking me down!” he later wrote.

Now this is what you expect when you think of Lovecraft! This was before he began to focus on the Elder Gods in detail, but it still very clearly relates to those later stories. This is a story about a man who finds himself shipwrecked on a piece of oozing land that has been pushed up and exposed from the ocean floor. He’s journey across the land is slow and eerie and as with his other works saves the best for last. This reads really great, but the podcast I listened to was very well done and completely freaked me out. This makes me super excited to dive in more of the Cthulhu mythos and see what madness is in store for me.

4 stars

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2 Responses to Mini-Read Review: The Alchemist & Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft

  1. Aw, sounds like a worthwhile short story

  2. Christy says:

    Hmm .. well they do sound interesting. I’ve never read Lovecraft. I know, don’t shoot.

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