The Dreams in the Witch House

by H. P. Lovecraft
Release date: 2014
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horrorweird fiction

A novella. Cover and interior illustrations by Pete Von Sholly. Foreword by Stuart Gordon.

Essay: 'Through Hyperspace with Brown Jenkin' by Fritz Leiber.

The Dreams In The Witch House has always been a favorite of mine. I love the witch using math to bridge the dimensions, her furry, fanged familiar, Brown Jenkin with his nuzzling ways, and the visions of hyperspace travel... including a stop somewhere in space and time where we finally get to see the Old Ones from the Mountains of Madness as living creatures.

Is the story flawless? Well, I don’t know why Keziah balks at the sight of the crucifix, but Gilman does use its chain to strangle her! Perhaps she foresaw that; she is a witch after all!

The depictions of hyperspace and the distortions of our characters when they travel through it tap into a stylistic place which I enjoy tremendously... though, alas, I seldom have an excuse to visit!

updated 2014-07-25

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