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The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

by H. P. Lovecraft
Publication Date: 01/12/2016

First published in 1941 and set against the rich canvas of New England history, this is American author H. P. Lovecraft's exploration of a mind destroyed by an obsession with an ancestor, a reputed necromancer.

Written in 1927, but never published in Lovecraft's lifetime, this is the iconic American author's exploration of a mind destroyed by obsession.

The novel tells the story of Charles Dexter Ward through letters, documents and other 'historical sources'.

A young intellectual, Charles is lured to what his doctors believe to be his doom by his obsession with an ancestor, a reputed necromancer.

Classic horror & ghost stories
Publication Date:
Head of Zeus
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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H. P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity.

Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity.

Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality. Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades.

He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

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