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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Dreams of Terror and Death

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I've never read H.P. Lovecraft, despite knowing the author's name and style. It wasn't until I'd read several reviews comparing a new author to the classic writer that I decided I needed to read these for myself and determine if I liked it well enough to consider a comparison review as a compliment. After all, if a book to compared to Twilight's writing, I'd run screaming in the other direction. Since it's summer and I have a short attention span, I opted for a collection of short stories. In Dreams of Terror and Death, the only one I'd even heard of was "The Cats of Ulthur" regarding Egypt and as I've read more, I've discovered some I'd forgotten or heard of, which is a lot like remembering who you used to have a crush on in high school; brings back a rush of memories -- and not all of them pleasant. 

And I warn you…if you don't enjoy the old fashioned writing, with long and rambling sentences, you won't fall in love with this book.

Here's the Teaser:
"Once again came the voice of my friend, still hoarse with fear, and now apparently tinged with despair:'I can't tell you, Carter! It's too utterly beyond thought--I dare not tell you--no man could know it and live--Great God! I never dreamed of this!'"
- pg 33, "The Statement of Randolph Carter" from Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft

What are you reading?


Christine Rains said...

Nice teaser! I do enjoy the ideas from Lovecraft's stories, but I don't like the old fashioned writing, as you put it.

Shannon said...

That sounds interesting...certainly a good teaser!

Vonnie Rivera said...

I love H.P. Lovecraft. I recommend that you read "The Call of Cthulu"

V (BookBorne) said...

I haven't read any of Lovecraft's work, but I'm curious to know which modern author was the comparison that got you interested.

Thanks for stopping my my teaser!

Bev Hankins said...

I had a collection of Lovecraft when I was in junior high (or so) and loved it then. I read "Call of Cthulhu" last fall and didn't love him as much. But I was much more into creepy then than I am now....

Thanks for stopping by my TT!

Briana@SweetCGrace said...

I haven't heard of the author before, but it definitely sounds interesting! And short stories are nice, because you feel accomplished with finishing so many so quickly!

LilyElement said...

Haven't read this, but it sounds interesting. Good teaser :)
Thanks for visiting my blog <3

Sarah said...

Suspenseful teaser!

And I love long, rambling sentences!

I will look up some works by this author.

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