The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

Incantations of black magic unearthed unspeakable horrors in Providence, Rhode Island. Evil spirits are being resurrected from beyond the grave, a supernatural force so twisted that it kills without offering the mercy of death! Cover illustration: Michael Whelan...

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Title:The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Author:H.P. Lovecraft
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:127 pages pages

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward Reviews

  • Printable Tire
    Oct 28, 2009
    Being from Providence, I feel I have to like things associated with Providence, and thus be a H.P. Lovecraft fan (of course, I don't like Family Guy, but that's another story). Fortunately a story like this makes it easy to like him. It certainly helps that I know and walk the streets ...
  • Bill  Kerwin
    Feb 17, 2018
    Lovecraft remained dissatisfied with The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. It was his longest work of fiction, and he referred to as ?a cumbrous, creaking bit of self-conscious antiquarianism.? He composed it in 1927, but made no attempt to revise it in the ten years of life that rema...
  • Chris
    Aug 31, 2015
    Lovecraft's writing doesn't appeal to me in the way that a Margaret Atwood, Roberto Bolao, or Cormac McCarthy does. It's a bit dated, and dry, and academic. But the funny thing is, it feels entirely appropriate to the literary theme and content. It feels like a fragment of the happen...
  • mark monday
    Oct 05, 2013
    Dear Mr. Lovecraft, I, Joseph Curwen, necromancer supreme, have rather a bone to pick (forgive my little joke). I have noticed many problems with your narrative The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. First of all: that title. Surely you realize that I am the protagonist of the tale - not ...
  • Mir
    Jan 28, 2018
    The blurb says: A nameless terror surges through centuries to engulf the soul of Charles Dexter Ward, a brilliant New England antiquarian. Rather amusing in retrospect, as the character doesn't seem to realize the danger until near the end; if the book were written from Ward's perspect...
  • [Name Redacted]
    Oct 09, 2012
    This was the first work by Lovecraft I ever read, but I have not re-read it in nearly 2 decades. I had odd tastes, even as a child. I remembered very little, aside from the broad plot-points, so you can imagine my consternation when, upon re-reading it this week, I discovered that I am...
  • Alejandro
    Oct 30, 2018
    Insidious investigation! A NAME TO REMEMBER A novella focused in the investigation of a psychiatrist about Charles Dexter Ward... ...medically certified insane, who escaped from a mental asylum (funny enough, while Arkham, Mass., inspired the famous Batman?s Arkham Asy...
  • Werner
    Mar 21, 2008
    Though Lovecraft is a favorite writer of mine, until now this book (one of only two novel-length pieces he ever wrote) has been one I hadn't gotten around to reviewing. It was recently nominated as a common read in my Supernatural Fiction Readers group; and though it wasn't the one cho...
  • Nathan
    Feb 13, 2008
    My first HP Lovecraft book, it is a well rounded and interesting story, and the perfect introduction to the Lovecraft mythos. Background: Lovecraft wrote during the 20's and 30's, after Freud, but before Jung. To many, the human unconscious mind was still scary, dark, uncharted wat...
  • Terence
    Jun 28, 2008
    I'm rereading this based upon Stephen's review so if I do not appreciate it more, it will be entirely his fault :-) _______________________________________ In The Case of Charles Dexter Ward HPL ventures a novel-length story about his Elder Gods and one man?s tragic fate when he ...
  • Kristen
    Feb 18, 2009
    Lovecraft is a special writer, capable of twisting the mind of the reader in ways that all of the visual horror we are forever shown in this day and age can never accomplish. What WAS the thing at the bottom of the pit? What was it that the good Doctor saw? So many open questions to...
  • Stephen
    Sep 16, 2008
    Let me be clear at the outset of this review that when it comes to the work of H.P. Lovecraft, I am definitely one who drinks deep the kool-aid Cthulhu-aid. For me his stories are something to be savored and relished; succulent, meaty feasts of atmosphere, hyper-lush imagery and ...
  • Stenwjohnson
    Sep 21, 2012
    ?Do not call up that which you cannot put down.? ? H. P. Lovecraft, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" I first read H.P. Lovecraft?s 1927 short novel ?The Case of Charles Dexter Ward? when I was 11 years old, in the tacky Del Rey edition pictured. At the time, I was sur...
  • Michael
    Jan 23, 2009
    Having just re-read this book as part of the goodreads HPL reading group, I feel I can revise my original review. The book was apparently not one of Lovecraft's favorites among his own work, and it was never published in his lifetime. It is the longest piece he ever wrote, and in vario...
  • Apatt
    Oct 18, 2014
    ?There is about certain outlines and entities a power of symbolism and suggestion which acts frightfully on a sensitive thinker's perspective and whispers terrible hints of obscure cosmic relationships and unnameable realities behind the protective illusions of common vision.? Tha...
  •  Дарья
    Mar 08, 2014
    Admittedly, a friend of mine and I were suppose to read?and of course finish?this last Halloween. Ha, what a turn of events; now that I have finished this. This was my first time reading anything by H. P. Lovecraft even though I have quite plenty of his work on my to-read list,...
  • Bandit
    Jul 21, 2011
    I have such mixed feelings about this book, it was a very interesting and spooky story, but on the other hand reading it felt like work the entire way to the end. The denseness of prose, the utter lack of dialogue, the constant verboseness didn't lend themselves to an enjoyable read. I...
  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    Jan 07, 2015
    4.5 Lovecraft must be the only author whose works I've read and don't mind certain things most readers seem to hate. Yes, it can be slow. Yes, he can be overly descriptive. Yes, there is an omniscient narrator. Yes, there is lots of retelling. And in most cases, some of those annoy ...
  • Lyn
    Mar 09, 2013
    The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft is definitely one of his best works and this is a high compliment, as I have liked almost all that I have read from him. This work, first published in 1927, combines most of the themes common to his works: occult, arcanery, unspeaka...
  • Quirkyreader
    Oct 05, 2016
    This was a re-read and it was just as good as the first time. ...
  • David Sarkies
    Dec 05, 2017
    Don't Rise Up what you Can't Put Down 5 December 2017 - Sydney The first thing that I did when I started to read this book was to jump onto Facebook and search for a 'Charles Dexter Ward', Well, I found one, but he had his account locked down to tightly that you could only send hi...
  • Ken McKinley
    Jan 26, 2014
    This is my fourth HP Lovecraft story and, so far, it's my favorite. That says a lot. Because, I'm really enjoying discovering his writing and connecting his influences to my favorite horror authors of today. For some odd reason, Lovecraft wasn't happy with his novel. He wrote it in 192...
  • Char
    Jul 10, 2014
    " What the thing was, he would never tell. It was like some of the carvings on the hellish altar, but it was alive. Nature had never made it in this form, for it was too palpably unfinished. The deficiencies were of the most surprising sort, and the abnormalities of proportion could...
  • Evan Leach
    Apr 16, 2013
    ?From a private hospital for the insane near Providence, Rhode Island, there recently disappeared an exceedingly singular person. He bore the name of Charles Dexter Ward, and was placed under restraint most reluctantly by the grieving father who had watched his aberration grow from a...
  • Nomadman
    May 03, 2014
    Lovecraft's only full-length novel (though a short one) and a classic of the genre. It falls just short of masterpiece due to a slightly prosaic feel that never quite attains the scope of something like At the Mountains of Madness and the Shadow Out of time, to name two of his other lo...
  • Kimberly
    Jan 03, 2015
    Classic. ...
  • Leonard Gaya
    May 16, 2018
    The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1927) is probably a culmination in Lovecraft?s career. After some short stories such as The Rats in the Walls, The Shunned House or The Call of Cthulhu, it is the first work of fiction that has the dimension of a full novel and goes over the themes he...
  • Nickolas the Kid
    Feb 22, 2014
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  • Tilly
    Jun 25, 2016
    I actually dont know why "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" took me so long to read because even though it is by far Lovecrafts longest story, it has still less than 200 pages. Maybe it was because I was in a kind of reading slump the last weeks or because Lovecraft sometimes used very ...
  • Sr3yas
    Apr 19, 2018
    The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is the only lengthy work of Lovecraft classified as a novel rather than a novella. Lovecraft wrote this story in 1927, and as per legend, When HPL finished writing this novel he was so disappointed with the final draft that he decided to shelve it instea...