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Title:
The dream-quest of unknown Kadath
Author:
Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937, author.
Publication Information:
London : SelfMadeHero, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Randolph Carter embarks on an epic quest across a world beyond the wall of sleep, in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of this magical city, they do not answer, and his dreams stop altogether. Undaunted, Carter resolves to go to Kadath, where the gods live, and beseech them in person. However, no one has ever been to Kadath, and no one even knows how to get there--but that won't stop Randolph Carter from trying.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781906838850
Format :
Book

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"Three times Randolph Carter dreamed of the marvelous city, and three times was he snatched away while still he paused on the high terrace above it." In a world beyond the walls of sleep, Randolph Carter goes in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. First, Carter must go to Kadath, home of the Gods, where he hopes to be guided to the city of his dreams. But nobody has ever been to Kadath, and nobody knows how to get there. Battling moon-beasts, night-gaunts and zoogs, Carter journeys through the dangerous and spectacular climes of the Dreamlands in search of unknown Kadath. With the help of the cats of Ulther and a troop of ghouls in the Vale of Pnath, Carter does finally reach Kadath - but the Gods are nowhere to be seen... In this masterful adaptation of Lovecraft's classic novella, I. N. J. Culbard captures Randolph Carter's journey through the labyrinthine corridors of sleep in beautiful, gripping detail.


Author Notes

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, 1890 - 1937 H. P. Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother was Sarah Susan Phillips Lovecraft and his father was Winfield Scott Lovecraft, a traveling salesman for Gorham & Co. Silversmtihs. Lovecraft was reciting poetry at the age of two and when he was three years old, his father suffered a mental breakdown and was admitted to Butler Hospital. He spent five years there before dying on July 19, 1898 of paresis, a form of neurosyphillis. During those five years, Lovecraft was told that his father was paralyzed and in a coma, which was not the case.

His mother, two aunts and grandfather were now bringing up Lovecraft. He suffered from frequent illnesses as a boy, many of which were psychological. He began writing between the ages of six and seven and, at about the age of eight, he discovered science. He began to produce the hectographed journals, "The Scientific Gazette" (1899-1907) and "The Rhode Island Journal of Astronomy" (1903-07). His first appearance in print happened, in 1906, when he wrote a letter on an astronomical matter to The Providence Sunday Journal. A short time later, he began writing a monthly astronomy column for The Pawtuxet Valley Gleaner - a rural paper. He also wrote columns for The Providence Tribune (1906-08), The Providence Evening News (1914-18), The Asheville (N.C.) Gazette-News (1915).

In 1904, his grandfather died and the family suffered severe financial difficulties, which forced him and his mother to move out of their Victorian home. Devastated by this, he apparently contemplated suicide. In 1908, before graduating from high school, he suffered a nervous breakdown. He didn't receive a diploma and failed to get into Brown University, both of which caused him great shame. Lovecraft was not heard from for five years, re-emerging because of a letter he wrote in protest to Fred Jackson's love story in The Argosy. His letter was published in 1913 and caused great controversy, which was noted by Edward F. Daas, President of the United Amateur Press Association (UAPA). Daas invited Lovecraft to join the UAPA, which he did in early 1914. He eventually became President and Official Editor of the UAPA and served briefly as President of the rival National Amateur Press Association (NAPA). He published thirteen issues of his own paper, The Conservative (1915-23) and contributed poetry and essays to other journals. He also wrote some fiction which titles include "The Beast in the Cave" (1905), "The Alchemist" (1908), "The Tomb" and "Dagon" (1917).

In 1919, Lovecraft's mother was deteriorating, mentally and physically, and was admitted to Butler Hospital. On May 24, 1921, his mother died from a gall bladder operation. While attending an amateur journalism convention in Boston, Lovecraft met his future wife Sonia Haft Greene, a Russian Jew. They were married on March 3, 1924 and Lovecraft moved to her apartment in Brooklyn. Sonia had a shop on Fifth Avenue that went bankrupt. In 1925, Sonia went to Cleveland for a job and Lovecraft moved to a smaller apartment in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn. In 1926, he decided to move back to Providence. Lovecraft had his aunts bar his wife, Sonia, from going to Providence to start a business because he couldn't have the stigma of a tradeswoman wife. They were divorced in 1929.

After his return to Providence, he wrote his greatest fiction, which included the titles "The Call of Cthulhu" (1926), "At the Mountains of Madness" (1931), and "The Shadow Out of Time" (1934-35). In 1932, his aunt, Mrs. Clark, died; and he moved in with his other aunt, Mrs. Gamwell, in 1933. Suffering from cancer of the intestine, Lovecraft was admitted to Jane Brown Memorial Hospital and on March 15, 1937 he died.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Can we ever get enough of Culbard's ambitious, bookish, whiskey-toned Lovecraft adaptations? After such successes as At the Mountains of Madness (2012) and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (2013), Culbard chucks caution to the wind and tackles the famously free-floating weirdness of this late Lovecraft tale. The plot, such as it is, follows H. P. look-alike Randolph Carter as he submerges himself into a dream state in order to find the marvelous sunset city of his obsession. His odyssey takes him from mushroom forests and towering monoliths to sacred pyramids and purple caves, each location brought to majestic life in widescreen panels of grandeur intercut with slit-sized close-ups of ancient eyes and fanged mouths uttering highly dramatic, if mostly nonsensical, gibberish. It truly feels like a dream: Carter is often falling or flying, while characters both good and evil help or hinder his progress. For the most part, madness-spawning deities are replaced by minor devils, including gugs, ghasts, zoogs, and other things nowhere near as cute as they sound. Totally, enjoyably bonkers.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Randolph Carter's journey to find the mysterious "sunset city" of his dreams is the latest entry by Culbard (At the Mountains of Madness; The Case of Charles Dexter Ward) in a series of graphic novel adaptations of stories by Lovecraft (1890-1937). Deft use of line and color, along with creative page layouts, brings to life the fascinating landscapes and terrifying denizens of the Dreamlands. Despite the visual appeal, the novella can be rather difficult to follow owing to the setting's shifting, largely unexplained geography and flow of time. Those familiar with the source material, though, will enjoy the large role played by Nyarlahotep and references to other works in Lovecraft's Dream Cycle. Verdict Recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and dark fantasy and Lovecraft devotees, as well as collections in which graphic novel classics are popular.-Neil Derksen, Pierce Cty. Lib. Syst., Tacoma (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.