The Doom That Came to Sarnath and Other Tales is a collection of stories and poems by H. P. Lovecraft, one which is fascinating to read as it shows off some of his lesser known works. While many people think Lovecraft only wrote tales dealing with the Cthulhu Mythos, he actually dealt with fantasy, science-fiction, and more traditional forms of horror.
For example, the titular story takes place in an ancient land that has elements of magic and fantasy as its pillars, rather than the 1920s setting Lovecraft aimed for. From there, we segue into the Poe-inspired stories (an excerpt from one of Lovecraft’s letters says that he considered Poe his “God of Fiction”), then into traditional and prose poetry. There are a few collaborations and ghostwritten pieces, including one for Harry Houdini. All in all, it’s a good resource.
Of course, Lovecraft’s earlier works show some weaknesses (including ones that he never overcame): he liked to describe the setting, to the point where it bogged down the plot, and his prose was beyond purple. While there is some tightening in his later pieces, it can still be exhausting to read. Still, it’s an interesting to still how prolific Lovecraft was.
– Mike Malan, Blogger
Editor’s Note: Mike Malan recently graduated from Lewis University with a degree in English with a sub-speciality in Creative Writing. Mike especially enjoys writing gothic, Poe and all things that chill your bones. He is a dark writer but you can find him dabbling in politics. He is also interested in the editing process and hopes that you will enjoy his work.