“The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” (1927)

Creators

H. P. Lovecraft (writer).

Commentary

It could and should have been polished, but it’s rich. Lovecraft even takes pains to undergird his usual multigenerational retrophilic fantasy by having the wizard Curwen manipulate his own bloodline for a practical reason: his own future resurrection. It’s James’s “A View from a Hill” (1925) blown up to a massive scale.

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