Review of “The Dreams in the Witch House” (1933)
H. P. Lovecraft (writer).
I think of this as a relapse into Lovecraft’s earlier and collaborative poorly planned macabre stories, as indicated by the silly editorial cartoon rat and the Christian framework of “Two Black Bottles” (1927). The hoofed “black man” avatar of Nyarly here is the Christian figure seen in “Thrawn Janet” (1881). It was a crusty notion even back then, yet “The Dreams in the Witch House” imitates the previous generation’s occult horror stories, like “Playing with Fire” (1900). It is certainly similarly frivolous in its worldbuilding.