Beyond the Wall of Sleep

Beyond the Wall of Sleep is a short story by American writer H P Lovecraft written in 1919 and first published in the amateur publication Pine Cones in October 1919 Inspiration Lovecraft said the story was inspired by an April 27, 1919 article in the New York Tribune Reporting on the New York state police, the article cited a family named Slater or Slahter as represenBeyond the Wall of Sleep is a short story by American writer H P Lovecraft written in 1919 and first published in the amateur publication Pine Cones in October 1919 Inspiration Lovecraft said the story was inspired by an April 27, 1919 article in the New York Tribune Reporting on the New York state police, the article cited a family named Slater or Slahter as representative of the backwards Catskills population The nova mentioned at the end of Lovecraft s story is a real star, known as GK Persei the quotation is from Garrett P Serviss Astronomy with the Naked Eye 1908 The title of the story may have been influenced by Ambrose Bierce s Beyond the Wall Lovecraft was known to be reading Bierce in 1919 Jack London s 1906 novel Before Adam, which concerns the concept of hereditary memory, contains the passage, Nordid any of my human kind ever break through the wall of my sleep.
Beyond the Wall of Sleep Beyond the Wall of Sleep is a short story by American writer H P Lovecraft written in and first published in the amateur publication Pine Cones in October Inspiration Lovecraft said the stor

  • Title: Beyond the Wall of Sleep
  • Author: H.P. Lovecraft
  • ISBN: 9781494389963
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Author of the horrific, the Gothic and the fantastic, a man who lived his short life as a recluse in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island until his premature death at age 47, “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” is H. P. Lovecraft’s (1890-1939) classic tale of a reality less visible than our everyday earthbound material existence. A quote from the opening paragraph: “We may guess that in dreams life, matter, and vitality, as the earth knows such things, are not necessarily constant; and that t [...]

    2. This story was written in 1919, when Lovecraft was only 29, but it is one of the most concentrated and effective tales of his early maturity. It is based on a passage from an article in The New York Tribune (“How Our State Police Have Spurred Our Way to Fame,” 4/27/19), which uses a particularly degenerate family—the Slaters or Slahters—as a typical example of the decadent dwellers of the remote regions of the Catskills.In Lovecraft’s story, an unnamed intern in a “state psychopathic [...]

    3. Read Here (hattip to Glenn)Opening: I have frequently wondered if the majority of mankind ever pause to reflect upon the occasionally titanic significance of dreams, and of the obscure world to which they belong. Whilst the greater number of our nocturnal visions are perhaps no more than faint and fantastic reflections of our waking experiences—Freud to the contrary with his puerile symbolism—there are still a certain remainder whose immundane and ethereal character permits of no ordinary in [...]

    4. 'How little does the earth-self know of life and its extent!' Dreams play an important role in Lovecraft's stories. This one doesn't belong to Cthulhu mythos. It is about the importance of dreaming and an opinion on what exactly the dreams mean. The narrator labels Freud's dream analysis as silly (puerile is the word used). He allows that some dreams are not that important, but there are others that have deeper meaning, the ones that show us something that most ordinary people wouldn't understan [...]

    5. Stumbling my way back from my personal 40 Days & Nights, a book lover's arid reading slump, I seem to have made the unconscious decision to plunge into the vortex of sci-fi/fantasy in the form of both classic 'I've been meaning tos' & those more recently added to my ever-towering TBR. What can I say, quests & monsters from the mysterious depths seem to be the perfect cure for even the most stubborn of slumps. That being said, I thought this was the perfect time for one of my biggest [...]

    6. I'm a big fan of Lovecraft. I give this four stars because I do think some of his other work is better, but the ideas and language were nevertheless quite fun here. I had to read it twice to really have a sense of the story, and should probably read it a few more times to really appreciate all the details. The story is too short for me to say much without giving it away. It mostly takes place in an insane asylum, and involves a doctor and a very curious patient from a rural, uneducated community [...]

    7. Impressive! I've read a few Lovecraft stories. This unique story stands out to me with a positive insinuation rather than a manipulation of horror. Lovecraft explains, in fantastic terms (as an atheist), another world exists, and our souls have always been and will always be. You see the physical manifestation in the stars. An evil star oppresses life, and many war against It. When people speak and write of Lovecraftian mythos, I realize, they refer to this kind of fictional world-building, set [...]

    8. H.P. Lovecraft is not the best writer, but his ideas and imaginations are brilliant. Especially if you consider the time in which they were written.I loved this story. I loved the imagery, and the idea that we are more than just mortal bodies of flesh and bone. However, I must note that I greatly dislike Lovecraft's seeming obsession with "degenerate hill dwellers,""Esquimau diabolists,""white trash,""mongrel Louisianans," etc.

    9. قرأت بترجمة عاشقه المصري الأكبر د. احمد خالد توفيق للمريب لافكرافت H.P. Lovecraft كاتب الرعب الأخطر في القرن العشرين بعد إدجار آلان بو قصص هذه المجموعة الفاتنة: هواء بارد - الذي لا اسم له - خلف جدار النوم - الشجرة - الصورة في المنزل هنا عقل جامح بالفعل ومخيفالأقوى والأطول كانتقصة ( حا [...]

    10. It struck me how original this idea must have been back in 1919, an age where there was burgeoning use of electricity and mechanical devices.It cleverly juxtaposes old ideas and this new technology, opening with a line of Shakespeare, yet ending with an idea literally from another world.Lovecraft's novel approach and parkling writing are certainly proving captivating to this new convert to his works.

    11. I've a very weird memory attached with this book! I had read this one during those sleepless nights and then, when I went to sleep, I screamed in my sleep. Everyone woke up with a shudder, but I couldn't remember why I screamed. I was probably having a weird dream about the imagery that was described in this book! It deals with paranoia and schizophrenia in a brilliant way! A weird and amazing experience! Classic Lovecraft horror!

    12. If you like some of Lovecraft's other dream Cycle stories, his Randolph Carter stories, or even Neil Gaiman's Sandman, then you might dig this. It's Lovecraft so you get to talk about insanity, aliens, dreams, and how unimportant we all are in the grand scheme of things. Curl up and read next to the fire with a mug of cocoa and feel nihilistic.

    13. Great read, but now i understand why everyone says Lovecraft was racist Wow The story deals with what happens when we sleep, is the body nothing but a cage for a much more powerful entity? Interesting take on the subject. Probably the best of Lovecraft's work I've read until now, of course I'm only just starting.

    14. I read a couple of short Lovecraft stories amid the chaos of changing jobs, packing up the house, and then moving. Nothing in particular recommended “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” to me; it’s an interesting title and I started reading it.I did not read this story in what would be considered the ideal circumstances. It was at work, late at night, stuck in a room with other tired people who were growing increasingly cranky. It's not easy to tap into Lovecraft's vibe in such a setting, but I was [...]

    15. “… The alienists soon agreed that abnormal dreams were the foundation of the trouble; dreams whose vividness could for a time completely dominate the waking mind of this basically inferior man…” One intern at the state psychopathic institution then decides to test an apparatus of his own design, a “telepathic radio”, on the poor fella. Result: a glimpse into the Lovecraftian rich universe! My favourite, a reference to the “insect-philosophers that crawl proudly over the fourth moon [...]

    16. Одного разу в психіатричну лікарню, в якій працює оповідач, доправляють Джо Слейтера. Недобра слава давно його переслідує: прокидаючись, він розповідає дивні речі не менш дивним голосом, а тепер він жорстоко вбив людину, але не пам'ятає, як це трапилося. У закладі за ним пост [...]

    17. Let it be known that Lovecraft hates white trash hillbillies just as much as any other lesser race. (The man is an elitist jackass; there is no way around that.) I can't quite discern if this tale of telepathic dreaming is the first appearance of Old Gods, or if the dream beings are something else entirely.(Moved 2015 review to the individual work Sept. 2017 to make room to review the collection under its own entry.)

    18. The further I read in Lovecraft, chronologically, the more defined the Lovecraftian dream world gets. This story also makes me wonder how long the idea of mind reading contraptions affixed to foreheads has existed. This story reads almost like a scientific paper until the last third where the voice seems to switch suddenly and become more impassioned. Perhaps that was Lovecraft's intention.

    19. Junto con "La bestia de la cueva"(the beast in the cave) es una de las pocas primeras obras de Lovecraft disfrutables en mi opinión. Yo recomendaría leer a partir de finales de 1920("El templo","Del mas allá"), ya que todo lo anterior es o bien pasable o bien del ciclo onírico, que jamas recomendaría salvo a fans de Lovecraft o a gente que realmente le guste el género.

    20. A strong Contender for my favourite Cthulhu Mythos story - the other being The Cats of Ulthuar.I often find myself re-reading this one, there's something about the language used that gets me every time.

    21. This is a fascinating tale that forwards the notion that realms exist beyond our own, which are more real and free than the earth-realm, and when we leave the earth-realm through sleep our dreams are an experience of these other realms.

    22. Lovecraft'ın bu eseri neden fazla eleştiri almış anlamadım. Yazarın 12-13 yaşlarında yazdığı hikâyeleri bile içeren bir kitap. Elbette bildiğimiz Lovecraft'tan biraz farklı olacak. Hayran kalmamak elde değil.

    23. حبيت الاسلوب والطريقه فى وصف الاجواء خلانى احس انى هناك وبيحصلى الحاجات دى, أستمتعت بالقصه الاولى والتانية والتالته والخامسه لكن الباقى محبتهوش اوى لكن انا خلاص قررت انى هقرأ ل لافكرافت أعماله الاخرى حسه انها هتعجبنى جدا

    24. Interesante relato de H. P. Lovecraft sobre los sueños, sus misterios y la realidad, pero algo racista. Lo recomiendo si les late este autor.

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