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H.P. Lovecraft is known as one of the key founders of modern horror, cited as a major influence by many prominent authors, such as Stephen King. In collaboration with renowned Lovecraft historian and literary caretaker Robert Weinberg, IDW is bringing you the definitive Lovecraft comics updated for a 21st century audience. Adapting "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Hound," a n H.P. Lovecraft is known as one of the key founders of modern horror, cited as a major influence by many prominent authors, such as Stephen King. In collaboration with renowned Lovecraft historian and literary caretaker Robert Weinberg, IDW is bringing you the definitive Lovecraft comics updated for a 21st century audience. Adapting "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Hound," a new vision of Lovecraft emerges, courtesy of Joe Lansdale and company!


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H.P. Lovecraft is known as one of the key founders of modern horror, cited as a major influence by many prominent authors, such as Stephen King. In collaboration with renowned Lovecraft historian and literary caretaker Robert Weinberg, IDW is bringing you the definitive Lovecraft comics updated for a 21st century audience. Adapting "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Hound," a n H.P. Lovecraft is known as one of the key founders of modern horror, cited as a major influence by many prominent authors, such as Stephen King. In collaboration with renowned Lovecraft historian and literary caretaker Robert Weinberg, IDW is bringing you the definitive Lovecraft comics updated for a 21st century audience. Adapting "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Hound," a new vision of Lovecraft emerges, courtesy of Joe Lansdale and company!

30 review for H.P. Lovecraft's the Dunwich Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randolph

    There are so many things wrong with this book. 1. It is not "H.P Lovecraft's Dunwich Horror" as the cover states. It is Joe R. Lansdale's sequel to the Dunwich Horror. Ol' Joe is trying to pull a Derleth here. 2. The story is awful. Ol' Joe was just phoning it in. This has to be the worst story Lansdale ever put his name to. 3. The characters do almost nothing except explain what they are going to do next (or eventually) or the back story or the back story from the original Dunwich Horror. I think There are so many things wrong with this book. 1. It is not "H.P Lovecraft's Dunwich Horror" as the cover states. It is Joe R. Lansdale's sequel to the Dunwich Horror. Ol' Joe is trying to pull a Derleth here. 2. The story is awful. Ol' Joe was just phoning it in. This has to be the worst story Lansdale ever put his name to. 3. The characters do almost nothing except explain what they are going to do next (or eventually) or the back story or the back story from the original Dunwich Horror. I think it would have been safe to assume most readers would have been familiar with the original story. 4. There are the most lame plot tricks to pad what little story is here. "Let's read this book out loud. Oh and now we have to make the Horror stronger so we can trap it. Oh and now we have to wait 10 seconds before we read the next passage (another excuse to add six more panels where nothing happens). The "twist" revelation adds nothing to the story. It's just there so the story can have a twist. I won't spoil it but you'll laugh when you see it. 5. They didn't even get the facts and plot from the original Dunwich Horror straight. I don't think anyone actually read the story. 6. Product placement. I hate it. Its an artistic sellout unless the brand is key to the story. Apple must have kicked back a fair amount to get their logo featured all over the place. I even think the cell phone was an iPhone. Positives: 1. The Hound is pretty good even though it is basically a pretty picture paraphrase of the story. Its not really a comic but more of an illustrated book. Joe thankfully wasn't around to rewrite this one. 2. The artwork is pretty good throughout but Peter Bergting has so little story to work with in DH a lot of pages are just people standing around talking. The menton3 artwork for The Hound is outstanding.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sue A.

    Why have I never read H.P. Lovecraft before? For a short story written in 1929, it has all the ingredients of a modern day horror story. I'll be looking for more of these gems! Why have I never read H.P. Lovecraft before? For a short story written in 1929, it has all the ingredients of a modern day horror story. I'll be looking for more of these gems!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    Wow... that was lame. Unfortunately, even with the weight of a popular author's name (Joe R. Lansdale) attached to the "adaptation" (*cough*sequel*cough*) of the eponymous short story by Lovecraft, this was a weak, weak comic. It's hardly even a mindless picturefest of flat characters - there's nothing engaging, suspemseful, action-packed, or otherwise entertaining about it. It's a mess of gory images and blurry glimpses of tentacles and headless cattle (and occasional people), with a lot of inte Wow... that was lame. Unfortunately, even with the weight of a popular author's name (Joe R. Lansdale) attached to the "adaptation" (*cough*sequel*cough*) of the eponymous short story by Lovecraft, this was a weak, weak comic. It's hardly even a mindless picturefest of flat characters - there's nothing engaging, suspemseful, action-packed, or otherwise entertaining about it. It's a mess of gory images and blurry glimpses of tentacles and headless cattle (and occasional people), with a lot of interspersed scenes of impatient dialogue from a bunch of wannabe Mulders (and one token Scully). And the descriptions of sounds were laughably bad - literally spelling things like "SLAM" and "SSSSSSSSLLLLLUUURRRRP," they conveyed no sense of action or atmosphere whatsoever. Really - I was bored to the point of disgust. The only saving grace for me in these comics (I read the four separate issues) was the starkly contrasting (if flawed) adaptation of Lovecraft's "The Hound." My very first taste of Lovecraft once upon a time, I was pretty satisfied with this take, with dark, muddy pictures simply oozing with atmosphere and disquieted moods. The only dissatisfaction I felt from it was the spelling out of the howling (suffering the same problem as "The Dunwich Sequel" - "AAWWOOOOOO..." - seriously?) and the overuse of monologue straight from the story, all shown in spindly, sometimes hard-to-read cursive. Still, what a mood it (re-)created - if this was how "Dunwich" was handled, we'd have a whole other review to make! So, this was a very uneven and poorly-handled riff on our dear Howard Phillips. Maybe someone else will love it - most likely (I hop) newcomers to Cthulhu and company - but for the rest of you...you're not missing mich. Oh--and if the trade paperback doesn't include "The Hound" - you may as well skip it altogether.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    The first story is presented in a contemporary comic book style. The characters investigate some weird events. Here you will find spells, Hollywood style horrors... To be honest I didn't really like it. There was hardly any Lovecraft in this story left. The second story was better. Firstly, the illustrations are more creepy and gothic. This doesn't distract you from the sense of fear, but intensifies it. Secondly, Lovecraft's text is present here, so it gives you the impression that you have unde The first story is presented in a contemporary comic book style. The characters investigate some weird events. Here you will find spells, Hollywood style horrors... To be honest I didn't really like it. There was hardly any Lovecraft in this story left. The second story was better. Firstly, the illustrations are more creepy and gothic. This doesn't distract you from the sense of fear, but intensifies it. Secondly, Lovecraft's text is present here, so it gives you the impression that you have understood the author. All in all, I would not recommend spending money on this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    As another reviewer has said here, the title is very misleading; this is actually written by Joe Lansdale and is some kind of meta sequel to Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. I expected more from Lansdale as I’ve enjoyed everything else that I’ve read by him so far, but this wasn’t particularly good. The story was just there to act a framing device for the original story and felt kind of pointless, why didn't they just do the original? Despite some decent art it’s not really worth your time. As another reviewer has said here, the title is very misleading; this is actually written by Joe Lansdale and is some kind of meta sequel to Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. I expected more from Lansdale as I’ve enjoyed everything else that I’ve read by him so far, but this wasn’t particularly good. The story was just there to act a framing device for the original story and felt kind of pointless, why didn't they just do the original? Despite some decent art it’s not really worth your time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Barrera

    Couldn't really get into this story. Couldn't really get into this story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cassiano

    Epic !!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Purser

    I really enjoyed this story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I am truly a terrible horror fan because I've never read any of HP Lovecraft's works. Not a one. I know OF them. Just haven't indulged. So a visual of THE DUNWICH HORROR? Yes, please. There wasn't anything about this comic that I didn't like, really. It's a first in a series and it sets up the story really nicely. The Dunwich Horror itself is a killer inter-dimensional being (another thing I know about Lovecraft, he was all about other dimensions) that's invisible in our world. And it definitely I am truly a terrible horror fan because I've never read any of HP Lovecraft's works. Not a one. I know OF them. Just haven't indulged. So a visual of THE DUNWICH HORROR? Yes, please. There wasn't anything about this comic that I didn't like, really. It's a first in a series and it sets up the story really nicely. The Dunwich Horror itself is a killer inter-dimensional being (another thing I know about Lovecraft, he was all about other dimensions) that's invisible in our world. And it definitely got some creep factor on with the art. Of the story itself there's just enough dialogue there to set the story up. There isn't too much dumping and you get enough to know just enough of what's going on and what's left in the dark is pretty horrifying. You don't know too much about the characters at this point but I would hope they'd get on with it quick since they're dying already! The art had some squick factor going along with it. Lovecraft is pretty gruesome stuff and this comic was not shy about putting that onto the page. But don't confuse it with gore. That's not what I would call it. What you do see is horrifying and I can still see it when I close my eyes but it's not overwhelming to the point where it cancels itself out. For me too much gore and it ruins it. Too much gore means that's where the emphasis is because the story itself kind of sucks. Not with THE DUNWICH HORROR. The gross that you see compliments the story that you're getting. It's symbiotic. And cramps the heart a little. A definite read for any horror fan, this first book of THE DUNWICH HORROR will certainly get those spiders crawling up your arms and will probably make you spiral into a state of paranoid psychosis. I mean, an invisible, inter-dimensional being tearing people apart? Not even air is safe!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Art: Some great monster/horror stuff. Story: Brief and not that engaging. Typos: Several. The Hound add-on story: Utterly gorgeous. One-star subtracted because it's called "H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror" and it most certainly is NOT the HPL story. The HPL story was for more entertaining. I think the story might've been more engaging if it'd been fleshed out further with the implied bits. I didn't feel like we got the best part. A couple interesting ideas about the original story. Definitely read Art: Some great monster/horror stuff. Story: Brief and not that engaging. Typos: Several. The Hound add-on story: Utterly gorgeous. One-star subtracted because it's called "H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror" and it most certainly is NOT the HPL story. The HPL story was for more entertaining. I think the story might've been more engaging if it'd been fleshed out further with the implied bits. I didn't feel like we got the best part. A couple interesting ideas about the original story. Definitely read if it's free, mine was a gift from a friend. But I don't advise buying this one unless it comes with more than the 4 issues it seems to have been.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This was a very disappointing book. It's billed as an adaptation of Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror, but instead it's basically a retconned sequel to Lovecraft's story. The art is fairly pedestrian and the story is very hard to follow. The second adaptation in this volume, "The Hound," is even worse. The artwork is quite nice, but the lettering used to related the story is almost impossible to decipher (white, blurred cursive on a black background), and I gave it up partway through. This was a very disappointing book. It's billed as an adaptation of Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror, but instead it's basically a retconned sequel to Lovecraft's story. The art is fairly pedestrian and the story is very hard to follow. The second adaptation in this volume, "The Hound," is even worse. The artwork is quite nice, but the lettering used to related the story is almost impossible to decipher (white, blurred cursive on a black background), and I gave it up partway through.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I'm a VERY AVID fan of horror, macabre, thriller, crime, supernatural genres, and this was a treat. It wasn't truly frightening, but Lovecraft's gloomy tone throughout the story was really a cookie. :) Recommended to those who want to read classics. I'm a VERY AVID fan of horror, macabre, thriller, crime, supernatural genres, and this was a treat. It wasn't truly frightening, but Lovecraft's gloomy tone throughout the story was really a cookie. :) Recommended to those who want to read classics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John W

    Great graphic adaptation of two of HP Lovecraft's stories: The Dunwich Horror and The Hound. My only complaints is the text in the Hound is hard to read. Great graphic adaptation of two of HP Lovecraft's stories: The Dunwich Horror and The Hound. My only complaints is the text in the Hound is hard to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Craig Childs

    This is Joe R. Lansdale’s fourth time to translate a classic horror short story into a graphic novel. The artwork is excellent and the story is serviceable but flawed. “The Dunwich Horror” was the first and only short story I have read by H.P. Lovecraft. I was already somewhat familiar with his extensive mythology from other writers, such as Kij Johnson’s “The Dream Quest of Vellit Boe” and Lansdale’s own “The Bleeding Shadow”. I found it to certainly be imaginative and perhaps even important, s This is Joe R. Lansdale’s fourth time to translate a classic horror short story into a graphic novel. The artwork is excellent and the story is serviceable but flawed. “The Dunwich Horror” was the first and only short story I have read by H.P. Lovecraft. I was already somewhat familiar with his extensive mythology from other writers, such as Kij Johnson’s “The Dream Quest of Vellit Boe” and Lansdale’s own “The Bleeding Shadow”. I found it to certainly be imaginative and perhaps even important, since it introduced new key elements of the Cthulhu mythos. However, the author’s decision to imitate dense regional dialects by spelling words phonetically made large passages of dialog virtually unreadable. Overlong sections of exposition and description grew tiresome. As he did in his 2008 adaptation of “Pigeons From Hell”, Lansdale chose to update the story by writing it as a quasi-sequel set in in modern-day and featuring characters who are descendants of the originals. I would have preferred a faithful straight-up retelling set in the late 1920’s, but at least this version relates many of the events of the original short story via flashbacks. In the short story, Dr. Henry Armitage is a scholar with access to the legendary book of spells, the Necronomicon, who finds a way to banish the Horror back to another dimension. In the comic, his grandson and a team of undergraduate students release it again. The narrative is straight forward, although the various students seem interchangeable and vaguely rendered. To be fair, the graphic novel was probably doomed to its cardboard characters once the author made the decision to write it as a sequel, rather than tell the story through the lens of the monster’s twin brother Wilbur, which is how much of the short story is related. Lansdale makes two story decisions which are sure to provoke conversation among Lovecraft aficionados. First, there is a sequence where a librarian swallows a flash drive containing the digitized contents of the Necronomicon. It kills her, suggesting the contents of that book in any form are deadly. Second, via flashback Lansdale provides an alternate motivation for Wilbur’s actions in the original story. He suggests Wilbur was really trying to prevent the monster from entering our world and was killed not by a library guard dog, but by a hound of Hell loyal to the monster. The artwork is striking throughout, with its palette of dark, gloomy grays and browns. The gore is substantial but muted so that it never seems cartoonish. The depictions of the otherworldly monsters are fantastical and fitting, although by no means the best examples of Lovecraft art one can find.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    I didn't mind this graphic novel, it certainly could have been a better interpretation of H.P. Lovecraft's stories, but I don't think it was horrible. This graphic novel interprets Dunwich Horror & the Hound. The way this graphic novel details the Dunwich Horror is different than the actual Dunwich Horror story. H.P Lovecraft's original Dunwich Horror story tells the story of Wilbur Whateley and how he's hideous and apparently has supernatural odor to his body. He's attacked and killed at the Mi I didn't mind this graphic novel, it certainly could have been a better interpretation of H.P. Lovecraft's stories, but I don't think it was horrible. This graphic novel interprets Dunwich Horror & the Hound. The way this graphic novel details the Dunwich Horror is different than the actual Dunwich Horror story. H.P Lovecraft's original Dunwich Horror story tells the story of Wilbur Whateley and how he's hideous and apparently has supernatural odor to his body. He's attacked and killed at the Miskatonic library as he tries to steal the Necronomicon. Dr. Henry Armitage recognizes the supernatural significance and goes to the house to stop the evil at the old Whateley house. However, the graphic novel tells of 4 friends who are investigating the Whateley's, but are not directly connected with them. They go to the house and 2 of the friends are killed instantly. Eventually the remaining 2 friends banish the evil being. Again, definitely not the same story as Lovecraft's original story. The second story was the Hound. I like the artwork associated with the story however, the cursive font was incredibly difficult to read. This was the story I liked the best because they actually stuck with Lovecraft's original story. If you're a fan of Lovecraft, you might be a little annoyed with this because of some of the inaccuracies in the retelling of the story. I still enjoyed reading it and overall I liked it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julian Cardona

    "... Since the Elder Things wished to strip it and drag it away from the solar system and cosmos of matter into some other plane or phase of entity from which it had once fallen, vigintillions of aeons ago. " Vigintillions of eons from now people will still be reading Lovecraft. When it comes to H.P's legacy, Dunwich Horror is up there with "The Call of Cthulhu" - both only second to the mighty "At the Mountains of Madness," one of the greatest horror novellas of all time. Dunwich contains all o "... Since the Elder Things wished to strip it and drag it away from the solar system and cosmos of matter into some other plane or phase of entity from which it had once fallen, vigintillions of aeons ago. " Vigintillions of eons from now people will still be reading Lovecraft. When it comes to H.P's legacy, Dunwich Horror is up there with "The Call of Cthulhu" - both only second to the mighty "At the Mountains of Madness," one of the greatest horror novellas of all time. Dunwich contains all of the expected Lovecraft ingredients: incomprehensible medical phenomena, isolated places with dark secrets, first-hand accounts of terrified, simple-minded villagers, and a constant emphasis on humanity's negligible role within the cosmos. And we wouldn't have it any other way. Countless other authors have sprinkled their novels with that unique Lovecraftian spice so I do understand the general cosmic-horror fatigue. But every time I read Lovecraft I am reminded that no one did it like him; he is not only great because he was a pioneer (even though he borrowed plenty from EAP) but he is also great because he has very few rivals when it comes to that collision-with-foulness feeling that slowly creeps on you as you crawl through his prose. Who should read it? Anyone who loves horror greatness.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Sanchez

    H.P Lovecraft wrote this story in 1929 and is considered one of the classics of the genre, however I found the tale anti-climatic. There was a lot of potential here but I felt he wrapped this up sloppily, in a hurry, perhaps not fully developing the conclusion as intended. With all of the detail that the story was developed in the beginning, the end was rushed, the evil vanquished, but the tension and ending narrative uninspired. Sorry H.P.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ed Montalvo

    H.P. Lovercraft's the Dunwich Horror is an eerie tale of a family within the small town of Dunwich, contains no real dialog for the characters. It more a narrative. Be that as it may, his writing is excellent, though a bit long. The pleasure of reading such well written pieces, you become submerge within the writer world and see the events unfold as the writer sees them. I'm not big on horror, it's his writing style that drew to explore his world. H.P. Lovercraft's the Dunwich Horror is an eerie tale of a family within the small town of Dunwich, contains no real dialog for the characters. It more a narrative. Be that as it may, his writing is excellent, though a bit long. The pleasure of reading such well written pieces, you become submerge within the writer world and see the events unfold as the writer sees them. I'm not big on horror, it's his writing style that drew to explore his world.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Justin Michael

    Demonic boy that has strange parenthood, raises a monster in the second story of a house with his crazy grandfather. I do love how Arkham and the crazy Arab who wrote the Necronomicon are mentioned in this story. The mythos of The Great Elders is starting to come to light. The lurking fear is still my favorite Lovecraft story and it does not involve the mythos. Still a very creepy story!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bianca & pancho Aldama

    first time ive read lovecraft ...im a big fan of horror and weird story's always wanted to try hpl but herd he was hard to read but i decided to go for it and yeah i had to use my kindle to understand some words but i felt i took in the story better because i had to read it slow..loved it so creepy and scary...cant wait to check out more from him first time ive read lovecraft ...im a big fan of horror and weird story's always wanted to try hpl but herd he was hard to read but i decided to go for it and yeah i had to use my kindle to understand some words but i felt i took in the story better because i had to read it slow..loved it so creepy and scary...cant wait to check out more from him

  21. 5 out of 5

    Masuma Tasnim

    Not so much engaging as other books of H.P lovecraft.After reading the call of cthulu i had high hopes for it.good as a short read but would not recommend as a horror fan. The character Dr.Artimage had less character development.There was very less idea about what was in wilburs diary and what happened to his mother.i cannot say i enjoyed this as a horror story it is more of a mystery.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jag

    One of the best stories in his career. Extremely vivid, chilling, and immersive. It never felt like I was reading a report but instead it felt like and old man telling me a story from his past. I enjoyed how descriptive it was vs Cthulhu. I'd equate this to the colour of space. Extremely descriptive and immersive. This one unfortunately also has some hidden racism but its very lowkey vs Cthulhu which was right in your face. Its still there but hidden a little bit more. Still worth the read if yo One of the best stories in his career. Extremely vivid, chilling, and immersive. It never felt like I was reading a report but instead it felt like and old man telling me a story from his past. I enjoyed how descriptive it was vs Cthulhu. I'd equate this to the colour of space. Extremely descriptive and immersive. This one unfortunately also has some hidden racism but its very lowkey vs Cthulhu which was right in your face. Its still there but hidden a little bit more. Still worth the read if you can separate the art from the artist even though he doesn't separate himself. This is also apart of H.P Lovecrafts world building. It is connected to Cthulhu but Cthulhu isn't needed to appreciate the short story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsey Gollogly

    This one bored me a little I know and yes I said it bored me!! Although I still find it fascinating how Lovecraft makes you think you have read a full length novel in just 7 chapters! I’m gradually starting to understand more and more of his work!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Meh.

  25. 4 out of 5

    rachel.

    BORING.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Redwan Orittro

    This is my first Lovecraft graphic novel and I loved the tone of the story. I am sure I would like the story better as the graphic novel could not capture the pace properly.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dominic

    One of Lovecraft's treasures. Only the last sentence is worth reading the whole story, for it will send the chill of a lifetime down your spine. One of Lovecraft's treasures. Only the last sentence is worth reading the whole story, for it will send the chill of a lifetime down your spine.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nymheria Watson

    As much as I feel like this would translate well to screen, I did not enjoy reading this. I can see why so many people love H.P. Lovecraft, but not for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jai Rahim

    Didn’t care for it. Have tried to read Lovecraft before, and frankly fail to see the appeal.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Slytherin and Books

    1 🌟 This book was simply utterly boring to me but captivating enough not to dnf it

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