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The Thing on the Doorstep

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Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Published: 1937
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,001 / 30 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 15,344
Added to site: 2006.03.11 13125


It was after the first year that people began talking about the change in Edward Derby. It was very casual talk, for the change was purely psychological; but it brought up some interesting points. Now and then, it seemed Edward was observed to wear an expression and to do things wholly incompatible with his usual flabby nature. For example - although in the old days he could not drive a car, he was now seen occasionally to dash into or out of the old Crowninshield driveway with Asenath's powerful Packard, handling it like a master, and meeting traffic entanglements with a skill and determination utterly alien to his accustomed nature. In such cases he seemed always to be just back from some trip or just starting on one - what sort of trip, no one could guess, although he mostly favoured the Innsmouth road.

Oddly, the metamorphosis did not seem altogether pleasing. People said he looked too much like his wife, or like old Ephraim Waite himself, in these moments - or perhaps these moment

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.3 from 4 reviews: *****
Paulo Respighi

This story, along with The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, is one of Lovecraft's best-written. The Necronomicon stuff barely intrudes at all in a story that slowly builds in dread until a horrifying ending. The characters have depth and the descriptions are precise and effective. It even has a woman as a character (rare, for Lovecraft.)

It deals with a narrator who gradually watches a friend change over the years as he investigates black magic and marries a creepy woman.

Glub . . . glub . . . glub. Let's all have ourselves cremated when we die.

Abby Olurin

Awesome read!! I couldn't move my eyes from the screen! Not scary but definitely interesting. Loved it!


Creepy horror story about one man's experiments with black magic and marriage. His wife turns out to be more than he bargained for.


Like many of Lovecraft's classic horror stories this one shows just how alone we really are. When the inexplicable occurs there is nobody to turn to and madness steals over the world unchecked. A powerful tale of black magic.



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