The Whisperer in the Darkness

Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Published: 1931
Language: English
Wordcount: 26,159 / 75 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 17,090
Added to site: 2006.08.04 14610
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A hidden race of monstrous beings lurks somewhere among the remoter hills of Vermont.

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iews. For one thing, he was really close to the actual phenomena--visible and tangible--that he speculated so grotesquely about; and for another thing, he was amazingly willing to leave his conclusions in a tenative state like a true man of science. He had no personal preferences to advance, and was always guided by what he took to be solid evidence. Of course I began by considering him mistaken, but gave him credit for being intelligently mistaken; and at no time did I emulate some of his friends in attributing his ideas, and his fear of the lonely green hills, to insanity. I could see that there was a great deal to the man, and knew that what he reported must surely come from strange circumstance deserving investigation, however little it might have to do with the fantastic causes he assigned. Later on I received from him certain material proofs which placed the matter on a somewhat different and bewilderingly bizarre basis.

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Average Rating of 3.8 from 5 reviews: ****
Sardo Weems

Well, the story could have been a little tighter as a straight horror story--without the Necronomicon/Cthulhu/Yog-Sothoth stuff, and the ending in the farmhouse requires us to believe in an incredibly dense narrator. It isn't badly written, some of the description is florid, but most of it is at least precise.

The main character is (as usual) a skeptical scientist.


So far, my favorite Lovecraft tale. A fascinating read that can't be put down, keeping the hairs on your arms on end the entire time.


Part science fiction, part horror tale, this short novel is about a university mythology professor who receives a letter from someone claiming to have evidence of alien beings living in a remote part of Vermont. Much of the story is told through his correspondence with this man, and reminds me of an episode of the TV show "X Files". Lovecraft is very good at sustaining a sense of dread throughout the book . This story would've been laughable in anyone else's hands, but somehow Lovecraft makes it compelling to read. I'll definitely be reading more of this author's work.


I don't usually go for science fiction, but this was an enjoyable read.


AMAZiNG. all i have to say.

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