The Horror at Red Hook

Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Published: 1927
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,236 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 35.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 10,162
Added to site: 2009.09.12
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Genres: Horror, Short Story
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e organized cliques which smuggled ashore certain nameless and unclassified Asian dregs wisely turned back by Ellis Island. In the teeming rookeries of Parker Place--since renamed--where Suydam had his basement flat, there had grown up a very unusual colony of unclassified slant-eyed folk who used the Arabic alphabet but were eloquently repudiated by the great mass of Syrians in and around Atlantic Avenue. They could all have been deported for lack of credentials, but legalism is slow-moving, and one does not disturb Red Hook unless publicity forces one to.

These creatures attended a tumbledown stone church, used Wednesdays as a dance-hall, which reared its Gothic buttresses near the vilest part of the waterfront. It was nominally Catholic; but priests throughout Brooklyn denied the place all standing and authenticity, and policemen agreed with them when they listened to the noises it emitted at night. Malone used to fancy he heard terrible cracked bass notes from a hidden organ far underground when th

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2010.04.08
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I live close to Red Hook Brooklyn so this was interesting to read. Red Hook at the time of the writing seemed like an immigrant haven.
Now its a very trendy neighborhood.

In terms of a story- this was a bit much and appeared to be a reaction to the immigration that was coming into Red Hook at the time. The story was very much like a fear of the new people- their culture, language ect. However, as a Lovecraft short story its very much in line with this style but not one of his best.


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