The Statement of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft
This early story—written in 1919, published in the amateur journal The Vagrant in 1920—is a simple but thoroughly effective tale of terror, based on one of Lovecraft’s dreams. Technically it could be considered part of Lovecraft’s Dunsanian Dream Cycle, since its hero Randolph Carter appears here too, but it reminds me more of Monsieur Valdemar than of anything by Dunsany. Indeed, its whole atmosphere is redolent of Poe, from its narrator whose memory is scarred by trauma to its melodramatic—AND ITALICIZED AND CAPITALIZED—last line.
Our narrator Randolph Carter tells of a night he accompanied Harley Warren--his friend and fellow student of the occult—to the graveyard near Big Cypress Swamp. Harley, long been obsessed with discovering “why certain corpses never decay, but rest firm and fat in their tombs for a thousand years,” is now armed with a newly acquired “ancient book in undecipherable characters” and wishes to test his theories. In the graveyard, the two men pry up a stone slab, revealing a flight of stone stairs beneath, and then . . . but the rest you must discover for yourself.
Yes, this is a simple story, but it scared me the first time I read it, and it scares me now just thinking about it.
It would take Lovecraft ten years to discover how to localize, anticipate, and prolong a good shock of terror, but The Statement of Randolph Carter shows us that, even in his earliest stories, he had mastered the art of delivering the a shock.
The Statement of Randolph Carter
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Lovecraft , and is a sequel to The Unnamable , which is loosely based on the short story of the same name , also by Lovecraft. David Warner is also featured in the film Necronomicon , starring alongside Jeffrey Combs , who plays Lovecraft himself. The film opens outside the Winthrop house from the first film, only this time it is swarming with police officers and medical technicians. Howard is being wheeled into an ambulance because he has three deep gashes in his chest, Tanya is put into a police car, and Randolph is carrying Joshua Winthrop's book of spells, which he gives to Howard for safe keeping. Randolph confronts the Dean of the university about the house, who tells him not to dabble in things that he could never understand. Then Randolph goes to Professor Warren, who agrees to help. Howard is dragged along and the three go to the spot where Randolph erupted from the ground in the first film.
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Written in December , it was first published in The Vagrant , May It is the first story in which Carter appears and is part of Lovecraft's Dream Cycle. In his statement, Carter attempts to explain the disappearance of his companion, the occultist Harley Warren.
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