- By H.P. Lovecraft

The Nameless City

  • Title: The Nameless City
  • Author: H.P. Lovecraft
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Nameless City The Nameless City is a horror story written by H P Lovecraft in January and first published in the November issue of the amateur press journal The Wolverine It is often considered the first

    The Nameless City is a horror story written by H P Lovecraft in January 1921 and first published in the November 1921 issue of the amateur press journal The Wolverine It is often considered the first Cthulhu Mythos story.The Nameless City of the story s title is an ancient ruin located somewhere in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula and is older than any human civil The Nameless City is a horror story written by H P Lovecraft in January 1921 and first published in the November 1921 issue of the amateur press journal The Wolverine It is often considered the first Cthulhu Mythos story.The Nameless City of the story s title is an ancient ruin located somewhere in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula and is older than any human civilization.

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    1. While reading Lord Dunsany’s “The Probable Adventure of Three Literary Men,” H.P. Lovecraft became haunted by one Dunsany phrase: “the unreverberate blackness of the abyss.” The ghost of that phrase inspired a dream, and later, when H.P. awakened, he found he possessed the idea for a story. That story idea soon became “The Nameless City” (1921), one of Lovecraft favorites, and often considered the first appearance of the Chthulu Mythos.It is a favorite with me too. Its beginning ev [...]

    2. At a poker table in a cavern in Hell sits Asmodeus, Cthulu, Orcus and Beelzebub discussing H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Nameless City.Asmodeus: I like what the young man is doing; it’s fresh and original and speaks to me.Cthulu: I could not agree more, of course I would LOVE it as he is paying HOMAGE to yours truly.Orcus: Cthulu, you are such a DROLL sea creature, while my seers reflect that this may become the first in what may become the “Cthulu Mythos” this is still just a very ea [...]

    3. First off, it's a short story. I started reading this story this morning, kind of vaguely thinking I had probably already read it. (It was rainy, dark. Lovecraft seemed appropriate.) I was probably recalling Lovecraft's "Under the Pyramids." Anyway, "The Nameless City" is the first story in a massive (and cheap) collection of Lovecraft's (complete) stories that I got for my Kindle. What a nice and creepy surprise! How I missed this over the years is beyond me. It's mentioned as being the first C [...]

    4. My very first Lovecraft.It was written supremely well, if inundated with many long, fantastical words that may or may not have been needed. Can't say I was scared or horrified or even that moved by it, but it was definitely intriguing.A lone narrator wanders the desert and finds himself in a lost-and nameless-city, just screaming to be explored. Great descriptions of what is to be found there, if not altogether easy to follow. I feel like there is a certain way to read Lovecraft that I hopefully [...]

    5. When I drew nigh the nameless city I knew it was accursed. I was traveling in a parched and terrible valley under the moon, and afar I saw it protruding uncannily above the sands as parts of a corpse may protrude from an ill-made grave. Fear spoke from the age-worn stonesThis opening reads like a dream, but we're not in the Dreamlands this time; we're in "Araby," albeit some region thereof where no living man has set foot. Here our protagonist finds a typically Lovecraftian edifice: enormous, im [...]

    6. It is a very standard and typical Lovecraftian horror short story: a lone narrator mumbling about his experience of extreme horror in some ruin of a long-lost ancient city within an Araby desert. He believes this nameless city was built by a race before humans and he may, or may not see something horrible in the dead of the night before he turns tail and flees from this ruin.The story is short, but the description is long winded and wordy and Lovecraft didn't bother to give you any break by putt [...]

    7. The main character in this one was such a weirdo, I found it distracting from the narrative. I mean, I know lot of horror depends for its existence on characters who will walk into completely inadvisable places, and I'm fine with that, but what kind of person crawls down a deep, dark tunnel so low that they have to crawl and slither through at points, and then doesn't even notice when their torch goes out and keeps going? My other problem with this was Lovecraft describing completely neutral thi [...]

    8. I find that Lovecraft's style of writing is a bit too forced. He relies heavily on making the horror explicit through words such a "terrible" "horrendous" or "terrifying" to convey the dread of his plot instead of letting the reader feel these emotions trough his own imagination. The way he conveys the aura of his settings is clearly sufficient to inspire terror in he reader without the need to emphasize these feelings explicitly. In my opinion, such abuse of the horror adjectives tends to actua [...]

    9. I read it again, as I learned that it's the first true entry in the Cthulhu Mythos, but it mentions Ib and Sarnath, so I'd wager that is debatable. As far as I'm concerned, all of his stories fall under one big umbrella, in the same vein as the immersive Stephen King -verse.I liked it! As per usual, Lovecraft's descriptions are gorgeous to devourer. He emphasises the perverse charm to discovering the forbidden, or the tainted, and the first-person style catapults the reader into the scenario wit [...]

    10. Es una historia muy corta que a su vez representa el inicio del ciclo literario de horror cósmico de H.P Lovecraft. Una antigua ciudad descubierta por un arqueólogo que se adentra en ella descubriendo, se trata de la misma misma ciudad con la que soñó el poeta/Árabe loco llamado Abdul Alhazred«Qué no está muerto lo que puede yacer eternamente, Y en los eones por venir aun la muerte puede morir.»También armé una lista con la serie de relatos correspondientes a los Mitos de Cthulhu. Gen [...]

    11. I'm actually reading this from a giant "complete" collection of Lovecraft's fiction on my Kindle, but I'm going to log as many of the novels and stories separately, so I can actually make ratings and comments on each one, really for my own benefit. I am a big fan of Lovecraft's mythology, but I've only read a smattering of the stories so far. I tend to find his ideas and creations better than his actual writing, which sometimes comes across a bit overblown and baroque. In this case, the story is [...]

    12. "The Nameless City" is a city so horrible and horrifying that it doesn't even have a name, hence the title. It's only spoken about in whispers and as threats to children and its facts have long been lost in antiquity. It's the murmurings that draw the unnamed protagonist to find it, but just its skeleton in the desert causes such fear in the man, he says that no other has even known fear like him.So, of course, he goes in.But he does wait till morning.Lovecraft's writing is very atmospheric, and [...]

    13. Lovecrafte hombre que, sin ser el mejor escritor del mundo, siempre me deja deseando más.En este cortisimo nos encontramos la desesperación de un hombre al adentrarse en una ciudad llena de misterios y donde la conciencia humana hace de las suyas para crear el horror al cual se adentrara, creo que hay poco que pueda decir sin hacer spioiler (y de verdad que ante algo tan pequeño los spoilers son como contarte todo) pero la atmósfera que se crea es lo que hace que este cuento sea tan bueno. P [...]

    14. "Que no está muerto lo que puede yacer eternamentey en los eones venideros hasta la muerte puede morir"Aquí comienza a mencionar al árabe loco Alhazred. <3

    15. Estuvo bueno. Pero no lo suficiente para que me guste. Fue interesante leer la ciudad sin nombre y las posibles criaturas que habitaban en ella y cómo fue la experiencia del hombre en ir ahí. Seguiré leyendo más relatos de Lovecraft porque según me dicen son muy buenos. Esperemos wue mejores porque lo poco que he leído de él no me atrae lo suficiente. Pero admito que cuando leo en páginas sobre su mitología o veo vídeos sobre él, me atrae muchísimo; pero ya cuando leo una de sus hist [...]

    16. c'est pas la première fois que je lis cette nouvelle, mais la première fois que je l'écoute en audiobook, un kiff absolu!

    17. When I drew nigh the nameless city I knew it was accursed. I was travelling in a parched and terrible valley under the moon, and afar I saw it protruding uncannily above the sands as parts of a corpse may protrude from an ill-made grave. Fear spoke from the age-worn stones of this hoary survivor of the deluge, this great-grandmother of the eldest pyramid; and a viewless aura repelled me and bade me retreat from antique and sinister secrets that no man should see, and no man else had dared to see [...]

    18. احب كل مايكتبه لوفكرافت لذلك شهادتي فيه لا تعتبر عادلة ابداً. انا منحاز دوماً له ولكتاباته المبهمة والمفعمة بالخوف النابض. المدينة الضائعة هي مانعرفها بإسم إرم ذات العماد ، التي يكتب عنها لوفكرافت بإنها المدينة الضائعة التي حذرها منها العرب وكتب فيها الشاعر العربي المجنون [...]

    19. "Que no está muerto lo que yace eternamente, y con los eones extraños incluso la muerte puede morir."

    20. Short story by Lovecraft that heralds the Cthulhu Mythos saga.It tells the tale of a man exploring a ruined city in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula. And I knew I was in for a treat when the main character described that the Nameless City's architecture was low. Too low, in fact, for humans to walk through.As with all his stories, Lovecraft uses scene description to heighten the fear and horror of the main character's plight.Fun stuff!

    21. Lovecraft's writing style. I think the fact that Lovecraft uses so much detail when describingeverything what I don't like about his stories. I can get a somewhat good image in my head of what is taking place in the story, it's just that the author goes on and on for so many more sentences? paragraphs? that it's just too much. This is only my second one and I wasn't able to get into either one. Not a fan.

    22. Lovecraft takes us on an Arabian adventure, with the protagonist exploring a mysterious, desolate city. The depictions of the ruins are gloriously textured, and the writing transports you to the windswept desert with ease.The story takes a darker turn as the exploration of a dark temple starts.As ever Lovecraft builds the tension with ease, and describes the unfolding events and scenes vividly.

    23. This is the first Lovecraftian story I've read. I knew I'd be bored reading it, so I went with listening to the audiobook instead. Not too bad, not too good. I actually listened to the audiobook twice, first in English and then in French. I wonder how the main character didn't notice when his torch went out. I mean, wasn't it dark down there?! Anyway.

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