Thus discouraged, Lovecraft refused to submit the story for publication anywhere; without Lovecraft's knowledge, Derleth later submitted it to Weird Tales , which indeed accepted it. Lovecraft rejected it, writing "What the public considers 'weirdness' in drama is rather pitiful or absurd They are all the same - flat, hackneyed, synthetic, essentially atmosphereless jumbles of conventional shrieks and mutterings, and superficial mechanical situations.
Many later critics have shared Derleth's view. Lin Carter calls the story "a minor effort" that "remains singularly one-dimensional, curiously unsatisfying.
Mariconda called the story "Lovecraft's Magnificent Failure Joshi referred to the tale as "one of [Lovecraft's] poorest later efforts. Lovecraft Encyclopedia complains that "[w]hile the tale contains vividly cosmic vistas of hyperspace, HPL does not appear to have thought out the details of the plot satisfactorily It seems as if HPL were aiming merely for a succession of startling images without bothering to fuse them into a logical sequence. Recently, more favorable criticism of "Dreams" has appeared.
Weird Tales 's current Lovecraft columnist, Kenneth Hite , calls the story "one of the purest and most important examples of sheer Lovecraftian cosmicism," suggesting that it is the most fully fleshed-out expression of the author's "From Beyond" motif, also explored in such stories as "The Music of Erich Zann", "Hypnos", and "The Hound".
Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House. It alters the plot and minor details of the original and puts it in a contemporary setting, with Keziah Mason becoming what the film's promotional materials refer to as "a luscious she-demon"  and neighbor Frank Elwood changing genders to become Frances Elwood. Lovecraft's The Dreams in the Witch House". A much looser adaptation inspired by the tale was the Curse of the Crimson Altar aka.
The story and characters were adapted by the author Graham Masterton , in his novel Prey. In , the H. No Turning Back. In a strange void in his dream, Gilman finds himself with Keziah Mason. She tries to seduce him succubus! Thus speaks Keziah. The music here turns from enticing to harsh. There is occasionally a chorale in the background. Kashian's performance is very strong here, but, again, I am here for the songs first, performances saved for last.
This stands out as rather different from the rest of the album. But it is by no means bad. It is, actually, one of the best. We also have them recording it! But in this recording it's a rehearsal , they use acoustic guitar instead of electric which is used when the above lines are sung.
It also features the reprise. Click here! Signum Crucis. Elwood relates a frightening account of Gilman's spiraling madness - he starts sleepwalking, there are screams in the darkness and In the song, Elwood, Mazurewicz, and other tenant Desrochers Seth Ayott hear whispers and footsteps, all the while seeing the violet light.
As you may have guessed, they are at the door of Gilman's attic apartment - or, rather, Keziah's The music has a creepy, almost Gothic guitar basis, played by former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick. They break in, and a huge rat-man is there - Brown Jenkin. So what? Lovecraft is incredibly racist he was a xenophobe. Horror at Red Hook , people! Poe was rather arrogant, but he's a genius. Poe wasn't really a bad person But here it is.
Nothing I Can Do. The thing vanishes into the wall, leaving only bloody footprints. Apparently, Gilman returns. Here is what he says:. Elwood is losing faith, and doesn't think God can help him after the horrors he has seen. The music is sad, and dreary, but I call attention to one bit of the lyrics. The first line, as stated, is sung by the company; the second, by Keziah and Brown Jenkin; the third, by Elwood, Mazurewicz, and Desrochers.
The harmony, music, and overall performance in the song provides an ultimately beautiful sound. It sounds like angels although the subject is about a man disputing their existence! The music has an acoustic basis provided by Bruce Kulick. While in "Signum Crucis" it was a stirring, creepy chord, we here have a sad series of notes. This is one of the true high points on the album. It was one of the songs that prompted me to ask for it Act I was a mood setter and contains many high points on the track.
As I said, this one sets the scene for the horrific events unfolding around Gilman, but it is in Act II where true horror unfolds.
We will hear the music of the Black Pharaoh, see a bit into Keziah's tragic past, feel the terror of Walter Gilman, all leading up to a fiery finale and what is, most likely, the best song on the entire album.
ACT II. Legends and Lore. Elwood talks to Father Iwanicki about how the house has always been cursed while a bright, happy flute plays a kind of "springtime" melody. Elwood and Iwanicki talk about how evil forces can draw the most innocent and corrupt them. Elwood wonders if Keziah was ever a good person By now, the flute has been accompanied by beautiful piano chords, creating a lovely melody.
Take an okayish Disney princess song and multiply it by fifty. That's "Legends and Lore. Keziah sings of how she was innocent and never really wanted to get into the dreadful stuff she did. When her first born child died, the suspicion amongst the villagers of Arkham was sealed and she was put on trial by Judge Hathorne Ray Rochelle. Hathorne tries, finds guilty, and sentences Keziah.
He places her in a cell, but, in the night, something appears to her Again, the piano chords that form the basis of the melody are very beautiful, assisted by the flute. The grand piano is played by Ulf Larsson, who is a good player, to say the least. Remember, this is a Swedish-American collaboration, which we'll get into at the end. The Sleepwalker. A very short song played on the piano. It simply tells of Gilman sleepwalking in the night. I haven't much to say here; the song is only about 59 seconds.
Dalager's performance here is good as usual. Blessed Are the Faithful. Elwood and the neighbors become scared for Walter's safety. Mazurewicz and Dombrowski give him advice - turn to God and stop involvin' yourself with dem crazy demons and debils an' all 'at.
They present him with a crucifix blessed by Father Iwanicki see, it's all connected! Dombrowski says that a two-year-old, Ladislas, vanished the previous night. At the end of the song, Dombrowski puts rat poison in the rat holes, and Gilman sleeps downstairs with Elwood. But this is not good - they talk about Keziah, Brown Jenkin, and interdimensional travel.
But Elwood makes things even worse The song is pretty darn catchy, and has a large rock element to it. There is a weird Arabic instrument played by Patrik Bonnet called the oud. It sounds a lot like a banjo, which is what I thought it was at first. Crawling Chaos. And Elwood was just so tired, he fell asleep They tell him that he has to sign the Book of Azathoth in his blood.
The Crawling Chaos appears to him. Walter breaks down and signs the book. This song is classic, symphonic horror rock - Heavy Metal. He commands Gilman to revel before it and worship it. Well, there's no turning back, 'cuz you signed the freakin' book in your own BLOOD and you aren't about to say "sorry, no thanks. Gilman himself acknowledges this, and succumbs to Azathoth, who lives in the center of the universe on the throne of ultimate Chaos where one can hear the mindless piping of flutes played by monsters and aliens.
Why - why did I write all that? More recently, more favorable criticism of "The Dreams in the Witch House" has appeared. Weird Tales ' s current Lovecraft columnist, Kenneth Hite , calls the story "one of the purest and most important examples of sheer Lovecraftian cosmicism", suggesting that it is the most fully fleshed-out expression of the author's "From Beyond" motif, also explored in such stories as "The Music of Erich Zann", "Hypnos", and "The Hound".
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Have: Want: Avg Rating: 4. Why ain't this on cassette yet? The Acid Archives by MarchHair. Anyway That You Want Me. It's All Over For You. Wayfaring Stranger. Let's Get Together. I've Been Wrong Before. The Drifter. That's The Bag I'm In.The Crimson Cult, Witch House, The Crimson Altar). It starred Barbara Steele, Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, and Michael Gough. The story and characters were adapted by the author Graham Masterton, in his novel Prey. Music Edit. In Dreams in the Witch House was used as the name of a compilation CD from the band H. P. Lovecraft.