The Place Called Dagon

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Daniel Dreeme has come to the small Massachusetts town of Marlborough to pursue his medical practice; but there is more beneath the surface of this placid-seeming farming community than meets the eye. The mystery seems to center around Jeffrey Wescott, a sardonic figure who has filled his house with strange books and speaks ominously of summoning up "old gods" at some region he terms "the place called Dagon." What role does his wife, the dark beauty Martha Westcott, play in this scenario? And is the saturnine preacher George Buroughs really as pious as he seems? When the Westcotts' hired man is killed in a particularly brutal fashion, Dreeme knows that he has become ineluctably enmeshed in a horror that may engulf both his body and his soul.

H.P. Lovecratft spoke highly of The Place Called Dagon (1927) in Supernatural Horror in Literature, and for good reason. It uncannily reflects many of the themes in Lovecraft's own fiction, and probably influenced his tales The Shadow over Innsmouth and The Dreams in the Witch House. This novelwhose very title is Lovecraftian, has waited too long to find a new generation of readers, but is now reprinted here uncut and unabridged, with original artwork by Allen Koszowski and with contributors by leading Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi and Gorman expert Larry Creasy.

Herbert Gorman (1893-1954) was an American novelist and critic who wrote one of the earliest biographies of James Joyce.The Place Called Dagon is his only weird novel.


Condition: Pre-loved book. In good condition.

Format: Paperback
Year published: 2003

Pages: 187
Horror, classic.
Imprint: Hippocampus Press

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