Posted by: Mark | January 8, 2015

The Silver Key

H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Silver Key” is regarded as an important part of his mythology but was initially “violently disliked.” I’m not about to get violent about it but it doesn’t have the appeal of his stronger works.

It’s slow and wordy, even for Lovecraft, yet it couldn’t really be trimmed down without destroying the story. Most of “The Silver Key ” is essentially Lovecraft’s philosophy of life. It’s interesting and depressing but not enough to carry a story:

“Even humour is empty in a mindless universe devoid of any true standard of consistency or inconsistency. ”

I’m glad I read it because it helps hold together Lovecraft’s world but I don’t think I’ll read it again.


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