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Beyond the Wall of Sleep Beyond The Wall Of Sleep Is A Short Story By American Writer H P Lovecraft Written In 1919 And First Published In The Amateur Publication Pine Cones In October 1919 Inspiration Lovecraft Said The Story Was Inspired By An April 27, 1919 Article In The New York Tribune Reporting On The New York State Police, The Article Cited A Family Named Slater Or Slahter As Representative Of The Backwards Catskills Population The Nova Mentioned At The End Of Lovecraft S Story Is A Real Star, Known As GK Persei The Quotation Is From Garrett P Serviss Astronomy With The Naked Eye 1908 The Title Of The Story May Have Been Influenced By Ambrose Bierce S Beyond The Wall Lovecraft Was Known To Be Reading Bierce In 1919 Jack London S 1906 Novel Before Adam, Which Concerns The Concept Of Hereditary Memory, Contains The Passage, Nordid Any Of My Human Kind Ever Break Through The Wall Of My Sleep.


10 thoughts on “Beyond the Wall of Sleep

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    Author of the horrific, the Gothic and the fantastic, a man who lived his short life as a recluse in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island until his premature death at age 47, Beyond the Wall of Sleep is H P Lovecraft s 1890 1939 classic tale of a reality less visible than our everyday earthbound material existence A quote from the opening paragraph We may guess that in dreams life, matter, and vitality, as the earth knows such things, are not necessarily constant and that time and space do not exist as our waking selves comprehend them Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon With this statement from our narrator, a young intern working at a mental hospital in the state of New York during the winter of 1900, we hear echoes of the shamanic worldview of many indigenous tribespeople and, specifically, the dreamtime of the Australian Aborigines, that is, how the world of dreams is enduring, intense, meaningful and, in terms of our vital spiritual life, real than the ordinary world perceived by our senses.However, this general philosophic reflection only sets the stage for the tale s unfolding specifically, how a 40 year old mountaineer from the rustic, wild Catskill Mountains by the name of Joe Slater is brought to the mental hospital after he bruta...


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    This story was written in 1919, when Lovecraft was only 29, but it is one of the most concentrated and effective tales of his early maturity It is based on a passage from an article in The New York Tribune How Our State Police Have Spurred Our Way to Fame, 4 27 19 , which uses a particularly degenerate family the Slaters or Slahters as a typical example of the decadent dwellers of the remote regions of the Catskills.In Lovecraft s story, an unnamed intern in a state psychopathic institution describes the strange behavior and visions of one Joe Slater or Slaader whom he observed and with whom he conversed It begins with this description of Slater his appearance was that of the typical denizen of the Catskill Mountain region one of those strange, repellent scions of a primitive colonial peasant stock whose isolation for nearly three centuries in the hilly fastnesses of a little travelled countryside has caused them to sink to a kind of barbaric degeneracy, rather than advance with their fortunately placed brethren of the thickly settled districts Among these odd folk, who correspond exactly to the decadent element of white trash in the South, law and morals are non existent and their general mental status is probably below that of any other section of the native American p...


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    The line between reality and dreams is blurring in this great short story Did Joe Slater, a degenerate hick, really kill a man or was he filled by another entity, something cosmic, something from beyond In this great story Lovecraft comes up with a first person narrator who uses modern radio technology to reveal Slater s secret page by page His superior doesn t believe him though he s fully convinced that he got a glimpse into another reality flying together with Joe Slater thro...


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    We shall meet again perhaps in the shining mists of Orion s Sword, perhaps on a bleak plateau in prehistoric Asia Perhaps in unremembered dreams tonight perhaps in some other form an aeon hence, when the solar system shall have been swept away In dreams we hear songs which cannot be captured, yet which we will always long to hear while awake We can hear in them our history, hidden away in other planets that are no longer our own.In Beyond the Wall of Sleep , a strange man from the boondocks, Joe Slater, is taken in for evaluation after a series of violent psychological attacks A doctor there takes the opportunity to study the man s mind closely and notices that, while at first there doesn t seem to be much to unravel, there seems to be two halves to his personality There s a weird and surprisingly heavy presence in the man at certain times which makes the doctor curious, and he begins to be obsessed with finding out who this is inhabiting Slater s brain, because it s certainly not him alone Beyond the Wall of Sleep is an exploration into the relationship between dreams, madness and the interconnected nature of living things, with a twist of the paranormal It reminds me, even though it s not super similar, of the Hy...


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    How little does the earth self know of life and its extent Dreams play an important role in Lovecraft s stories This one doesn t belong to Cthulhu mythos It is about the importance of dreaming and an opinion on what exactly the dreams mean The narrator labels Freud s dream analysis as silly puerile is the word used He allows that some dreams are not that important, but there are others that have deeper meaning, the ones that show us something that most ordinary people wouldn t understand We may guess that in dreams life, matter, and vitality, as the earth knows such things, are not necessarily constant and that time and space do not exist as our waking selves comprehend them Told by a narrator who works at an asylum, Beyond the Wall of Sleep tells a story of a disturbed man whose case woke up the narrator s old interest in dreams Joe Slater is committed to the asylum where our narrator works He seemed to have two separate lives the one when he is aw...


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    Read Here hattip to Glenn Opening I have frequently wondered if the majority of mankind ever pause to reflect upon the occasionally titanic significance of dreams, and of the obscure world to which they belong Whilst the greater number of our nocturnal visions are perhaps no than faint and fantastic reflections of our waking experiences Freud to the contrary with his puerile symbolism there are still a certain remainder whose immundane and ethereal character permits of no ordinary interpretation, and whose vaguely exciting and disquieting effect suggests possible minute glimpses into a sphere of mental existence no less important than physical life, yet separated from that life by an all but impassable barrier.Joe Slaader is white trash from the isolated region of the Catskills MountainsLovecraft s stories are seriously unsettling yet this one held a wonderment.A month of Halloween 2015 reads 1 3 Nobody True by James Herbert fraudio 2 4 The Horror Stories of Robert E Howard fraudio 3 1 Brain Child by John Saul fraudio 4 3 Domain Rats 3 by James Herbert fraudio 5 3 The Mourning Vessels by Peter Luther paperback 6 2 The Doom of the Great City ebook short story 7 5 Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury fr...


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    Stumbling my way back from my personal 40 Days Nights, a book lover s arid reading slump, I seem to have made the unconscious decision to plunge into the vortex of sci fi fantasy in the form of both classic I ve been meaning tos those recently added to my ever towering TBR What can I say, quests monsters from the mysterious depths seem to be the perfect cure for even the most stubborn of slumps That being said, I thought this was the perfect time for one of my biggest I ve been meaning tos H.P Lovecraft Lovecraft short stories have been stacking up on my kindle since time immemorable reading slumps make me a tad hyperbolic I spotted a decent collection at the library to fill in some of the gaps fate So I cracked open a notebook, preparing to record the random bits of genius I was sure to encounter, and set to reading I definitely haven t been disappointed in Lovecraft s writing up to this point I ve dipped a toe into the depths of Cthulhu with The Tomb, sworn off any future explorations of slimy isles with a preponderance of dead fish whilst reading Dagon, and enjoyabl...


  8. says:

    I love H.P Lovecraft but HOLY SHIT he is extremely racist.


  9. says:

    A short but intriguing tale of a psychologist studying a hill billy who has psychotic episodes


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    One of Lovecraft s simpler tales It s the story of a man native to Appalachia who seemingly went mad and killed someone He is acquitted by reason of insanity and sent to an asylum The man has incredibly intense and vivid waking dreams A young doctor there does experiments on the man, trying to link their minds, so that he too may experience these dreams He suspects rightly it turns out that they may be much than just dreams This is Lovecraft at his simplest and most effective No frill, but creepy as h...


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