Dreams from R'lyeh

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Dreams from R'lyeh
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Jacket illustration by Tim Kirk for Dreams from R'lyeh
Author Lin Carter
Cover artist Tim Kirk
Country United States
Language English
Genre poetry
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xv, 72 pp
ISBN 0-87054-067-X
OCLC 1323872
LC Class PS3553.A7823 D7

Dreams from R'lyeh is a collection of poems by Lin Carter.

Publication history[edit]

The book was released in 1975 by Arkham House in an edition of 3,152 copies. It was Carter's only book published by Arkham House. The Sonnet Cycle, "Dreams from R'lyeh", that comprises the first two-thirds of the book, consists of poems inspired by H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. The Sonnet Cycle portion of this volume has also been reprinted in Robert M. Price (ed). The Xothic Legend Cycle: The Complete Mythos Fiction of Lin Carter (Chaosium, 1997).

Unlike Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth, the sonnets of which do not tell a continuous story, Dreams from R'lyeh from start to finish clearly narrates the story of Wilbur Nathaniel Hoag, from his childhood to just before his disappearance in late 1944. Mental (and perhaps physical degeneration) are apparent near the last sonnet.


  • "Merlin on the Queens Express", by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Dreams from R'lyeh: A Sonnet Cycle
    • I. "Remembrances"
    • II. "Arkham"
    • III. "The Festival"
    • IV. "The Old Wood"
    • V. "The Locked Attic"
    • VI. "The Shunned Church"
    • VII. "The Last Ritual"
    • VIII. "The Library"
    • IX. "Black Thirst"
    • X. "The Elder Age"
    • XI. "Lost R'lyeh"
    • XII. "Unknown Kadath"
    • XIII. "Abdul Alhazred"
    • XIV. "Hyperborea"
    • XV. "The Book of Eibon"
    • XVI. "Tsathoggua"
    • XVII. "Black Zimbabwe"
    • XVIII. "The Return"
    • XIX. "The Sabbat"
    • XX. "Black Lotus"
    • XXI. "The Unspeakable"
    • XXII. "Carcosa"
    • XXIII. "The Candidate"
    • XXIV. "The Dream-Daemon"
    • XXV. "Dark Yuggoth"
    • XXVI. "The Silver Key"
    • XXVII. "The Peaks Beyond Throk"
    • XXVIII. "Spawn of the Black Goat"
    • XXIX. "Beyond"
    • XXX. "The Accursed"
    • XXXI. "The Million favored Ones"
  • Other Poems
    • "Lunae Custodiens"
    • "Merlin, Enchanted"
    • "To Clark Ashton Smith"
    • "Once in Fabled Grandeur"
    • "The Night Kings"
    • "All Hallow's Eve"
    • "Shard"
    • "The Wind in the Rigging"
    • "Diombar's Song of the Last Battle"
    • "The Elf-King's Castle"
    • "To Lord Dunsany"
    • "The Forgotten"
    • "Golden Age"
    • "Lines Written to a Painting by Hannes Bok"
    • "Death-Song of Conan the Cimmerian"
  • "Author's Note"


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