Talk:The Dunwich Horror

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there is a screenplay written by Richard Griffin (also wrote and directed "SEEPAGE, AKA Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon'" and "Raving Maniacs, AKA Rave to the Grave")by the same name. It is in production to be made into a film.

I recognize that the summary here is woefully inadequete. I saw that there was no page for this, one of my favorite Lovecraft stories, and had to at least create a stub! --Writer@Large 15:25, 16 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Regarding the Trivia statement "it is perhaps the only tale Lovecraft wrote where the heroes successfully defeat the antagonistic entity or monster of the story," what about The Case of Charles Dexter Ward? Dreams In the Witch-House also features the defeat of the main antagonist, although the protagonist is killed as well. 19:37, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
I had exactly the same thought regarding CDW. I suppose it might be argued that Joseph Curwen wasn't an "entity or monster", although you could make a—IMO, successful—case for his being a moral monster. Wooster (talk) 09:14, 14 June 2006 (UTC)
Also "The Shunned House"--the one with the giant elbow in the basement. I'll bet there's more if we gave it some more thought. Nareek 21:40, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

While I'm thinking about it, why is the death of Wilbur's brother a "surrealistic satire [sic] of the Crucifixion"? I mean, I read that claim in the notes in a Penguin collection of Lovecraft shorts, and it didn't make sense when I read it there. (And yes, I'm a Christian, so I kind of know the Crucifixion scene quite well.) Further, isn't the word "parody", not "satire"? Wooster (talk) 12:24, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

I'd like to see a citation of the Penguin notes--otherwise, the assertion regarding (in the article) regarding the Crucifixion seems like original research. I think it's an interesting observation, whether it's parody or a simple reference or just a coincidence (it hardly seems satirical, I agree). Silarius —Preceding comment was added at 05:45, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

I find it hard to believe that Greenwich, Massachusetts, along with small towns of Enfield, and Prescott (all previously located in Hampshire County) and the village of Dana, aren't mentioned as inspiration for the Dunwich Horror! They were all flooded out years ago (but long after Lovecraft's stories) to form the Quabbin Reservior. Perhaps this cannot be verified in Lovecraft's letters? Although they fit the descriptions perfectly, and perhaps Lovecraft didn't want to admit as to making the rather unoriginal name switch from Greenwich to Dunwich? Its so poetically fitting that the inspiration for Dunwich should be under millions of gallons of water. When I'm at Quabbin I expect slimey fishmen to rise out of the water at any moment!!! Cuvtixo 18:23, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

The Quabbin and the Greenwich Horror (outside of Oakham)[edit]

I know this isn't a scholarly paper, but its convincing to me: From Donovan K. Loucks’ Personal Pages. [1] ...If you’re wondering how this relates to Lovecraft, recall the plot of “The Colour Out of Space,” where a drinking water reservoir is planned for the city of Arkham. Also, the four main towns that were flooded by the Quabbin were Prescott, Enfield, Dana, and Greenwich. Some Lovecraftians believe that the names Dana and Greenwich were combined by Lovecraft into the name of the fictional town of Dunwich, although no direct evidence exists to support this. The Quabbin region also has a town to the west named Whately and another to the east named Oakham, the implications of which should be fairly obvious.

Can I cite some of this stuff from his web pages? A New England Odyssey In August 1995, I went on my second Lovecraftian tour of New England. During that trip, I kept a daily travelogue and posted it both here and on the alt.horror.cthulhu newsgroup. Cuvtixo 19:16, 10 July 2007 (UTC)


Most village names on the coast of Suffolk and Norfolk have a counterpart in Massachusetts because many settlers went from East Anglia to the New World. Dunwich fell into the sea and the bells of the churches can be heard at spring tide, according to legend. E. A. Poe's 'The City in the Sea' is possibly based on Dunwich. Poe went to school in England and visited the east coast. --Steve (talk) 17:07, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

I recall that Lovecraft used the name Dunwich because it was one of the English town names not used by settlers in New England but which did have that authentic place name air about it. I have been meaning to re-read his selected letters and will take notes if I find a ref. --Naaman Brown (talk) 18:48, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Nice Page[edit]

I write a few literature pages on Wikipedia and I thought this was very well researched, very well crafted. Kudos to all of the editors, nice work.

Best Regards, the Botendaddy (talk) 01:24, 9 October 2009 (UTC)


"...arrive and kill the monster with the knowledge and weapons needed to kill the monster..." Good overall, but this particular phrase is a real clunker that could stand restating.

Dr. Armitage's Credentials[edit]

I'm wondering what the source is for Dr. Armitage's education? The reason that I ask is that in the game Trail of Cthulhu, Page 206, the entry for him says that he went to Cambridge, so I thought I would bring that up here. Not saying that this is correct... Just asking. Pdarley (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 14:58, 5 November 2009 (UTC).

Incorrect Reference?[edit]

The link to the author of “The Thing in the Woods”, Harper Williams, takes you to a biography of a basket-ball player; it could be that he is also an author, but it isn’t in the information, and he’d appear to be a bit young, so my guess is that the link is in fact incorrect, although I can’t be certain… Also, I can’t find an article on an author of that name on Wikipedia to re-link to. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jock123 (talkcontribs) 17:03, 6 June 2012 (UTC)