Beings that will send you mad trying to comprehend them fully, tend to inspire a modicum of awe after all… Where as a god of sleep seems just a little mundane in comparison…. A fear that takes its name from that same Greek god, Hypnophobia. Until he meets a mysterious man in a railway station. With a logic that escapes me, he realises the stranger will be his friend the moment he opens his:.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hypnos by H. Hypnos by H. Lovecraft, penned in March and first published in the May issue of National Amateur. Hypnos is a first-person narrative written from the perspective of an unnamed character living in Kent, England. The narrator writes that he fears sleep, and is resolved to write his story down lest it drive him further mad, regardless of what peo "Hypnos" is a short story by H.
The narrator writes that he fears sleep, and is resolved to write his story down lest it drive him further mad, regardless of what people think after reading it. The narrator, a sculptor, recounts meeting a mysterious man in a railway station.
The moment the man opened his "immense, sunken and widely luminous eyes", the narrator knew that the stranger would become his friend-—"the only friend of one who had never possessed a friend before". In the eyes of the stranger he saw the knowledge of the mysteries he always sought to learn. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , 19 pages. Published first published May More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hypnos , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Hypnos. Oct 03, Bill Kerwin rated it liked it Shelves: weird-fiction , weird-pulps. In this short tale first published in The National Amateur May, , Lovecraft experimented with an unreliable, nearly hysterical narrator similar to Poe's homicidal tenant in the "Tell Tale Heart" who tells us a suspiciously fragmentary tale in rhet0ric that even for H.
The ending, when it comes, is unexpected, yet not really surprising, considering the voice of the man who embodies the story. The narrator is a English sculptor who tells us how he In this short tale first published in The National Amateur May, , Lovecraft experimented with an unreliable, nearly hysterical narrator similar to Poe's homicidal tenant in the "Tell Tale Heart" who tells us a suspiciously fragmentary tale in rhet0ric that even for H.
The narrator is a English sculptor who tells us how he meets a bearded man destined to be "his only friend" when the bewhiskered fellow collapses in a London train station and our sculptor takes him home to his flat. There the two men, their consciousness illuminated by unspecified drugs, explore sensations found only in obscure pockets of the universe. The bearded man, however, travels further inward or farther outward than our sculptor can manage, leading to an odd transformation and the story's unusual conclusion.
The plot itself is not remarkable, and the conclusion is almost O. Henry in its cuteness, but the mention of vast cosmic spaces a prefiguring of H. It is the voice of the narrator, however--lunatic, fantastic, isolated--that make this a story to remember. View all 5 comments. Jun 21, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: horror. The first person narrator and a friend indulge in drugs and dreams.
But at some point the friend is looking much older, his beard is getting white and more wrinkles are to be seen upon his face. What is going on? Why do they flee sleep and are afraid of Hypnos? Fantastic Lovecraft full of dreams, decadence and death. Is reality so murky, so mutable that it all might as well be delusion? Hypnos, if you'll recall, was the brother of Thanatos, after all. Dream, always so close to death. This short is about a man who has an encounter with th "Death is merciful, for there is no return therefrom, but with him who has come back out of the nethermost chambers of night, haggard and knowing, peace rests nevermore.
This short is about a man who has an encounter with the god of dreams himself in a station, and finds he has something inexplicable in common, maybe a need for escape. They go to the man's house and begin an opium-fueled trip that turns from a burst of creativity into a reality-warping nightmare, and possibly goes on for several years.
It's a familiar paranoia, that sense of dread and conspiracy that spawns out of the blue, forcing you to question what's real when it's impossible to ever be one-hundred-percent sure. A vivid nightmare or a fever dream can do as much damage as opium, if not a little more because it's a raw product of your imagination.
When the man in the story sobers up, he is suddenly white-haired and elderly, and his friend has abandoned him. No one he asks believes that Hypnos was ever there at all. I'm curious if this story wasn't at least a partial inspiration for Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
The way Hypnos is described - gaunt, with ghostly pale skin and depthless black eyes, dressed in a black robe - sounds an awful lot like Dream. Kind of a neat coincidence, if not, though I wouldn't be surprised, since The Sandman uses a lot of Lovecraftian themes.
What better time to read a short story about the undefined horrors discovered in the realms of drug-induced dreaming, then after waking in the middle of the night from an unfocused, mildly distressing dream of my own.
Lovecraft captures the amorphous qualities of nightmares, without rendering them utterly drab and boring like most people do when describing their own dreams. How many times have you heard something like "I dreamed I was in my kitchen, and While Lovecraft continuously chews around the edges of the actual terrors seen by the protagonist, he never describes it or them directly, and yet, he manages to imply just enough to allow the better imaginations to run wild.
Only few dare to try to find out more about that world. Then he meets a beautiful stranger and recognizes his own wishes in the man.
They start living together, travelling through dreams until one day his friend manages to go further than the narrator. Hypnos gets pretty close to a romantic story.
That brings the fear of dreaming, fear of sk 3. That brings the fear of dreaming, fear of sky and these two realize they mustn't be caught sleeping.
Found at sffaudio. Aug 17, Love of Hopeless Causes rated it it was amazing. High art. Great pacing and subject matter. Apr 21, Netanella rated it really liked it Shelves: pulp , horror , lovecraftian , december-reading-challenges.
You're walking in the rail station one day and encounter a man, unconscious on the ground, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers. He opens his luminous black eyes and stares at you. You feel an instant kindred, an understanding that this man has seen unspeakable things which you have sought but never attained. What do you do? Well, if you're H. Your bestie, however, is almost always just there.
This is a nice piece in Lovecraft's dream sequence, but it's one of his themes that is not necessarily one of my favorites. Sep 13, Amy Other Amy rated it liked it Shelves: reviewed , , 3-stars-liked-it , having-a-story-and-eating-it-too , bad-rx , who-dreams-the-dreamer.
One thing I appreciate about Lovecraft: his yearning for the extraordinary comes through clearly, but he consistently portrays his narrators as corrupted either by power or madness due to their dabbling in the forbidden realms.
He has a clear grasp of the ease with which the human heart is twisted. I would say this is another unknowable terror story, but the themes are clearer as the total body of his work shapes up. Jan 14, JL Shioshita rated it liked it Shelves: macabre , short-story , lovecraftian , insanity. Lovecraft's Dream Cycle and fantasy oriented stuff has never been my favorite. That being said, the concept of taking drugs or practicing certain techniques to pierce through your dreams and access unknown states of consciousness is cool.
Who knows what you'll find, and as these dudes discover, it ain't pretty. It's like Carlos Castaneda on a bad trip. Wasn't as keen on the sort of ambiguous ending though, but it worked.
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Lovecraft , penned in March and first published in the May issue of National Amateur. The narrator writes that he fears sleep, and is resolved to write his story down lest it drive him further mad, regardless of what people think after reading it. The narrator, a sculptor , recounts meeting a mysterious man in a railway station. The moment the man opened his "immense, sunken, and widely luminous eyes", the narrator knew that the stranger would become his friend-—"the only friend of one who had never possessed a friend before.