BOOK REVIEW: Littlest Lovecraft Presents The Dunwich Horror

After attempting and nailing an adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu for younger readers, Littlest Lovecraft has moved on to another of H.P Lovecraft’s well-known tales, The Dunwich Horror.

Littlest Lovecraft retells H.P. Lovecraft’s tale of unspeakable dread, The Dunwich Horror, in this fully illustrated adaptation. Follow the strange and peculiar Whateleys of Dunwich as they try to unleash otherworldly horrors on the unsuspecting Miskatonic Valley.

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As in their The Call of Cthulhu adaptation, Tro Rex and Eyona Bella have opted for a simpler yet no less sinister art-style, featuring lots of browns and muted greens which serve to frame the creepy action in an interesting way.

The wording is also simplified, reduced down from H.P Lovecraft’s complicated sentences to a pleasing rhyme that lends the tale a certain rhythm of its own. It tells the story and cuts to the chase, well as much as you can with a horror that slowly builds rather than explodes into action. The slow build up of what the shifty Whateleys are up to and the presentation of the other villagers’ increasing suspicions is all very well done and the story certainly lends itself to a complete read through in one sitting.

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If you are familiar with the story of The Dunwich Horror, you might have felt the tingle of anticipation that I did when I pondered how the “creature” would be depicted. I obviously had my own mental impressions and I wondered how they would align with the imagining in a book aimed at a younger audience. I was pleasantly surprised that the final reveal is very close to what I had imagined. Yes it is in brighter colours than I thought but the roiling chaos of the thing is neatly captured by the illustration.

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I came away from Littlest Lovecraft Presents The Dunwich Horror feeling that they had done another sterling job with something that on first thought, would have put many people off. Just as in their The Call of Cthulhu, the book screams a love of Lovecraft and captures the sinister and oppressive feeling in a child friendly way. It is aimed at children aged 9+ but I think you could comfortably go younger if you have small children to read to, depending on their maturity.

Visit Littlestlovecraft.com to find out more info and to check out the other goodies in their store.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Casey Douglass

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