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"Herbert West: Reanimator" is a short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was written between October 1921 and June 1922. It was first serialized in February through July 1922 in the amateur publication Home Brew. The story was the basis of the 1985 horror film Re-Animator and its sequels, in addition to numerous other adaptations in various media.T"Herbert West: Reanimator" is a short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was written between October 1921 and June 1922. It was first serialized in February through July 1922 in the amateur publication Home Brew. The story was the basis of the 1985 horror film Re-Animator and its sequels, in addition to numerous other adaptations in various media.The story is the first to mention Lovecraft's fictional Miskatonic University. It is also notable as one of the first depictions of zombies, as corpses arising, through scientific means, as animalistic, and uncontrollably violent creatures....

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Herbert West Reanimator Reviews

  • BillKerwin
    2019-05-20 13:54

    H.P. Lovecraft stories don't usually make me think of Mel Brooks and Bruce Campbell, but "Herbert West" is definitely an exception.This story, like H.P.’s subsequent work “The Lurking Fear,” was written to-order as a serial publication for the humor magazine Home Brew. Although Lovecraft’s interest in atmospheric effects often mars “The Lurking Fear”’s humorous tone, “Herbert West” is unharmed by any serious horror. On the contrary, H.P. embraces this over-the-top tale of “re-animation”—a congeries of cliches filched from Frankenstein, “The Body Snatcher” and more debased sources—and makes of it a mocking parody of gothic horror, the only thoroughly successful work of death’s head humor Lovecraft ever achieved.Herbert West, the grave blue-eyed, blond-haired medical student and his narrator sidekick, raid the nearby graveyards and hospitals looking for fresh corpses to stir into life. Although they may produce a series of twitches, a leap or a howl—and even the occasional word here and there—their experiments are ludicrous failures. Still, these failures are more successful than they think, and literally come back to haunt them.Lovecraft clearly enjoyed writing this farce, and I think you will enjoy reading it too, appreciating how he transforms his great weakness as a writer—a penchant for overwrought prose—into a positive strength. I particularly like how he deals with one of the challenges of serial publication—the recap at the beginning of each episode—and turns it to his advantage, creating a somewhat different recap every time, each entertaining in its own way. Unfortunately, “Herbert West” also has more than a touch of Lovecraft’s customary zenophobia and racism (brutish negroes, superstition Italians, etc.) but here these odious tendencies are partially redeemed by irony: the most degenerate, decadent example of humanity displayed here is the blond-haired, blue-eyed Herbert West himself:Gradually I came to find Herbert West himself more horrible than anything he did—that was when it dawned on me that his once normal scientific zeal for prolonging life had subtly degenerated into a mere morbid and ghoulish curiosity and secret sense of charnel picturesqueness. His interest became a hellish and perverse addiction to the repellently and fiendishly abnormal; he gloated calmly over artificial monstrosities which would make most healthy men drop dead from fright and disgust; he became, behind his pallid intellectuality, a fastidious Baudelaire of physical experiment—a languid Elagabalus of the tombs.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-06-03 07:37

    Although presented here as one story, this is actually a series of six linked stories about the mad scientist, Dr. Herbert West. More than anything else by Lovecraft, these feel like true pulp fiction, written for pure shocking entertainment, with a dashed-off, distinctly "non-literary" feel. Originally published as a serial, the magazine that they were written for apparently (and unfortunately) demanded that Lovecraft 're-cap' previous events in each installment, which makes for repetitive, tedious reading when you're not waiting a month between segments.Once the re-cap bits are dealt with, though, the story itself is great fun. It can be viewed as a parody of or an homage to Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' - but where Dr. Frankenstein was an earnest experimenter, Dr. West is a straight-up psychopath. Each segment tries to outdo the one before with gross and disturbing gory details. [One 'alert' - the third segment clearly reflects what can be most generously interpreted as the narrator's racism, in a way that's a different sort of unpleasant.]I haven't seen the movie that was based on these stories. Someone told me, back when it was a recent release, that its cheesy schlockiness didn't do Lovecraft justice. But after reading the stories, I actually feel that a schlocky, campy adaptation is appropriate to the source material.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-06-10 12:58

    Herbert West: Reanimator is told by an unnamed narrator, who became friends with Herbert West while they were both studying medicine at Miskatonic University in Arkham. It consists of six chapters ('From the Dark', 'The Plague-Daemon', 'Six Shots by Midnight', 'The Scream of the Dead', 'The Horror From the Shadows', 'The Tomb-Legions') and repetitions of West's appearance and certain events clearly show that it was written in instalments. That and the chapter cliffhangers make this story a bit annoying to read. Still, each chapter show the obsession that was the driving force of West's life and his following degradation. It is a morbid, even cautionary, story of an obsessed scientist's quest to beat the laws of nature, of death and life. From experimenting on animals to body-snatching to finally obtaining a truly fresh specimen, West was determined to reanimate the corpses he got. And the narrator was there from the beginning to the end. 'Briefly and brutally stated, West's sole absorbing interest was a secret study of the phenomena of life and its cessation, leading toward the reanimation of the dead through injections of an excitant solution.' While West is an obsessed lunatic, the narrator doesn’t even have that to justify his actions. He started being afraid of West much later. For years he helped him get whatever he needed for his experiments.

  • Brian
    2019-06-02 13:01

    Four stars until the end, now five.I wonder if SK found partial inspiration for "Revival" from this short story. A scientist becomes obsessed with reanimating life. The beginning reminded me of the movie "Flatliners," which I loved. Lovecraft began the story in a medical college, and the two did experiments attempting to reanimate the dead.Herbert West, the narrator's comrade, increases in obsession over years, taking his obsession for dead bodies and parts for his experiments to joining the war effort, with alternative motives.The story has a fantastic ending, in my opinion.

  • Coos Burton
    2019-06-13 08:59

    Esta es, por lejos, una de las historias que más me perturbaron en la vida. Literalmente tuve que apartar el plato de comida durante el almuerzo porque no podía continuar con el mismo mientras leía semejantes asquerosidades. Es sencillamente magnífico, y me da gusto saber que aún sigue causándome la misma repulsión y fascinación que cuando era más pequeña. Recomendadísimo.

  • Estelle
    2019-05-19 06:35

    One of the most accessible and straight-forward horror short stories by Lovecraft. A good place to start for those who want to try this author. Great audiobook narrator on Librivox.One thing tho, this story was originally serialised in some publication which is why each chapter/part includes some kind of recap and might feel repetitive if you read the whole thing in one sitting.

  • Katy
    2019-06-15 05:36

    Note: This story is part of The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft, made available in ebook format at The narrator tells the story, in multiple vignettes, of Herbert West's obsessive quest to reanimate the recently dead.My Thoughts: When I lived in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, my husband at the time and I developed an obsession with B-movies of all ilk, watching them for hours. Among those we particularly enjoyed were the "Reanimator" series of films, based upon this short story.The story provides a low-level, steady progression of horror as the narrator watches Herbert West devolve into madness. Lovecraft writes using beautiful, lyrical language - linguists will find reading these stories riveting and enjoy the mental stimulation of the lovely words.If you enjoyed the movies, if you enjoy stories of the weird and esoteric, and if you enjoy highly creepy tales, then don't miss this wonderful short story.

  • Audrey
    2019-05-27 08:03

    This is my first HP Lovecraft. I have a slight fixation on Jeffrey Combs which inevitably led me to watching Stuart Gordon's Reanimator as well as some of Combs's other Lovecraft-based films, most of which didn't really convince me to read Lovecraft ("body horror"; required scene of a monster groping naked and screaming Barbara Crampton). I had been warned by a friend beforehand that the film is quite different from the short story. I can't say I approached this warning with much trepidation as though I enjoyed the campy gorefest of a film, I was not sure if I would have liked reading such a depiction. However, Jeffrey Combs read the story. OF COURSE I WOULD LIKE IT. He vocalizes dread, horror, and fear in such an effective way, in my humble opinion. Even without my bias, he did an excellent reading. I wish he was hired more for audiobook readings. DO IT, PEOPLE. I WILL GIVE YOU MY MONEY.Story-wise, I actually liked the story better than the film. It reminded me a lot of Gaston Laroux's Phantom of the Opera, in both feel and narrative style. Pulp gothic horror. I'll have to re-read this story again in text form without Mr. Combs clouding my judgement. Um, after I listen to the audiobook again. Which I will be doing... right now.

  • Mariano Hortal
    2019-06-05 07:45

    Publicado en deja de ser curioso que conociera la obra “Herbert West: Reanimator” de Lovecraft a través de su adaptación al cine “Re-Animator” dirigida por Stuart Gordon; habida cuenta de que conozco la mayoría de las obras del norteamericano a través de diferentes ediciones de todo tipo y que, sin embargo, no tenía recuerdo consciente de haber leído esta. La película, encomiable en su realización, es deliciosamente trash y hay que reconocer que es una adaptación más que aceptable del universo lovecraftiano, muy disfrutable para todos los amantes del terror.Esta historia tuvo una génesis muy particular y distinta a las otras obras del escritor: fue publicada por entregas en la revista “Home Brew” en el período comprendido entre octubre de 1921 y Junio de 1922; él manifestó a través de sus cartas que quería hacer una parodia del “Frankenstein” de Mary Shelley y no quedó muy satisfecho del resultado ya que se vio obligado a adaptarse al tipo de entrega, jugando con medios no muy comunes para él, como el uso del cliffhanger entre una entrega y la siguiente.El narrador en primera persona, del que no sabemos el nombre en ningún momento, ayuda al profesor Herbert West, modelo típico de “mad doctor”, en su obsesión por devolver a la vida a las muertos, por sobrepasar los límites de lo vivido:“West era entonces un joven con gafas, de baja estatura, esbelto, y con rasgos delicados, rubio, los ojos de color azul pálido y una voz suave, así que resultaba siniestro oírlo sopesar los méritos relativos del Cementerio Cristiano y las fosas comunes. Al final optamos por las fosas comunes, ya que prácticamente todos los cuerpos del Cementerio Cristiano estaban embalsamados, algo que por supuesto constituía una adversidad para las investigaciones de West.”Los primeros intentos de resucitar a los muertos resultan fallidos, trayendo a la vida horrores que les aterrorizan a ellos y a nosotros como lectores, ya que lo que vuelve a la vida puede ser muy peligroso, nos envuelve en incertidumbre el hecho de la resurrección de los muertos; sorprende que en esos momentos el humor negro aflore:“Tanto para Herbert West como para mí, el disgusto y el horror fueron supremos. Incluso ahora siento escalofríos de sólo pensar en ello. Aunque, por supuesto, me estremecí mucho más aquella mañana en que West mascullo entre sus vendajes: “¡Maldita sea, tampoco estaba lo bastante fresco!”Sin título-1En este libro se producen unas de las primeras apariciones literarias de los muertos vivientes; en el caso del nihilista Lovecraft se convierte en su repuesta descreída a la fe; la respuesta atea que desafía la resurrección cristiana convirtiendo al hombre en dador de vida, en un “Dios”:“Lo que buscaba era, nada más y nada menos, que un abundante suministro de hombres recién asesinados en todos los posibles estados de desmembramiento.Herbert West necesitaba cadáveres frescos porque el trabajo de su vida era la resurrección de los muertos.”El formato por entregas no benefició a Lovecraft, encorsetó su estilo y le obligó a repetir en cada entrega parte de lo que había sucedido en la anterior; aun así, el final, digno de una pesadilla, nos congratula y consigue que disfrutemos de la fuerza de la prosa del gran escritor (cada vez más venerado) de terror.El terror actual no sería lo mismo sin la influencia subyugadora de Lovecraft, creador de una mitología fascinante que aviva cada día nuestros miedos más profundos. Nuestros miedos ante lo desconocido e incognoscible.Los textos provienen de la traducción del inlés de Juan Cárdenas para “El resucitador” de H. P. Lovecraft para esta edición en Periférica.

  • Jody Taylor
    2019-05-25 11:51

    Very funny, by classic Poe-type author. Concise and much easier to read than a lot of Lovecraft's works. Fans of the movie should check this out, as the plot differs quite a bit. My favorite phrase is "corpse of a doubtful vintage". Hilarious.

  • Joana
    2019-06-11 10:54

    Este livro, apesar de pequenino, incorpora três textos distintos: Reanimador, Celephais e A oliveira. O primeiro tem vários capítulos e deve ter sido escrito para ser publicado aos poucos em jornais ou revistas porque cada capítulo repete o essencial dos capítulos anteriores, o que é deveras irritante. Quanto à estória, é macabra e muito fantasiosa. Mais do que me assustar, aborreceu-me. O terceiro texto é um conto que me foi totalmente indiferente.Quanto ao do meio, o Celephais, desse gostei mesmo muito e vale por todo o livro. Narra o poder do sonho e da imaginação de uma forma muito bonita. Nem parece escrito por um suposto mestre do horror. É uma pequenina pérola literária no meio da lama do resto do livro. Edit: Fui pesquisar (ao blog Eu e o Bam) e o Reanimador foi mesmo destinado a ser publicado por partes, o próprio autor não gostou dele - escreveu-o apenas pelo dinheiro - e , aliás, é uma paródia do Frankenstein de Mary Shelley. Assim se explica muita coisa e fico com mais vontade de tentar outra coisa deste autor.

  • Claire Ulthar Sideral
    2019-05-16 07:40

    Herbert West forma, junto con Randolph Carter y Charles Dexter Ward, mi apreciada y adorada Tríada Lovecraftiana. Este relato es un guiño especial a "Frankenstein" de Mary Shelley y a "La verdad sobre el caso del señor Valdemar" de Edgar Allan Poe. Y creo que es una de las primeras historias sobre muertos vivientes. Una historia excelente y aterradora con ese toque macabro que Lovecraft comienza a usar. <3

  • Anthony
    2019-05-30 05:58

    Probably the best audiobook presentation I have ever listened to. Combs is amazing.

  • Ken McKinley
    2019-06-11 06:54

    First off, I have to confess that I'm a huge fan of the 1985 Stuart Gordon-directed movie adaptation. So, I'm sure I was a little biased in that I was going to like the story. But this is where, as a reader and movie fan, you have to be careful. It's easy to be disappointed with any other version than the one you originally fell in love with. Most of the time, it's the movie adaptation from the book. But, since I fell in love with the movie first, I went into this story with guarded optimism. One look will show that I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. Obviously, there was no let down going from cinema back to the original written page. If anything, it was better. The story is a parody of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Lovecraft was paid to write the story in installments and end each installment in a cliff hanger fashion. He was also required to begin each new installment with a recap of the previous installments. According to renowned Lovecraft historian, S.T. Joshi, Lovecraft was unhappy with the story and only wrote it because he was being paid five dollars for each installment. He also states that's Herbert West:Reanimator is "universally regarded as one of Lovecraft's poorest efforts". I couldn't disagree more. The story is edgy. Especially, when comparing it to the times. It was written between 1921 and 1922. Decapitations, grave robbing, disemboweling, and cannibalism? Not you're typical fare in literature from the Great Gatsby era. What I love most about this story and other ones written by Lovecraft, for that matter, is that you can see all the influences he had on the horror genre. The story is a recounting of a doctor who went to medical school with Herbert West and the two began experimenting on bringing the dead back to life through the use of West's research. What started with lab animals evolved into human cadavers. While the research shows promise, the results are problematic due to the lack of freshness of the corpse. This leads West on a quest for fresher specimens and ultimately down the road to the edge of madness. Herbert West:Reanimator is an easy and fun introduction to Lovecraft, especially if you're already familiar with the movie adaptation. The writing isn't as dry and tedious as some of his others and makes for a quick read. Its a great little story to see where many of the horror icons of today got their influences from.5 out of 5 stars You can also follow my reviews at the following links:https://kenmckinley.wordpress.com - @KenMcKinley5

  • Yani
    2019-06-14 11:05

    Repugna mucho más que los anteriores cuentos que leí, pero no me pareció tan bueno como ellos. Extrañé la morbosidad implícita a la que venía acostumbrada (no porque la prefiera, sino porque me gusta cómo Lovecraft la maneja) y estoy segura de que los capítulos autoconclusivos influyeron un poco.El narrador, esta vez, está involucrado directamente en los hechos porque es el ayudante del doctor Herbert West, hombre de ciencia empecinado en reanimar cadáveres. El problema empieza cuando algunos experimentos fallan (o se escapan…), la necesidad de obtener cuerpos frescos no siempre se presenta y la ética se quiebra, junto con la razón de West. Fue imposible que no lo relacionara conFrankenstein,de Mary Shelley, yLos hechos del caso del señor Valdemar,de Edgar Allan Poe. Si bien los tres relatos difieren en los métodos de conservación y/o resucitación (aclaro esto porque el cuento de Poe tiene una variante), todos convergen en el intento de burlar la muerte. Por supuesto, los resultados parecen ser peores que eso y me hicieron pensar nuevamente en una advertencia sobre las limitaciones de la ciencia. La estructura repetitiva de los capítulos no fue de mi agrado, aun sabiendo cuál era la razón. Las distintas partes del cuento compiten entre sí para demostrar cuál es el más aterrador de todos y me dio la sensación de que pierde un poco el efecto en su totalidad. Sin embargo, el final impacta bastante por su crudeza. Y es precisamente lo que esperaba leer en una historia como esta.En conclusión,Herbert West: reanimadortiene ciertos puntos en contra pero no afectan demasiado la lectura en sí misma. Me hubiera gustado que se ahondara más en los efectos que los experimentos tienen en West como científico y no tanto en los procedimientos. El hecho de que se repitan sucesos anteriores para refrescar la memoria del lector “viejo” e introducir al lector “nuevo” en la trama tal vez haya quitado espacio para esas cuestiones. Así y todo, el terror está y Lovecraft lo demuestra con una trama tan repulsiva como intensa.

  • Godzilla
    2019-05-25 09:41

    This would have been a 5 star rating, but for a slightly irritating narrative technique that Lovecraft used.Each different chapter seems to recap the basic premise, in a similar fashion to some modern day tv programmes: "Before the break..." etcNow this may be due to the fact that it was initially serialised in some publication, a fact which has just occurred ot me at the point of writing this, so maybe I'll just shut up on the subject!That aside, the story is quite compelling. The idea of zombified corpses roaming the land is quite disturbing and Lovecraft invokes some wonderful detail and original twists into the idea.

  • Harold
    2019-05-20 09:51

    The second bit of Lovecraft I've checked out recently. Not as compelling as The Call of Cthulhu, but still a fun read - especially as a big fan of the movie adaptation. If you've seen the 1985 film, then the original is going to seem pretty tame (no exploding entrails or severed heads going down on hapless women). Still, it was interesting to see familiar themes, details, and plot points from the first two movies, as originally envisioned by Lovecraft.

  • Pequete
    2019-05-19 05:48

    Este foi o meu primeiro H. P. Lovecraft. Gostei muito do segundo conto (Celephais), menos dos outros, mas gostei do tipo de escrita, negro, envolvente, com um toque de fantasia. É uma escrita claramente datada, mas talvez também por isso, resulte tão bem.

  • JoselynMoreno Burke
    2019-05-18 07:51

    I loved this story it was cool to read and very enticing, my favorite right now from lovecraft , I couldn't wait to turn the pages

  • Andrea Gomez
    2019-06-14 05:52

    4 estrellitas cerradas.Primera vez que leo a Lovecraft y me gustó bastante. La historia trata de la obsesión de Herbert West por probar su elixir de la vida en cadaveres (en muy resumidas cuentas) y aunque suena como algo ya visto o que ya sabrás porque camino irá, al menos en mi caso, no fue así.La historia es narrada de una manera preciosa y cuenta con una trama muy original (espero que esté en lo correcto, pues tampoco estoy tan familiarizada con el genero de horror). Definitivamente volveré a leer a este autor y, si tienen recomendaciones, me encantaría recibirlas.Recomiendo ampliamente esta historia y espero con ansías tener otra historia del autor en mis manos

  • Iñigo
    2019-06-03 13:42

    Pluses: -Lovecraft escribe genial.-La referencia directa a Frankenstein pero con cambios que hacen que gane mucho.-El Doctor cómo monstruo pero tirando a psicópata más que a no-creyente-La sensación de asistir a un proceso científico más o menos real.Contras:-Que se repite como el ajo porque estuvo serializado -Fucking racist as fuck-Clasista de cojones

  • Jeanne (Jeannot se livre)
    2019-05-16 10:03

    Amazingly creepy.

  • Paul Preston
    2019-05-20 13:00

    short, fun, gruesome story.

  • Raül De Tena
    2019-06-01 07:03

    H.P. Lovecraft es ampliamente conocido por ser el creador de Chtulhu y todo el universo que rodea a este epítome de la literatura de horror. Hay que tener en cuenta, sin embargo, que obras como “La Llamada de Chtulhu” o “En Las Montañas de la Locura” juegan con un material de base híper fabulado: los Grandes Antiguos y la mayor parte de las criaturas que habitan las obras más conocidas de Lovecraft son seres inventados que, por lo tanto, obligan al lector a considerar este tipo de lectura como pura fantasía. Recapitulando: terror, subgénero fantasía. Por eso mismo resulta tan estimulante toparse con libros como “El Resucitador“, donde el autor parece salirse mínimamente de su habitual zona de confort y explorar el terror desde una vertiente mucho más realista, sin muletas fantasiosas que, dependiendo de cómo sean utilizadas, resultan contraproducentes a la hora de conseguir el horror “verdadero”.“El Resucitador” (que acaba de ser publicado por Periférica en nuestro país) es un libro originalmente publicado por H.P. Lovecraft en el año 1922. A la hora de valorarlo, sin embargo, hay que tener en cuenta un factor determinante: más que un libro, el autor escribió este relato en formato folletín, ya que no dejaba de ser un encargo de la revista Home Brew destinado a ser publicado en un total de seis entregas que en el presente tomo (y en todos los que se han publicado desde su éxito inicial) se transformaron en seis capítulos. No voy a poner el dedo en la yaga de las necesidad impuestas por el formato folletín porque, al fin y al cabo, el propio Lovecraft constató desde un principio un profundo descontento con el resultado final: lejos del fluir narrativo habitual de este escritor, “El Resucitador” se ve lastrado por la necesidad de que cada capítulo se abra con una recapitulación de todo lo leído anteriormente y se cierre con un cliffhanger a veces demasiado forzado. Si a este continuo volver sobre los pasos ya andados sumamos la escasa duración de la obra (no llega a las cien páginas) se obtiene un extraño efecto de frustrante quietud circular, como un hamster que va dándole y dándole a una rueda pero que no avanza en su sitio.Pero repito: el mismo Lovecraft nunca se mostró contento con este formato y, aunque bien podría haberlo re-escrito para adaptarlo a una forma de novela (algo que otros muchos autores han hecho antes y después de él), no puede juzgarse a “El Resucitador” en base a un fallo admitido. Por el contrario, se hace necesario loar sus logros, que no son pocos. El primero de estos es, evidentemente, la creación de un icono imperecedero: la figura de ese “resucitador” que se dedica a devolverle la vida a cadáveres utilizando la ciencia (algo enloquecida) como única herramienta. Con “Frankenstein” como referencia totalizante (de la que acabaría por convertirse en heredero directo), Lovecraft da un paso más allá e incluso se dedica a despojar de fantasía a la creación de Mary Shelley. Lo que allá eran pedazos de cuerpos revitalizados por el poder del rayo aquí son más bien cuerpos en descomposición que vuelven a la vida a través de unas pociones revitalizantes. Si al lector contemporáneo le suena la trama de forma realmente poderosa es precisamente porque en la década de los 80 existieron tres películas afamadas que nacieron a partir de esta obra y de su ya mítico protagonista: ese Herbert West que aparece directamente en el título original del libro (“Herbert West. Reanimator“, lo que obliga a planterarse si “resucitador” no tiene ciertas connotaciones místicas y si no hubiera sido más adecuado conservar lo de “reanimador” como título de esta edición española).Sea como sea, “El Resucitador” es una lectura destinada a hacer vibrar a los fans de Lovecraft e incluso a cualquiera que quiera acercarse por primera vez a este escritor: para los primeros, se abrirá todo un nuevo mundo de terror sin “subgénero fantasía” que sorprenderá a bastantes; para los segundos, puede que introducirse en Lovecraft lejos de los Grandes Antiguos sea algo así como el mejor aperitivo posible a la espera de los grandes platos. Y aunque “El Resucitador” sigue adoleciendo de algunas de las faltas habituales de su autor (esa tendencia a la vagancia descriptiva que suele solventarse con un sempiterno “es tan horrible que no se puede describir con palabras“), no se puede negar que la historia desprende magnetismo suficiente como para pegarte a su primera página y no permitirte alejarte hasta la última. Es lo que tiene el horror más científico y menos fantasioso: que acojona de forma mucho más profunda.

  • Andrew Leon
    2019-05-20 08:56

    This is by far the longest piece by Lovecraft that I've read so far. Not because I'm avoiding his longer works but because, after reading several of his short stories, I decided to read his works in the order in which he wrote them. I don't know; I guess I just wanted to see the evolution of his writing.It is in some ways disingenuous to say that this is a longer work. It is in actuality six short stories about the same two characters, Herbert West and his narrator assistant. Each story begins with a somewhat distracting recap of events which is meant to string the events of each episode together into a coherent whole. This is only partially successful as there is no need to have read any of the stories to be able to read any of the other stories except for the last one, "The Tomb-Legions," which requires that you have read all of the other pieces.I have to say that this... I don't know, let's call it an experiment... was unsuccessful. Lovecraft called the story a parody of Frankenstein, but I don't think it succeeds even at that. It's too clumsy, both copying the novel and being unrelated to it at the same time. And, in the end, Lovecraft pulls in some of his unexplainable otherworldly esoterica to draw the story to an unsatisfying conclusion which is so unrelated to anything in Frankenstein that it manages to undermine any claim that this is a parody. It turns it into a poor attempt at stealing this particular story idea, that of bringing the dead back to life.Lovecraft has some stylistic choices which specifically don't work in Herbert West:1. Lovecraft is a "teller," not a "show-er." This robs his stories of immediacy and works against them being true horror. They might leave you feeling creepy, but it's difficult to ever feel any real fear for the characters since everything is told from some far removed point to the actual action.2. He almost never uses dialogue, resorting, instead, to just telling us what was talked about. This follows point 1.3. He cheats on descriptions (CONSTANTLY!) by telling us it's too unspeakable for words. Sorry, as a pattern (which it is), that's just deficient writing skills. Every once in a while, that can work to heighten just how horrible something is, but, when that's your go-to descriptive phrase, it shows that you just can't come up with anything.The above points don't cause problems in any individual short story, but they cause longer works to drag and become uninteresting. Thankfully, even as a longer work, Herbert West wasn't all that long, and I was able to finish it, but I was glad when I did. I kept thinking as I was reading, "Geez! Just get to the point!" Unfortunately, the point wasn't really worth getting to.

  • Sarah Marie
    2019-05-16 12:36

    4 stars. This is so dark. Review to come.

  • TwentySomethingReads
    2019-06-06 12:59

    Horror / Psychological On the surface this story is about a scientist and his assistant experimenting in their attempts to bring back the dead. Discussion / SpoilersWhen I finished this story, I was far from impressed. For the longest time it seemed as if the scientist was going to kill his assistant to have a fresh body to bring back to life. Unfortunately, the story just ended with the failed reanimated killing the scientist.For weeks I couldn't understand why this story was so popular. From a scientific standpoint the dead died for a reason and if you bring them back to life then they would die again from the same reason unless they were repaired during their death (Disney body freezing). Disregard this thought if the goal was instead to just have walking dead people like zombies. I doubt it was this because he wanted the dead to be functional as if they were still alive.When the bodies became more and more fresh then the thought of bringing the dead back to life seems lackluster and instead this by today standards would be more surgery rather than a quackery chemical solution.From a modern standpoint the story is not really about the dead at all. The story is really about a scientist that is on a quest to do the impossible. When the scientist realizes that the long-dead cannot be revived without deformities then it stops being about the dead. The scientist merely does not want to be a failure. This is why the bodies become more and more fresh. The scientist is just too invested in his quest. For an average person the equivalent would be writing an epic novel, but a quarter way into the novel it is garbage already and cannot be salvaged. Does the author stop writing or just finish the novel? This is the same as playing sports or doing anything competitive. Even if you know you are bad do you stop training? The scientist in a weird way just wanted to complete his life's garbage work. I sat on these thoughts for over 3 weeks before writing these thoughts down, so please disregard their muddledness. Now I just wonder if all my thoughts were intentional by Lovecraft or did I just read way too much into everything.

  • Kaiva Koenig
    2019-06-14 08:58

    I read this short story by candle-light, in the dark, by the light of a fading lamp. :) The mood improves greatly when read in the right setting.This was a thrilling read, which was a pleasant surprise, because most (if not all) gothic fiction tends to bore me to death. This story actually chilled me to the bone and was an exciting scary read (perhaps the candles had something to do with it). Plot-wise, this is Frankenstein, but ten times shorter, without the moronic moral message, without the depressing weepy prose, and with a likable narrator.Lovecraft did a fine job of creating tension in this story. The story is broken down in sections, and each section has a short recap of what happened in the previous section. Somehow this gave the story the feel of a Saturday morning cartoon a la Scooby-doo, and served to keep me very much engaged in the story. The recaps did not feel repetitive at all, but instead they worked to keep the suspense going. The narrator was someone you can relate to, and the Reanimator (the character) was a truly scary mysterious man whose many secrets to this day remain unknown. Unsettling in the right kind of way!

  • Lauren
    2019-05-23 10:53

    This was the first bit of HP Lovecraft that I've ever read, after years of hearing hype about him and that word that no one can pronounce. After finishing this story I realize how early in Lovecraft's career it was written, and I look forward to reading more mature things by him. I understand that for the time in which it was written the concepts were unheard of so I am assuming that his initial success in horror (was he initially successful?) came from the horror of his ideas, rather than his way with words. As I read The Reanimator, I thought that I could have written the story in a scarier way. Right from the very beginning (the title) the reader knows what the story is about. There was little surprise for me, which is usually the most effective way to scare me. I felt that the story TOLD me to be scared more than it made me FEEL scared.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-21 09:57

    I really enjoyed this gothic/ horror tale, for it reminded me a lot of Frankenstein. Herbert West is a doctor who is completely obsessed about resurrecting the dead. Since his student days, he steals fresh corpses for his experiments, which involve the injection of a certain formula, but the results are not necessarily what he desires. As he gets more and more fanatical about his life purpose, the undesired consequences come back to haunt him…Just like the Mary Shelly novel, you have a very neurotic scientist who wants to play god, but doesn´t measure the consequences. The tension builds up slowly and there are some very graphic scenes, which give you goose bumps. Although the ending is predictable (you can´t just keep on creating zombies and not expect them to retaliate) the final scene is really gruesome and sticks to your mind for a while after finishing the book.