Dreams from R'lyeh

Dreams from R'lyeh is a collection of poems by Lin Carter. The book was released in hardcover by Arkham House in 1975[1] in an edition of 3,152 copies. It was Carter's only book published by Arkham House.[2][3][4][5] The title sequence of sonnet, "Dreams from R'lyeh", has also been reprinted in Robert M. Price's The Xothic Legend Cycle: The Complete Mythos Fiction of Lin Carter (Chaosium, 1997).

Dreams from R'lyeh
Dreams from rlyeh
Jacket illustration of first edition
AuthorLin Carter
Cover artistTim Kirk
CountryUnited States
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pagesxv, 72
LC ClassPS3553.A7823 D7


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. 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.

The remainder of the verses are on various topics, celebrating other fantasy authors or reflecting on fantastic themes. "Diombar's Song of the Last Battle" is a heroic poem set in the prehistory of Carter's "Thongor" novels, and "Death-Song of Conan the Cimmerian" a end-of-life summation of Robert E. Howard's barbarian hero Conan, written from the perspective of the character himself.


  • "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"


The collection was reviewed by W. N. MacPherson in The Science Fiction Review, May 1975, Daniel Bailey in Myrddin, August 1975, Stuart David Schiff in Whispers #6/7, June 1975, and #8, December 1975, Fritz Leiber in Fantastic, May 1976, and C. D. Whateley in Crypt of Cthulhu #13, Roodmas 1983.[1]


  1. ^ a b Dreams from R'lyeh title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ Jaffery, Sheldon (1989). The Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. pp. 112–113. ISBN 1-55742-005-X.
  3. ^ Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. pp. 135–136.
  4. ^ Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. pp. 125–127. ISBN 0-87054-176-5.
  5. ^ Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 120–121. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.
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Arkham House

Arkham House is an American publishing house specializing in weird fiction. It was founded in Sauk City, Wisconsin in 1939 by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei to preserve in hardcover the best fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. The company's name is derived from Lovecraft's fictional New England city, Arkham. Arkham House editions are noted for the quality of their printing and binding. The colophon for Arkham House was designed by Frank Utpatel.

Conan of the Isles

Conan of the Isles is a fantasy novel by American writers L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published October 1968 in paperback by Lancer Books, and reprinted in July 1970, 1972, and May 1973; publication was then taken over by Ace Books, which reprinted the novel in May 1977, May 1979, April 1980, July 1981, April 1982, November 1982, November 1983, June 1984, September 1986, February 1991, and May 1994. The first British edition was published in paperback by Sphere Books in December 1974. a number of times since by various publishers. It has also been translated into French, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Russian and Japanese.

Cthulhu Mythos anthology

A Cthulhu Mythos anthology is a type of short story collection that contains stories written in or related to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror fiction launched by H. P. Lovecraft. Such anthologies have helped to define and popularize the genre.

Death-Song of Conan the Cimmerian

"Death-Song of Conan the Cimmerian" is a 1972 fantasy narrative poem by American writer Lin Carter, featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in Glenn Lord's Howard fanzine The Howard Collector, no. 17 (v. 3, no. 5), Autumn, 1972, and reprinted in Carter's poetry collection Dreams from R'lyeh, (Arkham House,1975) and the magazine The Savage Sword of Conan v. 1, no. 8, October 1975. This last appearance included illustrations by Jess Jodloman.

The poem is the last work of fiction chronologically about the title character.

Lin Carter

Linwood Vrooman Carter (June 9, 1930 – February 7, 1988) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor, poet and critic. He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. P. Lowcraft (for an H. P. Lovecraft parody) and Grail Undwin. He is best known for his work in the 1970s as editor of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, which introduced readers to many overlooked classics of the fantasy genre.

The Shadow over Innsmouth

The Shadow over Innsmouth is a horror novella by American author H. P. Lovecraft, written in November–December 1931. It forms part of the Cthulhu Mythos, using

its motif of a malign undersea civilization, and references several shared elements of the Mythos, including place-names, mythical creatures, and invocations. The Shadow over Innsmouth is the only Lovecraft story which was published in book form during his lifetime.

The narrator is a student conducting an antiquarian tour of New England. He travels through the nearby decrepit seaport of Innsmouth which is suggested as a cheaper and potentially interesting next leg of his journey. He travels to Innsmouth, interacting with strange people, and observes disturbing events that ultimately lead to horrifying, and personal, revelations.

The Spawn of Cthulhu

The Spawn of Cthulhu is an anthology of fantasy short stories, edited by American writer Lin Carter. It was first published in paperback by Ballantine Books in October 1971 as the thirty-sixth volume of its Ballantine Adult Fantasy series. It was the fifth anthology assembled by Carter for the series.The book collects twelve fantasy tales and poems by various authors that either influenced or were influenced by the Cthulhu Mythos stories of H. P. Lovecraft, including one story by Lovecraft himself, with an overall introduction and notes by Carter.

Young Thongor

Young Thongor is a collection of fantasy short stories by American writer Lin Carter, with additional material by Robert M. Price, edited and with a foreword by Adrian Cole. It was first published in trade paperback by Wildside Press in May, 2012. Most of the pieces were first published in magazines, anthologies or other books by Carter; the remaining pieces are original to the present work.

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