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The Horror at Red Hook

(1926)
A Novella by

 
 
"The Horror at Red Hook" is a short story written by H. P. Lovecraft. The story begins with Detective Malone describing an on-duty incident at Red Hook, Brooklyn, that gave him a phobia of large buildings. Back-tracking to where it all began, Red Hook is described in detail, with its gangs and crime, and suggesting at an occult underbelly.

The "case of Robert Suydam" is then told to be the driving force behind Malone's federally ordered involvement at Red Hook. Suydam's demeanor changes suddenly. Known as a shabby recluse, he is seen around town looking younger and more radiant. News arrives of his engagement to a well-to-do woman, while at the same time, there is an increase in local kidnappings. A police raid, involving Malone, uncovers nothing useful from Suydam's Red Hook flat save a few strange inscriptions.

After Suydam's wedding, he and his bride leave on a ship. A scream is heard and when the crew enter Suydam's stateroom, they find him and his wife dead, with claw-marks on his wife's body. Malone enters Suydam's flat to see what he can find. In the basement, he comes across a door that breaks open and sucks him inside, revealing a hellish landscape. Malone is found in the basement of Suydam's flat, which has caved in inexplicably above him, killing everyone else inside. The tunnels and chambers uncovered in the raids are filled in and cemented, though as Malone recounts, Red Hook never changes.

Genre: Horror

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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : Paperback
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Title: The Horror at Red Hook
Author(s): Howard phillips Lovecraft
ISBN: 1-07-940900-9 / 978-1-07-940900-0
Publisher: Independently published
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Horror at Red Hook
Author(s): H P Lovecraft
Publisher: Digital Literature International
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Horror at Red Hook
Author(s): H P Lovecraft
Publisher: Digital Literature International
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Horror at Red Hook
Author(s): H P Lovecraft
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October 2018 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Horror at Red Hook
Author(s): H P Lovecraft
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August 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Horror at Red Hook
Author(s): H P Lovecraft
Publisher: Blackmore Dennett
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