Beyond the Wall of Sleep

Lovecraftian themes abound in the tales of an intern at a madhouse and an illiterate madman. Slater, the madman whose unspeakable crimes led him to the madhouse, is continuously...

The Contagiousness Of Puerperal Fever

Do you know anyone who has died of puerperal fever? Probably not, thanks to this groundbreaking essay published by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1843. With great passion and...

A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson

This spoof is from the point of view of a colleague of Samuel Johnson, something that showcased Lovecraft’s passion for antiquities and classical writers. The narrator...

The Nameless City

The Nameless City, now defunct in part of the Arabian Peninsula, tells the tale of a civilization run by reptilian creatures long before the dawn of humanity. It describes how...

The Cats of Ulthar

Cat haters beware. This piece by H.P. Lovecraft is largely memoirish, whereby the narrator is compelled to tell the reader about Ulthar after petting his own cat. When a...

The Duties of American Citizenship

In this speech, a young Theodore Roosevelt describes what he believes are the key principles to good citizenship. In addition to emphasizing ethical behavior, Roosevelt takes a...

Farewell Address

President Andrew Jackson bid farewell to the nation at the inauguration of Martin Van Buren, his friend and former vice president. Jackson talked of the nation’s successes in...

The Picture in the House

When the narrator accompanies a withered old Yankee back to his house, he is intrigued by the many old curiosities he finds around it – including precolonial furniture. One of...

First Inaugural Address

Thomas Jefferson beat out Aaron Burr in the 1800 presidential election after Alexander Hamilton cast the tie-breaking vote. Jefferson gave this address to a packed Senate chamber...

The Statement of Randolph Carter

Randolph Carter, a recurring character in many of Lovecraft’s stories, begins the story telling the harrowing tale to those who found him stumbling through the swamp. Carter and...

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