The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (fiction)

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Pages: (51,500 words)

Author(s): H. P. Lovecraft

Appears in: May & July 1941 issues of Weird Tales


The novel tells the story of young Charles Dexter Ward, who in 1918 becomes embroiled in the past, due to his fascination with the history of his wizard ancestor, Joseph Curwen (who had left Salem for Providence in 1692, and acquired notoriety for his haunting of graveyards, his apparent lack of aging, and his chemical experiments). Ward physically resembles Curwen, and attempts to duplicate his ancestor's Qabalistic and alchemical feats, eventually locating Curwen's remains and by means of his "essential Saltes", resurrecting him. Ward's doctor, Marinus Bicknell Willett, becomes enmeshed in Ward's doings, investigating Curwen's old Pawtuxet bungalow which Ward has restored. The horrors of what Willett finds, and the crux of the identities of Ward and Curwen, form the hinge of horror on which the novel moves.

Comments / Trivia

The Novella itself was never published in Lovecraft's lifetime.




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Characters: Charles Dexter Ward, Joseph Curwen, Doctor Marinus Bicknell Willett

Creatures: Yog-Sothoth (Mentioned in Incantation)

Tomes and Artifacts: Necronomicon (disguised as a book labelled Qanoon-e-Islam)

Locations: Pawtuxet

Campaigns / Scenarios: N/A

Keeper Comments

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