One of my presentations at the NecronomiCon in August was on H. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species—if separate species we be—for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world. If we knew what we are, we should do as Sir Arthur Jermyn did; and Arthur Jermyn soaked himself in oil and set fire to his clothing one night.
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Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 13, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror. Absolutely enjoyed this very gothic and eerie family tale of the House of Jermyn. Why did Arthur Jermyn used oil to burn himself?
What was the discovery that led to his terrible suicide? What was in the African box Arthur received? The narration of the family history and the defects of each of its members is very well done madness, body issues.
The expedition to Africa and the derelict stone city with the white apes is well described and in the tradition of Rider Haggard but much darker. Why w Absolutely enjoyed this very gothic and eerie family tale of the House of Jermyn. Why was the wife of Arthur's ancestor never seen in public? What about a legendary white goddess? This is an extremely uncanny, dark and sinister story. Highly recommended!
View 2 comments. Like Lovecraft, Arthur Jermyn is sensitive about his personal appearance, and, because of this sensitivity, he takes all his long walks at night. There you have it, in a nutshell. The classic Lovecraft view of existence!
Basically a prototype Innsmouth, except with far less dark and horrifying implications, and far less removed from humanity in general. From a modern standpoint, it's less about a terrible bloodline secret and more about a particularly neurotic guy having a brief yet tragically intense nervous breakdown. May 25, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , short-stories. I can see why people may give low ratings: he gives summary and it reads like textbook archaeology.
I like the way he writes. He includes archaeology and ancient gods and cultures in this story, another aspect of his writings I find intriguing. This one concerns the white god and apes, and a family haunted and tortured by a dead ape. I laughed writing this but the story reads well and has entertaining value. Feb 12, Thomas rated it did not like it. That was View all 8 comments. In the most common Lovecraft's way of retelling something, this story starts from the end, from Arthur Jermyn's suicide, emphasises the importance of something he found out, then goes back a couple of generations to tell the story of his family.
The past explains his peculiar appearance and the way and reason he died. Feb 19, H. This isn't Lovecraft's finest work. He signals the horror he's leading up to pages ahead of time so that the denouement is rather flat when it comes. His early s prejudices are blatant and his language is stilted even for that era. And yet I had to give his story three stars rather than the more deserved two because, even now, the story creeps up on the reader building from his assertion that "Life is a hideous thing" and dragging the reader inch by inch through the ravaged lineage of Jer This isn't Lovecraft's finest work.
I had to give his story three stars rather than the more deserved two because, even now, the story creeps up on the reader building from his assertion that "Life is a hideous thing" and dragging the reader inch by inch through the ravaged lineage of Jermyn's ancestry.
One of the things I love about Lovecraft is his depiction of weird families, with their "unholy" mesalliances. While he implies that the fish gods were married for their ability to bestow wealth on their human spouses, he doesn't always treat these marriages as loveless unions.
This story is a case in point: " Jermyn The ape-princess, it was said, became the consort of a great white god who had come out of the West. For a long time they had reigned over the city together, but when they had a son all three went away. Later the god and the princess had returned, and upon the death of the princess her divine husband had mummified the body and enshrined it in a vast house of stone, where it was worshipped.
Then he had departed alone. The legend here seemed to present three variants. According to one story nothing further happened save that the stuffed goddess became a symbol of supremacy for whatever tribe might possess it. A third told of the return of the son, grown to manhood—or apehood or godhood, as the case might be—yet unconscious of his identity.
Facts concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family is a good introduction to this unusual and tormented writer's world. Jan 14, JL Shioshita rated it it was amazing Shelves: lovecraftian , favorites , short-story , macabre.
This is sort of a genealogical mystery with a big reveal at the end. It's like going into Ancestry. It's a common Lovecraft theme, and I love all the little clues peppered along the way. The story is a little dry and reads like you're actually pouring through the historical records of a family line, which for me gave it a sense of realism that I loved, like a found footage horror film, but in short story format.
I'm not sure whether to take this story as a horrifying tale of a family going mad, or a slightly racism quest to discover a race of white apes in Africa. Either way, it's a strange tale. It's certainly not my favorite among Lovecraft's short stories, but I didn't hate it either. Feb 03, Tom rated it liked it. The reaction was just a touch drastic, but memorable. View 1 comment. Feb 27, Andrei Vasilachi rated it liked it.
It starts with the author telling us of the suicide of the main character which is an interesting choice from the writer's standpoint since it makes us look into what made him do it and try to anticipate his madness , it ends Despite being very short, it packs a lot of themes, like African mythology, archaeological mystery, the perils of colonialism and what I call "lost civiliz It starts with the author telling us of the suicide of the main character which is an interesting choice from the writer's standpoint since it makes us look into what made him do it and try to anticipate his madness , it ends Despite being very short, it packs a lot of themes, like African mythology, archaeological mystery, the perils of colonialism and what I call "lost civilization nerd-fest".
Like most of Lovecraft's short stories, it seems like a build-up for something more, so it's hard to judge it on its own. It's a strange family tale of the House of Jermyn, told briefly through a few generations, starting from Sir Wade Jermyn, an archaeologist who lost his mind because of his expedition to Congo, in which he witnessed The story ultimately centers at its most recent head of the family, Arhur Jermyn, whose description arguably resembles Lovecraft himself— "Though of poetic rather than scientific temperament, he planned to continue the work of his forefathers in African ethnology and antiquities, utilising the truly wonderful though strange collection of Sir Wade.
With his fanciful mind he thought often of the prehistoric civilization in which the mad explorer had so implicitly believed, and would weave tale after tale about the silent jungle city mentioned in the latter's wilder notes and paragraphs View all 5 comments. Jun 30, Pierce Burnette rated it liked it. A strange entry in Lovecraft's works, but still an altogether good story. I don't know of the story Not exactly what I read Lovecraft for, but still a great s A strange entry in Lovecraft's works, but still an altogether good story.
I don't know of the story Not exactly what I read Lovecraft for, but still a great story which, if you know a thing or two about Lovecraft, gives insight into the person and his writing style. Aug 26, Saul the Heir of Isauldur rated it liked it.
A decent mystery, fairly well paced. Feb 18, John Cesarone rated it it was amazing.
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
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The White Ape. This article concludes our discussion of H. In the tale there are legends of a gray city of white apes ruled by a white god and a white ape-princess. It turns out the mummified white ape-princess is discovered and is in fact a direct descendant of Arthur Jermyn. What could explain this strange idea of a population of white apes living in the jungle of the Congo?