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The Dream Cycle is a series of short stories and novellas by author H P Lovecraft1 1890–1937 Written between 1918 and 1932, they concern themselves with "The Dreamlands," a vast, alternate dimension that can be entered via dreams

A map of Lovecraft's "Dreamworld" by Jack Gaughan 1967


  • 1 Geography
  • 2 Bibliography
    • 21 Other
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


The Dreamlands are apparently divided into four regions:

  • The West contains the Steps of Deeper Slumber descended via the "Cavern of Flame" and the Enchanted Woods by which many enter the Dreamlands Other points of interest include the port of Dylath-Leen, one of the Dreamlands' largest cities; the town of Ulthar "where no man may kill a cat,"2 the coastal jungle city of Hlanith, and the desert trading capital Illarnek Here lies the fabled Land of Mnar, whose gray stones are etched with signs and where rise the ruins of the great Sarnath
  • The South, home of the isle of Oriab and the areas known as the Fantastic Realms described in "The White Ship"
  • The East, home of Celephaïs, a city dreamt into being by its monarch Kuranes, greatest of all recorded dreamers, and the dangerous Forbidden Lands
  • The North, location of the feared Plateau of Leng, home of man-eating spiders and the satyr-like "Men of Leng"3

Other locales include the Underworld, a subterranean region underneath the Dreamlands inhabited by various monsters; the Moon, accessible via a ship and inhabited by toad-like "moon-beasts" allied with Nyarlathotep; and Kadath, a huge castle atop a mountain and the domain of the "Great Ones", the gods of Earth's Dreamland

Evidently all dreamers see the Dreamlands slightly differently, as Atal, High Priest of Ulthar, mentions that everyone has their own dreamland In the same sentence he says the Dreamlands that many know is a "general land of vision"


  • Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H P Lovecraft Del Rey, 198545
  • "Polaris" 1918
  • "The White Ship" 1919
  • "The Doom That Came to Sarnath" 1919
  • "The Cats of Ulthar" 1920
  • "Celephaïs" 1920
  • "Ex Oblivione" 1920
  • "Nyarlathotep" 1920
  • "The Quest of Iranon" 1921
  • "The Nameless City" reference only 1921
  • "The Other Gods" 1921
  • "Azathoth" 1922
  • "The Hound" reference only 1922
  • "Hypnos" 1922
  • "What the Moon Brings" 1922
  • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath 1926
  • "The Outsider" 1926
  • "The Silver Key" 1926
  • "The Strange High House in the Mist" 1926
  • "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" 1927
  • "The Thing in the Moonlight" Based on a letter written to Donald Wandrei Written by J Chapman Miske 1927 Published 1941
  • "At the Mountains of Madness" reference only 1931
  • "The Dreams in the Witch House" roughly connected 1932
  • "Through the Gates of the Silver Key" with E Hoffmann Price 1932


  • Harms, Daniel 1998 "Dreamlands" The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana 2nd ed Oakland, CA: Chaosium pp 89–91 ISBN 1-56882-119-0 
  • Brian Lumley wrote his own Dreamlands books as well, beginning with "Hero of Dreams"
  • Myers, Gary 1975 House of the Worm Sauk City, WI: Arkham House ISBN 0-87054-071-8
  • Myers, Gary 2013 The Country of the Worm: Excursions Beyond the Wall of Sleep CreateSpace ISBN 9781484801970
  • Jonathan L Howard 2011 Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute Headline Publishing Group ISBN 978-0755347995


  1. ^ James Turner ed 1998 Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos 1st ed New York, NY: Random House cover blurb ISBN 0-345-42204-X 
  2. ^ "The Cats of Ulthar" by H P Lovecraft
  3. ^ "The Hound" by H P Lovecraft
  4. ^ The Dream Cycle of HP Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death by HP Lovecraft - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
  5. ^ The HP Lovecraft Archive

External linksedit

  • The Collected Public Domain Works of H P Lovecraft public domain audiobook at LibriVox
  • The Doom That Came To Sarnath public domain audiobook at LibriVox
  • The Gods of Pegāna public domain audiobook at LibriVox
  • Time and the Gods public domain audiobook at LibriVox
  • The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories public domain audiobook at LibriVox
  • A Dreamer's Tales public domain audiobook at LibriVox
  • The Book of Wonder public domain audiobook at LibriVox
  • Tales of Three Hemispheres public domain audiobook at LibriVox

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