“The Outsider” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

So I’ve heard a lots of good things about this one but unfortunately it didn’t live up to the expectations I had for this short story. 

The characters in this one are oh boy, not great to say at least. And it was impossible for me to connect with them which leads to a low rating. 

The plot itself here was pretty good because it talks about loneliness which pretty much everyone can relate to at some level. This short story also talks about the ab-human aspect of the life. In this shirt story the Ab-human refers to to a “Gothic body” or something that is only vestigially human and possibly in the process of becoming something bad and dangerous like a boogeyman, werewolf, vampire or zombie. These two things in my opinion adds a lot to the story and makes it to one of the more unique H.P Lovecraft’s work even though it isn’t the best. 

The writing style here is pretty good, however there are a lots of moments in this short story where the writing style takes a dive and runs down the hill. Which is sad because it would be a 3 star rating if there were fewer of these moments. 

I give this short story 2 / 5

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