- Title: The Nameless City
- Author: H.P. Lovecraft
- written: January 1921
- 1st Published: The Wolverine, No. 11 (November 1921); pgs 3-15
- Genres: short story, horror
- My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*All opinions are my own.
*May contain spoilers.
I recently bought The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft because I have been told by multiple people that I needed to check him out. I decided to start at the beginning with The Nameless City. I am so glad that I did.
This narrative tells the story of an unnamed character (the only character) as they visit a nameless city in a remote area of the Araby desert that predates Memphis and Babylon. As the narrator explores the crumbling ruins he discovers some caves that appear to contain religious icons and uncovers a startling secret. A secret that could change the history of the world if revealed.
At first, I found it odd that there was almost no character development but once I had finished the story I realized that the lack of character development added to the intensity of the story (instead of detracting from it).
I really like how Lovecraft’s story challenges some religious and historical views that were common in the early 1900’s (and still are). He doesn’t want you to accept the story as real, he wants you to question your views. I really enjoy when authors do this because when you question your views, your answer will be either your opinion has changed or your more certain of your views than before. Either way, you have gained insight allowing you to grow as an individual.
I would like to say that the only reason I did not give this story 5 stars is because it’s not a story you can reread multiple times. Once you know the outcome most of the suspense is gone and that is an important part of the book.
I would recommend this story to everyone. This story was meant to be a short story. Had Lovecraft tried to make it a book the added information would have diluted the impact of Lovecraft’s point.
Who else has read The Nameless City, I would love to hear what y thought of it (tell me in the comments section). Also, I would love some recommendations about which H.P. Lovecraft story to read next.