Lovecraft suffered from night terrors as a child (he called this assault by “night gaunts”), and that is one of the few things I have in common with him. I also suffered from severe nightmares in my younger days – including terrifying hypnogogic and hypnopompic hallucinations, where nightmare elements would appear to be present in my actual surroundings as I fell asleep or woke up. I’ve seen floating heads, disembodied hands crawling toward me, and a skeleton with flaming eyes climbing down the wall near my bed – a horror I still recall, and fervently hope never to repeat.
Knowing Lovecraft’s history, it seems natural that he would make nightmares a recurrent theme in his work. Both of today’s selections are earlier short stories (written in 1919 and 1922 respectively), and both concern the territory of sleep and dreams. Pick either reading assignment, then examine Lovecraft’s use of dreams as a theme, starting from the story you choose.
Remember, even Cthulhu dreams.