Commonalities in Lovecraft's Titles

I often get Lovecraft's stories jumbled in my mind because of 1) the similar structure of many of his story titles and 2) the common words between titles.  See below just how many commonalities there are between story titles.


Part I: Common Structure

Begins with a preposition
At the Mountains of Madness
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
From Beyond
Out of the Aeons (with Hazel Heald)
Through the Gates of the Silver Key (with E. Hoffmann Price)
Under the Pyramids (with Harry Houdini)

Article-Adjective-Noun
The Crawling Chaos (with Winifred V. Jackson)
The Dunwich Horror
The Electric Executioner (with Adolphe de Castro)
The Evil Clergyman
The Ghost-Eater (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
The Green Meadow (with Winifred V. Jackson)
The Haunted House (nonextant)
The Last Test (with Adolphe de Castro)
The Little Glass Bottle
The Loved Dead (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
The Lurking Fear
The Moon-Bog
The Mysterious Ship
The Nameless City
The Night Ocean (with R.H. Barlow)
The Noble Eavesdropper (nonextant)
The Other Gods
The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure
The Shunned House
The Silver Key
The Terrible Old Man
The Very Old Folk
The White Ship

More of the same (minus the article)
Cool Air
Medusa’s Coil (with Zealia Bishop)
Old Bugs
Pickman’s Model
Sweet Ermengarde
Winged Death (with Hazel Heald)

Article-Noun (no adjective)
The Alchemist
The Book
The Descendant
The Disinterment (with Duane W. Rimel)
The Festival
The Haunter of the Dark
The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast (with R. H. Barlow)
The Hound
The Mound (with Zealia Bishop)
The Outsider
The Picture (nonextant)
The Street
The Temple
The Tomb
The Trap (with Henry S. Whitehead)
The Tree
The Unnamable

"In"
In the Vault
In the Walls of Eryx (with Kenneth Sterling)
The Beast in the Cave
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Horror in the Burying-Ground (with Hazel Heald)
The Horror in the Museum (with Hazel Heald)
The Picture in the House
The Rats in the Walls
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Thing in the Moonlight (spurious)
The Whisperer in Darkness

"Of"
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
The Call of Cthulhu
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Cats of Ulthar
The Colour Out of Space
The Curse of Yig (with Zealia Bishop)
The Diary of Alonzo Typer (with William Lumley)
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Man of Stone (with Hazel Heald)
The Music of Erich Zann
The Mystery of Murdon Grange (nonextant)
The Quest of Iranon
The Shadow Out of Time
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Transition of Juan Romero
History of the Necronomicon
The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
The Secret of the Grave (nonextant)
The Slaying of the Monster (with R. H. Barlow)

"On"
The Thing on the Doorstep
The Tree on the Hill (with Duane W. Rimel)

"At"
The Horror at Martin’s Beach (with Sonia H. Greene)
The Horror at Red Hook

One
specific word
Azathoth
Celephaïs
Dagon
Hypnos
Nyarlathotep
Polaris

One vague word
Ashes (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
He
Ibid
Memory

This and that
Deaf, Dumb, and Blind (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
Life and Death (lost)
Poetry and the Gods (with Anna Helen Crofts)

Leftovers
“Till A’ the Seas” (with R.H. Barlow)
Collapsing Cosmoses (with R.H. Barlow)
Ex Oblivione
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
Herbert West—Reanimator
John, the Detective (nonextant)
The Battle that Ended the Century (with R. H. Barlow)
The Challenge from Beyond (with C. L. Moore; A. Merritt; Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long)
The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
Two Black Bottles (with Wilfred Blanch Talman)
What the Moon Brings


Part II: Common Words and Phrases

Beasts
The Beast in the Cave
The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast (with R. H. Barlow)

Beyonders
From Beyond
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The Challenge from Beyond (with C. L. Moore; A. Merritt; Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long)

Bottles
The Little Glass Bottle
Two Black Bottles (with Wilfred Blanch Talman)

Caves
The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure
The Beast in the Cave

Darkness
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Haunter of the Dark

Documents (mostly)
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Curse of Yig (with Zealia Bishop)
The Diary of Alonzo Typer (with William Lumley)
The Music of Erich Zann
The Mystery of Murdon Grange (nonextant)
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Transition of Juan Romero

Dreams
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Dreams in the Witch House
Beyond the Wall of Sleep

Graves
The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
The Secret of the Grave

The Horrors
The Horror at Martin’s Beach (with Sonia H. Greene)
The Horror at Red Hook
The Dunwich Horror
The Horror in the Museum (with Hazel Heald)
The Horror in the Burying-Ground (with Hazel Heald)

The Houses
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Shunned House
The Picture in the House
The Haunted House (nonextant)

Inside
The Beast in the Cave
The Picture in the House
The Rats in the Walls
In the Vault
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Thing in the Moonlight (spurious)
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Horror in the Museum (with Hazel Heald)
The Horror in the Burying-Ground (with Hazel Heald)
In the Walls of Eryx (with Kenneth Sterling)


The Moon
        The Moon-Bog
        What the Moon Brings
        The Thing in the Moonlight

 Mysteries
The Mystery of Murdon Grange (nonextant)
The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
The Mysterious Ship

Old people
The Terrible Old Man
The Very Old Folk

Pictures
The Picture (nonextant)
The Picture in the House

Rhymes
The Hound
The Mound (with Zealia Bishop)

Secrets
The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure
The Secret of the Grave (nonextant)

Shadows
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Shadow Out of Time

Ships
The Mysterious Ship
The White Ship

Things
The Thing in the Moonlight (spurious)
The Thing on the Doorstep

Trees
The Tree
The Tree on the Hill

Walls
The Rats in the Walls
In the Walls of Eryx (with Kenneth Sterling)

Water
The Night Ocean (with R.H. Barlow)
“Till A’ the Seas” (with R.H. Barlow)


Even more confusion
To make matters worse, a lot of his titles are very vague or generic.  While I can remember the titles with proper names such as The Dunwich Horror, Pickman’s Model, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Music of Erich Zann, Herbert West—Reanimator, or The Shadow Over Innsmouth, it's a bit harder for me to remember which story falls under generic titles like The Lurking Fear, From Beyond, The Whisperer in Darkness, The Horror in the Museum, The Haunter of the Dark, or The Thing on the Doorstep.  It's even worse dealing with awful ones like The Book, The Tomb, The Festival, The Hound, The Street, The Temple, or The Tree.

It gets even more confusing as you delve into the expanded mythos.  There are too many titles to deal with this comprehensively, but take, for example, just a few titles of novels/stories/collections by August Derleth.  There are titles with the name Cthulhu in them, most famously The Mask of Cthulhu (1958) and The Trail of Cthulhu (1962).  Then there's Someone in the Dark (1941) which sounds like "The Haunter of the Dark," and Dwellers in Darkness (1976) which sounds like "The Whisperer in Darkness."  Or The Survivor and Others (1957) which sounds a little like "The Outsider."  And The Lurker at the Threshold (1971) which is basically a blend of "The Lurking Fear" and "The Thing on the Doorstep."  Or The House on the Mound (1958) which combines HPL's lesser-known "The Mound" with many of the "house" stories like "The Dreams in the Witch House," "The Strange High House in the Mist," "The Shunned House," and "The Picture in the House."  Or there's The Watchers Out of Time and Others (1974) which sounds like "The Shadow Out of Time."  So many titles are plays on titles of Lovecraft's stories that it is very easy to get them jumbled around in your head (or at least mine).


   

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