Stephen King’s Lovecraftian Stories

I like Stephen King’s short stories a lot.  He’s written several stories with Lovecraftian themes, most notably (in my opinion) Crouch End and NCrouch End was originally published in New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos in 1980 and reprinted in Nightmares and Dreamscapes in 1993.  N was first published in Just After Sunset.

I’m not going to give plot spoilers — it’s enough to say that both stories are excellentCrouch End was made into a TV episode as part of the Nightmares and Dreamscapes miniseries, and they did a great job with it.  And Tim Curry does an excellent job with the audio version — if you get a chance, listen to it as well, because the audio reading adds wonderfully to it.  Here’s a link to buy New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, and here’s a link to Nightmares and Dreamscapes (text and audio versions).

N is everything a Lovecraftian story should be, and it works extra well as an audio reading.  I defy anyone to listen to this story in the dark and not be spooked.  Click here to pick up Just After Sunset (text and audio versions).

By the way, N is a “riff” on The Great God Pan, according to Stephen King.  If you haven’t read this excellent story by Arthur Machen, you can read it for free online here.

And here’s a cool freebie: Simon and Schuster and Marvel made N into a video comic, and they did a fabulous job.  Watch the preview, Stephen King talking about N, and all episodes below!

12 responses to “Stephen King’s Lovecraftian Stories

  1. Be sure to check out “Gramma” in Skelton Crew. And there’s a great mod to the Mythos in Pet Sematary with such things as the character Louis looking at the stars and not recognizing any constellations.


  2. I always see “N” as the third in a trilogy.
    1. The great god pan, by arthur machen.
    2. The Dunwich Horror, by H.P. Lovecraft.
    3. “N” Stephen King.

    Also the monster in “N” is called CTHUN, who if memory serves me correct was the god the lizard creatures worshipped in “the walls of eryx ” i know KING said it was inspired by machen, but Lovecrafts mythos is all over “N”.

    Brilliant story by KING.

    The Mist is another KING lovecraftian horror.

    Jerusalems lot is a Lovecraftian Horror.

    Pickman is mentioned in Duma Key.

    I am the doorway, a lovecraftian horror.

    KING is a brilliant writer, he has always namechecked Lovecraft
    as a major influence.



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  5. There is a bit of graffiti in Needful Things: Yog Sothoth Rules.

    Anyway, I agree that Crouch End is brilliant. Thanks very much for posting all the links to all the episodes. It was a very enjoyable/creepy experience.


  6. As I recall, “The Sun Dog” makes Hound of Tindalos references, too. And Flagg from THE STAND claims to be Nyarlathotep, but that’s just in a litany of “I’m all these bad people” and, within story, could be just hyperbole.


  7. Regarding Stephen King and his Lovecraftian style stories, “Jerusalem’s Lot” is a great short story, first published in King’s 1978 collection Night Shift. Its told in the classic diary entry style and is very creepy and well worth a look.


  8. This is a GREAT medium for weird fiction “coming to life,” as it is. There is a wee version of “The Dunwich Horror” in this medium on YouTube and it captures ABSOLUTELY the feel of decay’d Dunwich. I find these animated graphics far more authentically atmospheric than most Lovecraftian films. Quite wonderful.


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