He (short story)

He (Short Story)

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"He" is a short story by American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written August 1925, it was first published in Weird Tales, September 1926.

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The story tells of an unnamed narrator, who has moved from New England to New York City and greatly regretted it. One night, while wandering an older part of town, he happens upon a man strangely dressed in garments from the eighteenth century. The man offers to show the narrator the secrets of the town.

Following the man to his home, he is told a tale of a squire who bargained originally for the land with the Native Americans and learned of the true face of the city full of flying creatures and mutated people. The man then proceeds to show the narrator visions of the city's past and future, and he begins to scream wildly which rouses the spirits of the Native Americans to take vengeance on the man.


The story "He" was written after an all-night tour of the remnants of Old New York; by 7 a.m. the next morning, Lovecraft had reached Elizabeth, New Jersey, by ferry, where he bought a dime composition book and wrote the story in Elizabeth's Scott Park.S. T. Joshi and David Schultz, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, p. 108.

Lovecraft had moved to New York City in March 1924 for his short-lived marriage to Sonia Greene. He moved back to Providence, Rhode Island in April 1926, having developed a thorough aversion to New York. The opening paragraphs of...
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