In a tale told by a lighthouse keeper of a mysterious white ship that appears only when the moon is full, the narrator tells us of the night that he boarded that strange ship, and sailed away to stranger lands on it.
H.P. Lovecraft wrote “The White Ship” in 1919. While not as well known as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos stories, this tale of ghostly ships and parallel worlds where plague and wonder lie has been adapted numerous times since its publication. At least three rock bands have written songs inspired by Lovecraft’s tale, and it’s been adapted into comic books as well.
For connoisseurs of creepypasta tales “The White Ship” holds many of the same disturbing concepts modern authors put into their stories. The impression that H.P. Lovecraft left on weird fiction stories can definitely be seen in modern creepypastas.
Listen to this narration of “The White Ship” and enjoy the murky cadence of Lovecraft’s writing read aloud.
Credits: H.P. Lovecraft (author), Lawrie Brewster (narrator)