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How did Curwen become a necromancer?

I'm wondering whether Curwen was chosen by someone or something, or whether he became a necromancer by himself? In the book there's this text in a letter from Curwen to Orne... Him whom we serve for ...
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What is the purpose of Curwen's altar?

I am re-reading H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. During Dr. Willet's dungeon crawl through Joseph Curwen's underground empire, he comes across an altar. After a time he reached a ...
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What happened to Ezra Weeden?

It is stated in the book that Weeden's grave has been dug up, body stolen and tombstone broken. Later ...Fred Lemdin, night watchman at Rhodes, declares it was mixed with something very like the ...
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Why did this character surrender so easily?

One of the things that has always bothered me about The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is how allows himself to be taken to the psychiatric hospital by Dr. Willett, several of his medical colleagues, ...
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Who is sample No. 118 in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward?

In H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Dr. Willett Dr. Willett is told by that 'twas Number 118, and I conceive you would have shook had you looked it up in my list in t'other room. ...
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Who or what was #118? [duplicate]

I just finished reading H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. (Spoilers...) One mystery that remains at the end is who exactly was "number 118" (the powerful being summoned by Dr. ...
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Is Joseph Curwen a Lich?

In H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, is Joseph Curwen a lich, as defined by Wikipedia?
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How could Dr. Willett unsummon this creature in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward?

In Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, the phrase "do not call up any that you can not put down" is oft repeated. ... doe not call up Any that you can not put downe; by the Which I meane, ...
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