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In this Library of America volume, the best-selling novelist Peter Straub brings together the very best of H. P. Lovecraft's fiction in a treasury guaranteed to bring fright and delight both to longtime fans and to readers new to his work. Early stories such as "The Outsider," "The Music of Erich Zann," "Herbert West-Reanimator," and "The Lurking Fear" demonstrate Lovecraft's uncanny ability to blur the distinction between reality and nightmare, sanity and madness, the human and non-human. "The Horror at Red Hook" and "He" reveal the fascination and revulsion Lovecraft felt for New York City; "Pickman's Model" uncovers the frightening secret behind an artist's work; "The Rats in the Walls" is a terrifying descent into atavistic horror; and "The Colour Out of Space" explores the eerie impact of a meteorite on a remote Massachusetts valley.

In such later works as "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Whisperer in Darkness," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," and "The Shadow Out of Time," Lovecraft developed his own nightmarish mythology in which encounters with ancient, pitiless extraterrestrial intelligences wreak havoc on hapless humans who only gradually begin to glimpse "terrifying vistas of reality, and our frightful position therein." Moving from old New England towns haunted by occult pasts to Antarctic wastes that disclose appalling secrets, Lovecraft's tales continue to exert a dread fascination.
Uniform Title: Novels. Selections
Publisher: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam, c2005.
ISBN: 9781931082723
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 838 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 23, 2017

This beautiful edition of the best stories by Lovecraft is worth every dollar you spend on it. You know it is considered great literature if it is brought out by the wonderful Library of America. The book itself is just the right size and printed on acid free paper to last a long time for our enjoyment. The only regret I have is that they did not produce a second volume of the rest of his great weird short fiction. But what is available is much appreciated. At the Mountains of Madness is a favorite of mine and more of a short novel then a short story. Of the short stories my two favorites included here are Pickman"s Model and The rats in the Walls which are straight horror. His myth stories include the famous The Call of Cthulhu,The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Shadow out of Time.

Apr 03, 2017

Very disappointing. As a sometimes board-game hobbyist and a sci-fi reader, I’d wanted to check out the origins of the now ubiquitous Cthulhu (et al.) that is running amok in the gamers’ world. Turns out it’s probably just because the copyright has expired and Cthulhu is an easy villain on which to base a game; otherwise these stories are not all that interesting. What’s more, Lovecraft’s persistent racism is offensive and much more horrifying than the stories themselves are supposed to be. That said, two of the longer stories work fairly well: “The Mountains of Madness“, in which Antarctic explorers uncover a lost alien civilization; and “Shadow over Innsmouth” (something of a fishy-smelling sequel to the same), a wonderful piece of scary atmospheric writing. (One of the monsters that appears in both is similar to the Big Baddie in my own fantasy series, “Tond”, though I hadn’t read Lovecraft when I made it up.) Otherwise, ho-hum. Play the Cthulhu games if you want, but don’t bother reading the tales unless you’re really a fan.

Aug 25, 2015

I can't recommend enough these horror tales from the great H.P. Lovecraft.

Aug 20, 2015

Excellent compendium of H.P. Lovecraft tales.

philpot2526 Jun 13, 2012

This book is truly wonderful. The terms Lovecraft uses are applicable today: intangible miasma, mongrel riff-raff...what fun!

And if you want to insult someone who isn't well read, say that person has The Innsmouth Look and walk away. I did this once to a fish-like person who pushed ahead of me at a deli counter and he called after me, "What does that mean?" Pure bliss.

lasertravis Apr 27, 2011

I had always wanted to read Lovecraft, but never did until i got this book. 22 stories. How much I liked each story varied considerably, but there were many i loved. Easy to see how many modern authors and scriptwriters have been influenced by this master of suspense and horror. I guarantee at least one of these stories ( some of them VERY short and easy to quickly read to get a feel for the author ) will impress you if you like horror.

fillups Feb 11, 2011

A beautiful deluxe collection of all of Loveecraft's best short fiction. Lovecraft published his creepy fiction in the pulp magazones of his time. I'm sure he never imagined such reverential treatment for that work. It is a pleasure to read his work so loveingly preserved.

As for the work itself, if you feel drawn to the unameable dread that stirs in the darkest part of night when sounds emanate from between the walls, Lovecraft practically created the genre.

Sep 08, 2010

Who'da thunk it!? The old mad Arab Abdul Alhazred himself on acid free paper, in a sturdy library binding and with a learned dissertation included!! Despite all that do NOT, under any circumstances, read this alone in an old dark house on a dark and stormy night! Be warned thou spawn of Cthulhu!


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