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Tales of H.P. Lovecraft When He Died In , Destitute And Emotionally And Physically Ruined HP Lovecraft Had No Idea That He Would Come To Be Regarded As The Godfather Of The Modern Horror Genre, Nor That His Work Would Influence An Entire Generation Of Writers, Including Stephen King And Anne Rice Now, At Last, The Most Important Tales Of This Distinctive American Genious Are Gathered In One Volume By National Book Award Winning Author Joyce Carol OatesCombining The Nineteenth Century Gothic Sesibility Of Edgar Allan Poe With A Daring Internal Vision, Lovecraft S Tales Foretold A Psychically Troubled Century To Come Set In A Meticulously Described, Historically Grounded New England Landscape, His Harrowing Stories Explore The Collapse Of Sanity Beneath The Weight Of Chaotic Events Lovecraft S Universe Is A Frightening Shadow World Where Reality And Nightmare Intertwine, And Redemption Can Come Only From Below In Her Preceptive And Penetrating Introduction, Oates, Herself A Virtuoso Of The Gothic Style, Explains How Lovecraft S Singular Talents Fused The Supernatural And Mundane Into A Terrifying Complex, Exquisitely Realized Vision


10 thoughts on “Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

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    I read this volume long ago I have since replaced it with acomprehensive collection of Lovecraft s works This seems like a cash grab by Library of America, rather than a proper treatment of this writer s stories You can find a cheaper, larger complete tales edition by Chartwell classics It s 1112 massive pages compared to the 800 here It claims completeness but contains fewer than 60 works If you re like me, and feel the need to really read all of this man s unsettling stories, you w I read this volume long ago I have since replaced it with acomprehensive collection of Lovecraft s works This seems like a cash grab by Library of America, rather than a proper treatment of this writer s stories You can find a cheaper, larger complete tales edition by Chartwell classics It s 1112 massive pages compared to the 800 here It claims completeness but contains fewer than 60 works If you re like me, and feel the need to really read all of this man s unsettling stories, you will need to look elsewhere there are many ebook editions with rare stories, letters and collaborations In truth, Lovecraft wrote many thousands of letters and too many stories to bind in one volume, though his fame increases with time, his talent can be gleaned from a few clever and disturbing examples You don t really need to worry about the clunkier, earlier tales.Examining his sentences, dialogue or character choices are not necessarily a productive or enlightening exercise But letting the stories wash over your unprepared mind, sinking into the whirling storm of imagery he conjures, and dreaming and revisiting the haunting, unimaginable dilemmas his stories continually present, is well worth the headache of trying to understand him as a writer, which very few probably ever will.Like Poe, and Blackwood, Lovecraft is occasionally genuinely frightening The uniquely thrilling aspects of his supernatural storytelling are often imitated but rarely equaled Once you have savored the wonder and elegance of his most famous works, check out Clark Ashton Smith, who was a poet through and through and Arthur Machen, who took on the same subjects, but wrotefor aesthetic appreciation There are a lot of purveyors of the weird these days, but Lovecraft may forever remain the king on the mountain of madness


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    These stories are florid, overwritten, offensively racist xenophobic And they nearly all have the same basic plot.But there s also an odd brilliance to them They re less terrifying than I expected them to be, but they are fascinating with their revelations of elder beings and unimaginably alien architecture and geometry that s wrong There s a sense of paranoia and of secret truths, and his world building is very effective I think my favorite parts were the exploration of the pre prehistori These stories are florid, overwritten, offensively racist xenophobic And they nearly all have the same basic plot.But there s also an odd brilliance to them They re less terrifying than I expected them to be, but they are fascinating with their revelations of elder beings and unimaginably alien architecture and geometry that s wrong There s a sense of paranoia and of secret truths, and his world building is very effective I think my favorite parts were the exploration of the pre prehistorical ancient cities in At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow Out of Time.So, there s part of me that wants to dismiss these stories wholesale, or at least to advocate the Cthulu worshippers as oppressed colonial Others, but I also understand exactly why Lovecraft s stories are so influential


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    Let s first acknowledge that Lovecraft is a master of hooking the reader with the first sentence A few of the best I repeat to you, gentlemen, that your inquisition is fruitless The Statement of Randolph Carter Of Herbert West, who was my friend in college and in after life, I can speak only with extreme terror Herbert West Reanimator I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why At the Mountains of Madness It is true that I h Let s first acknowledge that Lovecraft is a master of hooking the reader with the first sentence A few of the best I repeat to you, gentlemen, that your inquisition is fruitless The Statement of Randolph Carter Of Herbert West, who was my friend in college and in after life, I can speak only with extreme terror Herbert West Reanimator I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why At the Mountains of Madness It is true that I have sent six bullets through the head of my best friend, and yet I hope to shew by this statement that I am not his murderer The Thing on the Doorstep After twenty two years of nightmare and terror, saved only by desperate conviction of the mythical source of certain impressions, I am unwilling to vouch for the truth of that which I think I found in Western Australia on the night of July 17 18th, 1935 The Shadow Out of TimeLovecraft is of course a master of cosmic terror, a diabolical architect of supremely weird fiction He has mapped out a whole new realm of mood, of vast and nameless horror Everyone should give a chance to some of hisepic works, of which I d name At the Mountains of Madness , Herbert West Reanimator , The Shadow over Innsmouth and the longest work The Case of Charles Dexter Ward , all of which were epic, weird, horrible and unforgettable I R lyeh Cthulhu fhtagn I I For some really interesting thought on Lovecraft, I d also recommend the collection of Michel Houellebecq s essays H.P Lovecraft Against the World, Against Life, which, along with this edition of Lovecraft as a new entry to the Library of America, might inadvertently bring Lovecraft out of the graveyard and parking lot where he is revered by the trench coat wearing, clove smoking, dungeon dragon playing goth crowd where I believe he should firmly remain This type of stuff is best experienced in solitude by disenfranchised outsiders because it is, as Houellebecq points out, staunchly nihilist and expresses Lovecraft s alienation from the world through his utterly fantastic and amazing creations And I mean fantastic and amazing in the original and undiluted sense in that they are both the stuff of fantasy, and that they truly inspire awe All hail the true master of weird terror, the un crowned king of cosmic, timeless horror In his house at R lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming Ph nglui mglw nafh Cthulhu R lyeh wgah nagl fhtagn


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    Weirder Than You Think A Book Review of Tales of H P Lovecraft edited by Joyce Carol Oates Without a doubt Howard Philips Lovecraft, orcommonly known as H P Lovecraft, is one of the greatest writers the turbulent twentieth century ever produced No one can refute that he is indeed the natural inheritor of the American horror tradition next to his literary hero, Edgar Allan Poe, to which Lovecraft is usually compared to Peeking further into the life of H P Lovecraft, it seems call Weirder Than You Think A Book Review of Tales of H P Lovecraft edited by Joyce Carol Oates Without a doubt Howard Philips Lovecraft, orcommonly known as H P Lovecraft, is one of the greatest writers the turbulent twentieth century ever produced No one can refute that he is indeed the natural inheritor of the American horror tradition next to his literary hero, Edgar Allan Poe, to which Lovecraft is usually compared to Peeking further into the life of H P Lovecraft, it seems call it a trick of fate, coincidence, or a bad joke by the ghastly gods of the unknown thatthan the similar quality of the stories they churned bizarre, brilliant, inspired, original, yet frequently hackneyed, derivative and repetitive, if I may quote from Joyce Carol Oates s introduction from this particular book s edition both their life carve out parallel patterns, just to mention a few both were born in New England and were fatherless at an early age both had disastrous marriages and lived a truncated life both tried to live off by means of their writing and sold them to magazines with little financial pay off and though branded as literary misfits of their respective times,importantly, both established a body of work ironically appreciated only after their death that became the foundation and left an indelible mark for much of today s horror fiction Writers old and new pay them both tribute for their timeless macabre and pitch of fascinating malevolence Acclaimed author Stephen King once said of Lovecraft He was the twentieth century s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale What s distinctive about H P Lovecraft is that he is perhaps one of the early Western authors to write exclusively in the horror genre, fusing together elements of classic gothic tale steeped with mysticism, the occult, and hidden cults along with what would later be known as science fiction creating a subgenre which he calls cosmic horror Besides this his stories feature a keen, psychological dread, rather than an intrepid, obvious threat His themes often center on what maybe instead of what is , externalizing inner fears and demons into universal horror stories that share a helpless, hapless view of the fate of humanity Ultimately, the fears in Lovecraft s stories are all about things we can t see, can t find, and can t understand What if those things beyond our understanding are best left there What if we push the envelope of discovery a little too far and find something that will swallow us whole, destroying our perception of what we think of as what is underneath the crushing weight of truth too hideous to comprehend Before delving into the individual stories included in this collection I want to, at this juncture, commend Joyce Carol Oates for her insightful introduction to this edition this really convinced me that I should try some of her books sometime soon , from which I learned a lot, and her splendid choice of some of H P Lovecraft s seminal short stories Truth be told, this is the first time that I had read Lovecraft and I can t recommend this edition enough if some of you Gentle Readers want to try him out Though not arranged in the chronological manner by the time either which the stories were written or published, Oates see it fit that the reader will not be swamped else potential readers thought that they had bittenthan they could chew by its otherworldliness presenting each stories by increments, like a ten course meal starting off with a simple yet delectable appetizer that as your done with the first and satisfied will urge you to try the next one until you get into the heavies, the meat and potatoes.A caveat of sorts Lovecraft writes in a flowery prose that certainly harks back to the nineteenth century sensibility and use of language If you re already familiar with the short stories of Poe, then you re in good company, you ll trudge along just fine Unlike Poe, who in times meanders in abstraction and philosophize before he even starts his story, Lovecraft dives on into the kernel of his tale.Following are the stories in this edition and arranged in the order of their appearance in the book along with my comments and observations on them The Outsider the tone of the narrator and the setting which he describes just screams Gothic It is easily one of my favorites at the outset and works the best, in my opinion, as an introductory story if you want a sampling of Lovecraft The unnamed narrator s voice soothes like a friend he invites you in his world of vine encumbered trees and a castle of infinitely old and infinitely horrible Seemingly, it s a conversation starting off sensibly well till self doubt gnaws our protagonist The tale quickly slides into a slightly disturbing derangement It uses a truly classic twist that the reader might never expect The Music of Erich Zann set in Bohemian Paris Lovecraft clearly evokes in here the world of impoverished students and tortured artists It s not as scary as such, but has a fine, feverish mood that builds to a classic Lovecraftian freakout With excellent use of suggestive atmosphere along with the ambiguous nature of the supernatural threat which you get a lot of if you re a veteran reader of horror short stories , it lends the tale with a fairly nice edge of madness The Rats in the Walls the thing with Lovecraft is that he seems to create characters that s a stand in representative of himself which I also noticed with some of the characters of Stephen King, especially if that character happens to be a writer Lovecraft during his lifetime believes that he is the scion of a minor New England aristocracy, the last of a noble line, which happens to be the background he gives to this story s protagonist, Walter Delapore Why Lovecraft did it so is a thing you will discover for yourself as you read along The horror of this one pretty much worked for me and its scare tactic is one used by a number of authors who had been inspired by this short story Case in point if you ve read Jerusalem s Lot by Stephen King you might know what I m speaking of More importantly, Lovecraft seems to be striving to place his story in the context of the contemporary world by particularly placing this one along the current events of his time Unlike the previous two this one specifically follows a definite pattern specific, detailed, and placed expertly in the real world a structure he will later use in the stories to follow The Shunned House specific, detailed and placed expertly, this is a structure Lovecraft closely goes after in the fourth short story in this collection Apparently the titular house of this tale is actually a real house which stands up to this day at 135 Benedict Street in Providence, Rhode Island I thought I would be served with a clich d haunted house tale I partly blame the shabby title, heh only to be surprised by a curios story told in the first person narrative of Elihu Whipple and his confrontation with a fiendish horror Lovecraft s level of historical detail an almost obsessive recitation of dates and names covering two centuries andanchor s the story to a convincing real world narrative Evidently, this is one of Lovecraft s earlier outings into the nascent science fiction realm using the technical advancement of the time to make his horrors sound plausible The Call of Cthulhu this piece alone stands out as the archetypal Lovecraftian story and initiates the reader into what fans have called as the Cthulhu Mythos Look no far for all the ingredients of Lovecraft s horror concoction is here dreams, ancient myths, degenerate cults, and impenetrable and incomprehensible horror The structure of the story is also typical from what we expect from him a distant, anonymous, narrator the accumulation of information from diverse sources the slow build up and suggestion of dread The long winded crescendo that starts with the dreams of a few aesthetes, to the hideous final ritual in the swamp up to one of the characters encounter with the monster gradually raises the scope and stake of the story from the trivial to the Earth shatteringly profound Further, the quality of Lovecraft s narration makes it stands out among the others epitomized by the chilling expression of the cosmic horror in the opening line that makes a killing The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age The Colour Out of Space again Lovecraft s strength in creating atmosphere and memorable description is very much felt here illustrated no less by a very poetic opening line West of Arkham, the hills rise wild and there are valleys with deep woods that no axes has ever cut Reading that one made the hairs on my neck stood on end, instantly inspiring images of a dark, malign landscape that looms and threaten The opening paragraph carry this theme through, outlining the history of unsuccessful settlement in the area, establishing man s weak grip on the Earth and the ineffable nature of the wilderness The sudden intrusion from outer space into the lives of the modest and god fearing folk of rural New England depicts a horrible insight into man s own smallness, breaking their minds and bodies both, and vividly portraying, in the best gothic tradition, their physical demise by an outward affliction which also works as a perfect metaphor for man s inner dissolution Also one of my favorites The Dunwich Horror gripping, horrible and totally bizarre, that s how I describe this seventh tale Throughout Lovecraft s story there s a running thread of recurring motifs that give the impression that these short stories are somehow linked Some of these elements are the Necronomicon, an ancient book of evil spells Arkham, a fictional city located in Massachusetts and Miskatonic University, an imaginary college near the area As the The Dunwich Horror unfolds readers can see these Lovecraftian ideas at work and pretty much enjoy this story garbed in the traditional good vs evil plotline along with its noticeable relevance to the Cthulhu Mythos As expected from such tales, yes the good guys will have to face and defeat a hideous fiend, but don t worry they ll almost make it What makes this story out of the ordinary though I will not tell you, but this one just left me speechless, gaping at the final page At the Mountain of Madness the longest tale in this collection by its sheer length alone I think it s a novella Like any men of learning of his time Lovecraft also dabbles in a bit of science, and one his constant interest is polar exploration, which in the twentieth century is one of the uncharted, harshest regions in Earth This fascination ultimately seeps through in At the Mountain of Madness, about the expedition of William Dyer and some professors from Miskatonic University in the cold, desolate continent of Antarctica The details of the expedition, the gadgets and mechanisms used available technologies of the era are thoroughly depicted I admit that this one bored me on the few pages, but what sustained me in slogging through this glacial mass of narration is the question of why does the protagonist foil other explorers from venturing in this deadly place Lovecraft s real life scientific knowledge about geology evidently embellishes this tale as much as he does with his other tales with a heavy historical background However, what makes At the Mountain of Madness stand out from the rest is its meticulous level of realistic detail in the plot and the evocative description of the frozen wasteland with the confluence of horror in the story the devastating chasm of time and the fact that a race of beings with a thousand year history had lived, thrived, and perished long before the evolution of man This tale, I believe, is one of the finest among stories using the theme of strange horrors unexpectedly exposed in rediscovered lost or ancient places The Shadow Over Innsmouth the single story representative of weird fiction, Lovecraft shows the very best of what he can offer in this outlandish account of Robert Olmstead about the village of Innsmouth, Massachusetts Writing at his best, Lovecraft pools his various oddities such as the mysteries of a town shrouded in secrecy, whispers of cults, and of course ties this one in the famed Cthulhu Mythos to produce a sublime mounting horror where all rudiments harmonize resulting to very unsettling climax The story also focuses on some of his favorite themes like racism, deterioration, superstition, the phantom of madness ever present over all his first person narrators and added on this list a perverted view of sexual aggression So far this one has THE most disturbing ending my flesh literally pricked at the final reveal Favorite among favorites this one is The Shadow Out if Time foremost of the stories that Lovecraft wrote before his death, The Shadow Out of Time tells the experiences of Professor Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee under an alien race and their ability to take over or switch host bodies I suppose this is one of the precursors of the alien abduction tale The story has a tone of a febrile dream, where like the narrator you distrust even your own senses, where reality and insanity is separated by a thin line Despite that, Lovecraft s message here is crystal clear in the absence of knowledge, chaos ensues and that even in his twilight years he s still a force in horror fiction to reckon with.Whether or not propped by an undercurrent of supposed mythologies present in such wild yarns, and though themes, symbols may run counter to what Lovecraft initially have in mind, a tale is just a tale after all, and that myth in whatever guise is the dregs it scatters about picked up by anyone who finds whatever meaning from it It cannot be denied, however, that the true allure of the gothic tale is in how it stirs deep seated fears, and by that I don t only allude at the ones you feel inside your guts, I also mean those that can short circuit your brain fuse haywire, for as Lovecraft said The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is the fear of the unknown _________________________Book Details Book 34 for 2011Harper Perennial Modern Classics Trade Paperback, 2007 Edition 346 pagesStarted August 22, 2011Finished August 30, 2011My Rating See this review on my book blog Dark Chest of Wonders and for many others


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    I m not reading these in order necessarily Finished The Dunwich HorrorProbably one of the best known stories by Lovecraft and pivotal to the Cthulhu mythos This is quite gruesome and gory Lovecraft has a wonderful way of giving us the setting and carrying the plot forward However, likely because of the time this was written, there is zero character development This is disappointing given that there is a person whom I would really have liked to knowabout I also wantof the b I m not reading these in order necessarily Finished The Dunwich HorrorProbably one of the best known stories by Lovecraft and pivotal to the Cthulhu mythos This is quite gruesome and gory Lovecraft has a wonderful way of giving us the setting and carrying the plot forward However, likely because of the time this was written, there is zero character development This is disappointing given that there is a person whom I would really have liked to knowabout I also wantof the book story yes it s the Necronomicon I m hoping there isabout books origin in other stories.Finished The Shadow Over InnsmouthI chose this one next because of its influence on the Aquaman movie So, I need to come up with Mel s Abridged Versions of classics because the first 20 pages of this story are completely unnecessary There s a lot of extra prose in this one Otherwise it s a decent story I liked the twist at the end The one thing to note here is that this is a very xenophobic racist story Remembering the timeframe in which Lovecraft lived, this is not surprising But be prepared for a lot of assumptions, prejudiced statements and pieces of the story that may make you uncomfortable I give kudos to Aquaman for being inspired by this story but flipping the xenophobia to make the strange or unknown miraculous and beautiful, instead of horrifying


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    How odd a man was Howard Phillips Lovecraft He was an atheist and Darwinist who insisted on marrying his Jewish wife at a high Anglican church service Also, he gave a spoken abstract analytical review praising Hitler s Mein Kampf to same Jewish wife as well as Lovecraft s then literary agent also Jewish , who proceeded toor less ignore him and say, Oh, that s Howard However, this was during Lovecraft ssociable phase, such as it was, when he had a very, very unhappy stay in Ne How odd a man was Howard Phillips Lovecraft He was an atheist and Darwinist who insisted on marrying his Jewish wife at a high Anglican church service Also, he gave a spoken abstract analytical review praising Hitler s Mein Kampf to same Jewish wife as well as Lovecraft s then literary agent also Jewish , who proceeded toor less ignore him and say, Oh, that s Howard However, this was during Lovecraft ssociable phase, such as it was, when he had a very, very unhappy stay in New York City, which, to him, was the most repugnant city on earth, with its lack of historical continuity, noise and clatter and endless hordes of foreigners For the most part, Mr Lovecraft stayed at home in Providence, Rhode Island and lived as a recluse a writer who did most of his work at night and socialized mainly with two maiden aunts He disliked many, many people, and his racist views supported some of this enmity Lovecraft saw no purpose to the Universe none whatsover and so he invented a strange pantheon of gods for atheists and agnostics Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, Azatoth and their hideous, eldritch, ineffable kin These same gods wanted nothingthan to be set loose on the world and devour everyone in it, and various of their agents either often unsuspecting effete scholars or, alternately, mobs of plotting ethnic cultists wanted to help them along There s something quite compelling about these Cthulhu Mythos stories, and most of them are in this same Library of America volume They represent a chaotic world of paranoia, where humanity s little hopes and dreams are worse than worthless They are very dark, and it s easy to see why writers such as Michel Houellebecq have embraced Lovecraft as a literary influence Does Mr Lovecraft have his faults, besides the personal ones listed Yes, he repeats himself as he was writing for pulp magazines such as Weird Tales mainly , he is inordinately fond of adjectives and a somewhat stuffy pseudo 18th century writing style as he fancied himself an English gentleman of that era at times , and, in some of his earlier stories, he slavishly copies other writers mainly Poe and Lord Dunsany But, by tapping into his own fears, contempt for others, and hatred of religion, he created something quite unique in world literature and sui generis until dozens of Lovecraft imitators followed him to the printed page Some of his work reminds me a bit of Belgian fantasist and horror writer Jean Ray q.v., The Mainz Psalter and others , but the two were rough contemporaries in the 1920s and 1930s and apparently knew nothing of one another s work I suppress an odd shiver at this coincidence, as I suspect dread Cthulhu s influence, dear reader.Anyway, let us ask ourselves, can a racist be a great writer Yes, no matter how much we may deplore his or her personal opinions or worldview, he or she indeed may It s absurd to suppress their work for this fault alone, and Orwellian academics who do are fools of the first rank Is Lovecraft a great world writer Well, he has his talents, and, while I can t compare him to Shakespeare or Swift, he has earned a deserved place at the front line of genre writers, particularly in the field of horror What he does, he does very well and, if, as I do, you wince while reading parts of The Horror at Red Hook or The Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family which is basically a weak allegory concerning repugnance about miscegenation , it s likely to be made up for by the sweeping cosmic weirdness terror of The Call of Cthulhu, At the Mountains of Madness, or The Colour Out of Space Take Mr Lovecraft s work with a grain of salt, accept his human failings if you can, and you may be rewarded


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    I have little patience for schlock I can t enjoy bad art ironically, and I can t seem to turn my brain off when I m reading The writer needs to intrigue me, and be doing something interesting I try to read only the good stuff, even within the bounds of genre fiction like science fiction and horror, and as such, I had always avoided Lovecraft I had heard he was sub par, a bad writer, a repetitive hack, and I had no reason to waste my time, when there are so many other great writers out I have little patience for schlock I can t enjoy bad art ironically, and I can t seem to turn my brain off when I m reading The writer needs to intrigue me, and be doing something interesting I try to read only the good stuff, even within the bounds of genre fiction like science fiction and horror, and as such, I had always avoided Lovecraft I had heard he was sub par, a bad writer, a repetitive hack, and I had no reason to waste my time, when there are so many other great writers out there and unfortunately I only live once But I was wrong And so are the people who dismiss Lovecraft out of hand He is not sub par He is not mediocre He is not a traditionally skillful prose stylist, true, but he is an extremely powerful storyteller, relying on a toolkit that is idiosyncratic and bizarre but functions spectacularly in the stories that work He creates worlds and feelings that jab into your mind s eye and stay there He is an acquired taste, indeed, but that taste can be acquired very easily within a few pages, just by reading slowly That s all it takes Settle into your chair, take a sip of your tea, and begin, and you ll soon discover you re in the hands of a master Not a self conscious master, I think, not someone who knew what he was doing intellectually, but someone with a wild and unique imagination who spurted his nightmares forth uncensored onto the page and thereby created art Not every story here hits those high marks, but when they do, there is nothing else like them.Of the early stories, The Music of Erich Zann is the best It is low key, but legitimately disturbing Soon thereafter something happens, and Lovecraft s art takes a significant leap forward with The Call of Chthulu, which is a masterpiece Lovecraft does not get the credit he deserves for his structural and formal choices Call of Chthulu, like Frankenstein, is told in a web of nested narratives that are fascinating and bewildering, with the climactic horror and it does not disappoint buried at the center of the web Then there is the absolutely splendid surprise of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, an unfairly neglected but masterful horror novel, with its detailed focus on a man going mad and its unforgettable image of creatures buried deep in wells beneath the Earth crying for food for centuries Sometimes it doesn t work so well The Dunwich Horror and The Thing on the Doorstep both feel redundant, mere retellings of stories he already told much better before And At The Mountains of Madness, while clearly skillful and influential, to my mind takes far too long to get where it s going Dreams of the Witch House is nothing special.But the best ones are uncanny They maintain a very particular tone of dread and expectation, gradually but, in the end, violently widening our perspective, and somehow that new perspective is itself the source of the horror How does he do that I don t know But that s the most effective, the deepest kind of horror, isn t it, horror at the true nature of reality Horror at our true place within it The Colour Out of Space, The Whisperer in Darkness, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and The Color Out of Time are all masterpieces of the genre These are fundamental tales of the smallness of humanity in the face of the universe, and they are brilliant Anyone interested in horror what Lovecraft and others haveusefully called Weird Fiction needs to read at least the best of these stories


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    Lovecraft at his best


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    It s tough to give a rating to an anthology, but I have to give five stars for Lovecraft s style and subject difference My quote book is mostly filled with his horrifyingly beautiful words now He s truly a one of a kind writer, although his stories share large similarities a logical protagonist, not given to superstitions, encountering something to shake his beliefs otherworldly entities a certain book called The Necronomicon the struggle against madness after learning too muchI didn t It s tough to give a rating to an anthology, but I have to give five stars for Lovecraft s style and subject difference My quote book is mostly filled with his horrifyingly beautiful words now He s truly a one of a kind writer, although his stories share large similarities a logical protagonist, not given to superstitions, encountering something to shake his beliefs otherworldly entities a certain book called The Necronomicon the struggle against madness after learning too muchI didn t much like the gorier stories in this collection, such as The Colour Out of Space , The Case of Charles Dexter Ward , and Herbert West Re animator the last of which I was not keen on reading to begin with, knowing enough about the movie it inspired My favorites, rather, were The Rats in the Walls , The Shadow Over Innsmouth , and most favorite The Outsider These stories are the ones that end in aparticularly sad way Every story s protagonist has to deal with either deaths around him, or a complete weariness and horror in spirit after his ordeals, but my favorite selections were a bit different In the first two, the protagonists feel revulsion for that which is going on around them, but in the end they become what it is they hate This, in its own way, ishorrifying than anything else could be, because they can t escape their fate There s a lingering finality to these stories that the others don t have In The Outsider , the protagonist is actually a horror all along, without knowing it, trying to reach out to others who run from him There s something both horrific and beautifully sad in that.I was able to figure out the underlying mysteries in each story before the author actually revealed them, but that didn t take away from the stories Lovecraft makes a point of reiterating that there sbeyond the scope of human knowledge, poking fun at the black and white mind of logical man What could befrightening to the practical person than to discover that what he used to deem impossible, actually exists Even the most intellectual man, priding himself on his ability to stay unshaken, couldn t handle what Lovecraft s characters run into This is a message of warning to everyone out there that it s dangerous for the logical mind to believe with a certainty that there s not somethingout there, and I love it Lovecraft seems to have been a logical man himself, but he s poking fun at others who are so narrow minded to presume they know what can and can t be real


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    I took one of those quizzes online to see which famous author I write like iwl.me and it came back as H.P Lovecraft Having never read his works, I think now would be a good time to start Oh man, this book was excellent H.P Lovecraft was way ahead of his time in his writing He was bizarro before bizarro was even a genre and his horror is right on creepy and kind of gorey, but excellently done He kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.Even though I enjoy I took one of those quizzes online to see which famous author I write like iwl.me and it came back as H.P Lovecraft Having never read his works, I think now would be a good time to start Oh man, this book was excellent H.P Lovecraft was way ahead of his time in his writing He was bizarro before bizarro was even a genre and his horror is right on creepy and kind of gorey, but excellently done He kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.Even though I enjoyed all the stories in this awesome collection, my top 3 selections would be 1 The Dunwich Horror because of it s bizarre qualities.2 The Call of Cthulhu because he allows readers to glimpse terrifying vistas of reality, and our frightful position therein 3 The Thing On the Doorstep because it s really creepy and was a fantastic Halloween treat I can now see how H.P Lovecraft influenced horror, gothic, bizarro, and sci fi genres and continues to inspire writers in these genres today


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