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Dagon and Other Macabre Tales Hardcover – January, 1987

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This last volume of a trilogy represents the culmination of a monumental projectthe bringing into print of Lovecraft's stories in their definitive form, based on manuscripts and notes. This volume also contains the important study, "Supernatural Horror in Literature," and repairs a longtime need by providing it with an index. T. E. D. Klein, whose work has been influenced by Lovecraft, contributes a long introduction tracing the authors who themselves influenced Lovecraft, in particular Lord Dunsany. Among the stories are "From Beyond" and "Herbert WestReanimator," both of which have recently been brought to the screen, "Beyond the Wall of Sleep," "The Lurking Fear" and "Under the Pyramid," this last ghostwritten for Harry Houdini. Joshi, whose long-time project this has been, has also provided a chronological listing of HPL's works.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arkham House Publishers (January 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870540394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870540394
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In my humble opinion, there are two ways to read Lovecraft. The first, and best, is to get your hands on an original "Wierd Tales" or other pulp. There is something about the musty smell that adds to the tale. For true conisours, read them under the covers with a flashlight, late in the evening hours.
Realizing that original pulps may be prohibitively expensive, the Arkham House Editions are the next option. These hardback treasures are as much a part of Lovecraft's legacy as the stories themselves. Lovecraft would be all but forgotten if it were not for the small circle of friends who founded Arkham House, with the sole mission of keeping his writings in print. Arkham House is the definitive Lovecraft volume.
The stories in "Dagon and Other MacAbre Tales" are classics, including "Herbert West Re-Animator," "The Doom That Came to Sarnath," "The Strange High House in the Mist," "The Cats of Ulthar ," "Dagon," "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family ," "The Lurking Fear ," "The Transition of Juan Romero ," and his acclaimed essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature [revised] ."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq. on January 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
(Caution -- May Contain Eldritch Spoilers!)

Why the shoggoth did they replace those wonderful Raymond Bayless jacket illustrations with these wretchedly AWFUL cartoony awful covers that are an insult to the Master of Cosmic Horror! Ia! Shub-Niggurath! Of course, the perfect cover image for a book of H. P. Lovecraft's tales is a photo of HPL himself. Just take a look at the cover of LORD OF A VISIBLE WORLD--AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN LETTERS and you'll see I'm right. This new cover drawing of what I guess is supposed to be a Deep One is so stupid -- almost as bad as the cover he drew for the Arkham House reprinting of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS with its depiction of CHARLES DEXTER WARD that looks like it's the work of a talentless comic book illustrator. Bloody wretched.

But let us not judge a book by its pathetic cover.

The frontispiece is a charming photograph of a young Howard Phillips Lovecraft, looking very studious with his wire-rim spectacles. My hero, the indefatigable S. T. Joshi (his new exhaustive bibliography of Lovecraft has just been publish'd), supplies a Note on the Texts, explaining some of what he went through to bring us the texts as Lovecraft wanted them to be publish'd, as HPL wrote to the first editor of WEIRD TALES, Edwin F. Baird, "Should any miracle impel you to consider the publication of my tales, I have but one condition to offer; and that is that no excisions be made. If the tale cannot be printed as it is written, down to the very last semicolon and comma, it must gracefully accept rejection." Editor Joshi, with his laboring at restoring the Correct Texts, has given us all of those commas and semicolons. T. E. D. Klein's introduction, "A Dreamer's Tales," was written especially for this Arkham House volume.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This collection of work ranks as my second favorite, falling just short of "At the Mountains of Madness" also published by Arkham house. It contains most of his earlier works, and does a better job providing the reader with a glimpse of the forces which shaped his work through the years than any other collection could hope to. If you are new to Lovecraft, these works would probably not be appreciated as much as others. They are much more enjoyable when one has a better understanding of what Lovecraft is all about. I would suggest starting with the collection "The Dunwich Horror and Others" also by Arkham house. It contains most of Lovecraft's most popular work, including "The Call of Cthulhu" and "The Colour out of Space". For any fan or collecter of Lovecraft, however, this book is an absolute must have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book contains such greats as Herbert West - Re-animator, and The Strange Case of Arthur Jemyem and his Family. The Arkham House editions are the definitive Lovecraft Library. A definite must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Henry on May 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Of the three Arkham House HPL hardbacks, this one contains the largest percentage of Lovecraft's traditional style horror stories, and the lowest percentage of his hard SF influenced works. If you feel that Horror has long run out of new things to say about vampires, werewolves, mummies and ghosts, this is the Arkham House volume that will confirm it, as you will read H P Lovecraft at his most imitative, when he was still most inspired by Poe, Dunsany and Machen, and when he was still trying to come up with something new based on spiritual possession, vaguely described remnants of departed beings mystically draining life energy, and other such classic horror concepts. Some of these are pretty good stories, and a few are first rate, but this is the volume I loan friends who already have read "The Shadow out of Time", "At the Mountains of Madness" and "Call of Cthulhu", not the one for friends who are just starting to read H. P. Lovecraft.
In particular, there's several of HPL's 'family line with some sort of degeneration going on' or 'racial mixture leads to subhuman icky thing worskip' stories here - at the very least, Arthur Jermyn. The Lurking Fear, Red Hook, The Descendent, The Thing in the Moonlight and The Festival all have a strong tie to these themes, and there's some of them in Herbert West - Reanimator and maybe Dagon. The other books in the set have some of this - i.e. 'Rats in the Walls' or "The Dunwich Horror", but here it's a concentrated dose, so much so that it becomes hard to read the book straight through.
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