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  • Series: Graphic Classics (Graphic Novels) (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Eureka Productions; 2 edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974664898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974664897
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reanimated corpses, ancient evil and horrors too disturbing to describe? Must be H.P. Lovecraft, master of the creepy. This is an updated and expanded edition of an up-to-now unavailable collection of comics adaptations of the horror master's craft. Lovecraft is a sort of pulpier, purpler Edgar Allan Poe, his stories taking place in a gothic New England landscape. Like all the great spine-tinglers, H.P. likes to leave his monsters up to the imagination, but the works in this collection are fairly dripping with tentacles, specters and monstrous visages. Simon Gane's intense, sometimes overly busy, illustration of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" portrays Lovecraft's classic beast, Great Cthulu, as a scaly minotaur with a head writhing with suckers. Pedro Lopez's film noiresque vision of "Dreams of the Witch House" has fewer monsters, but still manages to throw in a few tentacles. Even Kevin Atkinson's appropriately cartoonlike illustrations of "Sweet Ermengarde"—one of Lovecraft's few works that doesn't mention monsters at all (other than the human sort)—has creepy crawlies in the wings. Although some of the collection's drawing can be uneven, the whole makes for chilling fun. (Jan.)
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If you're a fan of HPL, this is a must-have, and if you're not, this book will make you one. -- John O’Neill, Knights of the Dinner Table<br /><br />Readers are treated to both the humorous as well as the dark side of HPL. -- Chris Stewart, The People of Innsmouth<br /><br />The bizarre and compelling artwork, on nearly every page, deliciously spices the mix with humour and terror. -- Claude Lalumière, The Montreal Gazette<br /><br />This volume of illustrated Lovecraft fiction and poetry is so cool that I can hardly put it down. -- J.L. Comeau, The Tomb of Dark Delights<br /><br />…the production standards are top notch and the talent illustrating these stories are fantastic. --Comic Book Galaxy

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Artist Lisa Weber's unique style works perfectly with this fanciful tale of feline furry.
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These graphic novels are a wonderful way to access Lovecrafts work whether you are a novice or devoted follower.
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My son has been reading and re-reading it almost every day so I think its money well spent!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2007
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The works of H.P. Lovecraft have never had great success when adapted for film, TV, or comics. I think in failing to understand the nature of the source material...Lovecraft's unseen, indescribable brand of terror, film directors and comic writers have always tried to too hard to bring his work into the light, instead of allowing it to fester in the shadows. This is why we've seen so many truly terrible film adaptations of his work.

I'm happy to say that Graphic Classics finally has it right! Rather than making wholesale changes, the stories stick to the source material and many of the tales in the book end up actually being illustrated stories as opposed to traditional sequential artwork. You can't explain Lovecraft to someone who doesn't get it, so why try. Graphic Classics almost stubbornly clings to the spirit and tone of the original stories and delivers the best comic adaptation yet of Lovecraft's work.

This is the recently released second edition of this title and it features seven stories including: The Shadow over Innsmouth, Dreams in the Witch House, Sweet Ermengarde, Herbert West: Reanimator, The Cats of Ulthar, The Terrible Old Man, and the Shadow out of Time. It's an eclectic collection to say the least. The Shadow over Innsmouth and Dreams in the Witch House are Lovecraft classics while Herbert West: Reanimator is probably Lovecraft's most macabre work.

The Shadow over Innsmouth relate the terrible story of a young man who visits the seaside New England town of Innsmouth, a dying, dilapidated town that reeks of fish. There he learns the terrible history of the town and of the strange, "Innsmouth look" of its inhabitants. He further finds out his own lineage is connected to Innsmouth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2012
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HP Lovecraft is an author that has faced many, many terrible adaptations. His stories seem to work best the way they were originally intended, as prose stories, with his vocabulary and writing style painting a picture no visual can match. Nothing else quite captures that unique flavor.

However, Graphics Classics, with these illustrated adaptations, seems to have scooped up generous portions of the Lovecraft feeling, enough to make "Graphic Classics: H. P. Lovecraft" one of the few gems. All of the illustrators involved have their own flair, and most work surprisingly well with the source material. This is the updated second edition, and contains over 75 pages of new material. They definitely kept the best stories, cut out some of the ones that didn't work so well, and have created a must-have for Lovecraft fans.

Included are:

A Memory - An illustrated poem, sliced from A Fungi from Yuggoth. A beautiful introduction to what you are about to experience.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth - One of Lovecraft's greatest yarns, a tale of buried and cursed genealogy. It is artfully adapted by Simon Crane, who captures just right that "Innsmouth look".

Dreams in the Witch-House - Old Keziah Mason and Brown Jenkin won't let something like death and a couple of centuries stop them from completing the geometric rites demanded by Nyarlathotep. Artist Rich Rainey adds just the right claustrophobic fear to this tense tale.

Sweet Ermengarde - This one I had never actually heard of before! A comedy of eight acts depicting the faithlessness of a woman's heart. No tentacles or monsters, and almost more Mark Twain than Lovecraft, but a fun read. Adapted by Rob Lott and Kevin Atkinson, who pump on the comedy on this rare gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Kohler on July 17, 2009
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I love this book. I bought it because of my love of HP Lovecrafts work and am overjoyed with the quality and attention paid in the content provided in this book
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dagon Rising on July 6, 2011
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I thought this book was going to be really good when I first saw it. When I opened it up I was immediately disappointed. The drawings in here are mediocre and don't represent Lovecrafts work at all. I'd maybe give this to a small kid to get him started on Lovecraft, but besides that this book is not that good. If you want a good comic book adaption of Lovecrafts work, get The Haunter of the Dark by John Coulthart. Way better drawings in that one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Muvovum on December 5, 2012
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Beware, the artwork inside doesn't remotely resemble the cover. It's really cartoony (and not even in a cool way like the old underground Skull Comics No. 4). I don't like the goofy style of the art at all and so can't bring myself to read it. It's a collection of horror stories and I think the art should be just a little bit creepy at least. It's not, here, not in any kind of way. I think my friends five-year-old could draw scarier pictures.
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As was mentioned before, this has only a passing Lovecraft influence here. For the most part, it seems like a compilation of Sunday Funnies clips with a few that i guess were influenced by Lovecraft. There are unfortunately, also many strips that really have nothing to do with Lovecraft whatsoever. Add to all of that what basically seems like remedial art skills and writing that often makes no real sense, no color illustrations, and boring overall premise, and i see no reason why you would bother with this. I noticed that the positive reviews were from people who bought this for their kids. That might be a good use for this. However, if you are an adult (or teen for that matter), expecting the content to live up to the title, you will definitely be disappointed. Dont bother with it. There are actual Lovecraft stories in graphic novel form that are actually well written and illustrated out there. This isnt one of them.
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