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No works by the eponymous legator himself are included in this tribute to the master of horror in his centennial year. His "legacy" is the theme around which these 14 stories are assembled, with an introduction by Robert Bloch, who acknowledges his personal debt to Lovecraft, and afterwords to each of the tales by such authors as Gene Wolfe, Hugh B. Cave and Ed Gorman. Gahan Wilson's "H.P.L." manages to sustain Lovecraft's antiquated and baroque style. F. Paul Wilson invokes the concept of "cosmic horror" in the afterword to final story, "The Barrens . " Indeed, the progression of the stories suggests that they were arranged to lead up to this "concept of another reality impinging on ours," giving rise to an all-encompassing fear that lies beyond humanity's comprehension. These tales feature, among other things, maggots eating the eyes of dead bodies, cancerous monsters consuming the world, aristocratic schemers in pursuit of immortality, out-of-body travel, demons resurrected, murderous lizards, voodoo, ghouls and soulsuckers. Of generally high caliber, this homage itals as per intro to the master is an imaginative collection.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-- In honor of the master's centennial, two well-known anthologists have assembled this collection of 13 horror stories written for the occasion. As with most anthologies, the quality is somewhat uneven, but the best stories deliver a truly Lovecraftian frisson. Particularly piquant are two tales in which Howard Phillips Lovecraft actually appears, albeit obliquely. Each tale is accompanied by a note from its author. Since the ways in which the stories reflect the Lovecraft influence vary widely, it is interesting to read the authors' interpretations and intents. Librarians unfamiliar with Lovecraft should acquire the perennially YA-pleasing tales of H. P. L. himself; those attempting to satisfy fans who have already devoured the mythos should find this one useful. Just be prepared when they come back demanding to reread the Lovecraft stories that inspired Legacy .
- Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (February 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312861400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312861407
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,183,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Lehnerer on November 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
Like all short story collections, this one has varying levels of quality. The average is so high, however, that it's well worth picking up if you're a fan of horror, mystical SF, or especially a Lovecraft fan. The stories show the influence of the Great Old Ones in Elizabethan England, the space program, the pine barrens of New Jersey and astral space in dreams. And, in the standout story of the book (H.P.L. by Gahan Wilson), Lovecraft appears as a character, as do Clark Ashton Smith and many, many, many bad things from his works. Of special interest to fans of Edgar Allan Poe is the first story in the collection, which ties the cosmology of Poe's stories together with Lovecraft's, repaying the obvious debt to Poe all writers of the macabre incurred since the 1800s. Buy this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas R. Hunter on October 28, 2001
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Lovecraft "tribute" volumes appear to be developing into a sub-genre all of their own and this book is...definitely one of them. I leave it to the English major to define the difference between pastiche and plagiarism, to distinguish between stories influenced by, written in homage to, or containing ideas directly stolen from Lovecraft. All these are represented in this volume, as well as a couple of tales that seem to have no connection to Lovecraft's work at all.
Of the thirteen stories collected within, four or five are memorable. Three of the stories--arguably the three best--Gene Wolfe's genuinely chilling "Lord of the Land", Gahan Wilson's whimsical fantasy "H.P.L.", and F. Paul Wilson's "The Barrens"--have also more recently appeared in the Arkham House collection "Cthulu 2000." Also worthy of mention is Brian McNaughton's darkly humorous "Meryphillia", possibly more reminiscent of Clarke Ashton Smith's oeuvre than of Lovecraft's, and Mort Castle's Poe-esque "A Secret of the Heart."
There is a touchingly affectionate introduction by Robert Bloch and a short afterword by each author, sharing a little of what Lovecraft meant to him (unsurprisingly, all the authors are "hims").
If you have already read the three volumes of Lovecraft's work in print, the collection of his revisions "The Horror In The Museum And Other Tales," the two Arkham House tribute volumes "Tales Of The Cthulu Mythos" and "Cthulu 2000," and you still want more, perhaps this book will fit the bill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Carpenter on June 7, 2005
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Lovecraft's Legacy is an anthology in trade paperback from Tor, edited by Robert Weinberg and Martin Greenberg. Original publication was 1990 hardcover, and the Tor paperback that I have was from 1996. I believe these gentlemen also edited Miskatonic University, of which I have a copy that I haven't read yet. LL costs $18.95 from Amazon, with free shipping in the US if you buy more than $25 worth of stuff, no discounts. The cover art is OK, nothing special, showing an ancient tome, a polyhedron and a specimen jar with something noisome in it. In the background is an alien landscape, and a photo of Lovecrat is on the back cover. My copy is showing some faint yellowing at the edges. Page count is 334. I believe all stories were new to this anthology when it first came out in 1990.

Contents:

An Open Letter to HP Lovecraft (introduction) by Robert Bloch

A Secret of the Heart by Mort Castle

The Other Man by Ray Garton

Will by Graham Masterton

Big "C" by Brian Lumley

Ugly by Gary Brandner

The Blade and the Claw by Hugh B. Cave

Soul Keeper by Joseph Citro

The Papers of Helmut Hecker by Chet Williamson

Meryphillia by Brian McNaughton

Lord of the Land by Gene Wolfe

HPL by Gahan Wilson

The Order of Things Unknown by Ed Gorman

The Barrens by F. Paul Wilson

I'm not sure why I never ordered it years ago. There are some tepid reviews by customers on Amazon; that might have done it. It sure would have been a stunner in 1990, with all the new stories. Now I know I have a lot of them, including my favorites, in other anthologies.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jan erik storebø on April 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
some of the stories here are not in any way connected to Lovecraft. Wolfe's story here is interesting, but doesn't really get to be horrible. a story about out-of-the-body experiences is pretty good, but something seems amiss in the ending. a story about a stuffed animal amused me. also included are some mediocre stories, and also some really dull stories. the collection is perhaps not the worst in history, but you can easily do better.
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