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Tales of H.P. Lovecraft Paperback – September 19, 2000
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[By Joyce Carol Oates:] Introduction; [by H.P. Lovecraft:] The Outsider; The Music of Erich Zann; The Rats in the Walls; The Shunned House; The Call of Cthulhu; The Colour out of Space; The Dunwich Horror; At the Mountains of Madness; The Shadow over Innsmouth; The Shadow out of Time
This is an excellent introductory selection of short fiction -- Lovecraft didn't write any other kind -- by one of the major figures in the history of what is nowadays called horror fiction (though a very good case can be made that, as with his idol Poe, Lovecraft belongs among the ranks of literary greats, period). Still, there are comparably fine collections available, e.g. THE CALL OF CTHULHU AND OTHER WEIRD TALES, THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP AND OTHER WEIRD TALES (both of which, unlike the collection being reviewed here, have endnotes), THE DUNWICH HORROR AND OTHERS, and AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS AND OTHER NOVELS.
What makes this particular collection a marketing novelty -- indeed, why it was ever published in the first place -- is that it's edited and introduced by a well-established, much-respected mainstream literary fiction writer, namely Oates. The publisher's hope may have been that some of those who wouldn't otherwise consider reading an oldtime pulp horror writer like Lovecraft will finally give him a try, what with Oates's more widely intellectually respected name attached. As one who believes Lovecraft deserves a much higher rank in the proverbial literary pantheon than the literary establishment generally accords him, I have no complaint about trying that approach.Read more ›
If you're torn between this and the Penguin editions, I'd recommend you start with this. The three Penguin volumes are complete, but each is a mixed bag of great stories with...not so great. Go for those after you read through this.
The stories provided by this selction are very dark, true gothic horror stories which won't disappoint any fan of the genre. Reading Lovecraft's language is like looking at a painting by Van Gogh or Da Vinci - overwhelming!
Lovecraft's words are very sensitive for the story they tell, very true to the heart of the darkness within, as haunting as seeing a ghost by yourself.
The first two tales emphasis a curiosity concerning some of Lovecraft's tales: are they events remembered or dreams recalled? "The Outsider" reads more like a dream narrative than anything rooted in memory.Read more ›
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It's H.P. Lovecraft and some of his longer novellas and stories. Good stuff as always.Published 5 months ago by Michael Battle
A solid collection of work with editorial comment placing Lovecraft's work in historic and literary perspective.Published 13 months ago by chris
Distinguished author Joyce Carol Oates has taken the opportunity to carefully select ten of H.P. Lovecraft's major works to new audiences and longtime fans alike, with the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by R Grant
I'm a big fan of HPL's work and although he didn't originate "cosmic horror" he made it compelling. Still, I wonder how much richer his stories would have been if he had possessed... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by wood95
This is the story collection that really got me into Lovecraft. Now I can't get enough! A handsome book, an informative introduction, and a great set of stories! Buy it!!Published on October 4, 2013 by M.E. Francis
This collection is not for someone who wants all of Lovecraft's stories in one place. It has a limited selection. You might be looking for H. P. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by J. Gladwin
Some of Lovecraft very best stories! From Shadow Over Innsmouth to the Mountains of Madness. This has the very best of Lovecraft.Published on March 26, 2013 by kyle eggers
If you've never read H.P. Lovecraft before and have a morbid curiosity, this compilation is a great starting point. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by athas
The stories are somewhat interesting and fairly unique. I am only halfway done with the book and have lost most of my interest though. Read morePublished on August 26, 2008 by S. Mann