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The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft Hardcover – October 13, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0871404534 ISBN-10: 0871404532

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright (October 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871404532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871404534
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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H(oward) P(hillips) Lovecraft (1890–1937) posthumously earned a reputation for outstanding short story writing in the horror genre. The irony is that, during his lifetime, he appeared in print only in the so-called pulp magazines and appreciation for his work was modest. But as expressed in Alan Moore’s on-target introduction here, in the years following Lovecraft’s death, the “mesmerizing power of his language and imagination” gained him a wider and more enthusiastic readership than he would have ever imagined for himself. The foreword by Leslie S. Klinger is a highly informative history of the horror genre and a trenchant summary of Lovecraft’s life, all of which preface the primary section of this giant book, a presentation of 22 of Lovecraft’s most significant stories, each fully annotated with identifications of people and places, definitions of unfamiliar vocabulary, and background explanations of mentioned literary works. This impressive book can be used two ways, either for checkout in circulating horror collections or for in-house-only reference. --Brad Hooper


The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft is a towering intellectual feast for devotees of Lovecraft and weird fiction. Hugely informative as well as entertaining, this book is both visually beautiful and academically rigorous. It provides more information on the great New England supernaturalist than almost any other book ever published.”

“Annotator Les Klinger is the man you want to have by your side, as you explore the Lovecraftian Darkness.” (Neil Gaiman)

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, with its astonishingly informed and detailed notes and photographs, edited  by Leslie S. Klinger, is a treasure trove for Lovecraft readers, for whom it will be an essential purchase. A pleasure to peruse, encyclopediac in its information, and deeply sympathetic with its subject.” (Joyce Carol Oates)

“I am utterly gobsmacked. The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft is a work of such readability, easy access, precision, and joy that its publication by Liveright is an Olympian landmark of modern gothic literature.” (Harlan Ellison)

“Erudite and informed, often playful, just as often dryly funny, Klinger's remarks open up a breathtaking, authoritative, affectionate vision of this cherished but often misunderstood genius of weird fiction.” (Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story and A Dark Matter, and editor of H. P. Lovecraft: Tales)

“Leslie Klinger's annotated take on Lovecraft scrupulously draws on earlier scholarship while adding new insights of his own. Existing fans will find plenty to savor in this up-to-date compendium, which also serves as a perfect starting point for curious newcomers.” (Peter Cannon, coeditor of More Annotated H. P. Lovecraft)

“A book I have profoundly hoped to see for ages, which gave me many very happy hours—thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Klinger and Liveright!” (Gahan Wilson, author of Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons)

“The ultimate guide for the Lovecraftian connoisseur—filled with eldritch lore and blasphemous knowledge you will not find in even the mad Arab's infamous tome.” (Stephen Jones, editor of Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft)

“Lovecraft is intriguing for not only the rich substrate of astonishing and sometimes prescient ideas that is the bedrock of his work, but for the sheer unlikelihood of his ascent into the ranks of the respected U.S. literary canon…He is today revered to a degree comparable with that of his formative idol Edgar Allan Poe, a posthumous trajectory from pulp to academia that is perhaps unique in modern letters.” (Alan Moore, from the introduction)

“[W]here does a reader longing to know more about Lovecraft’s fiction and philosophy begin when faced with the dozens of critical and interpretative studies and biographies? Thanks to the devoted work of Leslie S. Klinger, an excellent starting point is his The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft…Klinger has again created a serious work of research and scholarship that is shamelessly intended for fans—and is a joy to read… [A]n absolute essential addition to all horror fiction collections.” (Alan Cranis -

“[F]or those who've been wanting to explore and appreciate Lovecraft's most influential work but have found it a daunting task, Klinger's volume will prove to be a must-own.” (Jeremy Webster -

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Lovecraft is one of the greatest writers of horror ever.
My regret is that it could have been the one definitive copy of Lovecraft's work, the only one anyone would ever need.
Matthew T. Carpenter
The book is crammed with wonderful photos and illustrations and artwork, much of it in full color.
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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Carpenter on October 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Here are my thoughts. Except for one serious misstep this could have been the definitive collection of Lovecraft's work.

1. The book is oversized but it's gorgeous. The inclusion of numerous maps, photographs and reproductions of letters is one of the greatest attractions. For example, there are photos of Sonja Green that I had never seen before, including some of her years after HPL had died. I wish Donovon Loucks could get a similarly sized book for his collection of photos of Lovecraftian geography. In the meantime I was very happy to see a generous number of his pictures of sites in Providence here.
2. Another major attraction is that it is not by ST Joshi. While I very much respect Mr.Joshi, Lovecraft scholarship has advanced considerably since the 1990s and it is good to have a different voice. Everyone is a person of their times, and the historical context given in the author's lengthy introduction was quite valuable, often skipped over in collections of Lovecraft's stories. There is no apology for Lovecraft's racism here; in fact, it is painstakingly shown how HPL's personal views may have ruined any hope of his marriage succeeding, and how they informed a great deal of his fiction.
3. Having said that, I am glad that, for the most part, this volume uses Joshi's corrected text for the stories, so that some egregious errors are not perpetuated. On the other hand, Mr. Klinger is his own person so he sometimes uses a slightly different version, while providing justification for it.
4. The price of the book is a bit high, but with the current discounts it's not that high. In fact I think it was priced to be able to sell, perhaps cashing in on the current wave of attention Lovecraft is now receiving.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Edith Gnome on September 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I cannot praise this enormous book too highly--it is a spectacular celebration of a writer who is now acknowledged as a Classic of American Literature. H. P. Lovecraft was an excellent writer, profoundly original even when he was writing a tale that may, on the surface, seem typical Gothic horror. Those who complain of Lovecraft's prose style, or who are so clueless as to call him a "terrible wordsmith" or "bad writer," are wrong and wretchedly ignorant. Happily, we now have books such as H. P. LOVECRAFT: ART, ARTIFACT, AND REALITY by Steven J. Mariconda (Hippocampus Press 2013) and WEIRD REALISM: LOVECRAFT AND PHILOSOPHY by Graham Harman (Zero Books 2012) that show clearly and intelligently why Lovecraft is a very good writer indeed. As the world's leading Lovecraft scholar and editor, S. T. Joshi, has proclaimed, "I believe it is now sufficiently well established that Lovecraft was in fact one of the great prose stylists of the English language".

H. P. Lovecraft's brilliant weird fiction is now presented in its finest format, in this stunning and beautiful hardcover edition, THE NEW ANNOTATED H. P. LOVECRAFT, superbly and intelligently edited by Mr Leslie S. Klinger. It is a hefty tome, difficult to hold for one such as I, now in her twilight years and lacking strength. Mr Klinger had to be selective in his choice of stories, but his choices are spot on--with one exception.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Severian TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2014
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Lovecraft benefits from annotation more than most authors do, both because of the self-referential nature of a lot of his work and the historical context that informs his work. HPL intended his work to be set in a realistic modern world, and as his "modern world" grows more and more remote from ours as time passes, the essential modernness of his settings can only be conveyed by annotation, unless the reader is especially well informed about early 20th Cent history and culture.

Those who want an annotated Lovecraft can now choose between Joshi's three Penguin volumes and this one. The Klinger edition has only a selection of stories, and some of these are questionable in terms of quality, and were included at the expense of other better work. So then, if you want annotations to all Lovecraft or simply want an annotated favorite that is not in Klinger, Joshi may be a better choice. If you want a full ranging experience though, Klinger's volume has beautiful production values, and lots of illustrations, along with a great introduction and appendices. (A faculty list of Arkham U!) Although not every story has great illustrations, and though the quality of annotations varies a bit from one story to the next (sometimes Klinger just doesn't seem to have much to say...) this is a great book for Lovecraft fans and a reasonable introduction to the author for newbies. (Though as the newcomer slogs through the pulp schlock of "Herbert West" and the erudite scientific blather of "Mountains of Madness", s/he may have second thoughts about whether or not they want to read more of Lovecraft!
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