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Product Details

  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477583122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477583128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

H. P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) is the father of what is known as weird fiction. His reputation as an author of horror and science fiction has been growing over the decades and has made him the most influential horror writer in the 20th century. Most of Lovecraft stories appeared in prominent pulp magazines like "Weird Tales" and, later, most of his stories influenced fiction authors worldwide.

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Excellent details and a well written story of unfathomable horror.
Lucas shoop
I had heard so many hail the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, and this is the first of his stories that I have read.
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Just get it and take the hour to read it, like you have better things to do.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michaelbrent on April 20, 2012
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The reality is that this story has hardly anything to recommend it. Slow (almost nonexistent) plot, sparse characters.

And I loved it.

This is an example of master craftsmanship as even though it is basically a history of a house without any overt personalization or interest in many of the things that drive us to enjoy a book, Lovecraft is able to write each word so that an atmosphere of terror slowly pervades the senses. A great read for someone learning how to drive fear by making each word matter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy's Dark Fiction on July 26, 2013
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No book blurb is available for this short story by H. P. Lovecraft, however the descriptions within the book will overload your senses. Lovecraft braids together mood and visual details to paint a picture of quite possibly the most repulsive and horrifying haunted house.

The narrator (never named) and his uncle are obsessed with this haunted house. The story deviates from the present to include the horrible history of the house and its inhabitants, so when it returns to the present to follow the narrator through a night spent with his uncle in the house's cellar, you experience the same dread and anticipation as the characters.

THE SHUNNED HOUSE also has quite possibly the longest sentence ever written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. W. Sawyer on August 5, 2013
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I haven't read Lovecraft before so decided to try this one since it was free. I am delighted to say it's great! Very dark and spooky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lovetoread on July 8, 2013
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The title "shunned house" still stands in Providence, R.I. It's worth a search to have a picture to go along with the story. This book is a slow boil ... it takes a bit to get there but it's totally worth the time. I was mesmerized and unable to take my eyes from the page. Great read!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq. on July 11, 2011
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I order'd this booklet from Amazon because I so love the cover illustration. Alas, this publisher does not give credit to the artist--Virgil Finlay. I think they stole the drawing from the Arkham House book, MARGINALIA, where I believe this fine illustration had its first appearance.

This publisher is rather weird, for they incorrectly refer to "The Shunned House" thus: "A Posthumous story of immense power..." Then, again, on the following page: "His ability to create and sustain a mood of brooding dread and unnamable horror is nowhere better shown than in the posthumous tale presented here..." Posthumous? What the hell are they talking about? Perhaps they are thinking of the unfortunate fate of the story's first appearance--or non-appearance. Here is its history as detailed by S. T. Joshi:

"'The Shunned House' was written in mid-October 1924. It was the first of HPL's major stories to be rejected by Weird Tales, editor Farnsworth Wright maintaining in September 1925 that it began too gradually. Curiously enough, a few months earlier HPL had submitted it to Detective Tales, edited by Edwin Baird. Baird was Weird Tales's first editor (1923-24), who had accepted everything HPL had sent him, but he rejected the story. W. Paul Cook, HPL's amateur associate, initially wished to use it in his magazine, The Recluse, but the one and only issue ever published (1927) had too much other material to accomodate the story, so Cook decided to publish it as a separate booklet. Although he set the story in type (Lovecraft read the proofs in June 1928) and printed three hundred copies, financial and personal misfortunes prevented Cook from binding them. A few copies were bound by R. H.
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I have a hard time reading the old language.
I'd love to be part of the whole Chtulhu Fangh! thingy,
but I guess I never will.
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I am not normally a fan of horror, and this is the first Lovecraft story I've read, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it, and his writing style in general. This is the first Kindle item I've gotten that really kept me coming back to finish it since I've been busy lately.

While this story isn't terrifying (to me, at least), I thought it was suitably creepy and quite entertaining. It's definitely wet my appetite for further work from H.P. So since it's free, you have nothing to lose, and I highly recommend it.
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By von on March 22, 2014
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The font is wider than the page and can not be read as it is. thank you for trying. Oh well it was free anyway on my Kindle. better luck next time sorry
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