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The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre Paperback – May 12, 1987
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"I think it is beyond doubt that H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the Twentieth Century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale."
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Every story herein deserves it own review, frankly. "The Rats in the Walls," "The Dreams in the Witch-House," and "In the Vault" (one of my favorites) offer traditional horror tales full of Lovecraftian atmosphere. "The Outsider," perhaps the least satisfying read, is an allegorical tale reflecting an isolated individual's view of society and of himself. "The Silver Key" is a solid representative of the dream-myth stories of the author's earlier years and serves as an introduction to Lovecraft's heroic character Randolph Carter. "The Colour Out of Space" is a singular, science fiction/horror tale counted by Lovecraft himself as one of his favorites. "The Picture in the House" is perhaps Lovecraft's most efficiently horrifying story ever, "The Music of Erich Zann" is an unforgettable tale touching on the great secrets of the unknown, and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" sensationally evokes the horror and depths of influence by unseen agents on this earth.Read more ›
Lovecraft has a unique writing style that separates him from most other horror writers I have read, a tenaciously descriptive style with lots of rare old syllables. Most of the horrors are either dimly described or not described at all, leaving a lot up to the reader's imagination, in line with Lovecraft's famous sentence: "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." What we can't see certainly does scare us!
Some of the best known stories like "The Call of Cthulhu" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" are essentials, and my 4 personal favourites "The Shadow Out of Time", "The Whisperer in Darkness", "The Rats in the Walls", and of course Lovecraft's own favourite: "The Colour Out of Space".
Highly recommended! If you like it get the other 2 books in the series, or one of the Arkham House hardbacks if available.
Never before has an author impacted my thought as much as Lovecraft has. I constantly read his work and frequently talk about him to others. In fact, I even sport a few Lovecraft shirts around town. Obsessed? Yes, but for good cause.
As Ramsey Cambell said, Lovecraft can do something many other "master" authors can't: Infuse the reader with mindnumbing terror.
Maybe "mindnumbing" is a little bit of an overstatemnt, but terror isn't. Mixing a broad range of stories from tales of crazy scientists to genocide of ancient races, Lovecraft presents a very powerful and interesting philosophy (best summarized by earlier said Campbell): Man is luckilly ignorant of certain things, for if they knew them it would be death or insanity.
And this book shows just that. From "Call of Cthulhu" to "The Rats in the Walls", this book is sure to please anyone searching to own their first Lovecraft book or someone that wants to find out if the rumours of Lovecraft being a horror master are correct.
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I like Lovecraft's writing; if you have never read any of his work, this is an excellent introduction. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Carl Bradley
I love weird tales. This was definitely a great collection of eerie reads. Highly recommend!Published 2 months ago by Megan Horovitz
Lovecraft uses a lot of words! it's great because of how influential he is to the genre, but expect some slogging through of long passages.Published 2 months ago by John K
H. P. Lovecraft is the master of suspenseful science fiction and horror stories.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this Lovecraft volume used at a local bookstore recently, and even though it's an old collection it certainly rates a review. H. P. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rebecca Lethlean
I have other Lovecraft books. This is just as good as the others.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is with good reason that H.P. Lovecraft has been aped and paid homage to for nearly a hundred years. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Felix