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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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Lovecraft is "the American writer of the twentieth century most frequently compared with Poe, in the quality of his art ... [and] its thematic preoccupations (the obsessive depiction of psychic disintegration in the face of cosmic horror)," writes Joyce Carol Oates in the New York Review of Books. Del Rey has reprinted Lovecraft's stories in three handsome paperbacks. This first volume collects 16 classic tales, including "The Rats in the Walls," "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dunwich Horror," and "The Colour Out of Space." Introduction by Robert Bloch. Wraparound cover art by Michael Whelan.
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This is the collection that true fans of horror fiction have been waiting for: sixteen of H.P. Lovecraft's most horrifying visions, including Lovecraft's masterpiece, THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME--the shocking revelation of the mysterious forces that hold all mankind in their fearsome grip.
"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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Even a rudimentary use of a Spell-Check feature would have caught these errors. This publisher obviously doesn't care and is looking to cash in on a fast buck. I recommend buyers look for alternatives before buying this version. The skull on the front is a warning!
The `Best of H.P. Lovecraft' features time travel, dimensional travel and space travel, aliens from other planets, ancient gods, giant invisible blobs and even a brain in a jar. The Lovecraftian world is one of lost magics, sprawling cyclopean structures with weird inhuman angles, smooth blubbery creatures with octopoid features, ancient nightmares and strange extra-terrestrials capable of traveling through the cold vacuum of space without mechanical means. Through it all Lovecraft manages to place his stories in such believable environments that they almost seem plausible. The tales and events frequently focus on the power of hidden knowledge particularly those held within dusty tomes like the fictional Necronomicon which gets a mention in nearly every story. Lovecraft combines the occult with science including references to the still fledgling field of quantum mechanics. He also has some fun teasing the reader with the possibility that the newly discovered planet of Pluto may be the home of alien life forms who come to earth to mine our minerals and remove our brains. Most stories are told as first person accounts where the protagonists are lucky if they manage to escape with a shred of sanity after just a glimpse at the horror of the old ones. I discovered that if a story is told from any point besides first person it's a sure sign that the main character failed to survive.
Lovecraft's style is about creating atmosphere and an ever pervasive tone of doom. Although the stories are self contained, each one takes place in the same bleak world, like small separate pieces of a larger horror. Beyond his vibrant imagination Lovecraft is just flat out a fantastic wordsmith. It almost seems like this kind of quality writing is a dying art and despite being over 80 years old his stories never feel dated. Instead, the age of the stories add to their mysteriousness and antiquity as if the reader was privy to some unearthed nightmare. The writings of Lovecraft are such a treasure trove that it's no mystery why so many movies are inspired by his works. If ever a movie was made based on Lovecrafts stories that approached the quality of the Lord of the Rings I have no doubt that interest in his tales would soar and, unlike Tolkien, Lovecraft has a tremendous amount of source material to work from. This is the first book I've read by Lovecraft but I have to say it more than exceeded my highest expectations.