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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (Penguin Orange Collection) Paperback – Deckle Edge, October 18, 2016
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H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction—three short novels and about sixty short stories—has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction.
S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has prepared comprehensive editions of Lovecraft’s collected fiction, essays, and poetry. He is also the author of The Weird Tale (1990), The Modern Weird Tale (2001), and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (2012). His award-winning biography H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996) was later expanded as I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (2010). He has also prepared Penguin Classics editions of the work of Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, and Clark Ashton Smith, as well as the anthology American Supernatural Tales (2007).
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The dialogue is extremely complex, which is why I've heard of some people not being really able to understand the stories because Lovecraft himself was very well educated. It has been argued that the works of his are reserved for people of similar social standing. But if you consider yourself a fan of horror, original horror then it's something to definitely look into.
I was surprised many times at how some of the stories ended up, it's not a typical horror story and how they end. Due to Lovecraft's own experiences in life he had to make his stories very unique in order for people to want to read them and for him to find work in the writing field in the early 20th century.
This is one of the best books I have ever, or will ever buy and read.
A lesser actor could have made the many superlatives and descriptive adjectives that are so much a part of Lovecraft's style feel trite and gratuitous. But Roberts transmit's Lovecraft's need for every word. He pronounces them with distinctive feeling and color, relaying new information to the listener with each syllable.
To understand Lovecraft one should be aware of the feeling of utter evil that stories from "The Great War" of the deaths in the trenches, poisonous green and yellow gas and other horrors reported ny returning soldiers had on the American psyche. The world did seem to be operating under "a different geometry," as Lovecraft describes more than once in his stories. The seemingly irrational evil that drove the Germans to attack their innocent neighbors might seem to have come from some long dormant, evil god awaiting his chance to take back earth.
These four stories are also a fascinating study in science fiction worldbuilding, and they are all related in unexpected ways.
I highly recommend this recorded book to all who enjoy listening to the classics, science fiction, mysteries and historical fiction. You will probably listen to these stories, then immediately start over again from the beginning!
One of the best things about these books, are that the stories are short. This makes it really easy to read during commutes, short breaks, and when one doesn't feel like getting into a whole long book.