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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Together, these books offer 30 "weird stories" by our nation's greatest horror writer. In addition to the title piece, Cthulhu includes "Rats in the Walls," "Herbert West Reanimator" (the basis of several fun B movies), and "The Haunter of the Dark." The Thing sports such standards as "The Dunwich Horror," "Pickman's Model," and "Beyond the Wall of Sleep." These corrected texts present the definitive versions of each tale. Each volume also contains notes and an introduction by scholar S.T. Joshi.
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Reading Lovecraft is challenge enough, but listening to his work can be fraught with peril - unless William Roberts is at the mike. Readers and listeners either love or hate Lovecraft, most commonly because of his complex language and near overwhelming sentence structure. Roberts takes on this challenge and delivers these short stories beautifully. He seems to have wrangled the leviathan that is Lovecraft's style and bullied it into submission. His delivery is engaging and dramatic. It shows that he has spent time with the text and understands the author's sometimes dizzying style. Best of all, he is able to communicate that understanding to the listener. Roberts's narration provides a perfect introduction for newcomers who are interested in Lovecraft's work but who are intimidated by his reputation. --AudioFile Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
This collection contains a mixture of tales from both his early and later periods, both long and short works, with several lesser known and harder to find stories thrown in for good measure. Most of the stories directly concerning Cthulu or its followers are here collected ("Dagon", "The Call of Cthulu", "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"), as well as many other tales that have long been considered classics in the Lovecraft corpus ("The Colour Out of Space", "The Whisperer in the Darkness", "Herbert West - Reanimator", "The Rats in the Walls"). What's more, the collection also contains extensive endnotes by editor S.T. Joshi, who not only provides insights into the writing of these works but also explains obscure references and even points out how many of Lovecraft's stories directly relate to one another; even those reasonably familiar with Lovecraft's work will find new insights and connections that they hadn't realized existed.
Overall I think this is a very good collection, among the best Lovecraft anthologies currently in release. I would recommend it to anyone interested in H.P. Lovecraft with absolutely no reservations.
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.