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H. P. Lovecraft: Nightmare Countries (The Master of Cosmic Horror) Hardcover – 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books; First Edition edition (2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1435141520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435141520
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,031,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul F. Brooks VINE VOICE on May 11, 2013
H.P. Lovecraft - Nightmare Countries - S.T. Joshi

For individuals curious about the writer Howard Philip Lovecraft (1890-1937) and the cult following he has acquired this relatively brief - 157 pages with numerous illustrations - but succinct biography by noted Lovecraft scholar S.J. Joshi will be welcomed. Joshi know his Lovecraft and this book distills in clear prose the essential facts of his short and depressing life. How depressing was it? Many of his stories were rejected for publication and those that were published were in disreputable horror-type pulp magazines. He died dirt poor and starving a recluse in his beloved Providence. The story Joshi tells is truly fascinating.

You should be aware that this is a full sized "coffee-table" book - It's hardbound and measures 10'' x 12" - and as such arrives with definite inbuilt disadvantages and advantages. You can't easily stuff it in your tote or brief case nor does it function easily as a bedtime reader. It does allow for large formatted photographs and illustrations, which complements the text in many respects.

Four stars because of the large format.

Need a Lovecraft recommendation from a long time admirer? Read "The Shadow over Innsmouth".
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As the world's foremost expert on HPL, Joshi has produced this popular non-academic biography and critique of the writer's life and works. While Joshi's erudite mastery of the subject is well-known and evident, this book is weak in its choice of images to accompany the text. Perhaps there were problems with securing rights to pictures that would have enhanced this oversized edition. In this regard Charlotte Montague's biography of HPL HP Lovecraft: The Mysterious Man Behind the Darkness is better for its selection of rare and more relevant pictures.
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The stories of H. P. Lovecraft are well known, and the story of his life should be, too. Prior to finding this volume I only knew the highlights of Lovecraft's life. This book presents a fascinating picture not only of the man, but what it was like to be a bit "different" in the early part of the twentieth century. The book is nicely done; it is a fit memorial to the creator of an imaginary -- and rather horrid -- world. If you like to know the story behind the story, this book is for you.
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