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The Lovecraft Chronicles Hardcover – January 8, 2007

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Horror legend H.P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) wasn't much of a ladies' man, as anyone knows who's read his ex-wife Sonia Davis's poignant account of their brief, doomed marriage. In his first novel, an episodic alternative history in the form of a memoir anthology, Lovecraft scholar and PW Forecasts editor Cannon (Lovecraft Remembered) sympathetically explores his subject's vexed relationships with three women. Lovecraft gets the best of two (fictional) female admirers—a spunky teenager and a Barbara Pym–ish spinster, each of whom serves as his secretary—but meets his match in Lyda Long, the real-life bride of his old pal and fellow pulp writer, Frank Belknap Long. Along the way Lovecraft publishes a story collection (which never quite happened in actuality) and realizes his dream of visiting England, where he meets renowned fantasist Arthur Machen. Those familiar with Cannon's chronicle of the Longs in their old age, Long Memories, won't be terribly surprised by the tragicomic denouement. The three first-person narrations, sepia-toned portraits in words, exude period atmosphere and expertly capture Lovecraft's complex character. Borrowing giddily from Stella Gibbons, Charlotte Brontë and George Gissing, Cannon extends and reinvents his life in ways sure to amuse (and provoke) serious Lovecraftians. Jason C. Eckhardt's illustrations complement the text perfectly.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; Signed Limited edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596061340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596061347
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,329,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Being a Lovecraft-fan I always keep an eye out for anything related to the old gentleman.Over the years several anthologies has been published with stories inspired by his mythos, some of them good, most of them bad. But occasionally something unique comes to surface. Lovecraft Chronicles is one of these rare books, that present something fresh in a world filled with endless stories of monsters from other dimensions and mad scientists.

The Author, Peter Cannon, of this book asks the question: What if Lovecraft had not died in 1937 at an early age without a bookcontract under his belt? What if he was recognised for his talent by a major publishing house? Mr. Cannon gives the answer in this book, that is made up of 3 tales, each one chronicling a period of Lovecrafts life after he died in real life!! Its all fiction, but most fans have probably thought about this more than once.

The first tale, tells of how he got discovered and published by Knopf-publishing house. The second tells of his time in england and how he nearly got married, and the third one tells of his life back in Providence and how he died(very dramatically).

All of the three stories are fascinating and fun to read, and for me it is impossible to pick out one as a favourite, although the third and last, involving Frank Belknap Long and his wife is pretty comic.

Mythos Books have produced a fine paperback volume illustrated by Jason C. Eckhardt. Highly recommended!
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Format: Paperback
I'm not a Lovecraft reader and don't much care for the Mythos, but I gave this story at the recommendation of someone who knows I like alternate history. It turned out to a be a fun read, marred only by its relative shortness and what might be termed an abrupt end.

As noted above, the book is structured as three vignettes, spaced several years apart and each narrated by a different person involved with Lovecraft's life. The first two I thought worked quite well, and the third suffered primarily by being so short. Perhaps if I did know more about Lovecraft I'd have found the third section more interesting (as did the prior reviewer). My personal preference was that the first made the best "story" of the three, but that may be because Cannon succeeded in his depiction of the narrator (i.e., an unlikeable person) of the second.

All in all, one of the best alternate history works to come out in 2004.
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