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Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (Commemorative Edition) Paperback – March 27, 2008
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You need to read him - he's where the darkness starts―NEIL GAIMAN
Lovecraft opened the way for me, as he had done for others before me―STEPHEN KING
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To start things out, here is the list of the works it includes:
"Night-Gaunts" (A great sonnet from "Fungi from Yuggoth")
"The Statement of Randolph Carter"
"The Doom that Came to Sarnath"
"The Cats of Ulthar"
"The Nameless City"
"The Music of Erich Zann"
"The Lurking Fear"
"The Rats in the Walls"
"Under the Pyramids"
"In the Vault"
"The Horror at Red Hook"
"The Colour out of Space"
"The Call of Cthulhu"
"The Shunned House"
"The Silver Key"
"The Dunwich Horror"
"The Whisperer in Darkness"
"The Strange High House in the Mist"
"The Dreams in the Witch-House"
"Through the Gates of the Silver Key" (with E. Hoffman Price)
"At the Mountains of Madness"
"The Shadow over Innsmouth"
"The Shadow out of Time"
"The Haunter of the Dark"
"The Thing on the Doorstep"
"The Case of Charles Dexter Ward"
"The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath"
"To a Dreamer" (A final Lovecraft poem)
Afterword: A Gentleman of Providence by Stephen Jones
As can clearly be seen, this is quite a hefty and impressive collection, and it comes with a number of excellent illustrations that go a long way to immersing one in the HPL universe.Read more ›
And please note that the description is wrong, it's not over a 1000 pages, it's only 880, including a 50 page essay on Lovecraft. While interesting, I wish that space had been used for some of his missing stories. It could be the regular UK version has more, but Amazon.com seems to be selling the shorter, "Export" edition.
It's got a few stories that the Library of America collection doesn't (but not that many), most notably more of the Dreamlands stuff. But you also don't have any annotations or notes like the Library of America collection. There are some illustrations
This is pretty cheap, but at the same time, it's not the best Lovecraft experience, nor complete. I was really hoping to get all his stories in one big book (as it had been billed in some quarters). But this was a complete waste of my money. The paper and binding is also very cheap.
Only if you are completely new to Lovecraft is it worth a look.
So, I'm going to focus on why this book is a good purchase - it has 36 stories, including the big ones. It's affordably priced. It looks really nice on a shelf and it's very pleasant to read in the hands and on the eyes. The drawback is it's big and the binding is so-so. The only one-volume competition is really the Library of America "Tales" collection with 22 tales. It has better binding and a better critical apparatus (e.g. footnotes). That one's a bit more expensive though and has some other problems.
I would recommend either this volume or the Library of America to someone looking for a single volume collection. If you're a collector or own the Library of America "Tales" book, this probably isn't worth a purchase because you have most of the stories.
Personally, I prefer this one because the pages are thicker and I find the text easier on my eyes. The Library of America edition is much smaller and has ultra-thin pages with relatively small text. If you have good eyesight, that might be a better choice since physically it's smaller, but I had difficulty reading it. This edition sits like a Bible on the shelf towering above other books. The gold ink on the spine looks very classy and ominous and it's easy to find amongst my bookshelves.Read more ›
Buy this book and saraband yourself across aeons of time into the curious, antique world of H.P Lovecraft. Park yourself under a gibbous moon and read these eldritch tales of cyclopean architecture and primordial terrors. You will traverse dimensions of time and space and have an indescribably sinister experience of unspeakable horror.
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When I received it, it looked both new and used. There was dirt on the outside of the pages and the cover and back cover was faded. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ashley
I am so happy with my Necronomicon. The only thing is it came with a slight crease on the cover's corner, but I did purchase it used, so what else is to be expected? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wolfy
Recommend for those who want to recapitulate the best tales of Lovecraft, great deal.Published 5 months ago by Johnny Useche
The collected works of Lovecraft are awesome and creepy in a way no-one else is. If you love the strange and the existential get his work. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lauren
Surprised by quality. Way better than the complete collection set in the blue box. Pages are thinner than a cheap bible. Unreadable.Published 7 months ago by me
H.P Lovecraft is truly the father of sci-fi and the one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Content Oak
This was a fantastic Christmas Gift. I love H.P LoveCraft a lot and also being a fan of 'Bloodborne' a FromSoftware Game, helped a lot with the incentive to retrieve this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brenden Smith