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Tales of H.P. Lovecraft Paperback – September 19, 2000
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[By Joyce Carol Oates:] Introduction; [by H.P. Lovecraft:] The Outsider; The Music of Erich Zann; The Rats in the Walls; The Shunned House; The Call of Cthulhu; The Colour out of Space; The Dunwich Horror; At the Mountains of Madness; The Shadow over Innsmouth; The Shadow out of Time
This is an excellent introductory selection of short fiction -- Lovecraft didn't write any other kind -- by one of the major figures in the history of what is nowadays called horror fiction (though a very good case can be made that, as with his idol Poe, Lovecraft belongs among the ranks of literary greats, period). Still, there are comparably fine collections available, e.g. THE CALL OF CTHULHU AND OTHER WEIRD TALES, THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP AND OTHER WEIRD TALES (both of which, unlike the collection being reviewed here, have endnotes), THE DUNWICH HORROR AND OTHERS, and AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS AND OTHER NOVELS.
What makes this particular collection a marketing novelty -- indeed, why it was ever published in the first place -- is that it's edited and introduced by a well-established, much-respected mainstream literary fiction writer, namely Oates. The publisher's hope may have been that some of those who wouldn't otherwise consider reading an oldtime pulp horror writer like Lovecraft will finally give him a try, what with Oates's more widely intellectually respected name attached. As one who believes Lovecraft deserves a much higher rank in the proverbial literary pantheon than the literary establishment generally accords him, I have no complaint about trying that approach.Read more ›
If you're torn between this and the Penguin editions, I'd recommend you start with this. The three Penguin volumes are complete, but each is a mixed bag of great stories with...not so great. Go for those after you read through this.
Ms. Oates excerpted a letter written by Lovecraft in 1921, where he details why 'The Unknown' was endlessly fascinating to him: "I could not write about 'ordinary people' because I am not the least interested in them. Without interest there can be no art. Man's relations to man do not captivate my fancy. It is man's relationship to the cosmos--to the unknown--which alone arouses in me the spark of creative imagination. The humanocentric pose is impossible to me, for I cannot acquire the primitive myopia which magnifies the earth and ignores the background."
The Top Ten Tales of HPL that Joyce Carol Oates selected for this volume:
The Music of Erich Zann
The Rats in the Walls
The Shunned House
The Call of Cthulhu
The Colour Out of Space
The Dunwich Horror
At the Mountains of Madness
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Shadow Out of Time
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It's H.P. Lovecraft and some of his longer novellas and stories. Good stuff as always.Published 11 months ago by Michael Battle
A solid collection of work with editorial comment placing Lovecraft's work in historic and literary perspective.Published 20 months ago by chris
I'm a big fan of HPL's work and although he didn't originate "cosmic horror" he made it compelling. Still, I wonder how much richer his stories would have been if he had possessed... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by wood95
This is the story collection that really got me into Lovecraft. Now I can't get enough! A handsome book, an informative introduction, and a great set of stories! Buy it!!Published on October 4, 2013 by M.E. Francis
This collection is not for someone who wants all of Lovecraft's stories in one place. It has a limited selection. You might be looking for H. P. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by J. Gladwin
Some of Lovecraft very best stories! From Shadow Over Innsmouth to the Mountains of Madness. This has the very best of Lovecraft.Published on March 26, 2013 by kyle eggers
If you've never read H.P. Lovecraft before and have a morbid curiosity, this compilation is a great starting point. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by athas
This is actually a good (not great) sampling of H. P. Lovecraft's weird tales, but the one reason to buy this edition is for the Joyce Carol Oates introduction, which was a review... Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq.