The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

The Best of H P Lovecraft Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre Howard Phillips H P Lovecraft was an American author of horror fantasy and science fiction especially the subgenre known as weird fiction Stephen King called Lovecraft the twentieth centur

  • Title: The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre
  • Author: H.P. Lovecraft
  • ISBN: 9781926487557
  • Page: 354
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  • Howard Phillips H P Lovecraft 1890 1937 was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction Stephen King called Lovecraft the twentieth century s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale Lovecraft s readership was limited during his life, but his reputation has grown over the decades, and he is nowHoward Phillips H P Lovecraft 1890 1937 was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction Stephen King called Lovecraft the twentieth century s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale Lovecraft s readership was limited during his life, but his reputation has grown over the decades, and he is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century According to Joyce Carol Oates, Lovecraft as with Edgar Allan Poe in the 19th century has exerted an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction This is a collection of his very best work.

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    1. H.P. Lovecraft

      Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.Lovecraft s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity Lovecraft s protagonists usually achieve the mirror opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.Although Lovecraft s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

    284 thoughts on “The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre”

    1. I know, I know . . . the diction is unnecessarily latinate and the prose is frequently overwrought, piling up the adjectives like "shambling" and "eldritch" to the point where certain passages are laugh-out-loud funny. And yet . . . Lovecraft has fashioned from the New World's New England a land so very old, a world in touch with realities so alien, that Christianity--albeit peripherally present--is completely irrelevant, and mere sanity--the best one can reasonably hope for--depends upon a few [...]


    2. “Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn”Try saying that backward (or forward, which is equally challenging).H.P. Lovecraft is definitely the granddaddy of “Cosmic Horror” and Weird Fiction. He is often mentioned in science fiction/fantasy/ horror related websites and forums, not to mention myriad other kinds of websites. Reading fans raving about his works and seeing the numerous fan arts online make many of us genre fiction enthusiasts want to start getting into his fiction [...]


    3. H. P. Lovecraft is a peculiar writer. His stories are extremely predictable. The first-person narrator, a sober man of reason and science, will halfway through the story start noticing something odd about his surroundings: "It was almost as though [horrifying revelation from the end of the story], but I knew that could not be the case." And then, at the end, when all his reason has been denied, "It was then I knew the terrible truth: [horrifying revelation that we all guessed thirty pages ago]!" [...]


    4. I recently read a review by Glenn Russell of a Lovecraft short story called From Beyond. (In his review Glenn provides this link to a Guttenburg Australia site titled the Collected Stories of Lovecraft.)H.P. Lovecraft, 1934, age 43. ~3 years until he passed on to what?These are horror stories dating back close to a century now, from one of the stranger American fiction writers. The fictional worlds that Lovecraft created are located in temporally shifting realms which intersect with everyday rea [...]


    5. It was only last year that I discovered the joy of short stories thanks to Anton Chekhov and Edgar Allan Poe (although it seems longer since time is a "great ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff"). Since then I have been interested in the great short story authors of all time (as well as writing my own short stories), among whom Lovecraft is often mentioned. So I was very optimistic about this volume of stories when I started to read it - particularly in regards to the 'infamous Cthulhu Mytho [...]


    6. Well, I don't watch a lot of horror films, but now I see where they all rip off everything from: Lovecraft!I didn't read EVERY one of these stories, they got a bit repetitive after a while, but the stories were chilling and seeing how influential the storytelling is on modern horror is really interesting. Fascinating how much suspense can be put into a 10 page story. Yes, I had nightmares of tentacle-things after I finished. Don't make fun of me.


    7. Beautifully written horror that many imitate (ahem, Stephen King) but few can pull off. The real horror of Lovecraft isn't the scariness of the monsters or the gore, but concept that we are pointless blips of dust on the gaping maw of a chaotic, ageless, indifferent universe that constantly destroys itself for no reason at all. Each story reminds you of how puny and ignorant you are but that's a good thing because every character finds out a little too much and goes crazy, gets eaten, sacrificed [...]


    8. To the best of my recollection, this may have been my first reading of H.P. Lovecraft. Seems unlikely, I know. What I found is that Lovecraft is as familiar as meat on a stick, seen at carnivals and malls everywhere. I feel as though I know Lovecraft's work, for I've read those who influenced him (Edgar Allan Poe and Algernon Blackwood), and I've read or seen films by multitude of writers influenced by him, such as Steven King and Brian Lumley, for example. I wasn't aware until now that Lovecraf [...]


    9. Not well-appreciated in his own time, reclusive and eccentric New England writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft became a household word in the world of weird fiction after his death. His prose style was greatly influenced by Poe, and like Poe, he preferred natural causes for his horror ("supernatural," in one of the alternate titles listed above for this collection, means "uncanny" or "unearthly," not supernatural per se). While his genre was science fiction, he was wholly outside the optimistic and [...]


    10. Not having read him before, I was surprised to find these rather enjoyable. Not remotely disturbing or frightening to the modern mind, of course, but it is interesting to see the fears engendered by the scientific revolutions at the start of the 20thc. Also interesting to see how much of contemporary sci-fi/horror is simply a regurgitation of his ideas.


    11. "There are my 'Poe' pieces and my 'Dunsany pieces' – but alas – where are any Lovecraft pieces?"-H.P. Lovecraft, 1929What really makes Lovecraft interesting is the degree to which he was a student of the Horror genre. As his influential essay Supernatural Horror in Literature shows, Lovecraft was a voracious reader who went far afield in his search for interesting Horror authors. If Lovecraft hadn't been such an odd recluse, and instead pursued an academic career, we might not have had to wa [...]


    12. This is my first Lovecraft, so I can’t judge whether this particular collection has all his “best”. It did have the stories that were recommended to me as being representative of his work: The Dunwich Horror, The Colour Out of Space, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and of course, The Call of Cthulhu. I enjoyed all of these. The quality of the other stories was variable.Rather than trying to review the stories individually, I’ll just offer a few random thoughts. Yep, now that I’ve read the s [...]


    13. This is a book that tested me as a reader. I have had a relatively easy reading year consisting of many popular fiction novels that were great page turners. But this collection of stories by H.P.Lovecraft gave me a real workout. At times I had to reread many of the intricately composed sentences and quite often found myself checking words in dictionaries. It took me almost a month to finish this book. I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection. But The Call of Cthulhu, The Whisperer in Dar [...]


    14. I love these classic horror stories. Lovecraft was a very odd man, and that oddness shines through in his work. In other words, he battled a lot of issues such as immigrants "invading" his territory, and he pretty much lacked social skills on all levels. I learned his bio after reading the tales in this book, and that information illuminated many aspects of his stories such as race, gender, madness, etc. While many tales are reminiscent of Poe and Hawthorne, many are pure Lovecraft. I like all t [...]


    15. Every Lovecraft fan would have their own opinions of what would constitute the “best” of HPL’s work. To a large degree, however, this collection does include the most important “essentials” of his oeuvre, without which any review of his work would be incomplete. I have reviewed each story separately, except those which appear in other books I’ve already covered.The introduction by Robert Bloch seems a bit dated today, as it tries to promote Lovecraft’s literary merits at a time whe [...]


    16. "Pickman's Model," like E. A. Poe's "The Oval Portrait," implies that art, in order to be safe, must be imaginative. It's too much reality that scares us, that drains the life from life and makes art a kind of repository of a life taken, like a ghost or zombie. Also interesting question and answer format--just like the Lydia Davis story I also read yesterday, "Jury Duty." I might try a form like it for my current book of tales connected by a frame-narrative. Love me some experiments in form. "In [...]


    17. The Allen & Unwin edition I bought The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Tales That Truly Terrify from the Master of Horror is a rather uneven selection of stories, but some of the author's most important work appears, including The Call of Cthulhu, Rats in the Walls, The Dunwich Horror, and the novellas At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow over Innsmouth. I've since found the editions introduced by S T Joshi (I think from Penguin) more informative and balanced in the selections.Among Lovecraft' [...]


    18. I just cannot get into this book! I know some consider him a master of terror and such but the language is so fluffy there's nothing to be really terrified of. It has to be the generation gap because it cannot be argued he is a great writer but, snoozers, it would put me to sleep quicker than a PM with a Diazipam. I know I sound like a complete philistine here but whatever, give me Steven King and Anne Rice any day. I don't what to have a thesaurus handy when I'm trying to scare myself with a go [...]



    19. Raccolta di racconti prevalentemente del ciclo di Cthulhu. L'universo inventato da Lovecraft, quasi totalmente ambientato negli Stati Uniti, tra le città inventate di Arkham, Innsmouth e dintorni, è influenzato molto dalle scoperte scientifiche dell'epoca (view spoiler)[(per esempio nel racconto "Colui che sussurrava nelle tenebre" si parla di un nuovo pianeta appena scoperto, Plutone, e a cui Lovecraft attribuisce il nome di Yuggoth) (hide spoiler)]. E' forse il primo autore a parlare di alie [...]


    20. If the horror that you are attempting to communicate is just too darned unfathomably horrible to actually be described, then maybe you shouldn't be a horror writer. The same thing goes for all those un-namable blasphemies from unhallowed eons of unremembered cosmic time. And it does no good to say a character was driven to madness by vague realities which have no contextual place in our objective physical world. You've just relieved yourself of responsibility of describing them for the reader.


    21. For an author, creating something that is frightening can be a challenging thing, given that the subject matter is neither seen, nor heard by the reader. Rather it takes place solely in the mind, leaving it up to the reader to decide if what they're experiencing is scary or horrifying. It's almost pretentious, when you think about it. Selling a story as a horror is telling the reader how they're going to feel while reading it. Of course, the same could be said for comedy and many other genres, b [...]


    22. Excellent collection of the master of horror! I had read this already back in high school, but I didn’t remember much of it. I decided that since there are so many references to Lovecraft’s work all over the place (books, movies, games, comics, etc…), I should give it a re-read. One of the things I do remember was that it was scary. It’s not easy for a book to be scary - movies can easily make you jump, but without the benefit of graphic scenes and loud noises, a book has to do a lot mor [...]


    23. It's hard to believe that I went so long without having read H.P. Lovecraft, considering that I love horror and most of my favorite horror authors are influenced by his work. For some reason I thought his stories would be hard to connect with - probably because of the whole "Cthulhu" / made up word thing. I found three of his short story collections at the library and chose to begin with this one largely because it contained the story "The Call of Cthulhu."The first few short stories reminded me [...]


    24. My sole previous experience with Lovecraft is his fine short novel "At the Mountains of Madness". Well-crafted and well-plotted, the freakish and disturbing nature of his meticulously thought-out lore comes to the fore in that and numerous other stories from his work.Herein lies the problem: Lovecraft is a fine writer, a composer that can't help but remind one of a latter-day, emotionally disturbed Dickens. His turn-of-the-word is outstanding, but highly derivative in and of itself. What I mean [...]


    25. "The Best of H.P. Lovecraft" is one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. Also, it was my first time pouring over the works of Lovecraft; but as of now, can consider him to be one of the most talented writers who ever lived. Of all the stories included in this compilation/anthology, I would consider such stories as "The Rats in the Walls," "The Outsider," "The Music of Erich Zahn," and "The Dreams in the Witch House," to be my favorites; and as for some of the stories I enjoyed the least, [...]


    26. Lovecraft is one of the writers people tend to either obsess about or dismiss without a second glance. His writings vary tremendously, in terms of quality. Some of it is really horrible, actually, with absurdly "purple" prose and overwrought hysteria. But there are also really incredible stories among his work too, which conjure up fascinating mythology and alien races, as well leaving utterly disturbing images in the reader's imagination. "The Dreams in the Witch House" is an example of this se [...]


    27. I read some selections after I verbally assaulted Lovecraft at a gaming session of Dungeons and Dragons. It was pointed out that Lovecraft is one of the intellectual parents of D&D and I had not read any Lovecraft. I was told diplomatically that I needed, "Know your facts before you go shooting your mouth off." So, I read some Lovecraft. It was kind of what I expected. Dark and gothic with with wet slimy gore rather than dry dusty gore. Lovecraft has a strong if morbid understanding of the u [...]


    28. This is perhaps the best starting point for all those interested in finding just what this Lovecraft cat was all about. All of his key stories are here; The Outsider, The Rats In The Walls, The Dunwich Horror, The Colour Out Of Space (Lovecraft's own personal favorite, and more. This may not be the definitive collections like those edited by S.T. Joshi or the uber-classy Library of America volume, but this is the best introduction one can get to H.P. Lovecraft. It's the book that got me hooked.


    29. i tried to read as much lovecraft as i could but i couldn't become a fan his stories are repetitive with almost the same theme and there is just too much racism in his writing for me to appreciate it there are though some stories like the picture in the house which i liked very much


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