- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 22mm | 322g
- Publication date: 25 July 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141187069
- ISBN 13: 9780141187068
- Sales rank: 10,447
H P Lovecraft is credited with reinventing the horror genre in the twentieth century. In this volume, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, S T Joshi, presents a selection of the master's fiction. These stories reveal the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establish him as a canonical - and visionary - American writer.
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Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1890, Lovecraft was self-educated and lived in his birthplace all his life, working as a freelance writer, journalist, and ghostwriter. Using many pen names, he contributed his supernatural/horror and science fiction/fantasy stories to various pulp magazines but his reputation as a writer rests mainly on the 60 or so stories he published in Weird Tales starting in 1923. He died in 1937.
By Gregor Matheson 10 Oct 2010
Like many people I read Lovecraft as a teenager. Like many I stopped reading him in my late teens, feeling too sophisticated for his curious prose style.
However, after reading two authors, Thomas Ligotti and Jorge Luis Borges, I thought it might be worth re-reading Lovecraft. This book shows me that there is a lot I missed as a teenager.
Lovecraft was a voracious reader, and this bonded with his profound imagination. His style at its best has a curious blend of scientific and antiquarian vocabulary which makes it highly fascinating.
This volume contains three of his most memorable stories: the title tale and The Festival and The Haunter in the Dark as well as many other excellent tales. It is true that his style is far from that which literary critics admire, but it is still highly enjoyable (and whether by accident or design often very funny).